Students


The cost of attending Alvernia University includes tuition, room and board, and fees billed directly by the institution. Indirect costs include books, travel, personal expenses and loan fees. Alvernia estimates students living on campus should budget $4,000 per academic year, students living with their parents should budget $6,400 per academic year and students living off-campus should budget $10,200 per academic year for these indirect costs.
 

  • About 99% of our undergraduates receive some type of financial aid, including scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study.
  • For 2022-23 Alvernia administered over $62.6 million in financial aid — over $37.7 million in the form of institutional scholarships and grants that do not have to be repaid.
  • The average aid award for first year students last year was $24,500, providing a competitive financial aid offer on par with similar private colleges and universities.
  • All qualified, admitted first-year students will receive at least $18,000 per year, with top scholarships of up to $24,000 per year.
     

Cost of Attendance 2023-24

COA Explainer

Each year the Office of Student Financial Services develops the student cost of attendance (COA) (also called the student budget). This budget is used in conjunction with the Expected Family Contribution (EFC - calculated through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid [FAFSA]) to determine each student's maximum financial aid eligibility. The COA consists of fixed/direct charges including tuition, fees, room and board and indirect/estimated charges including books and supplies, transportation costs and personal expenses. Use of financial aid funds to purchase a motor vehicle is strictly prohibited by federal law. There are different COA budgets for different classes of students. These include residential (living in campus facilities), off-campus (living off-campus but not with parents; married students are included in this category) and commuter (living with parents).


Housing/room charges are estimates based on average, median or maximum costs and the food/meal plan is based on the cost of three meals per day, seven days a week. If a student's cost vary significantly from the estimates, that student's COA may be adjusted if the student submits a written request accompanied by documentation of the actual costs he/she is requesting to increase. Additional charges such as parking fees, deposits, course fees, and technology fees are published each year under Miscellaneous Fee section tuition and residential costs, which also includes the direct charges for that academic year.


Commuter/Off-Campus Students take note: Living Expenses, including housing and food expenses, are NOT amounts charged to you by Alvernia University. These are estimates of the expenses you will incur during the school year. We are required by federal regulation to estimate these amounts and use them in determining your financial aid eligibility. This is an advantage to you. It allows you to have the highest possible financial aid eligibility. These amounts will not be included as charges on your statement from Alvernia University.

First-year full-time student rates ('23-'24)
First-year full-time student rates ('23-'24)
  Resident Off-campus Commuter
Tuition $41,060 $41,060 $41,060
Comp Fees $1,750 $1,750 $1,750
Health & Wellness Fee $400 $400 $400
Transportation Fee $260 $260 $260
Housing $9,550 $5,400 $1,200
Meals $8,220 $3,000 $1,200
Books and Supplies $1,500 $1,500 $1,500
Personal $1,500 $1,500 $1,000
Transportation $1,000 $3,750 $3,750
TOTAL $65,240  $58,620 $52,120


*Business majors will be charged an additional $210 per award year.

**Housing and meals for off-campus and commuters are listed as living expenses in budget.

Grad & Adult Education rates
Adult education

$640/credit

Adult education fully online

$640/credit

Graduate

$900/credit

Graduate MBA fully online

$900/credit

Graduate MSAT

$560/credit

M.Ed. Web/Blend/Online

$516/credit

Graduate Occupational Therapy (MSOT)

$985/credit

Doctoral of Philosophy

$1,165/credit

Doctoral of Nursing Practice

$1,200/credit

Master of Social Work (MSW)

$516/credit

Physician Associate

$45,000/year (Fall, Spring, Summer)

Doctor of Physical Therapy ('23/'24 cohort)

$1,044/credit

PT comp fee

3% (all Physical Therapy students)

Office of Student Financial Services

Estimate and Apply For Aid 

Net Price Calculator

Alvernia University’s Net Price Calculator is designed to help you estimate your eligibility for financial aid and your out-of-pocket expenses. Results from the net price calculator will show you how affordable an Alvernia University education can be. Colleges and universities have different resources and financial aid policies, so your "net price" will vary from institution to institution.


