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Hillsdale College Tuition Information

In 2021, tuition for full-time Hillsdale College students was $28,170 a year.

In 2021, tuition increased 3.99%–from $27,090 the prior year. On average, colleges raise tuition about 3% each year.

If this information makes going to college seem daunting, remember, the "sticker price" of tuition doesn't give you all the info you need to know how much you will actually have to pay for college. Many students pay a lot less than the total tuition after grants, scholarships, and tuition discounts are applied. Additionally, student loans can make theactual cost of attending college feel more doable until you've finishing school and found a job.

Hillsdale College: In-state vs. Out-of-State Tuition

Hillsdale College is a private, nonprofit institution, so it has the same tuition for students from Michigan as it does for residents from other states.

Public colleges and universities receive funding from the state government. Public, state schools can offer lower tuition for students who meet the requirements for in-state residency..

Choosing a college where you qualify for in-state residency can cut the cost of college tuition. Don't forget to confirm your state's requirements for in-state residency. Each state has different requirements to qualify as in-state resident. In many states, students must have lived in the state for 12 months before starting school to qualify for in-state tuition. There may be other criteria too, depending on the state you and your parents currently live in.

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Is Hillsdale College's Tuition Different for International Students?

Tuition at Hillsdale College is the same for all students.

International students usually do not qualify for for federal financial aid, but may qualify for private or Hillsdale College-specific aid and scholarships. International students who demonstrate financial need may be eligible for the following types of financial support at Hillsdale College:

  • On-campus jobs
  • Hillsdale College-specific loans
  • Hillsdale College-specific scholarships

International students without financial need may be eligible for merit-based institutional scholarships and athletic awards.

Hillsdale College Living Expenses and Other Costs

Tuition is not the only cost of attending college;there are other costs associated with college, like room and board, facility fees, and books and supplies. Let's take a look at what impacts these costs, and what to expect at Hillsdale College.

House and Food Costs at Hillsdale College

Housing and campus dining at Hillsdale College is $11,910 a year. This number includes the cost of living in dorms or other on-campus housing, plus a meal plan that enables you to eat in the school dining facilities. Students who live off campus but would like to be able to eat in the campus dining can pay for a meal plan. The cost of a mean plan, or board-only, is $5,900.

Meal-plan costs may vary depending on how many meals are included in the plan you choose.

How Much Do Books Cost at Hillsdale College?

First-year students are sometimes surprised by how much books and supplies cost–and not in a good way. . The actual cost of books and supplies depends on the courses you take and what kinds of books and materials they require. To save money, many students choose to use books from the library or buy used textbooks and materials.

Annual Fees

Most schools charge some yearly fees to offsets cost associated with maintaining facilties, like the computer labs and libraries, athletic facilities, and more. Full-time undergrads at Hillsdale College pay $1,312 in fees every year they are enrolled.

Keep in mind, there could also be optional fees associated with participating in certain activities, like joining a fraternity or sorority, or playing on an intramural sports team. Many schools offer ways so that those with financial need to get help covering these fees.

The Cost of Transportation at Hillsdale College

The cost of transportation in college can really vary. Will you take a subway, car or an airplane to get to school?. Will you need to pay to park on-campus? Is the campus easy to get around on foot? Do you own a car, or will you need to use busses, subways, or other modes of transportation? All of these factors can make a big difference in your estimated cost of transportation. Keeping in mind, first-year students are allowed to park a car on campus.

A school's location can also have a big effect on your transportation budget. Small, rural schools may be easier to get around, but the cost of getting to campus may be higher. On the other hand getting around in a city might be pricey, but cities may offer more buses, trains and affordable flights to actually get to school. Hillsdale Collegeis in a small town setting in Michigan.

Personal Expenses and Other Costs

When creating a budget for college, don’t forget to consider the cost of things like movies, takeouts, furniture or appliances for your dorm or housing, and essentials like laundry detergent, toothpaste and toilet paper.

Now, let’s go over all of the costs we've covered, to get a better idea of how much students can expect to shell out for Hillsdale College.

Total Cost of Hillsdale College

2021 Total Tuition and Expenses
Tuition $28,170
Room and Board $11,910
Board Only $6,010
Yearly Fees $1,312
Other expenses $1,000
Total Estimated Costs
On-Campus $43,592
Off-Campus $37,692

The breakdowns above provide a good estimate of the total cost of attendance before financial aid and scholarships. Tuition and fees may vary depending on program, course level, location, and more.

