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Financial Aid

Breaking Down our New Financial Model

2019-20 Tuition Total $35,000

$59,203 The cost to educate a Johnnie due to a 7:1 student to faculty ratio, small classes, and no adjunct faculty

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$24,203 Generous philanthropy from alumni and friends allows us to reduce your tuition

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$35,000 2019-20 tuition—no one pays more

St. John’s By the Numbers

Making College Attainable for All

St. John’s is committed to making college affordable for all students seeking a Great Books education. Our financial aid process breaks the mold because it’s friendly, transparent, and honest. We have one of the most affordable tuitions of any top liberal arts college in the United States: $35,000. We also provide generous need-based financial aid and merit scholarships to further reduce costs. On average, students pay $24,800 to attend St. John’s. We understand that everyone’s financial situation is different. As a result, we give you personal attention and individualize the process. Don’t hesitate to contact the Financial Aid Office with questions or concerns. We will guide you.

Financial Aid

Average Cost of Attendance After Financial Aid

Tuition $35,000
plusAvg. Room, Board, Fees $14,270
minusAvg. Financial Aid $24,470
Avg. Cost of Attendance After Financial Aid Total $24,800

*This is an estimated average for 2019-20 based on historic data. Financial aid packages vary based on your financial circumstances. For an individualized estimate, please try our net price calculator.

How Much Does It All Cost?

At most private colleges, fees rise every year to result in tuitions near $60,000. St. John’s is breaking the mold by reducing tuition to $35,000.

Undergraduate Tuition 2007-2020

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a graph showing the trend of increased college tuition contrasted with st. john's sharp drop in tuition for 2018 and onward

Small, faculty-taught classes mean it costs $59,203 to educate a student at St. John’s, but every student benefits from the generosity of our alumni and friends, whose philanthropy provides $24,203 per student, lowering tuition to $35,000. No one pays more.

In addition to tuition, students who live on campus pay room, board, and other required fees. These average $14,310. As a result, the total cost of attendance is approximately $49,310.

We know that even a $35,000 tuition puts St. John’s out of reach for many families, so the college provides generous need-based financial aid to make us affordable for all students, domestic and international. 85% of students receive some need-based financial aid. On average, with financial aid, students pay $24,800 per year.

How Do Merit Scholarships Work?

At St. John’s, we are redefining merit scholarships. You are more than a grade or test score, so why should scholarships be determined by grades and test scores? On the basis of your application for admission, we look for those students who exhibit the best qualities of a Johnnie: avid and ambitious reading habits; deep curiosity about the world around them; thoughtfulness and insightfulness; courage in asking hard questions of the world—and of themselves; and seeking meaning in their lives.

For those who receive a merit scholarship, the scholarship can range up to a full-tuition fellowship worth $35,000.

Freeing Minds: The Campaign for St. John’s College

St. John’s College’s transformational $300-million capital campaign is bringing accessibility and affordability to future Johnnies