Annual Tuition Update

January 31, 2022

Dear Students and Families,

Butler University is adjusting tuition, room, and board rates for the 2022-2023 academic year, as approved by the Board of Trustees. The cost of undergraduate tuition will increase $1,060 per year (a 2.50 percent increase for most students); the cost of on-campus housing will increase $150-$340 per nine-months, depending upon the residence hall and room selection; and meal plans will increase by $180-$190 per year for residential students, and $60-$90 per year for commuter students, depending which meal plan is selected. You can view the complete list of tuition, room, and board rates on our website.

We know that a college education is a significant investment, and we are doing all that we can to manage expenses so that tuition increases can be minimized. The 2.50 percent increase in tuition that the vast majority of our students will see in 2022-2023 is well below the current rate of inflation. As you may recall, Butler froze tuition for the current academic year.

Ultimately, student outcomes define the value of a college education. By any measurement, Butler University graduates are flourishing. Butler continues to hold the No. 1 ranking in US News & World Report’s list of top universities in the Midwest Region, and is also ranked the No. 1 Most Innovative University in the same category. Employers certainly recognize the value of a Butler University education, and are hiring our graduates in record numbers. Despite graduating in the middle of a pandemic, 97 percent of the graduates in the Class of 2020 were employed or in graduate school within 12 months of graduation, with a median starting salary of $52,000. Most importantly, our graduates are engaged in work they truly care about—65 percent of Butler graduates (compared to 53 percent of college graduates nationally) say they like what they do each day, and are motivated to achieve their goals. Butler students receive a great education that prepares them to take their place in the world as leaders in their field, and they feel fulfilled.

At Butler, we remain committed to access and affordability, and we continue to make investments to ensure both. As an institution, financial aid is one of our largest expenses. This year alone, we are providing more than 95 percent of our students with $86 million in grants and scholarships, which represents 32 percent of our operating budget. In terms of increasing access to a high-quality Butler education, we proudly welcomed the most diverse class in Butler’s history in fall 2021.

Thank you for trusting us with providing the educational experience for your student. We pledge to continue to be transparent and responsible when it comes to your investment.


Bruce Arick
Vice President for Finance and Administration
Butler University