Catholic University of America

Washington, DC, USA

Tuition, Cost & Aid

Affordability and Cost

Average Net Price Average net price for full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates paying the in-state or in-district tuition rate who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution. Other sources of grant aid are excluded. Aid awarded anytime during the full aid year is included.

Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state or local government, or institutional grant and scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies and the weighted average room and board and other expenses.
$32,731
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Average Net Price By Family Income
Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$25,199
$30k - $48k
$24,279
$48k - $75k
$25,533
$75k - $110k
$30,418
$110k+
$37,158
Tuition
In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
$45,804
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
$45,804
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
$14,650
Books and Supplies
$838
Tuition Payment Plan
Yes
Financial Aid: visit page
Financial Aid Email: cua-finaid@cua.edu

Aid & Grants

0
100
81%
Need Met
Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
12%
Average Aid Per Year
$24,577
Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
12%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$5,747
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$23,706
Students receiving state aid
4%
Average State Grant Aid Per Year
$1,374
Students receiving federal aid
14%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$5,747
Average Grant & Scholarship By Family Income
Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$34,392
$30k - $48k
$35,312
$48k - $75k
$34,058
$75k - $110k
$29,173
$110k+
$22,433
Total Needs Based Scholarships/Grants Total amount of grant or scholarship aid awarded to all undergraduates from the federal government, state/local government, the institution, and other sources known to the institution.
$47,306,993
Total Non-Need-Based Scholarships/Grants
$23,308,767

Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
60%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$8,822
Students receiving federal loans
60%
Average Federal Loans Per Year
$5,977
Average Other Loans Per Year
$20,022
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
$23,987
Loan Default Rate
2%
US National: 7%
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.
$286

What Students Are Saying

3.63 Average Rating
College costs an arm and a leg. However, being here has done nothing but brought out the best in me and help me discover myself. I absolutely love it and I think I am making the experience worth every penny.
Shay from West Rutland, VT
My experience has been very personalized and I feel like the school cares about my success. The community is wonderful and I come out of class everyday feeling like I have learned and one step closer to my chosen career!
Margaret from River Ridge, LA
the price is high, but it is very worth it.
CUA Rocks!
Let's face it, college is expensive. I am so happy here and I am learning a lot. I grew so much in my reasoning and my maturity in just one semester. And I didn't even know it was happening. My parents pointed it out to me. I was just learing and having fun - yes it was work, too, but it was fun, as well. Well worth the money.
William from East Windsor, NJ
The university provides for its students. The cost is shocking to an entering freshman, but once you get to campus and start experiencing student life, you realize just why you paid that much.
Cathryn from Washington, DC
College isn't cheap these days - it is difficult to reconcile the cost of a college education with the current economic climate. However, CUA offers a lot for the amount they charge, which is actually less than other private colleges. Many of the residence halls have been refurbished in the past few years, and the fitness centers are fantastic. There are also a great deal of technological advancements for the classrooms, which makes it easier for teachers and students to engage with their academic subjects. I would suggest looking into the school's scholarships, which greatly reduce costs, but overall, the school delivers with great academic programs and residence life.
Becca
It's a great school; but a bit expensive. So, have a solid financial plan. But, CUA does offer a need based aid to those who qualify -- utilize this scholarship if possible!
Tye
It is an expensive school, but pretty good about scholarship money. It is an excellent school in just about every respect.
Emma from Lexington, KY

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