This calculator has been designed to allow you to make early estimates regarding eligibility for need-based financial aid as an undergraduate at Alvernia University. Based on the information you enter about your family financial situation you will be presented with a sample award with the following caveats:
 

  • You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after October 1 of the year prior to when you plan to attend college. For example, if you plan to attend Alvernia beginning in the Fall of 2024, you can file your FAFSA as of October 1, 2023.
  • Any award is not guaranteed by Alvernia and is meant to be an indication of the aid you may be eligible to receive and an estimate of your net price and aid eligibility.
  • The Office of Student Financial Planning is the final authority for determining the family contribution and any financial aid award.
  • Results are dependent on the accuracy and completeness of the information entered and intended to provide only a general guide to your eligibility for financial aid.
  • This is not an application for admission or an application for financial aid. Your information will not be retained or transmitted to Alvernia in any way.
How to Apply for Financial Aid: Undergraduate Students

The financial aid application process for the upcoming academic term begins on October 1 each year. All Alvernia University students are encouraged to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible. Please note that the filing deadline for Pennsylvania residents to be considered for the state grant is May 1. Most students are eligible for some type of financial aid regardless of family financial circumstances.

  • Apply online for admission to Alvernia University, either via our AU online portal or The Common Application. We accept and process applications all year long, so as there is no deadline or ideal window to apply. As soon as you decide you may want to attend Alvernia, apply right away.
  • As soon as possible after October 1 of your senior year of high school, you and your family should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is done online. Be sure to list Alvernia University as one of the schools that will receive your information from the FAFSA. Our school code is 003233. Your information will be processed and forwarded to Alvernia within approximately two weeks of submission. For Pennsylvania residents interested in applying for state grants: please know that PA's FAFSA deadline for such grants is May 1st (of your senior year), but ideally your FAFSA will be submitted well before that date.
  • You can apply for scholarships to enhance your financial aid options. Typically an application is needed for each scholarship you seek. High school guidance offices are a good resource to locate scholarships for which you may be eligible. Alvernia offers merit scholarships, so please be sure to research your eligibility for those as part of your scholarship search.
  • As you go through the process of completing the FAFSA, it is important that you respond immediately to any requests for information, such as copies or uploads of tax returns. Missing information may delay the processing of your financial aid package.
  • Your financial aid package will typically be mailed to you within 2 to 3 weeks after you've submitted your FAFSA and you have been admitted to Alvernia University.
  • Once you receive your financial aid package, please review it carefully. It will detail loans, grants, scholarships, and any other benefits that may be applied to your educational costs. If you have any questions, please email Student Financial Services or call 610-796-8201 for assistance.
How to Apply for Financial Aid: Graduate Students
  • Apply for admission to Alvernia University. Both the admissions and financial aid applications should be submitted as early as possible. Don’t wait to apply for financial aid until you receive an admissions decision. In order to receive a financial aid offer, you must be accepted for admission.
  • As soon as possible after October 1, you should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can be submitted online. Be sure to list Alvernia University as one of the schools that will receive your information. Our school code is 003233. Your information will be processed and forwarded to Alvernia within approximately two weeks.
  • A financial aid package is prepared and mailed only when your FAFSA has been received, you have been accepted to Alvernia University, and you are registered for classes. If you have any questions after you have reviewed your package, please contact our Office of Student Financial Planning for assistance.
  • Complete any loan applications as early as possible. The Federal Stafford Loan Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling can be completed at www.studentloans.gov.
  • Respond immediately to requests for information such as tax returns. Missing information may delay your financial aid processing.
How to Apply for Financial Aid: Adult Students
  • Apply for admission to Alvernia University. Both the admissions and financial aid applications should be submitted as early as possible. Don’t wait to apply for financial aid until you receive an admissions decision. In order to receive a financial aid offer, you must be accepted for admission.
  • As soon as possible after October 1, you should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can be submitted online. Adult Education students who are Pennsylvania residents should file the FAFSA before the May 1 state grant deadline. Be sure to list Alvernia University as one of the schools that will receive your information. Our school code is 003233. Your information will be processed and forwarded to Alvernia within approximately two weeks.
  • A financial aid package is prepared and mailed only when your FAFSA has been received, you have been accepted to Alvernia University, and you are registered for classes. If you have any questions after you have reviewed your package, please contact our Office of Student Financial Planning for assistance.
  • If you are a Pennsylvania resident, you may be eligible for the state grant program. Your FAFSA application will serve as the initial application for state grant eligibility, and your FAFSA must be processed by May 1 to be considered for the award in the next academic year. If you are transferring to Alvernia University from another institution, please let the state know by logging onto your Account Access at www.PHEAA.org, or by calling at 800-692-7392. Please respond to any requests from PHEAA (Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency) as soon as possible.
  • In addition to grants that may be included in your award package, you may see student loan options as well. Complete any loan applications as early as possible. The Federal Stafford Loan Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling can be completed at www.studentloans.gov.
  • Respond immediately to requests for information such as tax returns. Missing information may delay your financial aid processing.
Advisor and student
Scholarships and Awards
Apply for scholarships to enhance your financial aid options. High school guidance offices are a good resource to locate scholarships for which you may be eligible.

