In 2022, tuition for full-time students at Eckerd College was $48,220 a year.
Tuition increased 2.5% in 2022–from $47,044 the previous year. Usually, college tuition rises about 3% year.
Remember, the advertized cost of tuition doesn't always mean much if you plan to use financial aid to help pay for college. Many students owe far less than the sticker price after grants, scholarships, and tuition discounts are awarded. Additionally, student loans can make theactual cost of attending college feel more doable until you've finishing school and found a job.
Eckerd College is a private, religious institution, which means it has the same tuition for students from Florida as it does for residents from other states.
Public schools receive funds from the state to help them cover costs. Public insitutions often offer a lower cost of attendance for those who qualify as Florida residents.
Choosing an insitution where you are eligible for in-state tuition can drastically reduce the overall cost of college. Don't forget to verify your state's requirements for in-state tuition. 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 additional requirements as well, depending on where you live.
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Tuition at Eckerd College is the same for each student.
International students are not eligible for loans or grants from the U.S. government, but should research private or school-specific aid and scholarships.
International students without financial need may be eligible for merit-based institutional scholarships and athletic awards.
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 Eckerd College.
Housing and campus dining at Eckerd College costs $13,854 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 school dining halls. Students who do not live on-campus but still want to use the dining facilities can opt-in for a meal plan. The cost of a mean plan, or board-only, is $7,052.
Board costs may vary depending on how many meals are included in the plan you choose.
The cost of books often surprises first-year college students. 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 also have fees to help cover the cost of facilties, like the library, gym and computer labs.
There may be additional fees associated with participating in certain activities, like joining a fraternity or sorority, or playing on an intramural sports team. Most colleges have ways for students with demonstrated need to get help covering these fees.
The total cost of getting around in college depends on a few key factors. Will you drive, fly, or take public transportation 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 drastically impact your transportation budget. At Eckerd College, freshman are allowed to park on campus.
The location of a college or university 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 a city can be pricey, but there may be more trains, busses or low-cost flight options to actually get to school. Eckerd Collegeis located in a suburban setting in Florida, not far from Tampa.
When you're planning for college, don’t forget to leave some room in your budget for 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 estimate of what is really costs to go to Eckerd College.
What will the cost of attending Eckerd College be? Here is a breakdown of tuition and expenses.
|2022 Total Tuition and Expenses|
|Room and Board||$13,854|
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.
In 2022, 779 of the 2,036 undergrads enrolled received financial aid.
The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $38,345 a year. Around 59.57% of Eckerd College undergrads take out student loans to cover any remaining costs. Eckerd College graduates who have student loans graduate with an average of $33,592 of student loan debt.
The average debt for each loan type varies.
|Average Debt By Loan Type|
|Eckerd College-Specific Loans||$4,215|
|Most Common Loans for Eckerd College 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 Eckerd College 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, Eckerd College awarded 660 need-based scholarships to students, giving away total of $29.6 million to help students with financial need cover the cost of school. An additional $13.25 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 Eckerd 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 Eckerd College was $38,345 in 2022. By substracting the average financial aid package from the estimated costs, we get a number that may make the cost of Eckerd College seem more manageable.
|Estimated Net Cost for Full-Time Students|
What will attending Eckerd 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 get a better idea of the actual cost of attending that school, based on their financial situation. You can find the Eckerd College'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 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 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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