Tuition Costs & Fees

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Investment begins with education. Hardin-Simmons mission has always been to be a community dedicated to providing excellence in education enlightened by Christian faith and values. Your college degree – and a successful career – is all within reach.

Paying for college is a team effort between students, their families, and the university. The student (and their parents if dependent) are primarily responsible for higher education costs and should pay, to the extent they are able, from past income (savings), current income (payment plan), and future income (borrowing).  Resources for paying the bill at HSU will include an HSU investment and possibly assistance from federal/state/outside sources. Hardin-Simmons strives to decrease the cost of attendance while also maintaining high academic standards. The Financial Aid Office considers each student’s personal financial situation and is available to assist students throughout the financial aid process.

Learn More About Cost of Attendance

Cost of attendance (COA) is a college’s total estimated expenses for one year including tuition, housing and meals, books, supplies, travel, loan fees, and personal expenses. A school’s estimated COA is used to determine each student’s eligibility for financial aid, such as grants and loans. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid for any questions regarding estimated cost of attendance at financialaid@109999-com.com

A school’s cost of attendance is an estimated amount for students carrying the same academic workload as determined by the institution.  If you believe you have a special circumstance that may increase your cost of attendance, you may file a Cost of Attendance Adjustment Appeal.

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Types of Aid

We are so proud to say that 99% of our first-year students received some form of financial aid!

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Payment Plan

In an effort to make paying for college easier, we offer students a payment plan that breaks up your tuition into 5 or 6 payments throughout the semester.

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Scholarships

Applying for as many scholarships as possible is a great way to make college tuition more affordable. Be sure to apply for the Hardin-Simmons specific scholarships that we offer.

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Undergraduate Costs for 2023-2024 and 2024-2025

At Hardin-Simmons, we try to make the financial piece of attending college as easy as possible. Below are the tuition and fees broken down by category so that you easily understand the total cost.

At Hardin-Simmons, we try to make the financial planning of attending college as easy as possible. Below you will find a listing of all the components that can make up a student’s cost of attendance at Hardin-Simmons University.

  1. Tuition & Fees – An amount normally assessed a student carrying the same academic workload, as determined by the institution.
  2. Books, Course Materials, Supplies and Equipment – An allowance for books, course materials, and equipment, which must include all such costs required of all students in the same course of study, including a reasonable allowance for the rental or upfront purchase of a personal computer, as determined by the institution.
  3. Living Expense (Housing) – Housing allowances for students residing in institutionally owned or operated housing with or without dependents must be based on the average or median amount assessed to such residents for housing charges, whichever is greater.
  4. Living Expense (Meals) – A standard food allowance that provides the equivalent of three meals each day, regardless of whether a student chooses institutionally owned or operated food services (i.e., board or meal plans).
  5. Transportation – An allowance, as determined by the institution, which may include transportation between campus, residences, and place of work.
  6. Miscellaneous Personal Expenses – An allowance, as determined by the institution, for a student attending the institution on at least a half-time basis.
  7. Loan Fees (Federal) – An allowance for the cost of any Federal student loan fee, origination fee, or insurance premium charged to the student or the parent of the student.
  8. Professional licensure, certification, or a first professional credential—An allowance for the costs associated with obtaining a license, certification, or a first professional credential, for a student in a program that prepares them to enter a profession that requires such a qualification.
  9. *Dependent care—An allowance based on the estimated actual expenses incurred for dependent care, based on the number and age of such dependents.
  10. *Disability-related expenses—An allowance, as determined by the institution, for expenses associated with a student’s disability, including special services, personal assistance, transportation, equipment, and supplies that are reasonably incurred and not provided for by other agencies.
  11. *Study abroad expenses—An allowance for reasonable costs, as determined by the institution, for a student in a study abroad program approved for credit by the home institution.
  12. **Cooperative education costs—An allowance for reasonable costs, as determined by the institution, associated with such employment for a student engaged in a work experience under a cooperative education program.
  13. **Online or Study by correspondence – must include tuition and fees and, if required, books, course materials, supplies, and equipment. A school may also include an allowance for travel, housing, and food costs incurred specifically for a period of residential training.
  14. **Confined or incarcerated students – may only include tuition & fees, books, course materials, supplies, and equipment, the cost of obtaining a license, certification, or a first professional credential.
  15. **Less than half-time – Must include any components (tuition and fees; books, course materials, supplies, and equipment; and transportation) normally applied to students who are enrolled less than half-time, along with any other components (disability expenses, etc.) that are not expressly prohibited for less than half-time students (e.g., miscellaneous personal expenses). May also include an allowance for living expenses, including food and housing costs, for up to three semesters, or the equivalent, with no more than two semesters being consecutive.
  16. **Military Housing (BAH) – Students living in housing on a military base or for which they receive a basic allowance under section 403(b) of title 37, United States Code, institutions must include a reasonable allowance for food on-campus or off-campus but cannot include housing costs.

