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The Cost of Attendance (COA) is a standardized set of budgets used as a basis for determining maximum financial aid eligibility. Standard COA includes tuition, fees, room, board, books, transportation, and personal expenses. Cost of Attendance can vary depending on program of study, living arrangements while in school, and a variety of other factors. Cost of Attendance can also be increased by exception to include expenses such as health insurance, computer purchase, child care, and additional fees.

The information on this page is intended to help students determine their total direct costs (costs paid directly to DigiPen) and indirect costs (costs associated with a student going to school but not paid directly to DigiPen) for a year at DigiPen Institute of Technology.

Students are encouraged to review the costs below and use them to calculate a budget for the year.

Except for tuition and fees, the budgeted costs shown below are based on students’ average expenses and include a living allowance to provide for reasonable expenditures.

It is important for students and parents to discuss how the family will pay for college. See How to Apply for Financial Aid for more on acquiring need- and merit-based funding to help pay for your college education.


2019-20 Costs

The following budgets provide cost estimates for one year of attendance at DigiPen as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student living near campus or living with parents.

Undergraduate (Full-time)

“Full-time” is determined as “12 credits or more per semester.” Students who are planning to attend less than full-time need to contact the financial aid office to have their budget re-determined. Indirect costs are calculated averages and not billed to the school, but are associated with the cost of attending college.

Fall and Spring Semesters

CostsOff-Campus Per SemesterOff-Campus Per YearWith Parents Per SemesterWith Parents Per Year
Direct Costs to DigiPen
Tuition and Fees*$16,300$32,600$16,300$32,600
Indirect Costs
Room and Board$5,946$11,891$2,428$4,856
Books and Supplies$540$1,080$540$1,080
Loan Fees$105$210$105$210
Transportation$534$1,067$534$1,067
Personal Expenses$1,067$2,133$1,067$2,133
Cost of Attendance
Total$24,387$48,981$20,869$41,946

*Assumes 16-22 credits per semester at $16,200 flat rate, and $100 in administrative fees per semester. Students enrolled for less than 16 credits a semester are charged at the per credit rate of $1,045/credit.


Graduate (MS in Computer Science, Full-Time)

Fall and Spring Semesters

CostsOff-Campus Per SemesterOff-Campus Per YearWith Parents Per SemesterWith Parents Per Year
Direct Costs to DigiPen
Tuition and Fees*$10,225$20,450$10,225$20,450
Indirect Costs
Room and Board$5,946$11,891$2,428$4,856
Books and Supplies$540$1,080$540$1,080
Loan Fees$157$314$157$314
Transportation$534$1,067$534$1,067
Personal Expenses$1,067$2,133$1,067$2,133
Cost of Attendance
Total$18,468$36,935$14,950$29,900

*Assumes 9 credits per semester at a $10,125 flat rate, and $100 in administrative fees per semester.


Graduate (MFA in Digital Arts, Full-Time)

Fall and Spring Semesters

CostsOff-Campus Per SemesterOff-Campus Per YearWith Parents Per SemesterWith Parents Per Year
Direct Costs to DigiPen
Tuition and Fees*$13,600$27,200$13,600$27,200
Indirect Costs
Room and Board$5,946$11,891$2,428$4,856
Books and Supplies$540$1,080$540$1,080
Loan Fees$157$314$157$314
Transportation$534$1,067$534$1,067
Personal Expenses$1,067$2,133$1,067$2,133
Cost of Attendance
Total$21,843$43,685$18,325$36,650

*Assumes 15 credits per semester at a $13,500 flat rate, and $100 in administrative fees per semester.


Net Price Calculator

The Net Price Calculator is designed to help you estimate your potential financial aid options and calculate the remaining costs of attending DigiPen. The final “net price” is the remaining estimated cost of attending DigiPen after subtracting anticipated merit- and need-based financial aid. To use this calculator, you will need tax information (or estimates, if tax info is unavailable) for you and your parents. The results of this calculator are based on the costs of attendance for students from previous years and are for estimation purposes only.

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