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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 (2014-15 academic year)

  Resident Local Commuter
Tuition (full-time, 12-18 credits/semester) $29,600 $29,600
Fees $1,886 $1,886
Room $5,136-$5,482 --
Board $5,264-$6,800 --

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 $987 per overload credit hour. Room and board costs vary, depending on the student’s selected living and dining arrangements. 

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:

Mother Borgia Egan Scholarships are awarded to applicants who demonstrate a high degree of academic ability. Named for Mercyhurst’s foundress and first president, Egan scholarships are among our most prestigious awards, ranging from $8,000 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.

University Scholarships are awarded to applicants who demonstrate an ability to enrich our campus community through their unique interests, skills, leadership, and potential for campus engagement. High school involvement, recommendations from teachers or other school officials, and communications with your admissions counselor are considered when evaluating qualifications for University Scholarships. Generally, students who qualify for Egan Scholarships are not eligible for this award.

Presidents Scholarships 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 Thomas J. Gamble, Ph.D. 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 — starting at $750 per year — 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.

New York and Ohio Grant Programs are special grants awarded by Mercyhurst to applicants in certain regions of New York and Ohio. Talk to your admissions counselor about your eligibility for these awards.

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. (Please note that RYLA scholarships will replace any previously-awarded merit-based scholarships.)

Endowed and Restricted Scholarships are funded through the generosity of donors — many of whom are alumni, former faculty, or parents of alumni. Over 145 funds exist and qualification criteria vary widely. When your admissions counselor generates your financial aid award, he or she will consider your eligibility for these scholarships using your academic, aspirational, and background characteristics.