Cost of Attendance
A student's financial need is based on the total Cost of Attendance (COA) at the University of Dubuque. In addition to defining financial need, the COA sets the limit on the total financial aid a student may receive. The cost components that can be included are prescribed by law. University of Dubuque's COA is an estimate based on average educational expenses a student can expect to incur.

Undergraduate Direct Costs for the 2023-24 Academic YearCost
Full-time Tuition $38,260
Student Fees $1,805
Room (Double Occupancy) $5,790
Board (Standard meal plan) $5,680
Total Estimated Charges  $51,535 
  Estimated Flight and Helicopter Expenses  Cost
Flight costs for Airplane Training* $17,120
Flight costs for Helicopter Training*  $38,841 

*Flight costs vary and are based on actual flight time charges

  Estimated Indirect Educational Costs  Cost
Books and supplies $1,200
Transportation $1,050
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $1,700
Loan Fees* $100
Orientation fee (one-time fee) $100
Annual Parking Permit $99
Professional Licensure varies 
* Average loan fees for students borrowing federal direct student loans

Books and Supplies
These expenses vary each semester and largely depend on individual needs and program of study. On average, full-time students spend approximately $1,200 per year ($600/semester) on books and supplies.

Transportation costs vary according to living arrangements and may include transportation between campus, residences, and place of work. For the purpose of determining financial aid eligibility, we estimate transportation costs at $1,050 per academic year.

Miscellaneous Personal Expenses
Personal costs vary according to personal circumstances and spending habits. These expenses include, but is not limited to, clothing, personal items, entertainment, etc. For the purpose of determining financial aid eligibility, we estimate miscellaneous personal expenses at $1,700 per academic year.

Loan Fees*
Loan fee expenses are the average cost of Federal student loan fees and/or origination fees for Federal loans such as the Stafford loan.

Professional Licensure
This is an allowance for costs associated with obtaining a license, certification, or a first professional credential, for a student in a program that prepares them to enter a profession that requires such a qualification. Costs for professional licensure vary depending on program of study and license, certification, credential required.

The following additional cost allowances can be added to your COA if applicable and with acceptable documentation as determined by the financial aid office:

  • Dependent care costs
  • Disability-related costs
  • Student/parent loan fees
  • Study abroad expenses
  • Computer purchase
Additional Tuition RatesCost
Part time enrollment (<12 credits) $1,100 per credit hour 
Overload enrollment (>17 credits)  $1,100 per credit hour 

We understand that paying for college can be overwhelming. Please communicate with your admission counselor and review the information on the Financial aid page to consider your options.

Housing and Meal Plan Costs

All students having less than 90 credits are required to live in University housing, space permitting. Students may be exempt from this requirement if, at the time of application, they are living within 50 miles of Dubuque and living with an immediate relative.

Housing Contracts

Location/Room TypeCost
Double Room $2,850 per semester
Park Village - Double* $3,750 per semester
Park Village - Single* $4,395 per semester
Chlapaty Hall - Double $3,340 per semester
Townhouse - Single*  $4,210 per semester 

*Not required to have Meal Plan

Meal Plan Options

Meal Plan TypeNumber of MealsCost
Full Meal Plan A  280 meals per semester (19 meals/week) $2,935 per semester
Standard Meal Plan B 200 meals per semester (14 meals/week) $2,840 per semester
Minimum Meal Plan C 150 meals per semester (10 meals/week) $2,460 per semester
Commuter Meal Plan D 75 meals per semester (5 meals/week)  $1,225 per semester 

If all meals are used prior to the end of the semester, additional blocks of 10 meals can be purchased in the Student Accounts office. For information, please contact Student Accounts at 563.589.3708.