Tuition and Fees Are Going Up at UD

UD upperclassmen prepare to greet incoming students for the new school year

Students will be paying more for college this year at the University of Delaware, as the school announced price hikes for both Delawareans and non-residents alike.

Tuition and fees at UD for the 2019-20 academic year will increase by $600 for Delawareans (to $14,280) and by $1,400 for non-residents (to $35,710). 

The school says most in-state undergraduates living on campus (including tuition, mandatory fees, room and board) will pay $27,488 (an increase of $946) and school for out-of-staters will cost $48,918 (up $1,746).  Standard annual housing and dining options total $13,208 but can vary depending on student choices.


The Student Comprehensive Fee is going up by $120 to $858, although student health, activity and new student orientation fees will not be increased.

For the  2019-20 academic year, full-time tuition and fees for students in the University’s Associate in Arts Program, located on the Wilmington, Dover and Georgetown campuses of Delaware Technical Community College and at the UD Downtown Center in Wilmington, will increase by $79 (to $2,113) for Delaware residents and by $198 (to $5,275) for out-of-state students.  Additionally, undergraduate programs in the Lerner College of Business and Economics and the College of Engineering, as well as the nursing program in the College of Health Sciences will also be more expensive this year.  The school announced an annual “differential charge” in these programs in February 2018 that went into effect at the beginning of the 2018-19 academic year “that helps align resources with the cost of instruction in these areas, which is higher than other UD programs.”

The annual differential charge for 2019-20 will be $1,500 for the Lerner College, $2,500 for the College of Engineering and $1,500 for nursing majors.

Provost Robin W. Morgan said the cost increases are necessary to ensure UD can compete in an increasingly competitive international college marketplace.

“We want our University to be as competitive as possible in all that it delivers to enhance the student experience,” said Morgan. “This includes providing financial and scholarship support so that all of our students can complete their degrees and pursue their dreams.”


UD says students this year received more than $134 million in grants and scholarships administered by the University, an increase of more than 50% since 2013-14. During that time, scholarships and grants supported more than 4,900 students from the state of Delaware.

Last spring, UD’s Board of Trustees approved a change removing the limit on the number of credit hours covered by full tuition each semester. Previously, students could take from 12 to 17 credits per semester for the same cost but had to pay extra for any additional credit hours. Under the new policy, called “Finish in Four,” students can take 18 or more credit hours a semester, if needed, without paying more.

School officials say UD is committed to keeping the school affordable citing a ranking of #38 among public schools in U.S. News’ best college rankings and #38 in Kiplinger’s 100 Best Values in Public Colleges. UD is ranked 42nd among public colleges by Forbes. 

For details on approved undergraduate tuition rates, room and board and student fees, visit the Student Financial Services site at Undergraduate students will be notified in the coming week when their official billing and financial aid for the 2019-20 academic year is made available. Graduate students will be notified of their updated information by the end of July and can view updated rates by program here. For additional information, visit  

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  • It would be interesting to see what percentage of IN state Delaware high school grads get in to UofD vs out of state high school grads? It used to be that the UofD favored Delaware students, but that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore, so I believe the tax dollars, we DELAWARE residents pay to support the UofD should be divided up and half given to DelTech and other half to Del State Univ. It’s obvious that the UofD does NOT need our tax dollars so why waste our money.