TUITION AND FINANCING

Financing your education is one of the most critical components you need to consider as you start your educational journey here at Grand Canyon University (GCU). It is important for you to know the cost of your education and understand your financial responsibilities.

We are here to help you through every step of the process, from calculating your costs per year to securing financial aid. Our goal is to provide you with transparent information that helps you understand the cost of your education.

GCU offers you three convenient learning options: a traditional campus environment, evening programs and online programs. GCU also offers a variety of opportunities to reduce the cost of furthering your education. Campus students may qualify for scholarships, while online students can take part in special offers. We also offer online members of the military reduced tuition amounts.


Scholarships and Grants

GCU offers generous scholarship and grant opportunities to help you finance your education. Explore GCU campus and outside scholarships to find out what you may qualify for.

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FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) allows you to apply for government grants and loans. You may qualify for awards based on your family's financial situation.

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Student Loans

Student loans can help you supplement your scholarships and grants so you can pay for your college education. Learn more about types of loans and repayment expectations.

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Traditional On-Campus Tuition

Tuition Credits 2016-17
Traditional Undergraduate 1-11 credits $687.50 per credit
Traditional Undergraduate 12-18 credits $8,250 per block
Traditional Undergraduate  19+ credits (block rate +) $8,250 + $687.50 per credit above 18 credits
Summer Traditional Undergraduate (Except Nursing Cohorts)* $290 per credit
Graduate Programs** $390 per credit

*No in-state/out-of-state rates
*Traditional students taking courses in the online format will be charged the regular tuition rates
*Traditional students are required to take a minimum of nine credits in the traditional campus format
**$390 graduate tuition is only for traditional daytime students attending master's programs on the West Phoenix main campus.

It is the policy of GCU to collect and remit sales, use, excise and/or gross receipts taxes in compliance with state and local taxing jurisdiction regulations, which require the university to remit tax where applicable. Regulations vary by student location. Payment of tax is ultimately the student's financial responsibility to the university regardless of financing arrangements. Per Hawaii requirements: It is hereby stated that students residing in the State of Hawaii will be charged Hawaii General Excise Tax on all transactions. Students living in the District of Oahu will be charged 4.712 percent. Students residing in other Hawaii districts will be charged 4.1666 percent.

Tuition Credits 2016-17
Traditional Undergraduate 1-11 credits $687.50 per credit
Traditional Undergraduate 12-18 credits $8,250 per block
Traditional Undergraduate  19+ credits (block rate +) $8,250 + $687.50 per credit above 18 credits
Summer Traditional Undergraduate (Except Nursing Cohorts)* $310 per credit

*No in-state/out-of-state rates
*Traditional students taking courses in the online format will be charged the regular tuition rates
*Traditional students are required to take a minimum of nine credits in the traditional campus format
**$390 graduate tuition is only for traditional daytime students attending master's programs on the West Phoenix main campus.

It is the policy of GCU to collect and remit sales, use, excise and/or gross receipts taxes in compliance with state and local taxing jurisdiction regulations, which require the university to remit tax where applicable. Regulations vary by student location. Payment of tax is ultimately the student's financial responsibility to the university regardless of financing arrangements. Per Hawaii requirements: It is hereby stated that students residing in the State of Hawaii will be charged Hawaii General Excise Tax on all transactions. Students living in the District of Oahu will be charged 4.712 percent. Students residing in other Hawaii districts will be charged 4.1666 percent.

Non-Traditional Tuition (Online and Evening Students)

Undergraduate Tuition 2015-16
- Education Programs $440
- Theology Programs $355
- Applied Business Analytics / Applied Business Information Systems/ Business Information Systems/ Computer Programming / Information Technology Programs $449
- Business Administration with an Emphasis in Business Intelligence $470
- Online and Professional Studies (all programs other than those listed above) $470
- Active Duty and Active Reserve (online and professional studies) $250

Graduate Tuition 2015-16
- Education Programs $515
- Continuing Education for Teachers  $150
- Master of Divinity $330
- Business Programs (Excludes Business Analytics / Information Systems and Technology Management) $560
- Nursing Programs $500
- Advanced Practice Nursing Programs $610
- Business Analytics / Information Systems and Technology Management Programs $489
- Online and Professional Studies (all programs other than those listed above) $500
- Doctoral Programs (includes dissertation courses DIS-966 to DIS-970) $640
- Active Duty and Active Reserve (online and professional studies) $400
- Active Duty and Active Reserve (doctoral programs) $608

It is the policy of GCU to collect and remit sales, use, excise and/or gross receipts taxes in compliance with state and local taxing jurisdiction regulations, which require the university to remit tax where applicable. Regulations vary by student location. Payment of tax is ultimately the student's financial responsibility to the university regardless of financing arrangements. Per Hawaii requirements: It is hereby stated that students residing in the State of Hawaii will be charged Hawaii General Excise Tax on all transactions. Students living in the District of Oahu will be charged 4.712 percent. Students residing in other Hawaii districts will be charged 4.1666 percent.