 


2023-24 Rates

Alvernia University reserves the right to change tuition, fees and other charges from one academic semester to the next as deemed necessary to meet its financial commitments and to fulfill its role and mission. For questions, visit our FAQs page.

Undergraduate Rate Schedule
Full-time tuition$41,060/year; $20,530/semester
Part-time tuition$1,130/credit
Overload$1,130/credit (UG day only)
Audit$565/credit
Enrollment deposit$300 (UG day only)
Comp fee$1,750/year; $875/semester
PT comp fee3%
Health fee$200/semester (UG day only)
Transportation fee

$130/semester (UG day only)

Grad & Adult Education
Adult education$640/credit
Adult education fully online$640/credit
Graduate$900/credit
Graduate MBA fully online$900/credit
Graduate MSAT$560/credit
M.Ed. Web/Blend/Online$516/credit
Graduate Occupational Therapy (MSOT)$985/credit
Doctoral of Philosophy$1,165/credit
Doctoral of Nursing Practice$1,200/credit
Master of Social Work (MSW)$516/credit
Physician Associate$45,000/year (Fall, Spring, Summer)
Doctor of Physical Therapy ('23/'24 cohort)$1,044/credit
PT comp fee

3% (all Physical Therapy students)

 

Housing and Meal Plans

Prices are subject to change. International students interested in housing should contact Director of International Recruitment Sibel Ahi at sibel.ahi@alvernia.edu or Assistant Director of International Student Engagement Kevin Davy at kevin.davy@alvernia.edu.

Housing Options & Prices

Freshman Housing Options

Anthony HallDouble$7,330/year
Veronica HallDouble$7,330/year
Clare HallDouble$7,330/year
Francis HallDouble$7,330/year
 

Sophomore Housing Options

Holleran Hall/PODsSingle$10,800/year
 Double$9,200/year
 Efficiency$10,130/year
 
Judge HallSingle$10,210/year
 Double$8,550/year
 

Junior and Senior Housing Options

Zygmunta HallSingle$11,870/year
 Double$10,270/year
 Efficiency$10,990/year
 
Pacelli HallSingle$11,870/year
 Double$10,270/year
 Efficiency$10,990/year
 
Ehlerman HallSingle$11,870/year
 Double$10,270/year
 Efficiency$10,990/year
 
CollegeTowne (401 Penn Street)Single$10,930/year
 Double$8,580/year
 Efficiency$10,990/year
 
Assisi & Siena HallsDoubles-only$7,610/year
 
Judge HallSingle$10,210/year
 Double$8,550/year
 
Housing out of season$100/week
Residency deposit$250
Housing Deposit Information

Incoming Residential Students:

Beginning with the incoming class in August 2023, housing deposits ($250) will be accepted to secure a student’s spot in our residential facilities. This housing deposit will be applied to the students first semester charges. We will no longer escrow the housing deposit. If a student chooses to cancel their enrollment prior to May 1, the housing deposit will be refunded to the student. If a student chooses to cancel their enrollment after May 1, the housing deposit is forfeited.


Commuter Students:

Additionally, a housing deposit will be required of any non-residential students (commuter/off-campus) who wish to apply for housing at any point. Commuter/off-campus students who desire on-campus housing must first pay a $250 housing deposit by logging into Self Service and completing a housing application in the Alvernia Residential Communities Portal. A commuter/off-campus student will be assigned housing only after room selection for current resident students is complete and pending space availability. In the event there is lack of room availability, housing deposits will be refunded. If a student requests placement on a housing waiting list, the deposit will not be refunded or applied to current debt until removal from the housing waiting list is requested. After a commuter/off-campus student is assigned housing, if a student chooses to cancel their housing request prior to May 1, the housing deposit will be refunded to the student. If a student chooses to cancel their enrollment after May 1, the housing deposit is forfeited. If the commuter/off-campus student is offered housing, the deposit will be applied to the students first semester charges.


