University of Puget Sound
Tacoma, WA, 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.
$37,074
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Average Net Price By Family Income
Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$29,902
$30k - $48k
$31,071
$48k - $75k
$33,678
$75k - $110k
$35,680
$110k+
$42,347
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.
$49,776
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.
$49,776
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.
$12,540
Books and Supplies
$1,000
Tuition Payment Plan
Yes
Financial Aid: visit page
Financial Aid Email: sfs@pugetsound.edu

Aid & Grants

0
100
78%
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.
14%
Average Aid Per Year
$21,534
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.
14%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$5,713
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$20,035
Students receiving state aid
5%
Average State Grant Aid Per Year
$9,602
Students receiving federal aid
18%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$5,713
Average Grant & Scholarship By Family Income
Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$31,750
$30k - $48k
$30,581
$48k - $75k
$27,974
$75k - $110k
$25,972
$110k+
$19,305
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.
$33,608,421
Total Non-Need-Based Scholarships/Grants
$19,873,418

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.
51%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$7,739
Students receiving federal loans
51%
Average Federal Loans Per Year
$6,405
Average Other Loans Per Year
$18,249
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.
$20,500
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.
$284

What Students Are Saying

3.99 Average Rating
I have to say, coming from a very low income family, University of Puget Sound is on the expensive side, and it has been very hard for me to get scholarships. However, even though right now I'm a little afraid of how many loans I'm going to be working on paying back when I graduate, I think I'll look back and feel like every penny was worth it.
Madison from Kihei, HI
it's definitely expensive, but especially if you can get good scholarships--i'm going here for less than it would cost to go to my state school alternative--it is totally worth it. cool people, great academic programs, great support programs (disabilities services, career and employment services, the center for health and wellness services, etc. are all very helpful). i can't say much for the social scene, but if you're paying for a solid education, that's what you're going to get, on a beautiful campus and great location (if you don't mind the cold and rain--tacoma does have some glorious sunshine!). just make sure you check with other students about the classes you want to take, because some professors are much better than others and will get you a lot farther more easily.
Carrie from Beaverton, OR
One big worry about Puget Sound is just how expensive it is- it's a pretty pricey school. But I think it's absolutely worth it. Puget Sound has not only become my school but my new home. The dorms are absolutely beautiful with spacious rooms, a kitchen in every building, and laundry on every floor. The class rooms and class buildings are fantastic and the cafeteria food is absolutely amazing. The sub is always serving a variety of dishes and has so many stations to chose from- I've never gotten bored of the food. Although UPS is expensive, it is more than worth it.
Madeleine from Altadena, CA
while it is fairly expensive, it is a very good education
Matthew from Medford, OR
UPS is an extremely expensive school, but they do offer decent scholarships if you have good grades. Overall, the education is very good. Within the first year I learned a lot in class, and found ways to connect what I learned in the classroom with current events in the world.
current sophomore
This place is expensive. Try to get scholarships and financial aid. I think it is worth it though.
anonymous
Puget Sound gives generous scholarships for both academic and needs-based criteria. Students worried about finances can easily get answers they need from admissions, and Puget Sound tried to make it work. We have work-study programs for needs-based students and other on campus jobs for both needs-based and non-needs-based students to make some cash.
AC
Expensive. Yes tuition here is incredibly high, but I feel that it is worth every single penny. I receive a very solid education from the professors I pay so much for. The tuition also allows for free tutors in every possible subject and more available office hours than you know what to do with. It is a great comfort to know that the help is always there if you need it (even at 11pm the night before a project is due). While it does become a bit stressful figuring out how to make ends meet right now, I know that now and in the future I will be thankful for this top notch education.
Jessica from Graham, WA
university of puget sound is expensive unless you get scholarships, which the school works hard to give. it worth every penny.
Juliette from Tacoma, WA
Yes, it's very expensive. But your money goes not only to great professors, but other programs as well (such as Student Government, tutoring services, excellent facilities, etc.).
Jane from Portland, OR