In 2022, DigiPen Institute of Technology's tuition was $35,700 a year.
In 2022, tuition increased 2.88%–from $34,700 the prior year. Usually, college tuition goes up about 3% every year.
If this makes attending the college of your dreams seem daunting, remember, the advertized cost of tuition does not always give you enough information to determine the actual cost of attending any given college. Many students find the actual cost of college is far less than the sticker price after grants, scholarships, and tuition discounts are applied. Plus, student loans can make thecost of college feel more doable until you've finishing school and found a job.
DigiPen Institute of Technology is a private institution, so it has the same tuition for residents of Washington as it does for students who live in other states.
Public colleges and universities receive funding from the state government. These institutions offer a lower cost of attendance for those who qualify as Washington residents.
Attending a school where you are eligible for in-state tuition can save significant money on the overall cost of college. Be sure to verify your state's rules for in-state residency. Each state has different requirements to qualify as in-state resident. The most common requirement is that students must have lived in the state for a full year before starting school. There may be other criteria as well, depending on the state you and your parents currently reside in.
Digipen has the same tuition for international students as for those from out of state.
Students from outside of the U.S. 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 be eligible for the following types of financial support at Digipen:
•Digipen-specific scholarships •International Students Tuition Waivers
International students without financial need may be eligible for merit-based institutional scholarships.
In addition to the cost of tuition, 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 Digipen.
Board costs can depend 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 depends on the courses you take and the materials required. To save money, many students choose to use books from the library or buy books from students who have already taken the course.
Most schools also have fees to offsets cost associated with maintaining facilties, like the library, gym and computer labs.
Keep in mind, there could also be other costs associated with participating in certain activities, like joining a fraternity or sorority, or playing on an intramural sports team. Many schools have resources 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 depends on a few key factors. 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 small enough that you can easily walk from class-to-class?? Do you own a car, or are you planning to use busses, subways, or other modes of transportation? All of these factors can make a big difference in your estimated cost of transportation. At Digipen, freshman are allowed to park on campus.
Where are a college is located can impact 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 usually costly, but there may be more buses, trains and affordable flights to actually get to school. The DigiPen Institute of Technology campus is in a suburban setting in Washington, near Seattle.
When estimating your budget for college, don’t forget to factor in 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 the actual cost of attending Digipen.
What will the cost of attending Digipen be? Here is a breakdown of tuition and expenses.
|2022 Total Tuition and Expenses|
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.
Digipen’s tuition and fees change based on: •Course load for both full and part-time students
In 2022, 474 of the 1,138 undergrads enrolled received financial aid. Digipen meets 47% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates.
The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $10,593 a year. Around 62% of Digipen undergrads take out student loans to cover any remaining costs. Digipen graduates who have student loans graduate with an average of $45,718 of student loan debt.
The average debt for each loan type varies.
|Average Debt By Loan Type|
|Most Common Loans for Digipen 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 Digipen 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, Digipen awarded 299 need-based scholarships to students, giving away total of $3.7 million to help students with financial need cover the cost of school. An additional $2.58 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 Digipen 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 Digipen was $10,593 in 2022. By substracting the average financial aid package from the estimated costs, we get a number that may make the cost of Digipen seem more manageable.
|Estimated Net Cost for Full-Time Students|
What will attending Digipen 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 Digipen'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.
Digipen offers an Installment Payment Plan, which allows students to pay tuition in a series of smaller chunks instead of one lump sum.
Schools sometimes offer tuition waivers to certain groups, to offset the cost of attending. 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.
Digipen has some full or partial tuition waivers available for: - International Students - Employees or Children of Employees
Check the financial aid website for more information on payment plans and tuition waivers.
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