Housing and Meal Costs

2016-2017

Residence Hall Rates
Students are required to purchase a meal plan. Parking is not included.
  Prescott / Camelback / Sedona / Chaparral / Saguaro / Ocotillo Hall Triple Occupancy $3,550 per academic year
  The Grove: Acacia / Ironwood / Juniper / Willow Hall Triple Occupancy $3,550 per academic year
  Canyon Hall Double Occupancy $4,400 per academic year
  Prescott / Camelback / Sedona / Chaparral / Saguaro / Ocotillo Hall Double Occupancy $5,000 per academic year
  The Grove: Acacia / Ironwood / Juniper / Willow Hall Double Occupancy $5,000 per academic year

North Rim Apartments
Students are required to purchase a meal plan.
North Rim Apartments include both single and double occupancy, depending on style of unit. 
  Single Occupancy $6,000 per academic year
  Double Occupancy $5,500 per academic year

Papago Apartments
Students are required to purchase a meal plan.
  Studio Single Occupancy (two bedroom, one bathroom, no kitchen) $5,500 per academic year
  Single Occupancy (four bedroom, two bathrooms, with kitchen) $6,100 per academic year

Agave / Encanto / Roadrunner Apartments
Students are required to purchase a meal plan.
  Single Occupancy (three bedroom, two bathroom, with kitchen) $6,100 per academic year
  Single Occupancy (four bedroom, two bathroom, with kitchen) $6,100 per academic year

Summer Room Rates
  Active student (actively enrolled in at least one course) $1,200
  Working student (on-campus job, but not taking courses) $1,600

 

  • All residents (including all on-campus and remote housing residents) commit to housing reservations as an academic year-long lease (both fall and spring semesters) and are charged for housing by the academic year (both fall and spring semesters).
  • All housing charges, including room and board, are billed to the student's account.
  • For payment methods and deadlines contact your enrollment counselor or student services advisor. 
  • All rates include parking, rent, water, electricity, basic cable and Internet.Rates above DO NOT include tax.

 

Meal Plans Meal plans for 2016-17 are Dining Dollars only and do not include meal swipes. 

Plans Details Price
Canyon $500 Dining Dollars Exclusive to apartment and remote housing residents. Minimum requirement for Papago and North Rim residents. $500 per semester
Canyon $1,350 Dining Dollars Minimum requirement for residence hall residents. $1,350 per semester
Canyon $1,800 Dining Dollars $1,750 per semester
Canyon $2,100 Dining Dollars $2,000 per semester
Canyon $2,700 Dining Dollars $2,550 per semester

2015-16

Residence Hall Rates
Students are required to purchase a meal plan. Parking is not included.
  Prescott / Camelback / Sedona / Chaparral / Saguaro / Ocotillo Hall Triple Occupancy $3,350 per academic year
  The Grove: Acacia / Ironwood / Juniper / Willow Hall Triple Occupancy $3,550 per academic year
  Canyon Double Occupancy $4,400 per academic year
  Prescott / Camelback / Sedona / Chaparral / Saguaro / Ocotillo Hall Double Occupancy $4,800 per academic year
  The Grove: Acacia / Ironwood / Juniper / Willow Hall Double Occupancy $5,000 per academic year

North Rim Apartments
Students are required to purchase a meal plan.
North Rim Apartments include both single and double occupancy, depending on style of unit. 
  Single Occupancy $5,200 per academic year
  Double Occupancy $5,200 per academic year

Papago Apartments
Students are required to purchase a meal plan.
  Studio Single Occupancy (two bedrooms, one bathroom, no kitchen) $5,400 per academic year
  Single Occupancy (four bedrooms, two bathrooms, with kitchen) $6,000 per academic year

Roosevelt Point Apartments (Remote Housing)
Students are not required to purchase a meal plan.
  Single Occupancy $6,000 per academic year

Summer Room Rates
  Active student (actively enrolled in at least one course) $1,200
  Working student (on-campus job, but not taking courses) $1,600

 

  • All residents (including all on-campus and remote housing residents) commit to housing reservations as an academic year-long lease (both fall and spring semesters) and are charged for housing by the academic year (both fall and spring semesters).
  • All housing charges, including room and board, are billed to the student's account.
  • For payment methods and deadlines contact your enrollment counselor or student services advisor. 
  • All rates include parking, rent, water, electricity, basic cable and Internet.Rates above DO NOT include tax.

