Saint Mary's College

Notre Dame, IN, 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.
$23,244
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Average Net Price By Family Income
Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$12,577
$30k - $48k
$14,549
$48k - $75k
$15,434
$75k - $110k
$22,330
$110k+
$32,495
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.
$42,220
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.
$42,220
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.
$12,580
Books and Supplies
$1,100
Tuition Payment Plan
Yes
Financial Aid: visit page
Financial Aid Email: finaid@saintmarys.edu

Aid & Grants

0
100
85%
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.
22%
Average Aid Per Year
$25,970
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.
22%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$4,344
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$24,263
Students receiving state aid
12%
Average State Grant Aid Per Year
$5,880
Students receiving federal aid
23%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$4,344
Average Grant & Scholarship By Family Income
Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$40,047
$30k - $48k
$38,075
$48k - $75k
$37,190
$75k - $110k
$30,294
$110k+
$20,129
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.
$34,000,000
Total Non-Need-Based Scholarships/Grants
$6,345,058

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.
64%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$6,505
Students receiving federal loans
64%
Average Federal Loans Per Year
$5,461
Average Other Loans Per Year
$11,968
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.
$25,000
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.
$287

What Students Are Saying

3.93 Average Rating
Pretty high tuition, but they give you really good financial aid packages! I would say it is worth the money because of all the opportunities they provide for the students.
Therese from Cherry Valley, IL
The strong education combined with the variety of opportunities at Saint Mary's is a big benefit. Each class gives a strong intellectual experience. I feel challenged in my classes and know that I am getting my money's worth. In addition, Saint Mary's has the Career Crossings Office to help find jobs after graduation.
Jillian from Saint John, IN
Saint Mary's is really expensive but it is completely worth it! I am learning so much in my classes! Being here is a great experience! There are so many privileges that come with being here! You can stay on campus, go to Notre Dame, or Holy Cross just about anytime you would like.
Bridget from Monroe, MI
The financial aid is pretty good. I mean, we all wish there was more, but as far as colleges go...
Class of 2015
Saint Mary's is a very expensive college from my perspective. However, the education is very worth it.
Brianna from Beloit, WI
Like with any education, you get what you put into it. Going to class, keeping up with the homework and studying and anyone will get their bang for their buck. However, St. Mary's class size, good food service, wide variety of programs offered, and quality of education definitely put them ahead of other colleges. It may seem weird but St. Mary's actually cares about their students and knows about the sacrifices many are making to attend this school. For me, St. Mary's has been a good investment.
Allison from Battle Creek, MI
Saint Mary's is awesome. Not only did I learn a ton while being there, I made friends that will be there for me whenever I need them. It is totally worth the money and they offer many scholarships, along with grants and loans. Financial Aid is so helpful, and even if you don't think you need any aid, check it out!
Jillian from South Bend, IN
Saint Marys College is prestigious, and when you encounter a graduate you know this. So the bang for your buck is very good. It is expensive but most private institutions are, here you get a very well rounded education, great place to live and sharing it with amazing women!
Julie from Chicago, IL
I am not going to lie, going to any college, especially Saint Mary's, is very expensive. My mother is a single parent so you can image how I felt coming to SMC. The one thing I do like to tell prospective students is that if you really want to come here, financial aid will work with you to do as much as possible to make sure you can afford to come. Whatever the price tag is, you will never feel like you are wasting money. We have access to great professors, many who have hold the highest degree possible for their subject, wonder staff, and plenty of resources. The one thing I love the most is that we have complete access to Notre Dame. We can use their library, take classes over there, attend sporting events, and many other things. We call it the best of both worlds.
Adrienna from Holland, MI

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