Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Tuition for Widener University Main Campus is $43,296 for the 2017/2018 academic year. This is 56% more expensive than the national average private non-profit four year college tuition of $27,755. The cost is 63% more expensive than the average Pennsylvania tuition of $26,599 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 109th in Pennsylvania amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 21st most expensive 4 year college in the state. Price does not vary by residence.

The school charges an additional fees of $870 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $44,166.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $14,024 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Chester should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,300.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $1,728 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $2,358 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The annual tuition and living expense budget to go to Widener University-Main Campus was $61,218 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 Widener University Main Campus and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Widener University Main Campus
Estimated Budgets
Pennsylvania Resident Total Budget $61,218
   In-State Tuition$43,296
   Other Fees$870
   Room and Board$14,024
   On-Campus Other Budget$1,728
   Books and Supplies$1,300
Non-Resident Total Budget $61,218
   Out-of-State Tuition$43,296
   Other Fees$870
   Room and Board$14,024
   On-Campus Other Budget$1,728
   Books and Supplies$1,300


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 $61,218 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 Widener University-Main Campus net price for in-state students is $27,473* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

96% of Widener University Main Campus students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $24,226. 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 $4,444. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Widener University Main Campus, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Widener University Main Campus
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$27,473*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid96%
Average Total Grant Aid$24,226
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants28%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,444

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$23,467
$30,001 to $48,000$24,000
$48,001 to $75,000$25,342
$75,001 to $110,000$27,811

Average Financial Aid Mix - $61,218 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $61,218. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 41% - $24,226

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

Federal Loans

 10% - $6,032

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

Out of Pocket

 49% -  $29,232

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. Widener University Main Campus
The University of the Arts0.5% less expensive
La Salle University33.5% less expensive
Delaware Valley University17.8% less expensive
Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary6.9% less expensive
York College Pennsylvania59.4% 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 Widener University Main Campus.

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 Widener University-Main Campus is $244,872 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 $26,677 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $106,708**

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 $306,090 or $133,385 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 Widener University Main Campus.

Pennsylvania Resident Tuition Per Semester$21,648
Pennsylvania Resident Total Cost Per Semester$30,609

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 Widener University Main Campus 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 Widener University Main Campus
Price per credit hour$1,442
Cost for one class (3 credit hours)$4,326
Cost for one class (4 credit hours)$5,768


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. 82% of Widener University Main Campus students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $6,032.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Widener University Main Campus? 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 $106,708, 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 $132,400.16. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Widener University Main Campus. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 96% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $26,677. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Widener University Main Campus 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.

Widener University Main Campus Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$1,103.33
Amount Borrowed$106,708.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$25,692.16
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$132,400.16

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Widener University-Main Campus? 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 Widener University Main Campus, 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 $132,400.16 would be needed to afford a $1,103.33 monthly payment in the example $106,708.00 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 Widener University Main Campus in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $35,764 to $43,296. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 4.2%. 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 $244,872.00. 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 Widener University Main Campus.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$84,189$336,756
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$107,449$429,796
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $137,135$548,540
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $158,751$635,004

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Widener University Main Campus 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
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 112 71% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 51 51% costlier
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 47 65% costlier
Hospitality Administration/Management, General Bachelor's Degree 37 69% costlier
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 30 44% costlier
Education, General Bachelor's Degree 29 43% costlier
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 23 58% costlier
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 22 44% costlier
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Bachelor's Degree 21 92% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 19 51% costlier
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other Bachelor's Degree 16 55% costlier
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 13 54% costlier
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 12 70% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 12 49% costlier
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 12 45% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 12 52% costlier
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist Associate's Degree 10 189% costlier
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 8 34% costlier
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 8 36% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 8 47% costlier
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Associate's Degree 7 176% costlier
Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree 7 53% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 6 50% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 6 66% costlier
Business/Commerce, General Bachelor's Degree 4 62% costlier
Information Science/Studies Bachelor's Degree 4 56% costlier
Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree 4 72% costlier
International Relations and Affairs Bachelor's Degree 3 30% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 3 39% costlier
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 3 42% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 1 183% costlier
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 79% costlier


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About Widener University Main Campus

Widener University Main Campus is a four year private college located in Chester, Pennsylvania.  Full time enrollment is 4,386 and part time is 2,016.

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

Widener University Main Campus
One University Place
Chester, Pennsylvania

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Widener University Main Campus is a private not for profit institution.

Widener University Main Campus cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=216852 IPEDS survey data.