Residential Students Prior to August 2023:

Any students who have entered into a residential life contract prior to the fall 2023 will continue to have their housing deposit ($250) held in escrow until the housing contract is fulfilled, as expressed below. Students will also have the option to donate their escrowed housing deposit to the HOPE fund, unless there is an outstanding balance due to Alvernia University. Housing deposits will be processed as follows:

1. Held in an escrow account until housing contract fulfilled

2. Returned to the student if the student does not receive housing for the following year or chooses not to return within stated housing selection deadlines. Deposit will not be returned if the student has an outstanding balance with the university

3. Forfeited by those students who communicate after the housing selection process deadline, that they will not be returning to Alvernia University or have chosen to live off campus. See the Student Handbook for details.

Meal Plan Options & Prices (per academic year)

All resident students must have a meal plan. Options may vary depending on which building you choose to live in. Pay close attention to the lowest meal plan option for the building in which you would like to live.
 

Meal Plan options for first-year students:

  • 19 Meals/week + 100 bonus dollars: $7,880
  • 14 Meals/week plus 250 bonus dollars: $7,760


Meal plan options for upper class:

  • 19 Meals/week plus 100 bonus dollars: $7,880
  • 14 Meals/week plus 250 bonus dollars: $7,760
  • 190 Meals plus 125 bonus dollars: $7,470
  • 150 Meals plus 150 bonus dollars: $6,690


Assisi, Siena, Judge, Pods: Lowest meal plan option

  • 110 Meals plus 200 bonus dollars: $6,000


ONLY students living in Zygmunta, Pacelli, and Ehlerman may choose from the two plans below in addition to any of the plans listed above:

  • 75 Meals plus 50 bonus dollars: $3,880
  • 75 Meals plus 200 bonus dollars: $4,120


ONLY available for students living at CollegeTowne (401 Penn Street)

  • 75 Meals plus 500 Vern Bucks: $5,400**


Commuter Meal Plan (5-meal block)

  • $45 per block


Additional Information

  • Vern Bucks may be used to purchase food at any food service location on campus. In most cases, Vern Bucks do not expire. When purchasing Vern Bucks, patrons are given a 10% bonus of the dollar amount requested. See below for exceptions.
  • Bonus Dollars may be used to purchase food at any food service location on campus. Meal swipes can be used in the Student Center Cafeteria. Freshens and Courtside Cafe offer meal exchanges with select meal plans. All meals and bonus dollars expire at the end of each semester.


**The 401 Penn-only meal plan includes Vern Bucks to be used as part of the downtown dining program. As part of this meal plan there will be no additional 10% bonus, and any unused Vern Bucks expire at the end of each semester.

Miscellaneous fees
Technology fee$55/credit
Business lab fee$105/semester (business majors only)
Late fee$125/semester
Return bank fee$40/occurrence
Parking fines$50/occurrence
Commencement fee$135
TranscriptVariable pending mode and timing
Duplicate/replacement diploma$45/$60
Mailing diploma internationally$150
ID replacement$25/occurrence
Challenge exam$230/credit
Life experience$365/credit
 

Course and Liability Fees

College of Health Sciences

Note: Tuition and fees for the Physician Associate Program can be found on its webpage.
  

 Course feeLiability
AMH 404 $65
AMH 406 $65
   
AT 113$55 
AT 222$135 
AT 610$35$65
AT 611$35$65
AT 615$55 
AT 625$65 
AT 645$65 
AT 520$85$65
AT 521$85$65
   
HCS 120$55 
HCS 125$55 
   
NUR 209$330 
NUR 209 testing fee$75 
NUR 209 TEAS assessment$75 
NUR 220$330$65
NUR 220 CPR$70 
NUR 315$330$65
NUR 315 testing fee$75 
NUR 315$40 
NUR 317$365 
NUR 410$360$65
NUR 410 testing fee$75 
NUR 412 CPR$40 
NUR 417 drug screen/CPR$75 
NUR 418$330 
NUR 770$235 
   
