Howard Forward strategic plan graphic with students.2020 – 2021 Undergraduate Cost of Attendance

The cost of attendance (COA) is an average estimate of what it costs a typical undergraduate student to attend Howard University for one academic year. Your cost of attendance estimate doesn't only include tuition. It also takes basic living and commuting expenses into account. The actual amount you pay, and the amount it costs you for one academic year will always differ from the cost of attendance.

A typical Howard University undergraduate student living on campus and taking a full load of classes might have the following cost of attendance for the 2020-2021 school year:

On-Campus

Direct Costs Estimate:

Tuition

$26,464

Fees

$2,276

Housing and Needs

$14,180

Subtotal

$42,920

Indirect Costs Estimate:

Books & Supplies

$1,900

Transportation

$1,000

Personal Expenses

$2,160

Total

$47,980

If a family opts to take out a loan, federal fees are associated with doing so.

Loan Fees - Stafford

$100

Cost of Attendance

$48,080

COST OF ATTENDANCE 2020-2021

 

Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) Four-Year Program:

Fall & Spring Semesters

 

 

D1

D2

D3

D4

 

Tuition*

$42,632

$42,632

$42,632

$42,632

 

University Mandatory Fees

$1,976

$1,976

$1,976

$1,976

 

Dentistry Mandatory Fees**

$13,254

$13,236

$8,876

$4,580

 

Loan Fees***

$2,236

$2,236

$2,236

$2,236

 

Dental Program Indirect Costs

$2,370

$2,370

$4,620

$2,560

 

Room and Board

$19,794

$19,794

$19,794

$19,794

 

Travel and Personal Expenses

$7,260

$7,260

$7,260

$7,260

 

Total

$89,522

$89,504

$87,394

$81,038

 

*Based on full-time enrollment per semester

**May vary based on year in program. Books & instruments are included

***Loan fees vary based on PLUS loan credit decision

Key:

Direct Costs

Indirect Costs

 

COST OF ATTENDANCE 2020-2021

International Dentist Program (IDP)

(Earning a DDS in Two-Year Program):

Fall & Spring Semesters

 

 

IDP3

IDP4

 

Tuition*

$63,250

$63,250

 

University Mandatory Fees

$1,976

$1,976

 

Dentistry Mandatory Fees**

$3,318

$3,018

 

Loan Fees***

$2,236

$2,236

 

Dental Program Indirect Costs

$4,150

$1,900

 

Room and Board

$19,794

$19,794

 

Travel and Personal Expenses

$7,260

$7,260

 

Total

$101,984

$99,434

 

*Based on full-time enrollment per semester

**May vary based on year in program.

***Loan fees vary based on PLUS loan credit decision

Key:

Direct Costs

Indirect Costs

 

COST OF ATTENDANCE 2020-2021

Post-Doctoral Dental Program

Certificate in Orthodontics:

Fall & Spring Semesters

 

 

ORTHO1

ORTHO2

 

Tuition*

$42,632

$42,632

 

University Mandatory Fees

$1,976

$1,976

 

Dentistry Mandatory Fees**

$2,568

$2,568

 

Loan Fees***

$2,236

$2,236

 

Room and Board

$26,388

$26,388

 

Books and Instruments

$9,840

$8,846

 

Travel and Personal Expenses

$7,260

$7,260

 

Total

$92,900

$91,906

 

*Based on full-time enrollment per semester

**May vary based on year in program.

***Loan fees vary based on PLUS loan credit decision

Key:

Direct Costs

Indirect Costs

 

COST OF ATTENDANCE 2020-2021

Post-Doctoral Dental Program

Certificate in Pediatrics:

Fall & Spring Semesters

 

 

PEDO1

PEDO2

 

Tuition*

$42,632

$42,632

 

University Mandatory Fees

$1,976

$1,976

 

Dentistry Mandatory Fees**

$2,268

$2,568

 

Loan Fees***

$2,236

$2,236

 

Room and Board

$26,388

$26,388

 

Books and Instruments

$4,988

$2,628

 

Travel and Personal Expenses

$7,260

$7,260

 

Total

$87,748

$85,688

 

