Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN, 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.
$19,959
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Average Net Price By Family Income
Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$1,168
$30k - $48k
$6,043
$48k - $75k
$11,146
$75k - $110k
$14,814
$110k+
$34,694
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.
$49,816
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.
$49,816
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.
$16,234
Books and Supplies
$1,294
Tuition Payment Plan
No
Financial Aid: visit page
Financial Aid Email: finaid@vanderbilt.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.
14%
Average Aid Per Year
$41,359
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
$5,614
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$40,527
Students receiving state aid
8%
Average State Grant Aid Per Year
$5,321
Students receiving federal aid
13%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$5,614
Average Grant & Scholarship By Family Income
Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$63,486
$30k - $48k
$58,611
$48k - $75k
$53,508
$75k - $110k
$49,840
$110k+
$29,960
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.
$3,525,592
Total Non-Need-Based Scholarships/Grants
$23,448,411

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.
13%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$8,051
Students receiving federal loans
12%
Average Federal Loans Per Year
$5,010
Average Other Loans Per Year
$22,205
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.
$13,440
Loan Default Rate
1%
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.
$154

What Students Are Saying

4.45 Average Rating
Vanderbilt is currently ranked #18 in the nation, tied with Notre Dame and Emory. Many of you prospective students may be wondering, Why should I pay $37,000 per year for my college tuition? In order to attend an equivalently ranked school, you would only be paying about $700 less for Emory and about $300 less for Notre Dame.
But, please give me a chance to convince you that the experience and education that Vanderbilt has to offer is worth your $300 - $700 extra dollars.

1) Vanderbilt provides a great balance between work and play. Many students live by the motto: work hard, play harder...so if partying is your thing then you will find plenty of opportunities to reward yourself for all of your A's and your well-earned B's. But, the great thing about Vandy is that if you prefer not to hang around the party scene scattered with frat juice, black lights, the Ying Yang Twins, and party fouls, then you too are not alone. There are plenty of work-a-holics that can find pure joy and soothing happiness simply by correctly solving a differential equation, but don't want the buzz of a cool beer to help relax their nerves.

2) Vandy is a great place to make friends from all over the U.S. and the world. I had the opportunity to go to one of my state universities, but after visiting my friends there I realized how happy I was that I had decided to go to Vanderbilt instead. All of my friend's friends were the same people from our high school or other people from our state. They had learned nothing about other parts of our glorious country or world through their friendships. At Vanderbilt, I have friends from California, New York, Montana, Maryland, Wisconsin, Texas, Japan, Florida, India, North Carolina, Great Britain, Ohio, Missouri, Georgia, Virginia, West Virginia, Alabama, Mississippi, Massachusetts, Tennessee...do you get the point? I have friends living all over our planet...I mean, how awesome is that! Many students at Vanderbilt are open to having fri...
K from Atlanta, GA
Vanderbilt always has great events on campus. All kinds too - comedians, music groups, magicians, dancers, sporting events, and many more. Last year we had guests such as Lil Wayne, T.I., The Flaming Lips, a comedian that appears on Chelsea Lately occasionally, and the co-author or the great book 'Freakonomics'. The education is top notch, just make sure they have your intended area of study and take a look at the class offerings. The financial aid services at Vandy are excellent and the staff is incredibly nice. The only reason I gave it 4 stars was because I wish the school was a little bit less expensive but it is worth it.
R from MO
A top-notch research university
+ a work hard/play hard mentality
+ renowned faculty
+ a great city with lots of cultural avenues
= a great bang for your buck!
L from Chicago, IL
The resources and opportunities available to you as a Vanderbilt University graduate are definitely worth the hefty tag. First of all, the financial aid and scholarship program are fantastic! The new expanded aid program assures no student graduates owing the university any money, a huge relief to students planning to continue to graduate school, and to me, a great indicator of how important the quality of life is to university administration.
Go 'Dores!
Yes, Vanderbilt is expensive, but the opportunities that are to be had here are most definitely worth it.
Walisha from Louisville, KY
Their financial aid packages are absolutely incredible. Some schools are canceling this helpful assistance, but Vandy is holding strong to it. Many would never imagine going here without it.
Ryan from Bowling Green, KY
I mean just saying you go to Vanderbilt will give you high accolades around the Nashville area. Most things are within a 15-minute-walk walking distance around the campus. There are 10 various libraries to choose to study from. Many research opportunities that I cannot stress enough, and just the cultural influence and push from those around you.
A from Vandy

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