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. GCU strives to keep tuition costs competitive so that a private, Christian education is within reach for all students. To help you estimate your investment in your education, GCU offers a Net Price Calculator.
GCU offers you three convenient learning options: a traditional campus environment, evening classes and online degree 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.
GCU Tuition & Costs for 2020-21
Grand Canyon University's annual tuition rate is $16,500 for both in-state and out-of-state students. On-campus students pay an average of $7,700 for room and board and $1,600 in additional fees. Individual courses cost $687.50 per credit. With the help of GCU-funded scholarships, the average campus student for the 2018-19 year only paid $8,700 in annual tuition. These scholarships lower the cost of tuition for most students by nearly half. The Grand Canyon University tuition rate has remained frozen for the last 11 years as part of our commitment to provide affordable, quality education.
Resources for Cost Estimation
Speak with a university counselor for guidance on enrollment and tuition fees. Scholarships and grants may lower overall costs. GCU also provides a cost estimator tools, located below, to help gauge potential expenses. For additional help call 855-GCU-LOPE.
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)
- $95 digital course materials fee per course (online students only)
- Additional textbook fees may apply
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.
Estimate Your Costs to Attend GCU
Cost Estimator Tools
GCU is pleased to offer several tools to help you estimate the cost of your program. The Net Price Calculator is a standard template required by the Department of Education that does not provide specific program information, scholarship, discount or other funding options that may decrease your total out-of-pocket costs.
If you are interested in attending GCU as a traditional campus student and would like to know more about institutional scholarships you may qualify for, please use our Campus Scholarship Estimator.
To estimate the cost to attend GCU as an online or evening student, please use our Online and Evening Net Price Calculator.
Affording College - Make It Happen
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.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid
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.
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.
Loans vs. Grants
Loans are awarded based on your grade level and must be repaid. To remain eligible for federal funding, you cannot be out of attendance for a period greater than 14 days or drop below half-time status. Call your student services counselor anytime there is a change in your schedule or you anticipate attendance issues.
Grants typically do not have to be repaid and typically do not have to be repaid unless the requirements of the grant are not followed.
Don't Worry, We're Here to Help
Feeling overwhelmed or just not sure where to start?
We are here to help you through every step of the process, from calculating your educational costs per year to securing financial aid. Our goal is to provide you with transparent information that helps you understand the price of your education. GCU has no out-of-state or international tuition, keeping education costs affordable for students across the country and around the world. To be contacted by a university counselor who will answer all your questions, click the “Get Started Now” button.
Other Financial Resources
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.
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.
Tax Information for Students
Annually, the IRS requires educational institutions to complete Form 1098-T for any students which have made payments for qualified tuition and related expenses and/or have scholarships and grants posted to their student account. The information contained on form 1098-T is delivered to both the student and the IRS no later than Jan. 31, for the prior year’s activity. The information contained on the 1098-T can be used when completing your tax return.
IRS Regulatory Changes for 2018 1098-T Reporting
Starting the with tax year 2018, IRS Regulations require GCU (and all other institutions) to report Payments Received for Qualified Tuition and Related Expenses (Box 1).
GCU is unable to provide with tax advice. If you have any questions, you should seek the counsel of an informed tax preparer or adviser.
Consumer information is available to help you stay informed about GCU. Learn more about institutional information at GCU as well as review information to see if we can help you fulfill your academic achievements.