Chatham University

Cost of Attendance

The Chatham University Financial Aid office establishes standard student budgets each year as a basis for awarding financial aid funds. These budgets are based on actual tuition charges, national average living allowances calculated by The College Board, and include direct and indirect costs for the academic year (Fall and Spring semesters).

2018-19 Cost of Attendance Example

The following cost of attendance example is based on the following assumptions:

  • All tuition charges are for full time undergraduate students. Full-time is a minimum of 12 credits per term.
  • On Campus room and board charges are based on students who live on campus in a multiple occupancy room and choose a traditional meal plan.
  • Commuter – a student that resides at home with parents/relatives
  • Off Campus – a student that lives in an apartment
  On Campus Off Campus With Parent
Tuition $36,276.00 $36,276.00 $36,276.00
Room & Board $11,500.00 $11,500.00 $5,880.00
College Fee $480.00 $480.00 $480.00
Technology Fee $810.00 $810.00 $810.00
Books $1,000.00 $1,000.00 $1,000.00
Misc./Transportation $2,000.00 $3,500.00 $3,500.00
Loan Fees $56.00 $56.00 $56.00
Total $52,167.00 $53,667.00 $48,047.00


  • Tuition is based on an academic year, which is the fall and spring terms.

Room and Board:

  • Housing costs can vary based on the living arrangements you select. The University offers a variety of housing and meal plan options.
  • In the above example, multiple occupancy room rates and the traditional meal plan are reflected.
  • Since commuters are living with parents/relatives we assume no charges are being paid. Off campus rates are determined from the national average calculated by The College Board.


  • The college fee is mandatory for all students and entitles each student to all student publications (with a minor additional fee for yearbook); lectures; Chatham Activities Board, and all other student organizations.
  • admission to college social events, student-sponsored concerts and membership in the Chatham Student Government.
  • The technology fee is mandatory for all students and entitles each student to a 13 inch MacBook Air.
  • Loan fees are retained by the United States Department of Education prior to the loan funds being sent to the University.
  • The amount listed is the average fees for a dependent student receiving subsidized and unsubsidized loans.


  • Costs for books and supplies vary by program, course load, and classes selected. The figure used is based on the average books charged to student's accounts.


  • Transportation for resident students is determined based on transportation requirements for trips home, semester breaks, and holidays, based on the national rate provided by the College Board.
  • Commuter and Off Campus costs are determined based on the national rate provided by The College Board.
  • Miscellaneous represents every other student expense - clothes, personal hygiene, entertainment, etc. as determined by The College Board's national average.

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