Yes, college can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be excessive. At USF, we work with students and families to find ways to keep costs down. Our goal – in keeping with our Franciscan mission and values – is to make our high-quality education as accessible and affordable as possible.
Use the information on this page as a resource and guide. And remember, we’re here to help. For questions or assistance, contact us at [email protected] or 260-399-8003.
Tuition at USF for the 2021-22 academic year is $32,230. Combined with fees, room and board, that adds up to $44,090. Yes, that number is large, but for most families at USF, it is not the number that they actually pay. Once scholarships, grants, and student loans have been applied, the amount left is the actual cost, which often times is less than the original sticker price.
While the actual cost of USF is different for each family, based on merit, need levels and other eligibility criteria, the average financial aid package for full time undergraduate students last year was $29,988.
Title IV student aid programs (including federal grants, loans, Work Study, and some scholarships) are determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which must be submitted annually. By completing the FAFSA, you will be automatically considered for a Federal Pell Grant.
Students and families can file the FAFSA as early as October 1 (using prior-prior year income, per the Department of Education). The State of Indiana deadline and USF’s preferred cut-off date for completing a FAFSA is April 15, annually.
I receive great financial aid. My scholarships cover more than 2/3 of my tuition. This gave me the freedom to focus on my studies and activities, rather than having to get a part-time job. It also reduced the amount I had to take out in loans, which will give me a better professional start.
Kendra Siefring ’20
Fact 1. Any funds invested in your higher education will yield a high rate of return.
Per the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Fact 2. Lifetime earnings soar with a college degree
Fact 3. Your USF education will set you up for success – in your life and career.
Every year, numerous USF seniors are hired into professional jobs before graduation!
The Office of Financial Aid administers all Title IV student aid (federal grants, loans, Work Study, and some scholarships). Start by knowing your options and what they mean.
Other Options: Many students also off-set costs through
USF prepared me for a great future. I learned more than academics. I learned how to pursue my dreams. Everyone there believed in me and that taught me to believe in myself. USF works really hard to help students meet their goals. As students, we matter.
Irish Starkey ‘21
USF offers a variety of flexible payment plans, which allow for smaller, more affordable payments. Options include plans ranging from 3-6 monthly payments. Contact the Student One Stop for questions regarding payments.