Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition and Fees

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.

GCU offers you three convenient learning options: a traditional campus environment, evening classes and online degree programs. GCU also offers a variety of scholarship programs for all students to reduce the cost of furthering your education if certain criteria are met. In addition, we offer members of the military reduced tuition amounts for online programs.

GCU Tuition and 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 $8,100 for room and board and $1,700 in additional fees. Individual courses cost $687.50 per credit. With the help of institutional scholarships, the average campus student only pays $8,900* in annual tuition. GCU has not increased campus tuition rates since 2009 as part of our commitment to providing affordable education.

*2020-21 academic year

Tuition and Financing FAQs

Read through our list below of frequently asked questions about GCU’s tuition and financing to find the answers you need.

The tuition rate for GCU’s online classes depend on your program of study. For undergraduate online programs, tuition rates range from $395 to $470 per credit. For graduate online programs, per-credit tuition rates range from $350 to $690, while doctoral programs are $695 per credit. For each degree level, there is a reduced tuition rate for active duty and active reserve military members. To find out what your courses may cost, read through our Online and Evening Tuition Rates list for more information.

GCU is committed to providing an affordable education for all. Our tuition rate for in-state and out-of-state traditional campus students is $16,500, with the average on-campus GCU student paying just $8,100 for room and board. Our pledge to affordable education can be seen in our decision to freeze campus tuition for 13 consecutive years. Other costs that may affect your final total include book fees, room and board and class fees. GCU offers various scholarships for on-campus and online students – which may help your costs become even more affordable. Find detailed information about your estimated cost of attendance, as well as any scholarships you may qualify for.

Average tuition after scholarships is approximately $8,900.* Scholarships may be awarded based on 6th semester transcripts. At the time in which final, official transcripts are received, GCU reserves the right to rescind or modify the scholarship if it is determined that eligibility was not achieved. GCU reserves the right to decline scholarship awards for any reason. If a student does not meet the minimum renewal criteria, their scholarship will be forfeited. GCU reserves the right to change scholarship awards at any time without notice. If a student does not meet the minimum renewal criteria, their scholarship will be forfeited.

*Prices based on the 2020-21 rate and are subject to change.

Yes, GCU accepts the FAFSA information from all admitted students. Visit our FAFSA page to find information that can help you understand the details of the FAFSA application process, required documentation and the verification process.

Tuition for GCU’s RN to BSN program, available online and during the evening, is $470 per credit. There is also a course material fee of $120* which covers simulations content, multimedia content and eBooks, amongst other supplies. Visit our Cost of Attendance page or use one of our Cost Estimator Tools to find out what your costs will be.

*Fee is per course for NRS prefix courses and HLT-362V

Estimate Your Costs to Attend GCU

Cost Estimator Tools and Resources

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.

To estimate the cost to attend GCU as an online or evening student, please use our Online and Evening Net Price Calculator.

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.

Speak with a university counselor for guidance on enrollment and tuition fees as well as the Cost of Attendance that is used when awarding federal aid. Scholarships and grants may lower overall costs. GCU also provides cost estimator tools, located above, to help gauge potential expenses. For additional help call 855-GCU-LOPE.

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Affording College - Make It Happen

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.
Grants typically do not have to be repaid unless the requirements of the grant are not followed.

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.

Reduced Rates

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)
  • $105 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.

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Other Financial Resources

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

Annually, the IRS requires educational institutions to complete Form 1098-T for any students that 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.

GCU is unable to provide tax advice. If you have any questions, you should seek the counsel of an informed tax preparer or adviser.

For additional information regarding your 1098-T tax status, view our resources.

Each spring, colleges around the country send prospective students a financial estimate to show them what it will cost to attend their institution. While the contents may seem overwhelming, we will work with you so you can fully understand your financial estimate.

Consumer information is available to help you stay informed about GCU. Learn more about institutional information at GCU including safety and security reports, copyright policies and Title IX information.

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