Tuition & Aid
Tuition & Fees

Attain Affordable Excellence

Tuition rates at American universities continue to increase dramatically, while graduates too often find themselves unprepared for competitive careers and graduate programs. Moreover, few students graduate within the prescribed four years, adding an average of 40% to their debt load.¹ This situation is unsustainable.

At Minerva, we recognize the need to reduce the cost of attending a top-tier university program. That is why we have eliminated anything that does not directly contribute to your educational experience. We do not fund football teams or climbing walls, we do not build student centers or cafeterias, we do not offer tenure for a bloated faculty roster, and we do not allow for administrative excess of any kind.

¹ National Center on Education Statistics

students walking around San Francisco
“The cost of attending was one of the biggest factors in making my decision. The lack of sports teams and extra student facilities didn’t concern me, since I knew I’d be living in seven of the world’s greatest cities. I’m not going to head to the school’s gym if I can immerse myself in the local market or a nearby event.”
Alex Whitney
Class of 2019

Photo: Bob Miller

Estimated Costs/
2017–2018 Academic Year
Tuition & Fees Costs
Tuition $12,500
Residential Services $10,000
Includes Housing, Broadband Internet, Residential Staff,
Location-based Support
Student Services $1,950
Includes Experiential Learning Programs, Orientation,
Mental Health
Other Expenses1
Estimated food and local transportation, books
and supplies
Total Estimated Costs
1 Not paid directly to Minerva

Lowest Possible Costs

Our commitment to keeping operating costs low enables us to maintain tuition that is about a quarter of that of other top universities. We charge only what is needed to provide you with an exceptional education, including hiring top faculty, maintaining small class sizes, developing the innovative curriculum and challenging courses, as well as continually advancing the capabilities of the Active Learning Forum.

Residential and Student Services Fees
The global residential experience is a unique part of your educational journey. We work hard to provide a safe and healthy environment, so you can learn effectively and get the most from each city. In addition to the support staff and housing costs, the service fees fund an array of experiential learning opportunities specific to each location. These programs include curated experiences and access to many of the foremost educational, scientific, cultural, business, and government leaders and institutions in the world.

Other Expenses
All your other living expenses, from food and transportation to books and supplies are estimated based on typical costs and an average across all seven regions. Because these are only estimates, actual amounts will vary depending upon your lifestyle choices and the cost of living in each place.

Required Technology
Technical support and high-speed, wireless internet are included in the residential and student services fees. However, you are required to supply a laptop and headset that meet the requirements for use of the Active Learning Forum. Though not required, we also recommend purchasing a graphic drawing tablet. Minerva offers student discounts on laptops, as well as most books and supplies, through the Claremont Consortium bookstore.

Health Insurance
All students are required to have health insurance, which is offered through Minerva at cost, as a condition of enrollment.

Manifest  (Final Year Only)
The Capstone is completed and presented during Manifest, a month-long term that takes place in San Francisco, following the spring semester of year four. Students should anticipate additional expenses in the fourth year to cover tuition, housing, expenses, and travel for the additional month in San Francisco. 

Travel Costs
World travel is an important aspect of the full residential experience. Like other universities, the cost of travel between residential locations, or to and from home, is your responsibility.

By carefully scrutinizing every dollar we spend, we are able to keep tuition much lower than other top universities, and housing, student services, and other expenses are comparable with those at most every public and private institution. As a result, we minimize your financial burden and increase access to top students from around the world.

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