Tuition and Budgets

Tuition

At DigiPen, each student's tuition is calculated based on the student's number of credits per semester. The average number of credits per semester for a full-time DigiPen student is about 1720. Undergraduate students typically carry a heavier course load during the first two years at DigiPen. See Current Tuition for more information.

Cost of Attendance and Budgets

As with most institutions, at DigiPen financial responsibility for funding education rests first with students and their families. Students are expected to meet a portion of their expenses from earnings and savings, while parents are expected to contribute according to their financial responsibility, as determined by the federal formula. To assist you and your family with the planning process, we have provided budgets showing undergraduate and graduate students' estimated educational costs at DigiPen.

We encourage you to review the costs in the budgets below. It is important for students and parents to discuss how the family will pay for college. The DigiPen Course Catalog describes programs available to help students fund the difference between the cost and what the family can pay, as do the sections on Private (Alternative) Loans and Scholarships.

A Cost of Attendance (COA) or Budget will include:

  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Allowance for books and supplies, room and board (or rent), food, and utilities
  • Personal, miscellaneous, and transportation expenses

Except tuition and fees, all costs are based upon average expenses for most students. Each student's lifestyle determines how much his or her COA will be. DigiPen uses a modest, adequate living allowance to provide for reasonable expenditures.

Financial Aid Budget 2015-2016

Download the Financial Aid Budget for 2015-2016 based on the Cost of Attendance for the 2013-2014 academic year and the 2014-2015 academic year. The budgets can be used as a reference for filing for financial aid and to help families and students plan ahead with this process. International applicants should refer to the information on page 2 of the Financial Responsibility Forms for a budget overview.

Full-Time Undergraduate Fall and Spring Semesters

"Full-time" is determined as "12 credits or more per semester." If you plan on attending less than full-time, please contact the financial aid office to have your budget determined. Indirect costs are calculated averages and not billed to the school, but are associated with the cost of attending college.
Off Campus With Parents
Direct Costs to DigiPen
Tuition and fees*
($13,880 x 2)
$27,760 $27,760
Indirect Costs
Room and board $11,300 $3,780
Books and supplies $1,050 $1,050
Transportation $1,620 $1,620
Personal expenses $2,080 $2,080
Total $43,810 $36,290
*Assumes 16-22 credits per semester at $13,800 flat rate, and $80 in administrative fees per semester

Graduate Students Fall and Spring Semesters

(Full-Time MSCS)

Off Campus With Parents
Direct Costs to DigiPen
Tuition and fees*
($8,630 x 2)
$17,260 $17,260
Indirect Costs
Room and board $11,300 $3,780
Books and supplies $1,050 $1,050
Transportation $1,620 $1,620
Personal expenses $2,080 $2,080
Total $33,310

$25,790

*Assumes 9 credits per semester at $950 per credit, and $80 in administrative fees per semester

(Full-Time MFA)

Off Campus With Parents
Direct Costs to DigiPen
Tuition and fees*
($11,580 x 2)
$23,160 $23,160
Indirect Costs
Room and board $11,300 $3,780
Books and supplies $1,050 $1,050
Transportation $1,620 $1,620
Personal expenses $2,080 $2,080
Total $39,210

$31,690

*Assumes 15 credits per semester at a $11,500 flat rate, and $80 in administrative fees per semester

Contact Financial Aid

Phone: (425) 629-5002
Fax: (425) 558-0378

Email
Financial Aid questions:
financialaid@digipen.edu

Scholarship questions:
scholarships@digipen.edu

State Grant questions:
stategrants@us.digipen.edu

Veteran Benefits questions:
veteranbenefits@us.digipen.edu

Federal School Code:
037243

FAFSA Online:
http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/

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