Tuition for Vanderbilt University is $48,600 for the 2018/2019 academic year. This is 71% more expensive than the national average private non-profit four year college tuition of $28,471. The cost is 155% more expensive than the average Tennessee tuition of $19,089 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 59th in Tennessee amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the most expensive 4 year college in the state. Price does not vary by residence.
The school charges an additional fees of $1,216 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $49,816.
On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $16,234 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Nashville should budget at least this amount.
The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,294.
If living on-campus, students should budget for $2,802 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $0 in other miscellaneous living expenses.
The annual tuition and living expense budget to go to Vanderbilt was $70,146 for the 2018/2019 academic year. The cost is the same for all students regardless of Tennessee residence status as there is no in-state discount.
Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2018-2019 and 2017-2018 IPEDS survey response for Vanderbilt University and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.
|Tennessee Resident Total Budget||$70,146|
|Room and Board||$16,234|
|On-Campus Other Budget||$2,802|
|Books and Supplies||$1,294|
|Non-Resident Total Budget||$70,146|
|Room and Board||$16,234|
|On-Campus Other Budget||$2,802|
|Books and Supplies||$1,294|
Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $70,146 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.
The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported Vanderbilt net price for in-state students is $23,295* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.
65% of Vanderbilt University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $41,359. 13 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 $4,281. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Vanderbilt University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
|Financial Aid Summary|
|Average Annual Net Price||$23,295*|
|Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid||65%|
|Average Total Grant Aid||$41,359|
|Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants||13%|
|Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid||$4,281|
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||$1,168|
|$30,001 to $48,000||$6,043|
|$48,001 to $75,000||$11,146|
|$75,001 to $110,000||$14,814|
CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $70,146. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.
Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, Vanderbilt University or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.
Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.
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.
To make a comparative assessment if Vanderbilt is worth the price, measures of it's relative value for tuition dollar can be examined. We've calculated an academic national percentile rating of 98/100 for Vanderbilt University. Considering an average net price paid of $18,993, this leads to an overall value ranking of 76/100. This places the school 58th on our national Best Value Colleges ranking as a provider of a very high value education compared to actual overall price paid.
|School||Cost vs. Vanderbilt University|
|Emory University||4.1% more expensive|
|Washington University in St Louis||7.8% more expensive|
|Davidson College||4.8% more expensive|
|University of Notre Dame||8.8% more expensive|
|University of Chicago||14% more expensive|
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 Vanderbilt University.
At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at Vanderbilt is $280,584 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 $18,993 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $75,972**
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 $350,730 or $94,965 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.
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 Vanderbilt University.
|Tennessee Resident Tuition Per Semester||$24,300|
|Tennessee Resident Total Cost Per Semester||$35,073|
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 Vanderbilt University are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.
|Price per credit hour||$2,025|
|Cost for one class (3 credit hours)||$6,075|
|Cost for one class (4 credit hours)||$8,100|
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. 12% of Vanderbilt University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,010. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $20,303.
How much are student loan payments for Vanderbilt University? 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 $75,972, 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 $94,263.83. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Vanderbilt University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 65% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $18,993. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Vanderbilt University 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.
|Monthly Loan Payment||$785.53|
|Number of Monthly Payments||120|
|Total Interest Cost||$18,291.83|
|Sum of All Payments over 10 years||$94,263.83|
Can I afford to attend Vanderbilt? 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 Vanderbilt University, 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 $94,263.83 would be needed to afford a $785.53 monthly payment in the example $75,972.00 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.
