The tuition and fees reflect the total cost of attending Calvin.

Financial Aid

Most students do not pay the total cost of tuition, room and board, and fees. Learn more about financial aid »

Quick Facts
  • 99%

    of Calvin University students receive financial aid

  • $78 million

    awarded to students yearly in scholarships, grants, loans, and work study

  • 2,211

    on-campus student jobs

Academic year (fall and spring)

2020-2021
Undergraduate tuition, full-time (12–17 credits) $37,600
Room & Board (21 meal plan) $10,800
Wellness Fee $206

These rates are the direct costs of attending Calvin University. Some courses may have additional program costs. Courses may be offered at a reduced cost for high school students under our program for dual enrollment.

Undergraduate tuition and fees

2020-2021
Tuition, full-time (12–17 credits) per semester $18,800
Wellness Fee per semester $103
Tuition, Per Credit Hour
1–5 total hours $904
6–11 total hours $1,407
18th hour and above $904

Interim

Interim & Spring are now being billed together. A student may take a total of 17 credits between the Interim & Spring semesters and be charged the semester full time flat rate of $18,800. For credits in excess of 17 credits, students will be billed $904 per credit hour.

Any course fees and off-campus travel costs are in addition to any tuition charges.

Off-campus travel costs for the interim term are billed to your miscellaneous account. Payment in full is due by the due date in January.

Are students required to complete a certain number of interims to graduate?
Technically no, but at this point, there are certain programs and core requirements (e.g., DCM) that have interim courses built into their requirements. While this could change in the future, it is still something students will need to plan for in managing their credit load.

Will additional financial aid be available to cover costs for credits over 17?
Financial aid is not provided by Calvin for credits over 17 but will be determined based on the new definition of full-time enrollment status (January interim plus spring semester). Additional federal loan eligibility may be available for costs related to credits over 17. Questions regarding financial aid can be directed to finaid@calvin.edu.

How will room and board charges be administered during interim?
For the 2020-21 academic year, there will not be an additional charge for room and board for interim. Students who wish to stay on campus but are not taking an interim course (e.g., athletes) will need to submit an exception request through the housing office as is currently the policy.

Students attending during the fall or spring semesters, but not both, are charged for the semester they live on campus. If a student were to withdraw during or right after interim, they will not be charged anything more or less than a student who withdrew at the end of the fall semester.

If students don’t take an interim, they are basically off school from mid-December until the beginning of February. Why not finish the semester in April and add the optional interim as a May term?
There is discussion about the possibility of moving interim to May in 2021-22, but there has been no decision yet.

Do the new interim changes apply to upcoming seniors?
Yes, the changes apply to every student.

Would this change make it more difficult to double major?
Perhaps. This will depend on the size of the majors being pursued. Given, the additional coursework required to achieve a second major, it will likely be more expensive for students to double-major moving forward. Another consideration is that Calvin has moved to a lower cost model for summer courses and may be an option for completing a double major in an affordable manner.

Will there be any adjustment to the credits needed to graduate? 
124 credits will continue to be needed for graduation.

Will more classes be offered during interim to help meet core requirements?
We will be working toward offering more core courses in the interim.

How will the current May interim be handled in 2021?
May interim, as it is now, will not be considered as part of the spring semester for determining a student’s enrollment or financial aid status. There will be no tuition cost for May interim, however, if a student did not take a January interim and if the student has taken 14 or fewer credits in the spring. Under these conditions, a student will be charged only costs related to the off-campus interim travel, not tuition.

Summer tuition and fees

Summer 2020 Online & Traditional Courses, Per Credit Hour
Undergraduate $542
Auditing Fee $271
Graduate Speech Pathology $917
Graduate Education Courses $527

Graduate programs

Graduate Programs 2020-2021, Per Credit Hour
Graduate Education Course $549
Graduate Media & Strategic Communication $750
Graduate Geographic Information Science $904
Speech Pathology (additional clinical fee of $900 for SPAUD 530, 531 & 532) $917
Master of Accounting (MAcc)  $834

Room and board

On-Campus Room and Board 2020-2021, Per Academic Year
Calvin Unlimited Plan - Dine anytime, as many times as you like. $10,800
Gold Plan - 205 Block meals per semester (average 13-14 per week) $10,610
Maroon Plan - 150 Block meals per semester (average 10 per week) $10,310
Knight Plan - 100 Block meals per semester (average 6-7 per week) $9,830

Upperclassman Housing 2020-2021, per Academic Year

Knollcrest East Apartments (Room charge only): $4,320