In 2022, tuition for full-time students at Cairn University was $31,255 a year.
Tuition increased 3% in 2022–from $30,345 the previous year. On average, college tuition rises about 3% year.
If this makes attending the college of your dreams feel scary, remember, the "sticker price" of tuition doesn't give you enough information to determine the actual cost of attending any given college. Many students find the actual cost of college is 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 more manageable until you're done with college.
Cairn University is a private, religious institution, so it has the same tuition for students from Pennsylvania as it does for residents from other states.
Public colleges and universities receive funding from the state government. Public insitutions often offer reduced tuition for students who are residents of that state.
Attending an insitution where you qualify for in-state tuition can drastically reduce the overall cost of college. Take the time to verify your state's criteria for in-state tuition. Each state has different requirements to qualify as in-state resident. Most states require students to have resided in the state for a certain period of time before qualifying. There may be other criteria as well, depending on where you live.
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Tuition at Cairn University is the same for every student.
International students are not eligible for loans or grants from the U.S. government, but should research private or school-specific grants, scholarships, and other funding opportunities.. International students with need may qualify for the following types of financial support at Cairn University:
•Cairn 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; room and board, books, transportation and fees are also costs it consider when budgeting for college. Let's take a look at what impacts these costs, and what to expect at Cairn University.
Room and board at Cairn University costs $11,764 a year. This covers the cost of living in dorms or other on-campus housing, and a dining plan that allows you to eat in the Cairn University's on-campus cafeterias and dining facilities.
Meal-plan costs vary based on on how many meals are included in the plan you choose.
The cost of books often surprises first-year college students. The actual cost of books and supplies depends on the courses you take and the textbooks, computer programs, or other materials are required.. To save money, many students choose to use books from the library or buy used textbooks and materials.
The majority of colleges also have fees to offsets cost associated with maintaining facilties, like the library, gym and computer labs.
There may be optional fees associated with participating in certain activities, like Greek Life, or participating in sports or other extracurriculars. Most colleges have ways so that those who may struggle to participate because of cost can get help covering these fees.
The cost of getting around 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 are you planning to use public transportation? All of these questions can make a big difference in your transportation budget. Keeping in mind, first-year students are allowed to park a car on campus.
Where are a college is located can also have a big effect on transportation costs. 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 may be costly, but cities may offer more buses, trains and affordable flights to actually get to school. Cairn Universityis located in a suburban setting in Pennsylvania, not far from Philadelphia.
When estimating your budget for college, be sure to consider the cost of things like entertainment, clothes, furnishings and toiletries.
Now, let’s go over all of the costs we've covered, to get a better estimate of what is really costs to go to Cairn University.
What will the cost of attending Cairn University be? Here is a breakdown of tuition and expenses.
|2022 Total Tuition and Expenses|
|Room and Board||$11,764|
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 Cairn University undergrads use financial aid to help pay for school. In 2022, 581 of the 762 undergrads enrolled received financial aid. Cairn University meets 75% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates.
The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $24,301 a year. Around 82% of Cairn University undergrads take out student loans to cover any remaining costs. Cairn University graduates who have student loans graduate with an average of $35,717 of student loan debt.
The average debt for each loan type varies.
|Average Debt By Loan Type|
|Most Common Loans for Cairn 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 Cairn 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, Cairn University awarded 572 need-based scholarships to students, giving away total of $9.5 million to help students with financial need cover the cost of school. An additional $1.67 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 Cairn 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 Cairn University was $24,301 in 2022. By substracting the average financial aid package from the estimated costs, we get a number that may make the cost of Cairn University seem more manageable.
|Estimated Net Cost for Full-Time Students|
What will attending Cairn 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 get a better idea of the actual cost of attending that school, based on their financial situation. You can find the Cairn 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.
Cairn University offers an Installment Payment Plan, which allows students to pay tuition in a series of smaller chunks instead of one lump sum.
Schools sometimes waiver tuition for certain groups, to reduce the total cost of attendance. Some schools offer tuition waivers for faculty, staff, and their families , underrepresented students, or military students. Even with a tuition waiver, other expenses and fees are the responsibility of the student.
Check the financial aid website for more information on payment plans and tuition waivers.
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