 

Meal Plans Meal plans for 2015-16 are Dining Dollars only and do not include meal swipes. 

Plans Details Price
Canyon $500 Dining Dollars Exclusive to apartment and remote housing residents. Minimum requirement for Papago and North Rim residents. $500 per semester
Canyon $1,350 Dining Dollars Minimum requirement for residence hall residents. $1,350 per semester
Canyon $1,800 Dining Dollars $1,750 per semester
Canyon $2,100 Dining Dollars $2,000 per semester
Canyon $2,700 Dining Dollars $2,550 per semester

Traditional On-Campus and Non-Traditional Fees

Traditional On-Campus Fees

2016-17

Fees indicated are effective for all students enrolling in the fall 2016 semester unless otherwise specified.

Fee Schedule (Not all fees listed)
Canyon Connect Undergraduate courses $85 per class
Canyon Connect Graduate courses $95 per class
Registration Deposit Traditional undergraduate campus students (non-refundable) $50 Arizona Residents
$300 out-of-state students
Student Activity Fee Traditional undergraduate and graduate campus students (except those in the nursing pre-licensure program) $275 per semester
Student Parking Fee Traditional campus students $5-$300 depending on lot
Housing Application Fee Traditional undergraduate campus students $250
Housing Prepayment Traditional undergraduate campus students (returning residents only) (non-refundable) $200
Returned Check Fee All returned checks $25
Aetna Insurance Premiums Only applicable to students who fail to provide proof of insurance when required
Graduation Fee All graduating students $150
Health Fee Traditional undergraduate and graduate campus students $60 per semester
Schedule Change Fee Traditional undergraduate and graduate campus students $25
Late Payment Fee Traditional undergraduate and graduate campus students $25
Global Studies Portfolio Fee Traditional undergraduate and graduate campus students $90
Hospitality Management Premium Traditional campus students in the Hospitality Management Program $100 per semester
Tennis Management Premium Traditional campus students in the Tennis Management Program $250 per semester
Golf Management Premium Traditional campus students in the Golf Management Program $500 per semester
CS/IT Program Premium Traditional campus students in the computer science and information technology programs $700 per semester
Computer Programming Premium Traditional campus students in the computer programming program $700 per semester
Engineering Programs Premium Traditional campus students in the engineering programs $700 per semester
Nursing Program Premium Traditional campus students in the nursing pre-licensure program $800 per semester
Worship Arts Traditional campus students in the Center for Worship Arts programs. Applies to students with minors in worship arts beginning in spring 2016. $250 per semester

2015-16

Fees indicated are effective for all students enrolling in the fall 2015 semester unless otherwise specified.

Fee Schedule (Not all fees listed)
Canyon Connect Undergraduate courses $85 per class
Canyon Connect Graduate courses $95 per class
Registration Deposit Traditional undergraduate campus students (non-refundable) $50 non-refundable
Student Activity Fee Traditional undergraduate and graduate campus students (except those in the nursing pre-licensure program) $275 per semester
Student Parking Fee Traditional campus students $5-$300 depending on lot
Housing Application Fee Traditional undergraduate campus students $250
Housing Prepayment Traditional undergraduate campus students (returning residents only) (non-refundable) $200
Returned Check Fee All returned checks $25
Aetna Insurance Premiums Only applicable to students who fail to provide proof of insurance when required

Fall Term 
(Aug. 17 - Dec. 31, 2015) = $923.50
Spring Term 
(Jan. 1 - Aug. 16, 2016) = $1,526.50

Graduation Fee All graduating students $150
Health Fee Traditional undergraduate and graduate campus students $50 per semester
Schedule Change Fee Traditional undergraduate and graduate campus students $25
Late Payment Fee Traditional undergraduate and graduate campus students $25
Global Studies Portfolio Fee Traditional undergraduate and graduate campus students $90
Hospitality Management Premium Traditional campus students in the Hospitality Management Program $100 per semester
Tennis Management Premium Traditional campus students in the Tennis Management Program $250 per semester
Golf Management Premium Traditional campus students in the Golf Management Program $500 per semester
CS/IT Program Premium Traditional campus students in the computer science and information technology programs $600 per semester
Computer Programming Premium Traditional campus students in the computer programming program $600 per semester
Engineering Programs Premium Traditional campus students in the engineering programs $600 per semester
Nursing Program Premium Traditional campus students in the nursing pre-licensure program $700 per semester
Worship Arts Traditional campus students in the Center for Worship Arts programs. Applies to students with minors in worship arts beginning in spring 2016. $250 per semester

