Tuition & Fees

Undergraduate education at Chatham University consists of tuition, fees and expenses associated with lodging, food, insurance, facilities, technology, and travel. Our generous scholarships, grants and help with financial aid all help make a Chatham education more affordable.

What You See Is Not Always What You Pay

Chatham is proud to offer generous scholarships, grants, and financial aid based both on academic merit and on financial need. These scholarships and grants can significantly reduce tuition costs.

See the section below for an example of how to determine your cost and know that our Office of Financial Aid is happy to help with any questions you may have about these opportunities.  

Understanding the Cost


$17,000 - $25,000

Merit Scholarship



Chatham Grant


Federal Pell Grant


Federal SEOG Grant


Pennsylvania State Grant

Student Employment


Work-Study or Campus Job

*Not all students are eligible for work study, but all students are welcome to find a job and work on campus.

*Your amounts will vary depending on your room and meal plan choices. See all options below.

*In addition, you should estimate $1,000 for books and $2,000 for transportation, personal, and miscellaneous expenses. If commuting, your transportation costs are estimated at $3,500 per year.

Determining Your Costs

Estimated Tuition, Fees, Room & Board Costs

- Your Scholarships, Grants, and Work Study

= Your Reduced Costs

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Cost Details

See below for details on tuition, fees, room, and board (i.e., meals) and fees. 

Undergraduate programs are charged on a full-time or part-time basis. To be considered a full-time student for purposes of determining charges and full-time eligibility for financial aid, a student must be enrolled for 12 credits in the fall, spring, and summer terms.

The following table provides an estimate of list costs (without financial aid discounts) for a student who lives on campus and a student who commutes to classes on campus. Final totals will be dependent on each student's financial aid package, room and board preferences, meal plan selection, applicable fees, and health insurance needs.

Cost of Attendance (Undergrad Full-Time Student)


On-Campus Resident

Off-Campus Commuter




Technology Fee*



College Fee*



























Full time students are required to have health insurance. If needed students can opt-in to the student health insurance plan offered by UPMC. Current 2022-23 annual rate is $2,680. Contact the Office of Student Accounts for enrollment.

*Technology Fee: The technology fee is mandatory for all full-time undergraduate students and entitles each student to a laptop computer (must be returned if leave before graduating), laptop warranty, accidental damage protection, and a computer backpack. In addition, the fee helps fund Microsoft software licensing, Helpdesk support and repairs (7 days a week), and other campus technology investments and infrastructure.

*College Fee: The college fee is mandatory for all students and entitles each student to all student publications (with a minor additional fee for yearbook); admission to college social events, student-sponsored concerts and lectures; and membership in the Chatham Student Government, Chatham Activities Board, and all other student organizations. 

Additional fees may apply. Please see the list below and consult the course catalog.

**These expenses will not appear on your student account.

Per Credit Tuition Costs

  • On-campus Undergrad (Part-time or over 21 credits) - $986.00 per credit
  • RN to BSN Online Program - $479.00 per credit 
  • BA in Psychology Online Program - $479.00 per credit 
  • BA in Business Online Program - $479.00 per credit 

Room Rates

  • Multiple Occupancy Room (Double, Triple or Quad): $3,100 – $3,421 per term
  • Single Room: $3,318 – $3,756 per term
  • Apartment (for Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors only): $2,842 – $3,717 per term
  • Orchard Hall, Eden Hall Campus (for Sophomores, Juniors, & Seniors only): $1,433 (single room) - $1,513 (single room, 2-person suite) per term. Undergraduate residents are required to purchase the Chatham Eden Hall Meal Plan.

Traditional Residential Students 

First-year residential students must purchase a "Chatham" Meal Plan, regardless of housing location. 

Upperclass students living in one of the residence halls on upper campus must purchase one of the "Chatham" Meal Plans. Upperclass students residing in the apartments must purchase one of the "Rachel" Meal Plans at a minimum.  Students residing at Orchard Hall on the Eden Hall Campus must purchase the Eden Hall Meal Plan.  

