2017-18 Tuition and Fees Notice

Domestic Applicant 

A Howard University education opens doors in the professional world and unleashes intellectual and financial potential. Yet with the increasing costs of higher education, college requires a major financial expenditure for families. To help, Howard University offers a wide variety of methods of payment and financial assistance programs to students who, without such assistance, would not be able to attend a university.

Note: the fees listed below only refer to undergraduate students. For graduate student fees, see the graduate cost of attendance page.


Estimated Cost of Attendance for Undergraduates Living on Campus 

2017-2018 Academic Year

Tuition* $12,061.00 $24,122.00
Mandatory Fees (All UGs)    
Matriculation Fee $642.50 $1,285.00
Technology Fee $125.00 $250.00
Endowment Fee $15.00 $30.00
Student Self-Help Fee $5.00 $10.00
MANDATORY FEES - TOTAL $787.50 $1,575.00
Orientation Fee $200.00 $200.00
Globalization Fee $100.00 $100.00
TUITION & FEES - TOTAL $13,148.50 $25,997.00
Housing (College Hall) $4,470.90 $8,942.00
Dining (14 meals/week plus Dining Dollars) $2,281.00 $4,562.00
ROOM & BOARD - TOTAL $6,751.90 $13,504.00
Books & Supplies $750.00 $1,500.00
Transportation & Incidentals $1,250.00 $2,500.00
TOTAL COST OF ATTENDANCE $21,900.40 $43,501.00

*Full time Fall / Spring tuition entitles students to take up to 42 credits -- maximums are 21 credits in the Fall Semester, 21 credits in the Spring Semester, and 6 credits in Summer Sessions. Does not include Course-Related Fees or Federal Loan Origination Fees.


Additional Undergraduate Credit Cost Information

  • Part-time credit rate per credit hour: $980
  • Excess tuition rate per credit hour: $665



Financial Aid

Financial aid funds are awarded to you to help pay educational costs. The federal and state governments, as well as post-secondary schools are public sources of aid, while civic groups, clubs, and religious organizations serve as private sources of aid. Financial aid is classified into three basic types: grants and scholarships are funds awarded that are not required to be repaid; employment is work, either on or off campus that you find through campus student employment services or on your own initiative; and a loan is money borrowed from the federal or state government, the University or an alternative lender that must be repaid, including interest. Financial aid is distributed according to a variety of eligibility criteria within two categories:

You are awarded need-based aid to make up the difference between your total cost to attend the University full time and the amount of your family’s contribution as determined by the federal government.

You may use non-need based aid to replace your family contribution if you meet the necessary eligibility criteria, which may vary depending on the program.

You do not have to receive an admission decision in order to apply for Financial Aid. Students should start the Financial Aid process by filling out their FAFSA "available October 1st" and submitting it to Howard University by the priority deadline, November 1. The Federal School Code for Howard University is 001448. The FAFSA is available at:  https://fafsa.ed.gov/

Learn more about Financial Aid


Grants and Scholarships

Grants, scholarships and fellowship funds come from various programs both inside and outside of the University. They may have a variety of requirements not related to financial need. Foundations, alumni and many University scholarship and fellowship funds are awarded by committees of the University’s schools and colleges in cooperation with Financial Aid.


Freshman Scholarships

The Howard University Freshman Scholarship (HUFS) Program is designed to assist accepted First-Time-in-College students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement throughout their secondary school career and have chosen to attend Howard University. Scholarships are automatically awarded on a first-come, first-served, basis to eligible candidates. A separate application is not required. (Scholarships are awarded until all funds have been exhausted and not all eligible applicants will receive an award).


International Applicant 

The Form I-20 is issued to an international student who has met all admission requirements and has been accepted/admitted to study at the University. Once the student is admitted to the University, the student’s file is reviewed by Immigration Services to determine I-20 issuance. The Form I-20 will only be issued after the student shows proof of financial responsibility through the Statement of Financial Resources. This proof will be comprised of an affidavit of financial support and supporting evidence.

Please see Domestic Applicant for an estimated cost of expenses for one academic year.