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Virginia Commonwealth University Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$22,549 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$7,860 tuition
$10,004 on campus room & board
$2,659 books
$2,026 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)

$36,576 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$21,275 tuition
$10,004 on campus room & board
$2,659 books
$2,638 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$3,887 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
84% of students receive aid
38% get federal aid ($4,197 avg)
50% get state aid ($4,850 avg)
48% get institn'l aid ($3,887 avg)
69% get loans ($6,567 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 11.9% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 4.84% change in out-of-state tuition and fees. Amounts shown are estimates only and not guaranteed. For a better estimate, contact the college directly.

Financial Aid

Annual Aid Awarded
Average Amount Percent Awarded
Grant or Scholarship Aid $9,793 60%
Federal Grant Aid $4,197 38%
Pell Grants $4,162 31%
Other Federal Grants $1,836 16%
Institution Grant Aid $3,887 48%
State Grant Aid $4,850 50%
Student Loans $6,567 69%
Federal Loans $5,621 69%
Other Loans $11,422 6%

Merit Aid Available

Financial Aid Timeline
Financial aid priority deadline: March 1
Financial aid deadline: -
College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about: April 1
Student must reply to financial aid decision by: May 1
Does Virginia Commonwealth University offer...
Tuition Payment Plan? Yes
Financial Aid Contact Info
PO Box 842526
Richmond, VA 23284-2526
(804) 828-0100
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State $332
Out of State $891


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 5
  • Brianna from Hampton, VA
  • Mar-24-2014 I am a current student here

    Whenever you have money in your pocket, take the time to explore and venture into the restaurants in Richmond.

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  • 4
  • Austin from Chesapeake, VA
  • Mar-15-2014 I am a current student here

    VCU is relatively affordable, and it gives you a lot of variety and personality for your money. Just make sure you visit first, or you might end up not enjoying your time here.

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  • 3
  • Emily from Midlothian, VA
  • Jan-21-2014 I am a current student here

    VCU student life is sometimes pricey but only because it's in the middle of a city. So housing and food can get pricey.

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  • 5
  • Sarah from Rocky Mount, VA
  • Jan-10-2014 I am a current student here

    When you first get here, you'll feel like you're bleeding money, but VCU offers so much compared to other schools in the state, I promise it's worth it. First and most important to me, is the RamRide. VCU has two campuses in downtown Richmond, and to make it easier for students, they have a fleet of brand new buses that are free for you to ride anywhere between the two campuses. These aren't run down city buses, they have very nice plush seats and they are sparkling clean with no funny smells. Next, RamSafe. Maybe it's Saturday night and you've had too much to drink, and it's cold, and the RamRide stopped running at 9pm. That's okay! You can call RamSafe anytime between 5pm and 8am, and they will send a shuttle to pick you up and take you back to your dorm. I know your parents want you to go to those old, historic colleges that look the same today as they did when your dad went there... and your gran-dad, and maybe even your great grand-dad. You probably don't though. VCU isn't that school. VCU was founded 175 years ago, but it's constantly changing and growing. In fact, the campus looked radically different when I visited 10 years ago as a 6th grader. The campus has nearly doubled in size since then, and the university's 6 year expansion plan will almost double it again. I guarantee during your four years here you'll see at least one brand new building go up. It's really great when you can see your tuition money being put to use. And did I mention our basketball team is boss?

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