There are many factors that go into your college search. While we understand that costs are a part of your consideration; it is important to us that all students are able to attend their first-choice college. Therefore, we are committed to assisting you and your family to make your University of Dubuque LIFE program possible whether at the Cedar Rapids or Dubuque campus.

The LIFE Investment

It's time to invest in your future!

Pursuing your dream of earning a bachelor's or master's degree means commitment to an investment of both time and money. The University of Dubuque's LIFE program is created to make it possible for you to earn your degree in the most affordable way in the shortest possible time. Earning your degree - your return on investment - will offer the opening that will change your life in many ways.  Achieving your degree will help you to advance in your career or make a career change, empowering you to maximize your earning potential. Most importantly, earning your degree will give you the chance to realize your dream of an education, and give you a sense of personal fulfillment.

Even though there are investments to be made in earning your degree, we believe that you will consider that achievement to be beyond price. 

LIFE - Student Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to eligible LIFE students. Registration for a minimum of half-time (6) credits per term is required for the federal Direct Stafford Loan program, and a minimum of three credit hours is required for the federal Pell and the Iowa Tuition Grant. (Grants are only available to eligible undergraduate students)

Students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at to determine eligibility for state and federal financial assistance.  Our federal financial aid school code is 001891.

LIFE - Cost

The cost per credit hour is competitively priced for the undergraduate degree program and the graduate degree program. Unlike many other accelerated adult degree programs, there are no other costs or fees associated with the academic program other than those for books.

As a LIFE Program student, you have full access to the University's facilities and services. Some are available at no additional charge (tutoring and the Academic Success Center, Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center [CRWC] general recreation, evening class-time childcare); others are available for a cost (meals, CRWC Fitness Center, day-time childcare). Please discuss with your LIFE Admission representative which of these services - and others - you would like to learn more about.

LIFE applicant Financial Aid