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UD tuition and fees over time, with the blue line showing in-state and the red line showing out-of-state tuition and fees.

Tuition rates

University of Delaware announces 2011-12 tuition rates


4 p.m., July 5, 2011--Tuition for in-state undergraduate students at the University of Delaware will increase $630, or 7.0 percent, for the 2011-12 academic year — bringing the annual in-state tuition cost to $9,670. Undergraduate students from outside Delaware will pay $1,700, or 7.0 percent, more in annual tuition. Their tuition next year will be $25,940.

Over the past five years, annual in-state tuition and fees at UD increased from $7,740 in 2006-07 to $11,192 in 2011-12, a total of $3,452 and an annual average of $690. Annual out-of-state tuition and fees grew from $18,450 to $27,462 during the same period, a total increase of $9,012 and an annual average of $1,802.

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“The increase in tuition and fees is directly related to our ongoing goal to provide an exceptional educational experience for UD students and additional need-based financial aid. Although there is much financial pressure nationally on higher education institutions, we recognize our responsibility to remain affordable for in-state residents and continue to allocate a portion of our resources into more aid for Delawareans.  We are also focused on ensuring that our academic, student services and research offerings meet the needs of all students while maintaining a balanced operating budget,” President Patrick Harker said.

Approximately 43 percent of next year’s increase is necessary to cover costs of rising demand for financial aid among UD students. The current economic environment is still affecting many Delaware families, leading to more students needing assistance under the University’s Commitment to Delawareans and other financial aid programs. Forty-five percent of in-state students who have enrolled since fall 2009 have received financial assistance through the Commitment to Delawareans, and the average per year aid package (including support for tuition, fees and on campus room and board) during this time has been $14,833.

Since 2007, UD has increased financial aid by 47 percent. The total amount of financial aid from all funds for undergraduate and graduate students has grown by $55.4 million, from $116.8 million five years ago to $172.2 million this past year.

Also contributing to UD’s rising tuition and fees are the increasing costs of facilities maintenance as well as health and property insurance. “We remain vigilant about our expense budget and are re-engineering programs and reviewing business processes to seek greater innovation and efficiency. Many departments and units are taking advantage of new opportunities to deliver administrative services at lower cost in light of the current economic environment,” said Executive Vice President Scott Douglass. “In addition, we continue to increase our efforts to encourage philanthropy in order to meet our strategic goals of providing excellent, affordable and accessible undergraduate as well as professional education.”

Virtually the entire growth in the amount of next year’s student fees, $340 of a total $354 increase, will go to fund capital improvements and construction of new student recreational and athletic facilities. The Health, Student Center and Student Comprehensive fees support student health services, the student fitness center, recreational programs, concerts, UD Speaks guest speakers and the activities of registered student organizations. Increased room and board fees reflect higher costs related to continued upgrades in the residential dining hall menu plus the normal inflationary increases in food, labor and direct costs for next year.

Tuition and fees account for approximately 35 percent of the full cost of educating a Delaware resident at the University of Delaware. The additional 65 percent is comprised of state appropriations, contracts and grants, endowment earnings and contributions. In contrast, tuition and fees account for approximately 85 percent of the full cost of educating an out-of-state resident at UD. The remaining 15 percent is comprised of other revenue and support.

UD receives an appropriation from the state to support the cost of education for in-state students. This appropriation accounts for 11.9 percent of the total UD operating budget, down from 13.0 percent last year and 18.6 percent five years ago.  The total impact of this decline in state support over the past five years is $11.2 million.

While UD has a lower percentage of in-state resident students than other comparable state flagship universities, nearly 39 percent of the University’s students are Delawareans. Four out of five college-bound Delawareans apply to UD; for fall 2011, 88 percent were admitted, either directly to the Newark campus (65 percent) or to the Associate in Arts program (23 percent), which can lead directly to a four-year degree from UD. By contrast, this year only 57 percent of out-of-state applicants were admitted.

A comparison of UD undergraduate charges to its comparator institutions – including both public and private institutions of higher education – shows that all but three (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland-College Park and Georgia Institute of Technology) have a higher rate of in-state tuition and fees in 2011-12. For out-of-state students, all but two institutions (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and University of Maryland-College Park) have a higher rate of tuition and fees than UD in 2011-12.

As the state’s flagship university, UD’s mission includes creating the next generation of talented graduates who will have the skills and knowledge to excel in a world economy. “We are an economic engine for the state, region and beyond, literally a laboratory for discovery, ideas, programs and services that meet the changing educational needs of a global knowledge economy,” said Provost Tom Apple. “Students at UD benefit from their participation in translational research and discovery learning projects with our faculty. Superb faculty and our ability to attract many of the best and brightest students from around the country and world raise our academic standard and enhance their learning environment. And many of our students choose to reside in Delaware for years after graduation – contributing to the state’s skilled workforce.”

The University uses a base rate for graduate student tuition for all graduate students. Tuition for graduate students at the University of Delaware will increase $1,700, or 7.0 percent, for the 2011-12 academic year — bringing the annual full-time graduate tuition cost to $25,940. Graduate students should visit their individual UD college website where information about graduate tuition scholarships, funding opportunities and other scholarships are detailed. For more information on approved graduate student tuition and fees, visit

For more details on approved tuition rates, room and board and student fees, visit the Office of Student Financial Services website at This year UD is offering a new online credit card payment method available to all individuals to pay their student account with a 2.75 percent convenience fee. Important information on UD’s ebilling, financial aid and payment options can be found at


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