Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Tuition for Texas Christian University is $44,670 for the 2017/2018 academic year. This is 61% more expensive than the national average private non-profit four year college tuition of $27,755. The cost is 190% more expensive than the average Texas tuition of $15,399 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 90th in Texas amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 3rd most expensive 4 year college in the state. Price does not vary by residence.

The school charges an additional fees of $90 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $44,760.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $12,360 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Fort Worth should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $970.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $4,880 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $4,880 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The annual tuition and living expense budget to go to TCU was $62,970 for the 2017/2018 academic year. The cost is the same for all students regardless of Texas 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 Texas Christian University and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Texas Christian University
Estimated Budgets
Texas Resident Total Budget $62,970
   In-State Tuition$44,670
   Other Fees$90
   Room and Board$12,360
   On-Campus Other Budget$4,880
   Books and Supplies$970
Non-Resident Total Budget $62,970
   Out-of-State Tuition$44,670
   Other Fees$90
   Room and Board$12,360
   On-Campus Other Budget$4,880
   Books and Supplies$970


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 $62,970 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 TCU net price for in-state students is $31,087* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

65% of Texas Christian University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $19,465. 9 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 $4,292. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Texas Christian University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Texas Christian University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$31,087*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid65%
Average Total Grant Aid$19,465
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants9%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,292

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$18,578
$30,001 to $48,000$25,121
$48,001 to $75,000$27,204
$75,001 to $110,000$33,916

Average Financial Aid Mix - $62,970 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $62,970. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 34% - $19,465

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

Federal Loans

 10% - $5,755

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

Out of Pocket

 57% -  $32,870

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.

Is it Worth the Cost?

To make a comparative assessment if TCU 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 89/100 for Texas Christian University. Considering an average net price paid of $28,097, this leads to an overall value ranking of 65/100. This places the school 141st on our national Best Value Colleges ranking as a provider of a very high value education compared to actual overall price paid.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Private Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. Texas Christian University
Southern Methodist University4.3% more expensive
Baylor University11.3% less expensive
Trinity University8.8% less expensive
University of Tulsa9.4% 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 Texas Christian University.

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 TCU is $251,880 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 $28,097 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $112,388**

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 $314,850 or $140,485 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 Texas Christian University.

Texas Resident Tuition Per Semester$22,335
Texas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$31,485

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 Texas Christian University 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 Texas Christian University
Price per credit hour$1,890
Cost for one class (3 credit hours)$5,670
Cost for one class (4 credit hours)$7,560


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. 28% of Texas Christian University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,755. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $38,317.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Texas Christian 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 $112,388, 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 $139,447.73. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Texas Christian 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 $28,097. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Texas Christian 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.

Texas Christian University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$1,162.06
Amount Borrowed$112,388.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$27,059.73
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$139,447.73

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend TCU? 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 Texas Christian 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 $139,447.73 would be needed to afford a $1,162.06 monthly payment in the example $112,388.00 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 Texas Christian University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $34,500 to $44,670. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 5.9%. 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 $251,880.00. 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 Texas Christian University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$86,598$346,394
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$110,524$442,096
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $141,060$564,239
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $163,294$653,177

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Texas Christian 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
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 160 75% costlier
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication Bachelor's Degree 128 58% costlier
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 86 69% costlier
Organizational Communication, General Bachelor's Degree 70 58% costlier
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 66 69% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 63 56% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 53 73% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 52 56% costlier
General Studies Bachelor's Degree 50 86% costlier
Fashion Merchandising Bachelor's Degree 48 68% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 48 51% costlier
Real Estate Bachelor's Degree 47 51% costlier
Management Science Bachelor's Degree 46 52% costlier
Radio and Television Bachelor's Degree 45 63% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 40 41% costlier
Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 38 38% costlier
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 37 82% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 29 54% costlier
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 27 59% costlier
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management Bachelor's Degree 25 73% costlier
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 23 66% costlier
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Bachelor's Degree 23 85% costlier
Dietetics/Dietitian Bachelor's Degree 21 73% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 20 57% costlier
Movement Therapy and Movement Education Bachelor's Degree 19 46% costlier
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree 18 75% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 17 53% costlier
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst Bachelor's Degree 17 119% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 16 46% costlier
Broadcast Journalism Bachelor's Degree 16 64% costlier
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 16 75% costlier
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 16 32% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 15 54% costlier
Graphic Design Bachelor's Degree 14 56% costlier
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 14 63% costlier
Interior Design Bachelor's Degree 14 63% costlier
Developmental and Child Psychology Bachelor's Degree 13 50% costlier
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 12 47% costlier
Mathematics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 12 78% costlier
English/Language Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 10 80% costlier
Dance, General Bachelor's Degree 10 39% costlier
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 10 52% costlier
International Relations and Affairs Bachelor's Degree 10 34% costlier
Creative Writing Bachelor's Degree 9 37% costlier
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 9 52% costlier
International and Intercultural Communication Bachelor's Degree 8 23% costlier
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General Bachelor's Degree 8 74% costlier
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 8 28% costlier
Acting Bachelor's Degree 7 43% costlier
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 7 39% costlier
Ballet Bachelor's Degree 7 41% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 6 39% costlier
International Economics Bachelor's Degree 6 23% costlier
Photography Bachelor's Degree 6 40% costlier
Social Studies Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 6 69% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 5 48% costlier
Natural Resources Management and Policy Bachelor's Degree 5 64% costlier
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 5 84% costlier
Neuroscience Bachelor's Degree 5 10% costlier
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 4 35% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 4 51% costlier
International Finance Bachelor's Degree 4 7% costlier
Athletic Training/Trainer Bachelor's Degree 4 67% costlier
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 4 37% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 4 71% costlier
International Marketing Bachelor's Degree 4 37% costlier
Painting Bachelor's Degree 4 42% costlier
Geography Bachelor's Degree 3 70% costlier
Musical Theatre Bachelor's Degree 3 49% costlier
Information Technology Bachelor's Degree 3 85% costlier
Keyboard Instruments Bachelor's Degree 3 42% costlier
Stringed Instruments Bachelor's Degree 3 21% costlier
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other Bachelor's Degree 3 53% costlier
Directing and Theatrical Production Bachelor's Degree 3 33% costlier
Actuarial Science Bachelor's Degree 3 49% costlier
Farm/Farm and Ranch Management Bachelor's Degree 2 39% costlier
Printmaking Bachelor's Degree 2 31% costlier
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 34% costlier
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness Bachelor's Degree 2 68% costlier
Art Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 2 73% costlier
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology Bachelor's Degree 2 46% costlier
Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services, Other Bachelor's Degree 2 87% costlier
Nutrition Sciences Bachelor's Degree 2 40% costlier
Music Theory and Composition Bachelor's Degree 2 35% costlier
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 2 80% costlier
Sports Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 47% costlier
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 1 58% costlier
Photojournalism Bachelor's Degree 1 61% costlier
Sculpture Bachelor's Degree 1 33% costlier
Astronomy and Astrophysics, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 10% costlier
International Business/Trade/Commerce Bachelor's Degree 1 53% costlier
Voice and Opera Bachelor's Degree 1 43% costlier


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About Texas Christian University

Texas Christian University is a four year private college located in Fort Worth, Texas.  The school is affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) faith.  Full time enrollment is 9,969 and part time is 425.

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

Texas Christian University
2800 S University Dr
Fort Worth, Texas

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Texas Christian University is a private not for profit institution.

Texas Christian University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=228875 IPEDS survey data.