What will it cost to send your child to Vanderbilt University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $41,088 to $48,600. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 3.7%. 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 $280,584.00. 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 Vanderbilt University.
|Annual||4 Year Degree|
|Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025||$96,467||$385,868|
|Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030||$123,119||$492,477|
|Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035||$157,135||$628,539|
|Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038||$181,903||$727,613|
We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Vanderbilt University 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|
|Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Bachelor's Degree||71||37% costlier|
|Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree||67||65% costlier|
|Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree||67||69% costlier|
|Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree||56||67% costlier|
|Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree||47||65% costlier|
|Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree||44||53% costlier|
|Engineering Science Bachelor's Degree||44||46% costlier|
|Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||33||63% costlier|
|Economics, General Bachelor's Degree||30||57% costlier|
|History, General Bachelor's Degree||28||71% costlier|
|Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree||25||73% costlier|
|English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree||22||75% costlier|
|Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree||21||71% costlier|
|Secondary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree||21||92% costlier|
|Philosophy Bachelor's Degree||18||55% costlier|
|Neuroscience Bachelor's Degree||17||22% costlier|
|Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree||16||43% costlier|
|Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree||16||74% costlier|
|Child Development Bachelor's Degree||14||108% costlier|
|Social Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree||12||83% costlier|
|Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree||12||32% costlier|
|Developmental and Child Psychology Bachelor's Degree||11||67% costlier|
|Sociology Bachelor's Degree||10||70% costlier|
|French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||10||52% costlier|
|Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree||10||66% costlier|
|Film/Cinema/Video Studies Bachelor's Degree||7||38% costlier|
|Stringed Instruments Bachelor's Degree||6||34% costlier|
|Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree||6||66% costlier|
|Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree||6||69% costlier|
|Music Theory and Composition Bachelor's Degree||6||50% costlier|
|Public Policy Analysis, General Bachelor's Degree||6||26% costlier|
|European Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree||6||28% costlier|
|Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||6||85% costlier|
|Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree||5||98% costlier|
|Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Bachelor's Degree||5||39% costlier|
|Physics, General Bachelor's Degree||5||59% costlier|
|Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree||5||65% costlier|
|Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree||4||48% costlier|
|Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree||4||68% costlier|
|Cognitive Science Bachelor's Degree||4||30% costlier|
|Molecular Biology Bachelor's Degree||3||45% costlier|
|Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree||3||63% costlier|
|Latin American Studies Bachelor's Degree||3||32% costlier|
|Woodwind Instruments Bachelor's Degree||3||21% costlier|
|Music, Other Bachelor's Degree||3||60% costlier|
|Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree||3||48% costlier|
|American/United States Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree||2||35% costlier|
|East Asian Studies Bachelor's Degree||2||23% costlier|
|Science, Technology and Society Bachelor's Degree||2||24% costlier|
|Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology Bachelor's Degree||2||19% costlier|
|Computer Science Bachelor's Degree||2||67% costlier|
|German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||2||49% costlier|
|Voice and Opera Bachelor's Degree||2||59% costlier|
|Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree||2||77% costlier|
|Education, General Bachelor's Degree||1||64% costlier|
|Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree||1||22% costlier|
|Keyboard Instruments Bachelor's Degree||1||58% costlier|
|Jewish/Judaic Studies Bachelor's Degree||1||42% costlier|
|Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree||1||103% costlier|
|Education, Other Bachelor's Degree||1||87% costlier|
|Asian Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree||1||34% costlier|
|Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree||1||97% costlier|
|History, Other Bachelor's Degree||1||58% costlier|
|Anthropology Bachelor's Degree||1||55% costlier|
|Brass Instruments Bachelor's Degree||1||32% costlier|
|African-American/Black Studies Bachelor's Degree||1||49% costlier|
|Ancient Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree||1||24% costlier|
|Percussion Instruments Bachelor's Degree||1||33% costlier|
|Russian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||1||34% costlier|
Use the calculators below to formulate a college savings plan for Vanderbilt University or model a student loan.
Vanderbilt University is a four year private college located in Nashville, Tennessee. Full time enrollment is 11,864 and part time is 960. Learn more about getting accepted at Vanderbilt University at CollegeSimply.
Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.Address
Vanderbilt University is a private not for profit institution.
Vanderbilt University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=221999 IPEDS survey data.