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Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Tuition for The University of the Arts is $43,100 for the 2017/2018 academic year. This is 55% more expensive than the national average private non-profit four year college tuition of $27,755. The cost is 62% more expensive than the average Pennsylvania tuition of $26,599 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 108th in Pennsylvania amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 22nd most expensive 4 year college in the state. Price does not vary by residence.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $15,710 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Philadelphia should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $4,014.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $2,475 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $2,475 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The annual tuition and living expense budget to go to UArts was $65,299 for the 2017/2018 academic year. The cost is the same for all students regardless of Pennsylvania residence status as there is no in-state discount.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2017-2018 and 2016-2017 IPEDS survey response for The University of the Arts and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for The University of the Arts
Estimated Budgets
Pennsylvania Resident Total Budget $65,299
   In-State Tuition$43,100
   Other Fees$0
   Room and Board$15,710
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,475
   Books and Supplies$4,014
Non-Resident Total Budget $65,299
   Out-of-State Tuition$43,100
   Other Fees$0
   Room and Board$15,710
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,475
   Books and Supplies$4,014

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What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $65,299 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported UArts net price for in-state students is $34,724* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

99% of The University of the Arts students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $18,962. 28 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $4,579. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend The University of the Arts, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for The University of the Arts
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$34,724*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid99%
Average Total Grant Aid$18,962
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants28%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,579

Average Net Price by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last published for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$31,663
$30,001 to $48,000$31,949
$48,001 to $75,000$32,270
$75,001 to $110,000$33,318
$110,000+$36,898

Average Financial Aid Mix - $65,299 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $65,299. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.

30%
10%
59%

Grants and Scholarships

 30% - $18,962

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, The University of the Arts or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 10% - $6,551

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 59% -  $37,311

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.


*Reported Average Annual Net Price for students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Private Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. The University of the Arts
Widener University Main Campus0.5% more expensive
Delaware Valley University17.4% less expensive
DeSales University20% less expensive
Saint Joseph's College New York39.8% less expensive
York College Pennsylvania59.3% less expensive

Cost of a Degree

When considering ability to pay for college, the annual cost is often discussed but it's the "all in" multi-year degree cost which matters in the end. Let's take a look at what it could really cost for four years at The University of the Arts.

Estimated 4 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at UArts is $261,196 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 4 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $31,482 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $125,928**

If you end up on the "five year plan" and need an additional year to graduate, your five year cost could be as high as $326,495 or $157,410 using an average net price.

**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Estimated Cost Per Semester

Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at The University of the Arts.

Pennsylvania Resident Tuition Per Semester$21,550
Pennsylvania Resident Total Cost Per Semester$32,650

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at The University of the Arts are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at The University of the Arts
Price per credit hour$1,795
Cost for one class (3 credit hours)$5,385
Cost for one class (4 credit hours)$7,180

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Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 76% of The University of the Arts students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $6,551.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for The University of the Arts? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $125,928, 100% of the estimated average net price for a four year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $156,247.77. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at The University of the Arts. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 99% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $31,482. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our The University of the Arts student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

The University of the Arts Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$1,302.06
Amount Borrowed$125,928.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$30,319.77
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$156,247.77

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend UArts? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending The University of the Arts, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $156,247.77 would be needed to afford a $1,302.06 monthly payment in the example $125,928.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to The University of the Arts in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $34,840 to $43,100. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 4.7%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 4 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current 4 year cost of $261,196.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for The University of the Arts.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$89,801$359,205
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$114,612$458,447
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $146,277$585,108
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $169,334$677,335

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at The University of the Arts to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.

Area of Study Graduates vs National Avg
Dance, General Bachelor's Degree 63 44% costlier
Illustration Bachelor's Degree 53 43% costlier
Graphic Design Bachelor's Degree 51 62% costlier
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 41 64% costlier
Photography Bachelor's Degree 31 45% costlier
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other Bachelor's Degree 31 25% costlier
Industrial and Product Design Bachelor's Degree 24 46% costlier
Musical Theatre Bachelor's Degree 23 54% costlier
Acting Bachelor's Degree 20 48% costlier
Crafts/Craft Design, Folk Art and Artisanry Bachelor's Degree 20 43% costlier
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia Bachelor's Degree 16 52% costlier
Painting Bachelor's Degree 13 47% costlier
Sculpture Bachelor's Degree 12 38% costlier
Playwriting and Screenwriting Bachelor's Degree 10 26% costlier
Printmaking Bachelor's Degree 10 36% costlier
Intermedia/Multimedia Bachelor's Degree 9 41% costlier
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 9 51% costlier
Directing and Theatrical Production Bachelor's Degree 9 38% costlier
Cinematography and Film/Video Production Bachelor's Degree 9 53% costlier
Music Theory and Composition Bachelor's Degree 7 40% costlier
Drama and Dance Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 5 77% costlier
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology Bachelor's Degree 5 51% costlier

Calculators

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About The University of the Arts

The University of the Arts is a four year private college located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Full time enrollment is 1,821 and part time is 96. Learn more about getting accepted at The University of the Arts at CollegeSimply.

Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Address
The University of the Arts
320 S Broad St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
19102-4901

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

The University of the Arts is a private not for profit institution.

The University of the Arts cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=215105 IPEDS survey data.