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Tuition

At DigiPen, tuition is calculated based on the number of credits taken per semester. If you take fewer than 16 credits (for undergraduates) or 12 credits (for graduates) during a given semester, the cost is determined per credit. If you take 16-22 credits (for undergraduates) or 12-18 credits (for graduates) during a given semester, the cost is a flat rate instead.

The average full-time DigiPen undergraduate student takes 17-20 credits per semester. Undergraduate students typically carry a heavier course load during their first two years.


2020-21 Academic Year

The following tuition rates are for students enrolling for the 2020-21 academic year.

2020-21 Undergraduate Tuition

Credits per SemesterU.S. Citizens and ResidentsNon-U.S. Residents
Fewer than 16$1,087/credit$1,206/credit
16-22 Credit Flat Rate$16,850$18,515

2020-21 Graduate Tuition

Credits per SemesterU.S. Citizens and ResidentsNon-U.S. Residents
Fewer than 12$1,170/credit$1,274/credit
12-18 Credit Flat Rate$14,040$15,185

2019-20 Academic Year

The following tuition rates are for students enrolling for the 2019-20 academic year.

2019-20 Undergraduate Tuition

Credits per SemesterU.S. Citizens and ResidentsNon-U.S. Residents
Fewer than 16$1,045/credit$1,160/credit
16-22 Credit Flat Rate$16,200$17,800

2019-20 Graduate Tuition

Credits per SemesterU.S. Citizens and ResidentsNon-U.S. Residents
Fewer than 12$1,125/credit$1,225/credit
12-18 Credit Flat Rate$13,500$14,600

Intensive English Preparatory Courses

Intensive English Preparatory Courses are charged the undergraduate per-credit tuition rate for non-U.S. residents.

Graduate Courses for Undergraduate Students

Students registered in an undergraduate degree program at DigiPen may register for graduate-level classes. Tuition for these graduate-level courses is charged at the undergraduate tuition rate.

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General Notes About Tuition

  • Tuition is subject to change with six months notice.

  • Students re-registering for a course that needs to be retaken must pay the regular course fees and are responsible for re-registering in the course.

  • Students auditing a course must pay the regular course fees.

Exception to Non–U.S. Resident Tuition Rates

DigiPen will accept an affidavit form to grant resident status to certain non–U.S. resident students, allowing them to pay resident tuition rates. This policy does not make students eligible to receive need-based state or federal financial aid.


Fees

In addition to tuition, students must pay certain fees while attending DigiPen. The following fee amounts were last updated upon publication of the 2019-20 Course Catalog.

Required Fees for 2019-20

Unless otherwise noted, all students must pay the following fees.

Type of FeeCost
Application Fee
This fee must accompany your application form. The application fee is refundable if you cancel your application and request a refund within three days of submitting the application fee. This fee can be waived for students who demonstrate financial need through an SAT fee-waiver program or who participate in a similar need-based program.
$60
Enrollment Fee
Upon acceptance into a degree program, an enrollment fee must be paid to confirm enrollment. If you cancel enrollment, you may request a refund of the enrollment fee within three days of signing the enrollment agreement and making an initial payment.
$150
Administrative Fee
This fee covers a limited number of transcript requests, add/drop requests, and enrollment verification.
$50/semester
Technology Fee
This fee covers paper and toner for the student-use printers and maintenance costs associated with the upkeep of the equipment.
$50/semester
Name Change Fee
Students may submit one preferred name change at no cost. However, any preferred names after the initial one will incur a fee to cover administrative and material costs. Reverting to your current legal name or changing your preferred name to match a legal name change will not incur a fee. Please refer to the Student Name Policy Statement for more information.
$75
Transcript Fee
This fee covers requests for official and unofficial copies of your transcripts.
$5/official transcript
$3/unofficial transcript
Course Fees
Some courses may require lab or material fees.
Please refer to course descriptions on SRS

Other Fees

Students must pay the following fees for special or unusual circumstances.

Type of FeeCost
Alumni Audit Fees
DigiPen alumni may audit courses at a significantly reduced cost. Tuition, application, and enrollment fees are waived, but alumni must pay any course, administrative, and technology fees. Fees are non-refundable for alumni audits.
See individual course descriptions
Late Registration Fee
Students are responsible for registering for courses and re-registering for courses they need to retake each semester by the posted date. If you register for courses after the deadline, you must pay a $100 fee to cover administrative costs. Please refer to the Academic Calendar for academic deadlines.
$100
Delinquent Account Fee
A monthly service fee is applied to delinquent accounts. A student’s account is considered delinquent if the student has a balance due on the first day of the month following the start of the semester.
$50/month
Transfer and Waiver Fees
The fee for course transfers and waivers is $25 per credit of the course being transferred or waived.
$25/credit
Replacement Diploma Fee
This fee covers the cost to replace a missing or lost diploma.
$20/replacement diploma

Course Fees for Re-Registering

Students re-registering for a course must pay the regular course fees, if applicable. Any previously paid course fees will not count toward the current amount owed.


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