Estimate Your College Costs

Estimate the cost you and your family can expect to pay for Hopkins.

We’re bringing the brightest minds to Hopkins by making a world-class education financially possible. That starts with giving you the tools to estimate your college costs, so you and your family know what to expect and can explore payment options that are right for you.

Let’s break down some commonly used terms that you’ll see throughout the financial aid process:

COST OF ATTENDANCE

The cost of attendance represents the “sticker price” of going to Hopkins, and includes costs billed by Hopkins (tuition, fees, housing, and meals) as well as estimated additional costs not billed by Hopkins (books and supplies, travel, and personal expenses). You can see a breakdown of these expenses in the chart below.

While the cost of attendance is approximately $80,000 per academic year, many families pay far less, and some pay nothing at all. We’ll work with you and your family to determine an amount that matches your financial circumstances.

Cost of Attendance Breakdown
Tuition$60,480
Matriculation Fee$500
Housing & Meals (On-Campus)$17,640
Housing & Meals (Off-Campus Estimate for Juniors & Seniors Only)$13,808
Personal Expenses$1,400
Books & Supplies$1,280
Average Travel$685

EXPECTED FAMILY CONTRIBUTION

Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is what your family can expect to pay toward your college costs. To determine this, we take into account:

  • Family income, both taxable and non-taxable
  • Family assets like savings, investments, businesses, and real estate (not including retirement assets)
  • Number of children in private school or college
  • Household size and living expenses, based on the average cost of living in your postal code
  • Special circumstances like loss of income, medical expenses, or support to grandparents

net price

Net price is the amount your family is actually responsible for paying. To calculate this, we take the cost of attendance and subtract any need-based or merit scholarships you’ve received.

Example Financial Aid Package

Calculated Need

Total Cost of Attendance $81,930
EFC – $3,500
Total Need $78,430

EFC Estimated Family Contribution

Student Contribution $0
Parent Contribution $3,500
Total EFC $3,500

Financial Aid Offer

Federal Grants $3,945
Hopkins Grant $71,785
Federal Work-Study $2,700
Total Financial Aid Offer $78,430

Family Pays $3,500

Government Pays $3,945 + $2,700 work study

Hopkins Pays $71,785

Total Cost of Attendance $81,930

Includes tuition, fees, housing, meals, books, supplies, personal and travel expenses

NET PRICE CALCULATOR

This tool uses questions similar to those on the CSS Profile to provide a more detailed estimate of your net price—the amount your family will be responsible for paying. You’ll need tax returns for your parents or legal guardians. Be as specific as you can to ensure the most accurate estimate.

Calculate Your Net Price

TALK TO AN ADVISER

Our financial aid advisers are dedicated to helping you and your family understand and evaluate your financial aid options. If you have questions or need assistance throughout the process, you can reach out to us.

Contact Student Financial Support

flexible options for covering your college costs

Each family’s financial circumstances are unique, and families often use more than one method to cover their costs. If your family would like flexibility beyond the financial aid offer, you can explore the following options:

  • Over 60% of our students work part-time, eight to ten hours a week on average. In addition to covering personal expenses, an on- or off-campus job can help you build your resume, make connections, and get involved in the community.
  • Regardless of your financial aid eligibility, you can take advantage of our no-interest payment plans that split the cost of your tuition, housing, and meals into equal installments.
  • Private scholarships reduce your summer savings and work-study expectations.
  • Although our financial aid offers don’t include loans, your family may choose to borrow as part of your financing strategy. We can direct you to low-interest federal loans and Parent PLUS loans.
  • You might also consider private loans. We encourage you to look at federal loan options before pursuing these, since their terms and repayment can vary. We have an interactive tool to help you and your family compare private loans.