All meal plan selections are priced for term only. Unused meals expire at the end of each term; any remaining Flex will roll over from Fall to Spring, only if a Spring meal plan is purchased. Flex will expire at the end of the spring term. Students can make changes to their meal plans from the first day of classes through the end of the add/drop period only. Meal swipes are not available for use during Thanksgiving, winter, and spring breaks. Only flex or Cougar dollars can be used during those times.  

  • Chatham Platinum: Anytime Plan, unlimited meal access, $50 Flex Dollars: $3,465 per term
  • Chatham Gold: 200 meals/term, $225 Flex Dollars: $2,730 per term
  • Chatham Silver: 150 meals/term, $250 Flex Dollars: $2,100 per term
  • Chatham Bronze: 100 meals/term, $275 Flex Dollars: $1,575 per term*

* Not available for First-Year students

Apartment and Commuter Meal Plans 

While lower campus residential students and commuters are able to select any of the Chatham plans, the following meal plans are built to give a little more flexibility to those that have access to kitchens. Build a plan based on your lifestyle to get the right balance of meals and Flex dollars. 

Choose your Rachel meal plan:

  • 15 meals/term, $150 Flex Dollars: $350/term
  • 15 meals/term, $350 Flex Dollars: $550/term
  • 45 meals/term, $150 Flex Dollars: $715/term
  • 45 meals/term, $350 Flex Dollars: $915/term
  • 75 meals/term, $150 Flex Dollars: $1,080/term
  • 75 meals/term, $350 Flex Dollars: $1,280/term

Eden Hall Meal Plan

Only available for residents of Orchard Hall.  

  • Anytime Plan, unlimited meal accesses, $50 Flex Dollars; $2,494 per term

Eden Hall - Anytime access plans provide continuous access to the Eden Hall Dining Commons. Enter and exit the Dining Commons as frequently as you'd like and eat as many meals as you'd like. Flex dollars roll over fall semester to spring semester but not academic year to academic year. Flex dollars can be used at any Chatham dining facility; Shadyside, Eastside Café, Café Rachel, Eden Hall Dining Commons or the Anne Mallinson Café.

Additional Meal Plan Information

Additional Cougar Dollars are available for purchase through MyChatham for those who want to add dining dollars to their meal plans. For every $50 purchased, $55 is received.

Laboratory and Course Fees*

Applied Art Fee

$75 per course
Applied Digital Art Fee $100 per course
Applied Music Fee $300 per term/half-hour lesson per week
Applied Music Fee $150 per term/half-hour lesson per week

Computing Fee

Field Placement Fee $75 per course
Photography Course Fee $75 per course
Science Laboratory Fee $75 per course
Simulation Fee Varies
Student Teacher Placement Fee $525

Contingent Fees*

Admission Application Fee $35 per application
Chatham Abroad Administrative Fee Varies
Collection Fee Varies
Graduation Fee $100 per degree
Health Services/Medical Professional Fee Varies
Late Add/Drop Fee $50 per course
Late Financial Clearance Fee $150 per term
Late Payment Fee $35 per month
Late Registration Fee $150 per term
Liability Insurance Fee $20 per term
Replacement ID Card Fee $25 per card
Returned Payment Fee $50 per check

Student Health Insurance Policy 
Optional, dependent upon situation. Subject to change.

$1,519 per term

* This is a list of the most common miscellaneous fees associated with enrollment at Chatham University. Some courses and activities may require additional fees not listed here. Fees are subject to change.  

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At Chatham University we believe the benefits of a college education far outweigh the costs, but we do understand that getting money to pay for college may be one of your biggest challenges. The Chatham University Office of Financial Aid is prepared to help you meet your financial needs in any way possible. This Net Price Calculator will help students and parents gain valuable information on the financial aid that will be available to them if they attend Chatham University.

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If you have questions about financial aid, please contact the Office of Financial Aid located at Braun Hall on the Shadyside Campus.
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone: 412-365-2781
Fax: 412-365-1871
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