In 2022, tuition for full-time students at Shenandoah University was $33,790 a year.
Tuition increased 1.96% in 2022–from $33,140 the previous year. On average, college tuition goes up about 3% every year.
If this makes attending the college of your dreams feel scary, remember, the total cost of tuition isn't the final cost for attending college. Many students pay far less than the sticker price after grants, scholarships, and tuition discounts are awarded. And, student loans can make theactual cost of attending college feel more doable until after graduation.
Shenandoah University is a private, religious institution, which means it has the same tuition for residents of Virginia as it does for students who live in other states.
Public schools receive funds from the state to help them cover costs. Public, state schools can offer lower tuition for students who meet the requirements for in-state residency.
Attending a college where you qualify for in-state tuition can save on the total cost of attending college. Be sure to check your state's eligibility criteria for in-state residency. Every state has its own rules about what makes someone eligible for in-state tuition. Most states require students to have resided in the state for a certain period of time before qualifying. There may be other criteria too, depending on the state you and your parents currently live in.
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Shenandoah University has the same tuition for international students as for those from out of state.
Students from outside of the U.S. usually do not qualify for for loans or grants from the U.S. government, but may be eligible for private or Shenandoah University-specific aid and scholarships. International students with need may be eligible for the following types of financial support at Shenandoah University:
•Loans from outsideShenandoah University •Shenandoah University-specific scholarships
International students without financial need may be eligible for merit-based institutional scholarships.
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 Shenandoah University.
Housing and campus dining at Shenandoah University costs $11,230 a year. This number includes the cost of living in dorms or other on-campus housing, and a meal plan that allows you to eat in the school dining facilities.
Board costs vary based on on how many meals are included in the plan you choose.
First-year students are sometimes surprised by how much books and supplies cost–and not in a good way. The real cost of books depends on the courses you take and the materials required. To save money, many students choose to use books from the library or buy used textbooks and materials.
Most schools charge some yearly fees to help cover the cost of facilties, like the computer labs and libraries, athletic facilities, and more.
Keep in mind, there could also be other costs associated with participating in certain activities, like Greek Life, or playing on an intramural sports team. Most colleges offer ways for students who may struggle to participate because of cost can find ways to lower or eliminate these fees.
The total cost of getting around in college can really vary. Will you drive, fly, or take public transportation to school? Is on-campus parking free, or will you need to budget for parking? Is the campus easy to get around on foot? Do you plan to bring a car or will you need to use busses, subways, or other modes of transportation? All of these questions can make a big difference in your estimated cost of transportation. At Shenandoah University, freshman are allowed to park on campus.
A school's location can also have a big effect on the amount you'll have to spend just to get around. Small, rural schools may be easier to get around, but the cost of getting to campus may be higher. On the other hand transportation in an urban area is sometimes costly, but cities may offer more buses, trains or affordable flights to actually get to school. The Shenandoah University campus is in a suburban setting in Virginia, near Washington and D.C..
When creating a budget for college, be sure to take into account personal expenses, like movies, takeouts, furniture or appliances for your dorm or housing, and essentials like laundry detergent, toothpaste and toilet paper.
Now, let’s do a rundown of all of the costs associated with college, to get a better estimate of what is really costs to go to Shenandoah University.
What will the cost of attending Shenandoah University be? Here is a breakdown of tuition and expenses.
|2022 Total Tuition and Expenses|
|Room and Board||$11,230|
The total estimated cost will vary depending on whether you are going to live on-campus or off-campus.
|Total Estimated Costs|
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.
The majority of Shenandoah University undergrads use financial aid to help pay for school. In 2022, 1,854 of the 2,416 undergrads enrolled received financial aid. Shenandoah University meets 72.2% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates.
The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $21,947 a year. Around 76% of Shenandoah University undergrads take out student loans to cover any remaining costs. Shenandoah University graduates who have student loans graduate with an average of $42,986 of student loan debt.
The average debt for each loan type varies.
|Average Debt By Loan Type|
|Most Common Loans for Shenandoah University Students|
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 Shenandoah University financial aid, keep reading, or visit their financial aid website.
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 2022, Shenandoah University awarded 899 need-based scholarships to students, giving away total of $5.9 million to help students with financial need cover the cost of school. An additional $25.76 million in merit-based scholarship money was awarded to students without demonstrated financial need.
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 Shenandoah University 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 Shenandoah University was $21,947 in 2022. By substracting the average financial aid package from the estimated costs, we get a number that may make the cost of Shenandoah University seem more manageable.
|Estimated Net Cost for Full-Time Students|
What will attending Shenandoah University 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 make more informed decisions about the actual cost of attending that school, based on their financial situation. You can find the Shenandoah University's net cost calculator on their website.
Some students choose to use payment plans to make the cost of tuition fit more comfortably in their budget.
Students cannot pay tuition in installments. Contact the financial aid office to verify this and discuss options.
Schools sometimes waiver tuition for certain groups, to offset the cost of attending. Some schools offer tuition waivers for employees and their family members, underrepresented students, or military students. Even with a tuition waiver, students are usually responsible for housing, meal plans, and other expenses.
Check the financial aid website for more information on payment plans and tuition waivers.
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