Paying for college

We’re all on the same page — college should be affordable.

That’s why we make sure you have access to the resources you need to pay for college. Our goal is to make sure all qualified applicants can invest in an education at VCU.

The Student Financial Management Center (SFMC) serves as a central hub for financial outreach, literacy and management to students and families. Financial counselors provide a personalized experience on matters concerning financial wellness, debt management, budgeting and planning for the future.

To estimate your cost of attendance, use our tuition and fees calculator. To see the payoff of attending VCU, visit our "After VCU" page. Hint: 74 percent of graduates are employed or enrolled in grad school within six months.

Undergraduate tuition and fees for 2021-22

CategoryVirginia residentNon-Virginia resident
Tuition and fees ¹$15,118$36,456
Room ²$6,953$6,953
Dining ³$4,662$4,662
Total:$26,733$48,071

¹ Based on 15 credit hours per semester and 30 credit hours for the academic year. Tuition is charged at a per credit hour rate. Add the additional fee based on the student’s major/program. • Arts: $1,880 • Business: $498 • Dental Hygiene: $3,660 (Year One) or $1,584 (Year Two) • Health Professions: $430 • Humanities & Sciences Tier One*: $330 • Humanities & Sciences Tier Two**: $90 • Humanities & Sciences Tier Three***: $30 • Education: $120 • Engineering: $2,120 (Virginia Resident) or $2,638 (Non-Virginia Resident) • Life Sciences: $150 • L.D. Wilder Government & Public Relations: $15 • Nursing: $1,800 (Standard B.S.); $2,070 (Accelerated B.S); or $1,920 (RN to B.S) • Social Work: $270 • University College: $30

² Double occupancy, Rhoads Hall.
³ Assumes 200 swipe plan with $225 per semester in “Dining Dollars.”

4New freshmen add $175 and new transfer students add $100 for Transition Fee. The Transition Fee is only charged in the student’s first semester of enrollment

*Tier One Programs: Applies to Health, Physical Education & Exercise Sciences, Health Sciences, Forensic Science, Chemistry, Biology, Science, and Physics majors

**Tier Two Programs: Applies to Spanish-English Translation & Interpretation, Foreign Language, Anthropology, Mathematical Sciences, Undeclared-Humanities & Sciences, Psychology, and Mass Communication majors

***Tier Three Programs: Applies to English, International Studies, Liberal Studies for Early & Elementary Education, Philosophy, Political Science, Gender, Sexuality & Women Studies, Sociology, History, Religious Studies, African American Studies, and Pre-Nursing majors.

Graduate tuition

Graduate students enrolled in 9 to 15 credits during any semester are classified as full time. Tuition and fees are charged at a flat rate. A graduate student enrolled in more than 15 credits during any semester will be charged an overload tuition fee. Check out our graduate funding opportunities.

VCU resources

VCU provided me with scholarships, grants and work-study funds — and also connected me with internships and jobs that helped me pay for college. I will graduate with minimal loans.

Kejdi Abazi
Health, physical education and exercise science
Class of 2018