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Cost Breakdown

An affordable education with lasting value.

While the cost of a Cairn University education is competitive with similar institutions, we realize you may need financial assistance to take this journey.  You are not alone. 97% of our full-time undergraduate students receive some form of financial assistance.

Average Aid Award

$ 20,042
  • *Based on first-time, full-time students including federal, state, and university grants and scholarships annually.

Full-Time Undergraduate Costs

2023-24 Rates
Per Semester Academic Year
Tuition (12-18 credits/semester)  $15,940.50 $31,881.00
Activity Fee $197.00 $394.00
Housing  $3,237.00 $6,474.00
Meals (unlimited access plan)  $2,880.00 $5,760.00
Total Tuition & Fees  $22,254.50 $44,509.00
Average Aid Award  ($10,021.00) ($20,042.00)
AVERAGE TOTAL EXPENSE  $12,233.50 $24,467.00
Other Fees
First Time Student Fee $350 (first semester only)
Overload (over 18 credits/semester) fee per credit $886/credit
9/week Meal Plan (for students with internships) $2,250/semester
Part-Time Student Costs
1-7 credits per semester $955/credit
8-11 credits per semester $1,315/credit
Audit fee $500/course
High School Dual Enrollment $75/credit
2023 Summer Session Costs
Tuition $425/credit
Room fee per week $150
Meal plan for 5 day week $140

Cairn Online Costs

2023-24 Rates
Tuition (Associate's, Bachelor's, and Dual-Level Degree Programs) $425/credit
Online Graduate Program Costs see table below

Graduate & Degree Completion Program Costs

2023-24 Rates
Per Credit
Online MA in Worship & Music $300*
Online MBA $400*
Online MS in Education $500*
Online MSELA
Divinity Programs (MAR, MDiv, ThM) $585
Divinity Audit $293
Online MS Special Ed $645
Online MS in Nonprofit Leadership
Online Certifications (Special Ed., TESOL)
All Other Graduate Programs $725
Graduate Audit $323
Degree Completion Costs (2023-2024)
Tuition $625
Course Audit Fee $500

*2023-24 Promotional Rates. Other discounts may not apply.

Indirect Costs of Attendance

In addition to the tuition and fees listed above, you as a student may have additional costs associated with pursuing an education, including textbooks and supplies, transportation, or food and housing if you choose to live off campus. Estimate costs are included below. These are not expenses owed to the University but are indirect costs you may have and for which you are eligible to receive financial assistance.

On Campus Off Campus Commuter
Books and Supplies $1,500 $1,500 $1,500
Transportation $500 $1,000 $2,000
Personal Expenses $1,200 $1,200 $1,200
Food Included in direct costs $3,500 $2,500
Housing Included in direct costs $7,200 $4,500

Some program- or course-specific fees (applied music lessons, instrument or supply rental, laboratory, etc.) may be required and are not included in the direct or indirect costs listed above.

Financial Aid Links
Contact the Financial Aid Office

Get Your Scholarship Estimate

Complete our simple online form. Our admission staff will review your submission contact you and contact you shortly to discuss your merit scholarship and other financial aid opportunities. Final scholarship will be determined upon receipt of official academic transcripts, test scores and admission to Cairn University.
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