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Affordability & Aid

Tuition & Costs

The standard full-time undergraduate student budget used to determine financial aid eligibility is outlined below. For more information about undergraduate, graduate, and part-time tuition rates, please see the complete fee schedule available from the Office of Student Accounts.

Direct Costs 2016/2017

Direct costs are the charges set and billed by Butler University for tuition, room, meals (board), and fees.

Tuition: $37,400
Room and Board: $12,670*
Fees: $960
Total Direct Costs: $51,030

*Estimated room and board is based on the average double room and the full meal plan for first-year students. Returning students' average is estimated to be $13,830. 

Indirect Costs 2016/2017

Indirect costs are the average living expenses students may incur while attending Butler. Butler will not bill for transportation and miscellaneous expenses, however, students may choose to have the bookstore charges billed by the University. To help you plan for these additional expenses, we provide you with these estimates.

Books: $1,000
Transportation: $900
Miscellaneous expenses: $1,650
Total Indirect Costs: $3,550


Total Cost of Education: $54,580


Transportation costs are based on the average of five round trips per academic year from home to campus. With students living on both coasts, this cost can be skewed for students who may live within driving distance.

The amount listed for miscellaneous expenses are an average of what our students tell us they are spending during the academic year. This amount is essentially "pocket money" for incidental expenses and would vary based on the individual's spending.