The total cost to attend Valparaiso University is an estimate of “direct charges” and “indirect costs” you can expect in an academic year. The total cost of a Valpo education will differ between students depending on factors like degree sought and academic major, as well as personal preferences such as living arrangement and meal plan. Additional fees may be charged by the University. A complete list of fees is provided within this section.

  • Direct charges are services provided directly by the University and are billed to your student account on a semester basis. Such as tuition, fees, room, and board.
  • Indirect costs are expenses you will incur but are not billed by the University. These costs are used to determine total financial aid eligibility and to help you plan for all expenses related to your education and college experience.

The following are estimated costs of attendance to Valparaiso University for the 2018–2019 academic year.


Undergraduate Students

More than 90 percent of all undergraduate students at Valpo receive financial aid with an average award in the range of $30,000. Here are the standard costs of attendance per academic year.

Cost of Attendance




Tuition (12-19 credits/semester)

Under 12 credits, $1,715 per credit hour

*other academic fees




General Fee (part-time fee $240 per year)

*what’s included




Room (standard double room)

*other housing options


$5400 (estimated)

$0 (living w/ parent)

Meals (freshman plan)

*other meal plans


$3,500 (estimated)

$3,500 (estimated)

Books & Supplies





(travel & misc.)




Total Cost of Attendance




College of Adult Scholars

Tuition for College of Adult Scholars is $530 per credit hour. Students are encouraged to apply for the FAFSA to see if they qualify for federal student aid. This cost is also listed under the Graduate Students link.

Graduate Students

Tuition for graduate studies at Valparaiso University is extremely competitive. As one of the highest ranked institutions in the Midwest, our costs are lower than many other private universities in the region. Here are the per credit hour costs for our graduate degree programs. The total cost of a graduate degree varies by the specific requirements of each graduate program. Please consult the Graduate Catalog or contact the Graduate School directly for detailed credit hour requirements and any other associated fees.

2018-2019 Graduate Tuition, Per Credit Hour


Credit Hour Fee

Graduate degrees – Master’s programs


Graduate courses – Certificate programs


College of Adult Scholars


Master of Science in Nursing


Doctor of Nursing Practice


Master in Health Administration


Master of Business Administration (MBA)


Master of Education in Humane Education


Master of Arts in Humane Education


Law School Students

2018-2019 Law School Estimated Cost of Attendance





Direct Charges Sub-Total






Books & Supplies


Personal & Miscellaneous




Loan Fees


Indirect Costs Sub-Total


Estimated Cost of Attendance Total


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