In 2022, tuition for full-time students at Mount Saint Mary's University was $45,388 a year.
Tuition increased 2.95% in 2022–from $44,088 the previous year. Usually, college tuition goes up about 3% every year.
If this makes attending the college of your dreams seem daunting, remember, the total cost of tuition isn't necessarily what you will have to pay to attend a school. Many students pay far less than the total tuition after grants, scholarships, and tuition discounts are applied. Additionally, student loans can make the amount you do have to pay for college more manageable until after graduation.
Mount Saint Mary's University is a private, religious institution, so it has the same tuition for students from California as it does for residents from other states.
Public schools receive funds from the state to help them cover costs. These institutions offer reduced tuition for students who are residents of that state.
Choosing a college where you qualify for in-state tuition can cut the cost of college tuition. Take the time to verify your state's criteria 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 reside in.
Explore other California colleges
Mount Saint Mary's University has the same tuition for international students as for those from out of state.
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.
In addition to tuition, 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 Mount Saint Mary's University.
Room and board at Mount Saint Mary's University is $12,880 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 halls.
Board costs vary based on on the numnber of meals you intend to eat on-campus
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 also have fees to offsets cost associated with maintaining facilties, like the library, gym and computer labs.
Keep in mind, there could also be additional 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 who may struggle to participate because of cost can get help covering these costs.
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 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 Mount Saint Mary's University, freshman are allowed to park on campus.
A school's location can impact 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 transportation in an urban area may be expensive, but cities may offer more trains, busses or low-cost flight options to actually get to school. The Mount Saint Mary's University campus is located in a urban setting in California, not far from Los Angeles.
When estimating your 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 do a rundown of all of the costs associated with college, to get a better idea of what is really costs to go to Mount Saint Mary's University.
What will the cost of attending Mount Saint Mary's University be? Here is a breakdown of tuition and expenses.
|2022 Total Tuition and Expenses|
|Room and Board||$12,880|
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.
Mount Saint Mary's University’s tuition and fees change based on: •Academic program for both full and part-time students •Course load for both full and part-time students
The majority of Mount Saint Mary's University undergrads use financial aid to help pay for school. In 2022, 1,325 of the 1,930 undergrads enrolled received financial aid. Mount Saint Mary's University meets 63% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates.
The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $43,453 a year. Around 77% of Mount Saint Mary's University undergrads take out student loans to cover any remaining costs. Mount Saint Mary's University graduates who have student loans graduate with an average of $30,940 of student loan debt.
The average debt for each loan type varies.
|Average Debt By Loan Type|
|Mount Saint Mary's University-Specific Loans||$2,500|
|Most Common Loans for Mount Saint Mary's 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 Mount Saint Mary's 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, Mount Saint Mary's University awarded 1,325 need-based scholarships to students, giving away total of $36.7 million to help students with financial need cover the cost of school. An additional $1.34 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 Mount Saint Mary's 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 Mount Saint Mary's University was $43,453 in 2022. By substracting the average financial aid package from the estimated costs, we get a number that may make the cost of Mount Saint Mary's University seem more manageable.
|Estimated Net Cost for Full-Time Students|
What will attending Mount Saint Mary's 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 understand the actual cost of attending that school, based on their financial situation. You can find the Mount Saint Mary's 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.
Mount Saint Mary's 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, students are usually responsible for housing, meal plans, and other expenses.
Mount Saint Mary's University has some full or partial tuition waivers available for: - Employees or Children of Employees
Check the financial aid website for more information on payment plans and tuition waivers.
To learn more about Mount Saint Mary's University, choose from the options below:
Join the conversation about about Mount Saint Mary's University in the College Confidential forums
Tuition & Fees
Students Who Receive Need-Based Aid
Average Financial Aid Package
Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved
Tuition and Fees
Claim your page to customize your profile and connect with students!
Want to find money for school that doesn’t need to be paid back? Access insights and advice on how to search and apply for scholarships!
Connect with the world's largest college forum for candid, authentic discussion.