Costs & Financial Aid

College education represents a significant investment in your future, and cost is an important factor to consider. Mercyhurst University prides itself on being one of the most affordable and accessible private universities in the tri-state region, and practically every incoming freshman receives financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, work studies and other programs.

We’re here to help students reach their academic goals without incurring significant financial burden. Last year, 100% of freshmen qualified for financial assistance from Mercyhurst, with the average four-year scholarship totaling more than $70,000 – and that’s in addition to any scholarship or grant from state, federal or external sources. 

Mercyhurst’s assistance programs help most students to make a college decision based on fit, not financial constraints. In order to qualify for financial aid, you must include Mercyhurst University on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®). Use school code 003297 to send your FAFSA® report to the ‘Hurst.

Tuition, Fees, and Costs (2017-18 academic year)

  Resident Local Commuter
Tuition (full-time, 12-18 credits/semester) $34,050 $34,050
Standard Fees $2,270 $2,270
Room (standard freshman options) $6,190-$8,260 --
Board $6,020-$6,430 --

Mercyhurst University bills students on a “flat” basis for each semester enrolled; full-time students enrolled between 12 and 18 credit hours are billed at the flat semester rate (great for students interested in exploring a double major or a minor). Enrollment beyond 18 credits is billed at $1,135 per overload credit hour. The above costs reflect typical registration; additional costs may be incurred for special programs, courses, labs, travel experiences, etc.  Room and board costs vary, depending on the student’s selected living and dining arrangements.  Resident freshmen are required to have a full meal plan.  Upperclassmen do not have a meal plan requirement; partial meal plans begin at $2,460.

See how affordable a Mercyhurst education can be!

Financial Aid

In addition to state, federal and private funding sources, Mercyhurst offers scholarships to incoming students based on academic merit, financial need and athletic and artistic performance to help you meet tuition costs. Unless otherwise noted, all Mercyhurst University financial aid is automatically renewable for four years of study. Some scholarships do include enrollment and grade requirements for renewal. Most incoming freshmen and transfer students are eligible for the following awards:

Sr. Carolyn Herrmann Scholarships are awarded to applicants who demonstrate a high degree of academic ability. Named for one of Mercyhurst's transformational presidents, Herrmann scholarships are among our most prestigious awards, ranging to more than $20,000 for some students. High school GPA, SAT or ACT test scores, class rank, and high school coursework are considered in evaluating a student’s qualifications for this scholarship.  If a student qualifies for other merit-related scholarships (e.g. art, dance, music, band), his or her Herrmann Scholarship may be reduced. This scholarship is renewable for four years of study.  Herrmann Scholarships may be reduced if a student's GPA falls below 3.0; a student forfeits the award in full if his or her GPA falls below 2.5.

University Awards are afforded to students who demonstrate academic promise and the potential to positively contribute to the university's community.  This scholarship is renewable for four years of study, provided a student maintains a cumulative GPA of 2.5.

Mercy Grants are awarded on a need-basis to first-year students who need additional support to afford the higher costs of the freshman year (e.g. meal plan and housing requirements).  These awards are reduced by one-third each year and are renewable for up to four years of study.

Presidents Grants are awarded to students who show strong potential as a Mercyhurst University student, but are unable to afford the cost of tuition. These scholarships are central to our mission of ensuring that Mercyhurst remains an accessible choice for students. Admissions counselors award these scholarships on behalf of President Michael T. Victor. Completion of the FAFSA® is required to be considered for this scholarship.

Athletic Scholarships are awarded by coaches to students who demonstrate substantial athletic prowess and potential. Applicants being actively recruited by an athletic team should discuss financial aid with the coach. Students must meet NCAA eligibility requirements to qualify for athletic aid.

Performance Scholarships are awarded by department faculty to music and dance applicants who demonstrate exceptional skill. These awards go to exceptional dance (ballet-focused) and music (vocal or instrumental) students. In addition to completing their application, students must also audition to be eligible for these awards.  If a student qualifies for other merit-related scholarships (e.g. art, academic), his or her Performance Scholarship may be reduced.

Bishop Watson and Sisters of Mercy Heritage Awards of up to $1,000 are awarded to students enrolling from a Catholic high school (Bishop’s award) or Mercy-sponsored, co-sponsored, or affiliated high school (Sisters award).

Alumni Legacy Scholarships of up to $1,000 are awarded to applicants who are dependents of a Mercyhurst alumnus or alumna. You must note this on your application for Mercyhurst to verify in order to qualify for this scholarship.

Rotary Youth Leadership Award Scholarships are available for students who attended and completed the Western PA RYLA Conference and applied to Mercyhurst by March 1. In addition to applying, applicants should also submit a copy of their RYLA completion certificate to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. You must have at least a 3.5 cumulative high school GPA at the time of admissions.