University of Delaware

Finance your degree

You've heard it before, but never as tangibly as this. College is an investment in both time and money. At the University of Delaware, we guarantee you an excellent education at a great value. We work hard to keep our tuition affordable while maintaining the highest of academic standards. The University of Delaware is annually recognized as one of the best values in higher education for our academic quality and cost.

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All students that apply for freshman admission to the University of Delaware by January 15 are automatically considered for scholarships. The Admission Committee considers a number of factors when evaluating applicants for merit awards. Unless requested, students do not need to complete an additional form, other than the Common Application.

The University of Delaware awards academic scholarships to a high number of incoming freshmen. And approximately 100 Distinguished Scholars, our most prestigious awards, are named each year.

In addition, students interested in our Art, Apparel Design and Music majors must submit a portfolio or audition, respectively, to be considered for admission and scholarships awards.

Need-Based Aid

Universities typically distinguish between aid based on demonstrated financial need and aid based solely on academic ability or special talents without regard to financial need. Aid based on financial need, as demonstrated by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that the student files, is "need-based aid."

To apply for need-based aid, file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1. Use the institutional code for the University of Delaware: 001431. We strongly recommend filing the FAFSA by February 15, especially for students who want a timely notification of the financial aid award. A new FAFSA must be filed for each subsequent year.

Loan and Grant definitions are available through the Student Financial Services website.

Please note that Federal financial assistance is available only to U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents. The University does consider international students for merit scholarships.



Delaware Residents

Tuition $10,580
Room** $6,810
Board** $4,390
Health Service Fee $504
Comprehensive Student Fee $790
Student Center Fee $238
Total $23,312

*Cost Per Credit Hour $441


Tuition $28,400
Room** $6,810
Board** $4,390
Health Service Fee $504
Comprehensive Student Fee $790
Student Center Fee $238
Total $41,132

*Cost Per Credit Hour $1,183

*Optional Winter and Summer Sessions are charged separately.

**Actual rates for room and board may vary owing to different housing arrangements and meal plan selections.

Indirect Expenses

Students should budget approximately $800 for books and supplies and $1,500 for miscellaneous items such as transportation, clothing, sundries, and other personal items. All students are charged a one-time New Student Orientation Fee.

Net Price Calcuator

This tool is designed to provide you with an early indication of what you may pay for a University of Delaware education. Your calculator results will include the amount and types of financial aid you may qualify for if you enroll at UD as a full-time college freshman. A more accurate financial award package is included with each offer of admission.


Commitment to Delawareans

Our aim is to make a UD education affordable to all qualified residents of our state. We pledge to meet the full demonstrated financial need — up to the cost of in-state tuition, fees, a stipend for books, and on-campus room and board — of all Delawareans who file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the deadline. Understanding how important it is to leave college with as little debt as possible, our goal is that no student will have loans in excess of 25% of the cost of a 4-year education.


Asked Questions

When will I receive my financial aid award from the University of Delaware?

If families file a FAFSA by February 15th, an Award Notice sharing information on need-based aid should be available in mid-March. Admitted students will receive a Financial Aid Award Notice in the mail as well as on their My Blue Hen Home portal page.

Are international freshman applicants eligible for scholarships or financial aid?

Yes! International applicants who submit SAT or ACT scores will be considered for merit scholarships provided they apply by January 15. However, international applicants are not eligible for need-based financial aid.

I currently receive grants & scholarships at the school I am now attending. Will I be eligible for money at UD as a transfer student?

You'll need to consult with Student Financial Services concerning your grants and loans and what UD could provide. Transfer students are not eligible for our own merit-based monies, but SFS can answer questions about other grants and loans. You can reach them by phone at (302) 831-2126.

I've heard something about the SEED scholarship. What is the SEED scholarship?

The SEED Scholarship is available to Delaware residents who enroll in the Associate in Arts program immediately upon graduation from high school. The SEED Scholarship, funded by the State of Delaware, covers the full cost of tuition. Find information about UD's Associate in Arts program and the SEED Scholarship click here.