Tuition and Financial Aid

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. 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 options 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 made it affordable for me to attend college without piling up debt.

Michael Osborne, Colangelo College of Business, Class of 2021
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Annual campus tuition rate for both in-state and out-of-state students1

Cost of Attendance


The average traditional campus student qualifies for approximately $7,300 in GCU-funded scholarships each academic year2


GCU has not increased campus tuition rates since 20091

GCU On-Campus Tuition and Costs

Grand Canyon University's annual tuition rate is $16,500 for in-state and out-of-state students.1 With the help of institutional scholarships, the average campus student only paid $9,200 in annual tuition, lowering the cost of tuition for many students by just under half.2 GCU has not increased campus tuition since 2009 as part of our commitment to providing affordable education.1

The cost of university attendance may extend beyond tuition fees, encompassing various direct payments to the institution and additional indirect expenses. GCU offers a comprehensive Cost of Attendance, aggregating estimated expenses students may encounter during an academic year (fall/spring) for each program of study. Explore our Cost of Attendance page for detailed insights.

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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.

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

GCU is committed to providing an affordable education for all. Our tuition rate for in-state and out-of-state on-campus students is $16,500.1 Our pledge to affordable education can be seen in our decision to not increase campus tuition rates since 2009.1 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.

The tuition rate for GCU’s online classes depend on your program of study. For undergraduate, graduate and doctoral online programs, tuition rates vary 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.

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 $340 per credit.3 There is also a course material fee of $120 which covers simulations content, multimedia content and eBooks, amongst other supplies.4 Visit our Cost of Attendance page or use one of our Cost Estimator Tools to find out what your costs will be.

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 Degree Program 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.

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.

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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
  • Additional textbook fees may apply
  • Students are not eligible for Federal Student Aid while enrolled in high school




If you are currently serving in the military, GCU offers a special military rate per credit hour to you and your eligible spouse for online and evening programs. GCU also offers a special online and evening program 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 2022-23 academic year

2 Average tuition after scholarships is approximately $9,200. Scholarships may be awarded based on sixth semester transcripts (high school transcripts submitted after Junior year of high school). When 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 change or decline scholarship awards for any reason. If a student does not meet the minimum renewal criteria, their scholarship will be forfeited. Prices are based on the 2022-2023 rate and are subject to change.

3 Cannot be used in conjunction with other GCU scholarships or awards.

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

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