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Undergraduate Costs

University of the Arts’ Student Financial Services team will guide you through the process of paying for a UArts education. Approximately 98% of eligible students receive financial aid.

 

We offer a variety of grant, loan, and student employment options to help you realize your goals.

Net Price Calculator

The net price, or out-of-pocket cost, is the amount a student pays to attend an institution in a single academic year after subtracting any scholarships and grants they receive. (Scholarships and grants are forms of financial aid that do not need repayment.)

Net price calculators allow you to enter information about yourself to find out what students with similar financial profiles paid to attend UArts in the previous year, after taking grants and scholarship aid into account.

Our net price calculator provides a preliminary estimate of federal, state, and institutional aid eligibility, to help you gauge what aid might be awarded and to begin making plans to address the cost of attendance. It is important to understand that this calculator offers a general estimate and should be used for informational purposes only.

Note: Merit scholarships are awarded based on talent and academic merit and are not accurately reflected in this calculator.

Get an estimated net price. 

2023–2024 Tuition

 

 

Direct Cost1

Indirect Cost2

Notes

Tuition

$54,010

 

Based on full-time status (12–18 credits)

Student Services Fee

$280

 

 

Books

 

$1,314

Estimated; actual cost will vary

Housing3

 

$12,286 

Estimated; actual cost will vary3

Food

 

$6,742

All new students living on campus are required to get the Platinum Plan.  Returning and commuter students can choose less costly options.

Transportation

 

$819

Estimated; actual cost will vary

Personal

 

$1,701

Estimated; actual cost will vary

Loan Fee 

 

$42

Though federal loans originate a principal amount for the student, federal student aid sends the institution the principal, minus the origination fee. This item reconciles this difference.

Total direct costs: $54,290; Total indirect costs: $22,904

Total cost: $77, 194

 

1– Direct costs are mandatory expenses billed and paid directly to the school.

2 – Indirect costs are expenses necessary to maintain a “modest but adequate” standard of living as a student based on Philadelphia’s cost of living information and student feedback.  A student may not need to fund these costs and are not required.

 

2023–2024 Housing

Shared room within an apartment: $12,782 per year

Single room within a shared apartment: $13,124 per year

Single studio apartment: $13,782 per year

Annual housing reservation deposit (nonrefundable; applied toward security deposit): $200

Annual security deposit (refundable if no damages are charged): $200

Learn more about housing.

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2023–2024 Food Plans

Platinum Plan (declining balance)

  • $6,742 per year

  • All first-year students are required to be on the Platinum Plan, and it remains an option for returning residential students. Dining Dollars are straight dollar-for-dollar exchanges for all retail items on campus.

Gold Plan (declining balance)

  • $5,840 per year

  • The Gold Plan is available for residential students who have completed their first year. All the same Dining Dollars conditions as the Platinum Plan apply.

Learn more about dining.

Sample Undergraduate Budget

 

Direct Cost1

Indirect Cost2

Tuition

$54,010

 

Student Services Fee

$280

 

Books

 

$1,314

Housing

 

$12,286 

Food

 

$6,742

Transportation

 

$819

Personal

 

$1,701

Loan Fee

 

$42

Total Direct Costs

$54,290

Total Indirect Costs

$22,904

Total

$77,194

1 – Direct costs are mandatory expenses billed and paid directly to the school.

2 – Indirect costs are expenses necessary to maintain a “modest but adequate” standard of living as a student, based on Philadelphia’s cost of living information and student feedback. A student may not need to fund these costs; they are not required.

Student Aid Index

The Student Aid Index (SAI) is an eligibility index number that a college’s financial aid office uses to determine how much federal aid the student would receive if they attend a particular school. This number results from the information that the student provides in their FAFSA form.

Federal Student Aid Calculator

Get an estimate of your federal aid eligibility by using the Federal Student Aid Index Calculator. 

Get an estimate at studentaid.gov.

Billing & Payment Information

Learn more about paying your bill and adding authorized users, and view financial policies.

Need help? Contact us.

800-616-ARTS ext. 6170 or 215-717-6170
finaid@uarts.edu

Types of Financial Aid for Undergraduates

Merit-based scholarships, grants, loans, work study, and other ways to pay for college

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Applying for Undergraduate Aid

Aid process and confirming your award, billing and and payment, and more

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Undergraduate Financial Aid Deadlines

FAFSA and state grant deadlines

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