*Based on full-time enrollment per semester

**May vary based on year in program.

***Loan fees vary based on PLUS loan credit decision

Key:

Direct Costs

Indirect Costs

 

COST OF ATTENDANCE 2020-2021

Post-Doctoral Dental Program

Advanced Education Program in General Dentistry (AEGD)

Certificate

Fall & Spring Semesters

 

Tuition*

$7,410

 

University Mandatory Fees

$1,976

 

Dentistry Mandatory Fees**

$1,568

 

Loan Fees***

$2,236

 

Room and Board

$26,388

 

Books and Instruments

$3,656

 

Travel and Personal Expenses

$7,510

 

Total

$50,744

 

*Based on full-time enrollment per semester

**May vary based on year in program.

***Loan fees vary based on PLUS loan credit decision

Key:

Direct Costs

Indirect Costs

 

COST OF ATTENDANCE 2020-2021

Traditional Pharm/D (Four-Year Program):

Fall and Spring Semesters

 

P1

P2

P3

P4

Tuition*

$30,842

$30,842

$30,842

$30,842

University Mandatory Fees

$1,976

$1,976

$1,976

$1,976

Pharmacy Mandatory Fees**

$794

$1404

$1404

$1000

Loan Fees***

$2,236

$2,236

$2,236

$2,236

Room and Board

$19,794

$19,794

$19,794

$19,794

Pharmacy Program Indirect Costs

$2,058

$2,058

$2,058

$2,766

Travel and Personal Expenses

$6,170

$6,170

$6,170

$6,170

Total

$63,870

$64,480

$64,480

$64,784

*Based on full-time enrollment per semester

**May vary based on year in program.

***Loan fees vary based on PLUS loan credit decision

Key:

Direct Costs

Indirect Costs

 

COST OF ATTENDANCE 2020-2021

 

Nontraditional Pharm/D (NTDP) 2 Year Program:

Fall & Spring Semesters

 

 

NTDP1

NTDP2

 

Tuition*

$25,906

$25,906

 

University Mandatory Fees

$416

$416

 

Pharmacy Mandatory Fees**

$400

$400

 

Loan Fees***

$2,236

$2,236

 

Room and Board

$21,990

$21,990

 

Pharmacy Program Indirect Costs

$3,460

$3,460

 

Travel and Personal Expenses

$6,170

$6,170

 

Total

$60,578

$60,578

 

*Based on full-time enrollment per semester

**May vary based on year in program.

***Loan fees vary based on PLUS loan credit decision

Key:

Direct Costs

  Indirect Costs

 

COST OF ATTENDANCE 2020-2021

Doctor of Medicine: Fall & Spring Semesters

 

M1

M2

M3

M4

Tuition*

$46,610

$46,610

$46,610

$46,610

University Mandatory Fees

$1,976

$1,976

$1,976

$1,976

Medicine Mandatory Fees**

$1,276

$1,276

$1,276

$1,276

Loan Fees***

$2,236

$2,236

$2,236

$2,236

Room and Board

$19,794

$19,794

$23,732

$19,794

Travel and Personal Expenses

$9,122

$9,268

$10,714

$9,750

Total

$81,014

$81,160

$86,544

$81,642

*Based on full-time enrollment per semester

**May vary based on year in program.

***Loan fees vary based on PLUS loan credit decision

Key:

Direct Costs

Indirect Costs

 

COST OF ATTENDANCE 2020-2021

Doctor of Law: Fall & Spring Semesters

 

1L

2L

3L

Tuition*

$33,660

$33,660

$33,660

University Mandatory Fees

$1,976

$1,976

$1,976

Law Mandatory Fees**

$650

$650

$650

Loan Fees***

$1,932

$1,932

$1,932

Law Indirect Costs

$2,900

$2,900

$2,900

Room and Board

$19,794

$19,794

$19,794

Travel and Personal Expenses

$7,730

$7,730

$7,730

Total

$68,642

$68,642

$68,642

*Based on full-time enrollment per semester

**May vary based on year in program.

***Loan fees vary based on PLUS loan credit decision

Key:

Direct Costs

Indirect Costs

 

COST OF ATTENDANCE 2020-2021

Master of Law: Fall & Spring Semesters

 

