COST OF ATTENDANCE

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It’s no wonder that some of the most respected publications have named Centre a top value among the nation’s best colleges.

More Affordable Than You Think

We are committed to making our outstanding education affordable for students from various socioeconomic backgrounds. Our generous financial aid program includes a variety of merit scholarships, need-based grants, and other assistance. At Centre, excellence and affordability coexist.

FINANCIAL AID INFO
SCHOLARSHIPS INFO
(infographic) 90 percent of students receive some kind of aid

HOW CENTRE COMPARES

Over 90 percent of students do not pay the sticker price. About half receive merit scholarships, and the majority receive need-based assistance. Many factors are involved in determining financial aid eligibility. Our sticker price is premium, certainly, but Colleges That Change Lives praises Centre for having a price tag nearly $10,000 lower than its peers.

We are a residential college. We use a “comprehensive fee” because virtually all students live on campus. Our Board of Trustees is committed to keeping your annual cost predictable.

cost comparison chart of Centre versus other schools
(infographic) Centre is a top value according to Forbes, Kiplinger's, and Money.

2018-2019: $52,180 comprehensive fee (includes tuition, room, and board)

For the 2018-19 year, we estimate that the average student spent about $3,280 for the year in indirect costs, for such items as books, transportation, and personal expenses. Use the link below to obtain an estimate of what your family will pay if you choose to attend Centre College.

NET PRICE CALCULATOR

TYPES OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Centre offers the following types of financial assistance for our students.

Scholarships

A scholarship is a gift based on achievement (academic, extracurricular, and personal). Scholarships are renewable through your four years at Centre and carry an obligation to perform at a certain level of achievement.

Grants

A grant is a gift based on need. You don’t have to repay a grant. Grants from Centre come from our endowment and from alumni gifts. Centre grants are a significant part of almost every need-based financial package. Grants can also come from the government or from your state. They are awarded one year at a time, although they can be renewed. You must apply for financial aid to be considered for grants.

Work-Study (campus employment)

You must be eligible for need-based financial aid to qualify for federal work-study support. Work-study assignments help you pay for college and provide valuable experience. If you qualify for work-study, the College will arrange for a position around your class schedule. You will work up to 10 hours per week for an hourly wage and will be paid your wages as a paycheck.

Loans

The U.S. Department of Education offers several types of loans, most with low interest rates and repayment schedules that do not begin until after you graduate. Students who submit a FAFSA are eligible to receive Federal Direct Stafford Loans. Your eligibility for aid will determine if your Stafford Loans are subsidized or unsubsidized.

LEARN MORE ABOUT TYPES OF AID

MONTHLY PAYMENT PLANS

The Monthly Payment Plan offers payment plans for each term, interest free. Each term plan has a maximum enrollment fee of $35. Plans are automatically cancelled when one payment is missed. For more information, please call the Finance Office at 859-238-5452.