Howard University

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.
$19,196
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Average Net Price By Family Income
Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$37,167
$30k - $48k
$38,412
$48k - $75k
$41,177
$75k - $110k
$42,971
$110k+
$43,189
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.
$26,756
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.
$26,756
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.
$13,895
Books and Supplies
$1,500
Tuition Payment Plan
Yes
Financial Aid: visit page
Financial Aid Email: finaid@howard.edu

Aid & Grants

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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.
87%
Average Aid Per Year
$24,005
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.
87%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$5,079
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$22,855
Students receiving state aid
2%
Average State Grant Aid Per Year
$1,168
Students receiving federal aid
49%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$5,079
Average Grant & Scholarship By Family Income
Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$20,844
$30k - $48k
$15,188
$48k - $75k
$14,228
$75k - $110k
$16,357
$110k+
$26,504
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.
$41,828,826
Total Non-Need-Based Scholarships/Grants
$59,330,073

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.
62%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$6,910
Students receiving federal loans
59%
Average Federal Loans Per Year
$5,737
Average Other Loans Per Year
$16,339
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.
$26,000
Loan Default Rate
8%
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.
$276

What Students Are Saying

3.42 Average Rating
Due to the fact that Howard is privately owned, it relies a great deal on donations from past alumni, and due to the economy of the U.S. at the moment, the costs for all colleges have risen, however HBCU's have been hit particularly hard. Howard is no different, and while there is no experience like the one found at HU, it is quite expensive. The current facilities such as the ones found in the Architecture building are undergoing a much needed overhaul, however that process takes time, and it is an inconvenience to the students at the moment. The teachers I have had so far are amazing however, and really care about my success, which is the most important thing to me.
Devon from Arlington, VA
While Howard offers a great education from a top HBCU, your bank account WILL decrease in size. For me, I have two scholarships and a loan that are taking care of my first year of freshman year and my parents are still struggling financially. During senior year, APPLY FOR AS MANY SCHOLARSHIPS AS POSSIBLE! Do not depend on Howard giving you any money if you are not one of the top students in your high school. Also, try to get parent or student loans which can help ease your financial woes during your years of schooling. Remember, you won't have to pay for them until you're out of school. Aside from those payments, your personal finances need to be taken into consideration. I can say that during my first four months, I spent $1,000 (something I'm not too proud of) and I didn't even make any huge purchases compared to my friends. Don't go crazy and go to clubs every weekend for $20-$40 (which is the normal price for most clubs) and think twice about buying that pal pack during freshman orientation. If you plan on buying groceries, settle for the generic brands and buy in bulk. My #1 rule was don't spend my money on unnecessary food like take out and dining out. Memorize those cafeteria hours and use that meal plan that your parents spent so much money on. Also, think about splitting the cost of cleaning supplies with your roommate. Try to apply for work-study or find a job near campus that you can work at part-time if your schedule allows. DC is an expensive place to live on or off campus so learn to deal with what have until you have some sort of money flow from home or your job.
Brianna from Indianapolis, IN
Everyone know college is a investment. But with Howard if you invest properly it is easy to see how your investment grows. The numerous connections you make, the countless people who approach you trying to offer you a job and the networking skills you gain just by relaxing on campus.
Patrick from brooklyn, NY
College is, what you make it. Make it worth it...for you.

Utilize ALL resources. Why not? You paid for it......
Michael from Algonquin, IL
At about $10,000 per semester, Howard is definitely a rare deal. Not only am i getting my money's worth education wise, i also get to use new facilities and participate in events, such as Howard University's homecoming that draw people form all over the world. Even with the low prices, Howard is still able to provide more than half the students with scholarships.
Elizabeth from Marlboro, NJ
The quality of learning, the various campus events, and socials are all worth the money one may be putting forth to stay at Howard.
Ondrae from New York, NY
Howard University is a private institution and is very costly. I don't feel as if you're getting your moneys worth due to the quality of the dorms, and lack of technology. However, a lot of the professors are distinguished and do a lot of work in research. You're more so paying for the name and prestige of the University, rather than the knowledge you acquire being here.
Ashley Jones from Pontiac, MI
It is a pricey place but the long term benefits are amazing! From proposals in the middle of the yard on campus to the one on one attention provided for those tricky subjects, you get your money's worth.
My-Xaviera from Spencerport, NY
Its a lot of buck but after one month you'll see why and wouldn't mind paying.
Khiana from Newark, NJ

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