Non-Traditional Fees

2015-16

Fee Schedule (Not all fees listed)
Canyon Connect Undergraduate courses $85
Canyon Connect Graduate courses $95
Canyon Connect Doctoral courses $105
Course Material Fee  RN-BSN, five-week courses with an NRS-prefix and HLT-362V $110
Doctoral Programs Dissertation continuation (optional zero-credit course DIS-975) $500
Residency Doctoral and Master of Divinity programs $950 per residency
Accordance Bible Software Master of Divinity students only $225
Returned Check Fee All returned checks $25
Graduation Fee All graduating students $150
Learning Management Fee New online and professional studies students $400
Student Parking Fee Online and evening students attending the GCU main campus $5-$300 depending on lot
Credential Evaluation (international) Basic evaluation $175
Credential Evaluation (international) Course-by-course evaluation $250
Transcript Fee $5
Medical Plan Cohort and evening students Annual rate
(Aug. 13, 2015 - Aug. 12, 2016) $2,450 Daily rate
(Aug. 13, 2015 - Aug. 12, 2016) $6.70

High School Dual Enrollment

If you are a high school student, dual enrollment courses allow you the opportunity to earn college credits while still in high school.

  • Dual enrollment courses are four credits 
  • $210 per course ($52.50 per credit) 
  • $85 eBook fee per course (online students only) 
  • Additional textbook fees may apply

Explore more dual enrollment benefits and options to learn more.

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Military Rates

If you are currently serving in the military and are able to utilize military educational benefits, GCU offers a special military rate per credit hour to you and your spouse. GCU also offers a special scholarship to all veterans and their spouses, and employees of the DOD, DPHS, and NOAA. GCU is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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How to Read Your Award Letter

Each spring, colleges around the country send prospective students an award letter to show them what it will cost to attend their institution. The contents of an award letter can seem overwhelming at first, but at GCU, we try to be as transparent as possible.

To help you read your award letter, we have put together a series of videos that can help answer questions you may have and help you avoid common mistakes made when comparing award letters from multiple institutions


Net Price Calculator

The Net Price Calculator is available to help you estimate the cost to attend GCU. Speak with your enrollment counselor to learn more about how this tool can help you estimate the cost of attending GCU. After completing the Net Price Calculator, you have the ability to request a Shopping Sheet, which can be used to compare programs and estimate the cost of your education.

By clicking below, I acknowledge that the estimate provided using this calculator does not represent a final determination, or actual award, of financial assistance, or a final net price. Price of attendance and financial aid availability change year to year. The estimates shall not be binding on the Secretary of Education, the institution of higher education or the State. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be eligible for, and receive, an actual financial aid award that includes federal grant, loan or work-study assistance.

Online and Evening Student Net Price Calculator

Net Price Calculator

Tax Information for Students

The 1098-T is an IRS form that you may use when filing taxes. It is not a bill. The activity reported on the 1098-T refers to transactions for tuition charges or adjustments, scholarships and grants that posted to your student account between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31. The form does not reflect payments or loan disbursements. While you may not have attended class during the tax year, if a transaction that impacted tuition, scholarships or grants posted to your account during this timeframe, a 1098-T will be generated and mailed.

All tax documents will be available and mailed by Jan. 31. This form is sent to you if you had qualified tuition, other related educational expenses, scholarships or grants applied to your account during the previous tax year. The form is mailed to the address listed on your official record on your GCU account.

Learn how to submit the 1098-T.

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Loans vs. Grants

Loans must be repaid with the amount awarded based on your grade level. To remain eligible for federal funding, you cannot be out of attendance for a period greater than 14 days. Call your student services advisor anytime there is a change in your schedule or you anticipate attendance issues.

Grants typically do not have to be repaid and are awarded based on need.

Consumer Information

Consumer information is available to help you stay informed about GCU. Learn more about institutional information at GCU, including our policies and procedures.

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Online Payment Form Instructions

You can make payments online using the Student Portal. For help navigating the online payment process, check out our step-by-step guide.

Online Payment Tutorial - Online Students

Online Payment Tutorial - Campus Students