Financial Aid at Hillsdale College

In 2021, 718 of the 1,466 undergrads enrolled received financial aid. Hillsdale College meets 66% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates.

The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $20,275 a year. Around 38% of Hillsdale College undergrads take out student loans to cover any remaining costs. Hillsdale College graduates who have student loans graduate with an average of $33,210 of student loan debt.

The average debt for each loan type varies.

Average Debt By Loan Type
Federal Loans $0
State Loans $0
Hillsdale College-Specific Loans $30,616
Private Loans $40,927
Most Common Loans for Hillsdale College Students
Institutional Loans 32%
Private loans 17%

Most students take out institutional or government loans, because they tend to have lower interest rates and more flexible repayment options than private loans. Loans from the federal government can be subsidized or unsubsidized. Subsidized loans do not accrue interest during school, while unsubsidized loans begin accruing interest at the time the loan is issued. If students do no qualify for enough federal loans to cover the cost of tuition, some take out private loans. Parents can also take out ParentPLUS loans, which are government loans for parents who are helping their children pay for college.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) helps colleges determine how much financial need students and their familes have, so they can offer a financial aid package that meets, or come close to meeting, their need. For more information on Hillsdale College financial aid, keep reading, or visit their financial aid website.

Scholarships at Hillsdale College

Some students may receive grants and scholarships to help pay for college. Unlike loans, scholarships and grants do not have to be paid back.

In 2021, Hillsdale College awarded 480 need-based scholarships to students, giving away total of $4.4 million to help students with financial need cover the cost of school. An additional $21.95 million in merit-based scholarship money was awarded to students without demonstrated financial need.

Net Cost of Hillsdale College

The net price of college is the actual cost of attending a school for one year. Net cost is calculated by subtracting any scholarships, grants or other aid that does not need to be paid back from the total cost. Student loans are not part of the calculation, because they need to be repaid.

Now that we have a sense of the total estimated costs for Hillsdale College students, we can subtract the average financial aid package to find the estimated net cost. Net cost can vary depending on a students’ need and the financial aid award received.

When considering whether a school fits your budget, it is important to consider the estimated net cost, not just the sticker price of tuition. Often, schools with the highest tuition also offer the most generous aid packages, so estimate your net cost before eliminating a school because it does fit your budget.

The average amount of financial aid received by a full-time first year student with demonstrated need at Hillsdale College was $20,275 in 2021. By substracting the average financial aid package from the estimated costs, we get a number that may make the cost of Hillsdale College seem more manageable.

Estimated Net Cost for Full-Time Students
On-Campus $23,317
Off-Campus $17,417

What will attending Hillsdale College really cost you? The answer depends on several factors.

As of 2011, colleges are required to have a net price calculator on their website to help prospective students and their families understand the actual cost of attending that school, based on their financial situation. You can find the Hillsdale College's net cost calculator on their website.

Hillsdale College Tuition Payment Plans

Some students choose to use payment plans to make the cost of tuition fit more comfortably in their budget.

Hillsdale College does not have guaranteed tuition.

A Prepaid Tuition Plan is not available for Hillsdale College students.

Hillsdale College offers an Installment Payment Plan, which allows students to pay tuition in a series of smaller chunks instead of one lump sum.

Hillsdale College Tuition Waivers

Schools sometimes offer tuition waivers to certain groups, to make attending more affordable. Some colleges offer tuition waivers for faculty, staff, and their families , underrepresented students, or military students. Even if you qualify for a waiver, other expenses and fees are the responsibility of the student.

Hillsdale College has some full or partial tuition waivers available for: - X - Employees or Children of Employees

Check the financial aid website for more information on payment plans and tuition waivers.

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Hillsdale College Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$42,592

In State

$42,592

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$28,170
$28,170
Fees
$1,312
$1,312
Housing
$11,910
$11,910
Books
$1,200
$1,200

Hillsdale College Financial Aid

Students Who Receive Need-Based Aid

34%

Average Financial Aid Package

$22,441

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

1,543

Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate

36%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$29,482

Out-of-State

$29,482

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

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