 

LLM1

LLM2

 

Tuition*

$33,660

$33,660

 

University Mandatory Fees

$1,976

$1,976

 

Law Mandatory Fees**

$150

$150

 

Loan Fees***

$1,932

$1,932

 

Law Indirect Costs

$1,900

$1,900

 

Room and Board

$19,794

$19,794

 

Travel and Personal Expenses

$6,170

$6,170

 

Total

$65,582

$65,582

 

*Based on full-time enrollment per semester

**May vary based on year in program.

***Loan fees vary based on PLUS loan credit decision

Key:

Direct Costs

Indirect Costs

 

COST OF ATTENDANCE 2020-2021

Master of Divinity &

PhD of Divinity:

Fall & Spring Semesters

 

Tuition*

$18,990

 

University Mandatory Fees

$1,976

 

Divinity Mandatory Fees**

$150

 

Loan Fees***

$1,714

 

Divinity Indirect Costs

$1,900

 

Room and Board

$19,794

 

Travel and Personal Expenses

$6,170

 

Total

$50,694

 

*Based on full-time enrollment per semester

**May vary based on year in program.

***Loan fees vary based on PLUS loan credit decision

Key:

Direct Costs

Indirect Costs

 

COST OF ATTENDANCE 2020-2021

Online Executive MBA (EMBA):

Fall & Spring Semesters

 

Tuition*

$26,360

 

University Mandatory Fees

$1,976

 

Divinity Mandatory Fees**

$5,000

 

Loan Fees***

$1,836

 

EMBA Indirect Costs

$1,900

 

Room and Board

$0

 

Travel and Personal Expenses

$2,500

 

Total

$39,572

 

*Based on full-time enrollment per semester

**May vary based on year in program.

***Loan fees vary based on PLUS loan credit decision

Key:

Direct Costs

Indirect Costs


What's included in my COA?

Your cost of attendance is made up of two different types of costs: direct and indirect.

  • Direct costs are items that will appear on your University bill, such as tuition, fees, and room and board (if you live on campus). This is the cost of a Howard University education.
  • Indirect costs will not appear on your bill, but are estimated costs associated with going to college and should be included in your budget. These include items like books, transportation and personal/miscellaneous expenses.

Howard student typing on a computer.Detailed descriptions of direct and indirect costs

Direct Costs that appear on your bill from Howard University

  • Tuition and Fees: These figures reflect the cost of tuition and fees for a student taking 12-18 credits during each of the fall and spring semesters of the 2020-21 academic year (which is considered full time).
  • Please note: Students who clear their fall and spring balances each semester can take up to 6 additional credits in the summer for free as part of the STAGE grant offered by Howard University. This is part of Howard University's investment to support our families in reducing the cost of a Howard University education, and in graduating within four years.
  • Housing and Meals: The number reflected here is the cost of the most popular meal plan chosen by students who live on campus.

Indirect Costs that DO NOT appear on your bill from Howard University

  • Books and Supplies: This is an estimate of the cost of books and supplies for a typical student for the entire academic year. You will not be billed directly by Howard University for books or supplies. You can purchase these items at the University’s Barnes & Noble bookstore. The supply cost assumes that students do not have a computer, and allows for a student to purchase a personal computer.
  • Transportation: This is an estimate of the cost of traveling to and from campus or the cost of operating and maintaining a vehicle. The cost also assumes 3 round trips bus/plane tickets to and from campus to your family’s home. Unless you buy a Howard University parking permit, you will not be billed directly for transportation costs. This line item will not appear on your bill.
  • Personal Expenses: This is an estimate of costs for clothing, haircuts, entertainment, etc. for the year. Money spent on these types of items will vary from student to student. These items will not appear on your Howard University bill.
  • Average Loan Fees: There is an origination fee of 1.059% for Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized student loans, which is taken out of the loan before funds are sent to Howard University. Some of our parents opt to take advantage of the Parent PLUS loan. The fee amount varies with the amount borrowed from the federal government.

Howard students with booksA student’s actual cost of attendance may vary due to factors such as:

  • Number of enrolled credit hours
  • Room and board choices
  • Degree program and plan
  • Personal and miscellaneous expense