Cost

Delaware State University Office of Financial Aid (OFA) establishes a standard estimated cost of attendance which is used to determine a student’s financial need. The estimated cost of attendance figures reflects modest but adequate expenses and are based on research conducted by DSU OFA. While actual expenses of individual students will vary, the estimated cost should assist students in planning their budget.

View our Understanding Your Cost of Attendance web page for an explanation on the components used to determine the estimated cost of attendance and what costs will and will not be billed to the student’s account.

Incoming freshmen may use Net Price Calculator to obtain an estimate of their cost of attendance and financial aid for which they may qualify.

Understanding your cost of attendance

Your estimated cost of attendance is what you can expect to spend to attend the Delaware State University for one school year. The cost of attendance is broken down into charges to your University Bill and other estimated expenses you may have based on your spending habits. You can use your estimated cost of attendance to make a budget.

Estimated charges to your University Bill include:

  • Tuition and Fees - amount charged by Delaware State University for classes and other campus facilities and services. On-campus amount charged by the Delaware State University for living in a residence hall and buying a meal plan.

Other estimated expenses you may have that are not charged to your University Bill can include:

  • Off-campus housing and meals - average cost of rent, utilities, and food for the Dover area.
  • Books and Supplies - average cost based on enrollment hours.
  • Personal Expenses - includes, but is not limited to, clothing, personal items, entertainment, etc.
  • Transportation - travel to and from classes and trips home during breaks. 

Undergraduate Cost for 2020-21

 For an explanation on the components used to determine the estimated cost of attendance and what costs will and will not be billed to the student.

The following estimated costs are for the 2020-2021 academic year and are based on the undergraduate in-state and out-of-state rates. The Tuition & Fees and Books & Supplies amounts provided represent costs for undergraduate students enrolled full-time (twelve or more hours each semester).

Graduate Cost for 2020-2021

View our web page for an explanation on the components used to determine the estimated cost of attendance and what costs will and will not be billed to the student.

The following estimated costs are for the 2020-2021 academic year and are based on the graduate in-state and out-of-state rates. The Tuition & Fees and Books & Supplies amounts provided represent costs for graduate students enrolled full-time (six or more hours each semester).

Summer Cost

The summer cost of attendance and expected family contribution are calculated based on the information supplied on the summer application.

Cost of attendance for summer includes:

  • actual Summer Academy tuition and fees ( based on the registered hours of enrollment
  • estimated book costs
  • estimated living expenses (housing and meals, personal, and transportation expenses) provided below (these figures are associated with the number of weeks of actual enrollment)

Increase Due to Computer Purchase

Computer Purchase Information

The Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act that was signed into law on October 7, 1998 allows for the inclusion of documented computer costs in the personal allowance for a student’s cost of attendance.

The following are examples of items that can be included in the cost of attendance increase:

  • ·computer and monitor, laptop, or tablet/netbook (cannot be a combination of these) printer
  • surge protector
  • connecting cables
  • word processing software (available through DSU bookstore)
  • antivirus software
  • standard three to five year warranty

The following are examples of items that cannot be included in the cost of attendance increase:

  • iPods
  • digital cameras
  • book bags, computer case, and/or briefcases
  • connecting cables for non-covered hardware
  • spare batteries
  • fax machines
  • ink cartridges
  • camcorders
  • reams of paper

The student must initiate the process to include computer costs in the cost of attendance by inquiring with the Office of Financial Aid. Costs will only be allowed if they are supported by a purchase receipt (no estimates). The computer must have been already purchased and paid for. The maximum amount to be added to the cost of attendance is $1,500.

The Office of Financial Aid allows a cost of attendance increase for one computer purchase as an undergraduate and/or one computer purchase as a graduate or professional student. The computer must be purchased on or after June 1 for the fall semester or on or after January 1 for the spring semester. This completed form must be submitted during the academic year in which the computer was purchased and by the final day of the semester which it was purchased.

If the computer is purchased in your final semester at Delaware State University, this completed form must be submitted before the Registrar’s official last day to drop individual semester-length courses for that final semester.