UC Costs 2020-21

Tuition amounts are set by the university, though college, program level (undergraduate, graduate or professional), or the course of study itself may involve specialized fees. In addition to the overview below, it may be helpful to view Bursar Website to view details on your program and be aware of any college-specific fees.

Year amounts shown would be the typical fall + spring semesters as summer is generally optional. Full-time enrollment year-round would be 3x term rate or year + term rate.

NOTE: Year-round enrollment may require changes in loan processing.

2020-21 Tuition Overview

Tuition is the combined amount for instructional, general, technology, and campus life or distance learning fees as well as appropriate non-resident surcharges.

Undergraduate tuition is determined by your college program location and cohort groups based on your academic year of admission. Cohort groups relate to the Cincinnati Tuition Guarantee that locks in your rate for the length of your program.

Along with the overviews below, more details on specific fees for your program, special course fees, and distance learning program fees are also available via the Bursar Website.

This detail of fees does not replace your individual bill determined each term by your course registration.


A Students who meet definitions as Ohio residents, and students eligible and certified following application for Indiana Reciprocity or Kentucky Reciprocity

B Eligible students from Kentucky or Indiana locations certified following application for UC's Metropolitan (Metro) Rate

C Students ineligible for Ohio or Metro tuition rates

D Per Hour rate is charged when part-time or in addition to full-time rate when enrolled in excess hours for a term

E Full-time is flate semester rate for 12-18 hours for undergraduates and Law students, 10-18 for graduate and PharmD, and 24 or more hours in the M.D. program

F Per Year is for traditional, full-time, 2-term enrollment (usually fall-spring)

2020-21 College Program Fees 

In addition to tuition rates above, students in specified colleges or programs will be charged these fees for in-class terms.

2020-21 Other Required Fees

Bloodborne Pathogen Insurance is required of students who may be exposed to human bloodborne pathogens during their course of study in specified academic programs.

International students are charged a specific fee to support international student services. 

All students are required to purchase health insurance unless alternate, approved coverage is otherwise documented. Academic year purchase allows for continuation the following summer without additional payment. Questions on waivers, coverage, and expanded plans should be directed to the Student Health Insurance Office.

The Professional Practice/Co-op Fee is charged in place of tuition for co-op terms. Aid may also adjust based on co-op rotation so it is important to inform Student Financial Aid of your plans when accepting aid using the link on the award offer. Alert One Stop of any adjustments to your rotation during the year.

Spring Summer
International Student Fee $125 $125 N/A
New Student Fee
$85 (once per lifetime)
Professional Practice/Coop - Undergraduate $465 (per Term based on Coop Enrollment)
Professional Practice/Coop - Graduate $675 (per Term based on Coop Enrollment)

2020-21 Residence Hall Rates

Residence hall rates are available in detail. Common incoming student room and board combinations are noted below.

  Traditional Multiple Occupancy Room + Unlimited
Meal Plan
Stratford Heights Multiple Occupancy + Unlimited
Meal Plan
Double Room Suites + Unlimited
Meal Plan
Cohort Term Year Term Year Term Year
2020-21 $5,937 $11,874 $6,529 $13,058 $6,797 $13,594
2019-20 $5,834 $11,668 $6,339 $12,678 $6,660 $13,200


Cost of Attending UC

The cost of attending UC consists of direct and indirect costs. Direct costs on your semester bill are tuition (instructional, general, technology, campus life, and program fees), room and board (for students residing on campus), and health insurance (if minimum insurance coverage is not documented). Attending college also includes indirect costs. Items such as books and supplies, transportation and parking, personal expenses, and off-campus rent are part of your budget though they will not be billed by the university.

In addition to the direct fees detailed above, we recommend you budget approximately $1,200 for books and supplies, $500 to $725 for transportation, and between $2,600 and $4,800 for personal expenses per academic year. Ranges reflect issues such as if you live on-campus or commute, living with parents or on your own, and are co-oping or not. Your overall cost of attendance budget essentially covers costs of tuition through toothpaste. The total amount we budget for a typical on-campus, full-time undergraduate, Ohio resident for the basic 2-semester academic year on Uptown Campus is $28,442.

Remember that what you actually spend in non-billed expenses may differ from the amounts budgeted by the Student Financial Aid Office. You should plan your finances to meet your expenses. 


New Students

While not providing an exact picture of financial aid, the federally required Net Price Calculator can give new undergraduate students an idea of Federal Pell Grant and Federal Direct Loan eligibility prior to an award being made.

At the same time, eligibility for complete aid packages can only be determined following an offer of admission to the university and completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA should be completed as soon after October 1 as possible each year in order to be considered for maximum aid eligibility for limited funding sources. Applications received by December 1 receive priority consideration.


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University Pavilion at night

These charts with information from your Financial Aid Award (including adjustments for part-time or co-op enrollments) can help you in planning for out-of-pocket expenses related to your bill.

Full description of tuition and fees can be found on the Office of the Bursar Web pages.