OT 321$330 
OT 332$330 
OT 381 drug screen$70 
OT 427$330 
OT 526$60 
OT 532$330 
OT 538$330 
OT 581 $65
OT 583 $65
   
New Track I: Five-Year Combined BSHCS & MSOT Curriculum - effective Fall 2023
OT 220$100 
OT 230$100 
OT 235$100 
OT 322$100 
OT 326$100 
OT 328$100 
OT 330$100 
OT 331$25$65
OT 410$100 
OT 415$100 
OT 420$25$65
OT 425$100 
OT 510$100 
OT 515$25$65
OT 600$75 
OT 630$75 
OT 640$55 
   
New Track II: Post-Baccalaureate MSOT Curriculum - effective Fall 2023
OT 516$100 
OT 529$100 
OT 531$100 
OT 537$25$65
OT 550$100 
OT 552$100 
OT 554$100 
OT 556$25 
OT 560$100 
OT 561$100 
OT 563$100 
OT 565$100 
OT 567$25$65
OT 572$100 
OT 608$75 
OT 645$75$65
OT 665$55 
   
PED 133$55 
College of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences
 Course feeLiability
CJ 408 $65
   
EDU 302 $65
EDU 403 $65
EDU 404 $65
EDU 414 $65
EDU 434 $65
EDU 436 $65
EDU 440 $65
EDU 470 $65
   
PSY 412 $65
PSY 413 $65
   
SPE 315 $65
   
SW 316 $65
SW 403 $65
SW 404 $65
College of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics
 Course feeLiability
BIO 102$55 
BIO 103$75 
BIO 104$75 
BIO 105$55 
BIO 102$75 
BIO 116$75 
BIO 117$75 
BIO 118$125 
BIO 220$125 
BIO 221$125 
BIO 309$125 
BIO 311$125 
BIO 320$75 
BIO 401$95 
BIO 420 $65
BIO 421 $65
BIO 430$125 
   
CHE 109$75 
CHE 110$75 
CHE 111$75 
CHE 112$75 
CHE 210$75 
CHE 211$75 
CHE 212$75 
CHE 221$75 
CHE 310$75 
CHE 311$75 
CHE 405$125 
CHE 410$125 
CHE 430$95 
   
EGR 206$100 
EGR 210$50 
   
EE 201$100 
EE 210$100 
EE 300$100 
EE 301$100 
EE 302$100 
EE 311$100 
EE 312$100 
EE 331$100 
EE 400$100 
EE 410$100 
EE 421$100 
   
ME 201$100 
ME 211$100 
ME 302$100 
ME 310$100 
ME 331  
ME 341$100 
ME 402$100 
ME 410$100 
ME 421$100 
   
IE 201$100 
IE 211$150 
IE 302$100 
IE 310$100 
IE 321$100 
IE 331$100 
IE 402$100 
IE 410$100 
IE 421$100 
   
MU 51$380/credit 
   
PHY 110$80 
PHY 111$80 
PHY 200$80 
PHY 201$80 
PHY 304$80 
PHY 305$95 
PHY 406$95 
PHY 407$95 
PHY 480 $65
   
SCI 305$95 
SCI 406$95 
SCI 407$95 
SCI 480 $65
Graduate Classes
 Course FeeLiability
AT 610$35$65
AT 611$35$65
AT 615$55 
AT 625$65 
AT 645$65 
AT 520$85$65
AT 521$85$65
   
MCC 550$125 
   
MED 522 $65
MED 550 $65
MED 553 $65
MED 605 $65
MED 611 $65
MED 650 $65
MED 673 $65
MED 684 $65
MED 685 $65
   
NUR 770$235 
   
OT 526$60 
OT 532$330 
OT 538$330 
OT 581 $65
OT 583 $65
   
New Track: Post-Baccalaureate MSOT Curriculum - effective Fall 2023
OT 516$100 
OT 529$100 
OT 531$100 
OT 537$25$65
OT 550$100 
OT 552$100 
OT 554$100 
OT 556$25 
OT 560$100 
OT 561$100 
OT 563$100 
OT 565$100 
OT 567$25$65
OT 572$100 
OT 608$75 
OT 645$75$65
OT 665$55