UNDERGRADUATE COST AND FINANCIAL AID

Tuition and Fees

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. For information about cost and financial aid at our North East campus, visit our North East financial aid webpage.

Estimated Tuition, Fees and Costs (2020–21 Academic Year)
Residents
Local Commuters
Basic tuition$38,580$38,580
Standard fees$2,760$2,760
Orientation fee (one-time)$260$260
ID/OneCard fee (one-time)$50$50
Room and board (Baldwin/McAuley Hall Double)
$12,500
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Room and board (Warde Hall Double/Mercy Suite)
$15,000
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Total tuition, fees, room, and board (assuming Baldwin/McAuley Hall)
$54,150
$41,650
Minus financial aid (average freshman student aid 2017–2018*)
($39,882)
($32,670)
Average total out-of-pocket cost
$14,268
$8,980

*for domestic students, includes all sources of aid including scholarships, grants, loans, and sources of self-help aid, such as work-study

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, allowing for students to easily declare a double major or a minor. Enrollment beyond 18 credits is billed at $1,250 per overload credit hour. Additional costs may be incurred for special programs, courses, labs, travel experiences, etc. Please refer to our Full Fee Schedule for more information.

Mercyhurst is a residential campus – the vast majority students live on campus during their undergraduate enrollment.  Students from outside Erie County, Pennsylvania, are required to live on campus during their undergraduate career; students from within the county may live at home, provided they reside with a parent or guardian within the county.*  Room and board costs vary, depending on the student’s selected living and dining arrangements. All freshman resident students* have unlimited access to the all-you-can-eat dining venues – the Grotto Commons, located in Egan Hall, and the 501 Grille, located in Ryan Hall. In addition, students on the Platinum Plan and third- and fourth-year students living in apartments or townhouses have access to a weekly meal prep kit or pantry box (a made-to-order box of food staples for a student's apartment) as part of their meal plan.  Students may upgrade their meal plan at orientation to include Bonus Bucks, guest passes, and, for Platinum Plan holders, a weekly meal prep kit or pantry box.  

You may want to consider indirect costs in your college financial planning for things like books and supplies, transportation and personal expenses.

* These costs are estimates that are accurate at the time of publication. All amounts are subject to change. Traditional-aged students from outside of Erie County, Pennsylvania, are required to live on campus for the duration of their undergraduate career. Students from within the county may reside at home, provided they reside with a legal parent or guardian. Beginning with freshmen entering in Fall 2020, room and board costs are being blended for the duration of their enrollment. Upperclassmen, transfer, and commuters have other options available. See the Hub for more details.

Value and Affordability

Mercyhurst University offers a flexible education designed to address a diverse range of disciplines leading to careers in cutting-edge fields. Mercyhurst offers:

  • A customizable core curriculum with a range of courses to help keep you on track for timely graduation.
  • The highest four-year graduation rate in Erie County. Graduating on time means not paying for a fifth year of tuition!
  • Opportunities for employment or further education directly after college. Ninety-five percent of our graduates secured jobs or enrolled in graduate school within a year of graduation.
  • Hands-on experience in your intended field helps prepare you for a career immediately upon graduating.
  • A Best Value education in the North Region, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

When considering financial aid, it is important to keep in mind the “sticker cost” and “actual cost” of each institution. At Mercyhurst, we are committed to helping students reach their academic goals without incurring significant financial burden.

Last year, 99 percent of freshmen qualified for financial assistance from Mercyhurst, with the average four-year scholarship totaling more than $70,000 – and that is in addition to any scholarship or grant from state, federal, or external sources. Please refer to our Federal and State Grants page for more information. Transfer students are also eligible for a number of awards or scholarships. Unless otherwise noted, all Mercyhurst University financial aid is automatically renewable for four years of study. Please refer to our Awards and Scholarships page for a complete list of available grants.

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 Mercyhurst. To apply for financial aid, please complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

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