ASSOCIATE DEGREE AND CERTIFICATE COST AND FINANCIAL AID

An affordable education made simple.

The Sisters of Mercy believed that a college education should be available to all who aspire to it. Recently, the university took steps to ensure that a Mercyhurst education remains affordable for non-traditional students and all associate degree and certificate students as well. The Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions is committed to helping you navigate the admission and financial aid processes with as little stress and confusion as possible.

Tuition for non-traditional students (typically undergrad students ages 24 or older), as well as associate degree and certificate students, has been set at $555 per credit, with a flat tuition rate of $6,660 per semester for full-time students (12-18 credits). In addition to tuition, these students will pay a modest registration fee and, for applicable programs (see below), a program fee per semester. These students are also exempt from fees associated with specific courses (lab fees, art material fees, etc.).

The table below provides estimated costs for the 2021-2022 academic year for our standard academic programs, as well as an example of a financial aid award for a student with a $0 Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please note that costs vary from year to year, and costs listed are estimates only and are subject to change. 

Tuition, Fees and Costs 
  Fall Semester  
  Spring Semester 
    Total     
Tuition and Fees
$6,795
$6,795
$13,590
Financial Aid Opportunities
  Fall Semester  
  Spring Semester 
    Total     
PELL Grant
$3,172
$3,172
$6,344
Pennsylvania State Grant
$2,070
$2,070
$4,140
Subsidized Loan
$1,732
$1,732
$3,464
Unsubsidized Loan
$989
$989
$1,978
Total Potential Aid
$7,963
$7,963
$15,926
Net Price
-$1,168
-$1,168
-$2,336

*These values represent estimates for the 2021-22 academic year and are based on a $0 EFC result from the FAFSA. Tuition and fees are for standard programs; additional program fees, ranging from $500 to $1,000 per semester, apply to allied health, nursing, and select baccalaureate programs. Pennsylvania State Grants are for Pennsylvania residents only.               


​​​​​​​Depending on financial aid eligibility, many students will be able to earn their degrees at no direct cost — and may even receive a refund on student loans to help pay for books and other college costs.

Students choosing to reside on campus will incur additional costs for room and board, depending on the student’s selected living and dining arrangements. In your college financial planning, you may also want to consider indirect costs for things like books, supplies, transportation, and personal expenses.

Value and Affordability

Mercyhurst University offers low tuition rates plus opportunities for institutional aid for those with a demonstrated need, making our costs on par with most community colleges. In addition:

  • Your admissions counselor will work with you through the application and financial aid processes, helping you identify all the federal, state, and institutional aid, grants, and scholarships available to you.
  • Nearly 100 percent of our students qualify for financial aid.
  • Our career-oriented certificate and associate degree programs will yield benefits to you throughout your lifetime, whether you choose to begin your career immediately after graduation or continue on for a four-year degree.
  • Many of our associate degree programs include convenient 2+2 options with our bachelor’s programs, allowing you to build on your education and earn a bachelor’s in two additional years. 

Financial Aid and Scholarships

When considering financial aid, it is important to keep in mind each institution’s “sticker cost” (tuition, plus room and board, if applicable) and “actual cost” (what the student ultimately pays, after factoring in financial aid, grants, scholarships, etc.). We are committed to helping students reach their academic goals without incurring significant financial burden. Non-traditional students and associate degree and certificate students eligible for this tuition rate may also be eligible for an institutional McAuley Scholarship to help meet demonstrated financial need.

Both the Office of Admissions and the Office of Student Financial Services (SFS) are available to answer your questions and discuss your financial aid options. A counselor can assist you in filling out the FAFSA and other paperwork required for various types of aid. Your counselor can also explain your financial aid package and determine your out-of-pocket amount.

In order to qualify for financial aid, you must include Mercyhurst on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Use school code 003297 to send your FAFSA report to Mercyhurst.