Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Tuition for Marquette University is $39,330 for the 2018/2019 academic year. This is 45% more expensive than the national average private non-profit four year college tuition of $28,471. The cost is 110% more expensive than the average Wisconsin tuition of $19,627 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 50th in Wisconsin amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 5th most expensive 4 year college in the state. Price does not vary by residence.

The school charges an additional fees of $570 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $39,900.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $11,890 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Milwaukee should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $912.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $2,571 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $4,840 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The annual tuition and living expense budget to go to Marquette University was $55,273 for the 2018/2019 academic year. The cost is the same for all students regardless of Wisconsin 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 Marquette University and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Marquette University
Estimated Budgets
Wisconsin Resident Total Budget $55,273
   In-State Tuition$39,330
   Other Fees$570
   Room and Board$11,890
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,571
   Books and Supplies$912
Non-Resident Total Budget $55,273
   Out-of-State Tuition$39,330
   Other Fees$570
   Room and Board$11,890
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,571
   Books and Supplies$912


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 $55,273 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 Marquette University net price for in-state students is $32,900* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

100% of Marquette University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $15,535. 17 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 $4,365. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Marquette University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Marquette University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$32,900*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid100%
Average Total Grant Aid$15,535
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants17%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,365

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$21,337
$30,001 to $48,000$21,927
$48,001 to $75,000$26,807
$75,001 to $110,000$31,027

Average Financial Aid Mix - $55,273 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $55,273. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 29% - $15,535

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

Federal Loans

 12% - $6,473

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

Out of Pocket

 58% -  $30,694

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 Marquette University 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 65/100 for Marquette University. Considering an average net price paid of $28,746, this leads to an overall value ranking of 49/100. This places the school 200th 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. Marquette University
Milwaukee School of Engineering4.1% less expensive
Concordia University Wisconsin28% less expensive
Carthage College6.7% more expensive
Trinity International University23.2% less expensive
Ripon College5.6% more 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 Marquette 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 Marquette University is $221,092 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 $28,746 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $114,984**

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 $276,365 or $143,730 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 Marquette University.

Wisconsin Resident Tuition Per Semester$19,665
Wisconsin Resident Total Cost Per Semester$27,636

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 Marquette 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 Marquette University
Price per credit hour$1,025
Cost for one class (3 credit hours)$3,075
Cost for one class (4 credit hours)$4,100


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. 51% of Marquette University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $6,473. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $34,602.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Marquette 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 $114,984, 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 $142,668.78. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Marquette University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 100% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $28,746. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Marquette 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.

Marquette University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$1,188.91
Amount Borrowed$114,984.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$27,684.78
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$142,668.78

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Marquette University? 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 Marquette 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 $142,668.78 would be needed to afford a $1,188.91 monthly payment in the example $114,984.00 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 Marquette University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $32,810 to $39,330. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 4%. 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 $221,092.00. 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 Marquette University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$76,013$304,053
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$97,014$388,057
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $123,818$495,270
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $143,334$573,337

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Marquette 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 102 54% costlier
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 95 49% costlier
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 62 8% costlier
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 58 43% costlier
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 57 49% costlier
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 55 30% costlier
International Business/Trade/Commerce Bachelor's Degree 47 34% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 39 52% costlier
Public Relations/Image Management Bachelor's Degree 38 40% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 31 35% costlier
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree 27 43% costlier
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 23 31% costlier
Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree 21 38% costlier
Information Technology Bachelor's Degree 21 62% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 18 60% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 17 37% costlier
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other Bachelor's Degree 16 63% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 15 38% costlier
Organizational Leadership Bachelor's Degree 14 48% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 13 28% costlier
Athletic Training/Trainer Bachelor's Degree 13 47% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 12 34% costlier
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 12 32% costlier
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist Bachelor's Degree 12 55% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 12 33% costlier
Criminology Bachelor's Degree 11 36% costlier
Writing, General Bachelor's Degree 11 34% costlier
Real Estate Bachelor's Degree 10 33% costlier
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering, Other Bachelor's Degree 10 5% costlier
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 8 20% costlier
Physiology, General Bachelor's Degree 8 32% costlier
Social Work, Other Bachelor's Degree 8 22% costlier
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General Bachelor's Degree 8 58% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 8 50% costlier
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 8 56% costlier
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Bachelor's Degree 8 10% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 8 35% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 8 30% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 7 22% costlier
Communication and Media Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 6 22% costlier
Secondary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 6 51% costlier
Theology/Theological Studies Bachelor's Degree 6 42% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 5 23% costlier
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other Bachelor's Degree 5 34% costlier
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 5 30% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 5 33% costlier
Construction Engineering Bachelor's Degree 5 44% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 4 26% costlier
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering Bachelor's Degree 4 16% costlier
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other Bachelor's Degree 3 35% costlier
Human Biology Bachelor's Degree 3 1% cheaper
Biomedical Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 2 44% costlier
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 17% costlier
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 2 43% costlier
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 2 22% costlier
Theology and Religious Vocations, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 73% costlier
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 1 4% costlier
History, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 24% costlier
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 61% costlier
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 38% costlier
Advertising Bachelor's Degree 1 42% costlier
Computational Mathematics Bachelor's Degree 1 1% cheaper
History Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 59% costlier
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 1 30% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 1 37% costlier
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 45% costlier
Mathematics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 56% costlier
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 8% costlier
German Language Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 48% costlier
Physics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 52% costlier


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About Marquette University

Marquette University is a four year private college located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  The school is affiliated with the Roman Catholic faith.  Full time enrollment is 10,070 and part time is 1,224. Learn more about getting accepted at Marquette University at CollegeSimply.

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

Marquette University
1250 W Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Marquette University is a private not for profit institution.

Marquette University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=239105 IPEDS survey data.