Cost to Attend

The cost to attend Saint Mary’s can vary dramatically based on the amount of aid a student receives. It may cost less to go here than to attend a public university. To get a better sense of what you might pay to attend Saint Mary’s College, visit our Net Price Calculator.

To determine your possible financial aid award, the Financial Aid Office estimates a budget for you (also known as the Cost of Attendance). This is based on several factors, for example, living on or off campus, full-time enrollment, and study abroad. This total cost of attendance is the maximum amount of aid from all sources you may receive for that year.

The Cost of Attendance budget includes:

  • Direct Costs: These are expenses,that you pay to Saint Mary's College, such as tuition, fees, the cost of your room, and your meal plan.
  • Indirect Costs: These are expenses that you will not pay to Saint Mary's, such as personal and travel expenses, books, supplies and, if you live off campus, an estimate of your room and meal expenses.

Examples of Budgets

Below are examples of a few 2015-16 on- and off-campus budgets for a student who is:

  • a dependent student
  • enrolled full time (12-18 credits per semester)
  • enrolled fall and spring semesters

Living On Campus

Living Off Campus (Renting)

Living Off Campus

(With Family)

Tuition

36,620

Tuition

36,620

Tuition

36,620

Technology Fee

360

Technology Fee

360

Technology Fee

360

Facilities and Student Government Fees

 

 

420

Facilities and Student Government Fees

 

 

420

Facilities and Student Government Fees

 

 

420

Room and Board

11,320

Room and Board

6,800

Room and Board

1,500

Books/Supplies*

1,000

Books/Supplies*

1,000

Books/Supplies*

1,000

Personal Expenses **

 

950

Personal Expenses **

 

950

Personal Expenses **

 

950

Transportation***

450

Transportation***

900

Transportation***

1,350

TOTAL

51,120

TOTAL

47,050

TOTAL

42,200

* These are estimates

** The allowance for personal expenses is intended to reflect a modest but adequate standard of living. While actual costs will vary based on each student's personal choice, eligibility of financial aid is based on standard amounts.

*** Transportation allowance for living on-campus and off-campus (renting) reflects estimated costs for a student to travel from her permanent home to Saint Mary's a specific number of times each year. The allowance for students living off-campus (with family) reflects the estimated costs for a student to travel from her home to Saint Mary's a specific number of times each week.