Cost of Attendance
The cost of attendance is made up of both direct and indirect costs. Direct costs are those that will appear on your eBill and are required to be paid by you to the University. These costs include tuition, fees, Drexel housing, Drexel dining plans and Drexel health insurance. The indirect costs are made up of expenses that the University does not bill you. These include off-campus room and board, books, supplies, transportation and personal costs. The cost of attendance is based upon your program and major, number of terms you will be enrolled and your status (full-time or part-time).
Understanding Your Cost of Attendance
Below, we have described the composition of each category of your cost of attendance:
- Tuition and Fees – Based upon Board of Trustee approved rates. These rates are re-evaluated each year.
- Books – Only required books will be included in the student's cost of attendance and will vary by program, major, and class year. These costs are identified by each individual school/program and revised each academic year.
- Supplies – Only required supplies will be included in the student's cost of attendance and will vary by program, major, and class year. These costs are identified by each individual school/program and revised each academic year.
- Room and Board – Drexel assesses three variations of room and board: On-campus, off-campus and commuting:
- On-campus – Applies to students who are living in on-campus housing. As a direct cost this is assessed based on the cost per housing unit and the student-selected meal plan. These charges will be included on the student's bill.
- Off-campus – Applies to students who are living off-campus in dwellings that are not official Drexel housing. An analysis has been done to assess an average for rentals, utilities and food expenses in the Philadelphia area.
- Commuting – Applies to students who are living with family while commuting to and from school. There are no room costs assessed for these students based on the federal requirements regarding living with family. We do assess meal costs, which are based on the student-selected meal plan.
- Transportation – Based upon the following possible expenses: gas/tolls/mileage, public transportation and a limited number of trips home during the academic year. Should a student own a vehicle, additional expenses can be included in the cost of attendance, which cover the following: maintenance and car insurance.
- Personal – This allows for the following expenses: personal sundry items and minor entertainment costs.
- Direct Loan Fees – Your cost of attendance may be updated to include required federal loan fees should you choose to borrow through any of the Direct Loan Programs. The federal government requires educational institutions to reflect the cost of average loan fees for those students who have been awarded federal loans. This does not increase your out of pocket expense.
Viewing Your Cost of Attendance
If you are a new student, your cost of attendance will be included in your financial aid award letter. If you are a continuing student, you can view your cost of attendance via Drexel One:
- Log in to Drexel One.
- Select the "Billing and Financial Aid" tab.
- Select the "View Your Cost of Attendance Information" link in the "Cost of Attendance" channel.
- Select the academic year you are looking for.
- Select the "cost of attendance" hyperlink.
2016–2017 Cost of Attendance Summaries
2015–2016 Cost of Attendance Summaries
Part-Time students who are enrolled less than 12 credits will be billed on a per credit rate. Please refer to the 2015–2016 Tuition and Fee Rate page for more information.