Dickinson College
Carlisle, PA, 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.
$28,464
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Average Net Price By Family Income
Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$10,201
$30k - $48k
$11,933
$48k - $75k
$16,403
$75k - $110k
$24,241
$110k+
$40,388
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.
$54,636
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.
$54,636
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.
$13,698
Books and Supplies
$1,210
Tuition Payment Plan
Yes
Financial Aid: visit page
Financial Aid Email: [email protected]

Aid & Grants

0
100
100%
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
$34,171
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
$5,365
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$33,079
Students receiving state aid
7%
Average State Grant Aid Per Year
$3,440
Students receiving federal aid
14%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$5,365
Average Grant & Scholarship By Family Income
Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$56,459
$30k - $48k
$54,727
$48k - $75k
$50,257
$75k - $110k
$42,419
$110k+
$26,272
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.
$51,961,394
Total Non-Need-Based Scholarships/Grants
$5,948,428

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.
48%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$5,769
Students receiving federal loans
42%
Average Federal Loans Per Year
$4,101
Average Other Loans Per Year
$8,845
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.
$19,700
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.
$223

What Students Are Saying

3.90 Average Rating
This school is very expensive. Although I feel that I am getting a fantastic education, Dickinson College should not cost the same as an ivy league school. That being said, I did receive a very nice financial aid package and I know for a fact that others did as well, so I am not complaining.
Gabriel from Voorhees, NJ
SO expensive ($60,000) but I love the school, so it's worth it to me.
The education you are going to get here is phenomenal. The professors, guest speakers, etc. are top rate and conduct cutting edge research and partner or guest teach at other prestigious schools such as Harvard, Oxford, etc. The reason I gave it only 4 stars, however, is the amount of money one pours into books and tuition only to use the books minimally or have finance extra hidden fees for many classes.
Emma from Newville, PA
If you get pretty good financial aid, this school is definitely worth it. If you don't, then you might find it to be a bit expensive. The tuition and activities fees are probably the best value at the college, offering top-notch education and events that require no additional payment. A concern might be the residential costs, but they may vary depending on your living situation.
JR from PA
Work hard! Play harder!
Marcus from Bronx, NY
Yes, it's expensive, but Dickinson's Financial Aid office is fantastic. They truly recognize the individual need of each student and work extremely hard to give every accepted student the opportunity to attend the college. Absolutely the bang for your buck.
Morgan from Schuylkill Haven, PA
Dickinson is a private school, so it is going to be on the expensive side. The college provides need based financial aid, merit scholarships, and grants to deserving students and many students take full advantage of these opportunities. The higher cost of the education can be seen, though, in the small class sizes and student to teacher ratio.
Dickinson Student
So much is included in tuition, even though it is pricey. Study abroad doesn't cost any extra, printing is free, laundry is almost free (you're allotted a certain amount of free loads) and the list goes on. That being said, this school is expensive, to the point that I seriously considered transferring, but I love it here so much. The people and the classes are great and it is exactly what I want in a campus.

If money is a problem, Dickinson is great about scholarships. Do to an awkward family situation, it appeared that I didn't need as much aid as I do, and that was the reasoning for the expense causing me to think about leaving, but that is not the norm. Financial aid is great here. Also it's really easy to get a job on campus. The pay isn't great as freshman, but you're practically guaranteed a job which is good.
Current Student

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