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.
Tuition and Fees
What does it Cost to Attend GCU?
The average campus student pays only $8,700 in annual tuition with the help of GCU-funded scholarships. This lowers the cost of tuition for most students by nearly half. The annual tuition rate to attend Grand Canyon University is $16,500. This rate has remained frozen for the last ten years as part of GCU’s commitment to provide affordable, quality education. On campus students also pay an average of $7,500 for room and board and $1,630 in additional fees.
What are the Online and Evening Rates?
Online and evening rates vary depending on the program of study. The typical range for all undergraduate programs is $395 to $470 per credit. Graduate classes range from $340 to $670 per credit, depending on the area of study. Doctoral programs are $650 per credit. A special rate is available for those in active duty and active reserve.
Useful 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.
1 - 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.
2 - 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.
3 - 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.
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.
Cost Estimator Tools
GCU is pleased to offer several tools to help you estimate the cost of attendance. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.