Cost of attendance components marked by asterisks (* or **) may be added to a student’s budget by request and by completing a cost of attendance adjustment appeal. Please note that an appeal requires specific documentation in support of the request.

*The charts below outline an estimate for the 2023-24 and 2024-2025 cost for Tuition and General Fees. The cost is based on the full academic year (fall and spring semesters) for a full-time student with at least 12-17 credit hours per semester and does not include course-specific fees.

Refer to our official Cost of Attendance Page or the University Catalog for more information.

Tuition and fees are subject to change by action of the Board of Trustees.

(Not including course-specific fees, books, other misc. fees) 2023-2024 2024-2025
Tuition* $30,694 $31,920
Required Fees $992 $1,040

* Full-Time Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (12-17 hours per semester; does not include course-specific fees)
Part Time undergraduate tuition is $995 per hour (EX: $995 x 9 hrs = $8,955 per semester x2 = Annual Cost of $17,910)
Undergraduate nursing is $800 per hour (EX: $800 x 15 hrs = $12,000 per semester x2 = Annual Cost of $24,000)
Online RN to BSN is $400 per hour (EX: $400 x 12 hrs = $4,800 per semester x2 = Annual Cost of $9,600)

General fee
Year ’23-’24 ’24-’25
Fall/Spring/Summer Semesters – 12 hours or more $496 $520
Fall/Spring/Summer Semesters – 9-11 hours $382 $400
Fall/Spring/Summer Semesters – 5-8 hours $288 $300
Fall/Spring/Summer Semesters – 1-4 hours $244 $250
Re-registration fee to reinstate classes if dropped due to non-payment $100 $100
Change of schedule after regular registration, per course dropped $20 $20
Departmental examination for credit (Advanced Standing/Placement) $50 $50
Diploma (for each original duplicate, or replacement diploma) $80 $80
Music facilities fee, per semester hour of private lessons $95 $95
Music private instruction fee, per semester hour $295 $295
Physical education activity courses (Lab fee) $45 $45
Business Course Fee $75
Engineering Course Fee $1,000
Special examination $30 $30
Transcript, per copy (accounts must be current before transcripts are issued) $10 $10
Post Office Express $35 $35
Audit fee (fee charged for auditing – not for credit), per semester hour $100 $100
School of Nursing security fee (background check) $50 $50
School of Nursing malpractice insurance fee $50 $50
School of Nursing soft exam fee $65 $65
Returned check $35 $35
Student ID card replacement $25 $25
Payment plan enrollment fee $80 $80
Late payment fee (payment received 5 days or more after due date) $80 $80

Living on campus at HSU means quality surroundings, and endless opportunities to get involved and make friends.

*The charts and information below provide estimated costs per semester for the 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 academic years for the various living arrangements at HSU.

Residence Hall Room & Utility Rates, per semester
Year ’23-’24 ’24-’25
Anderson (men) $2,350 $2,500
Lange (women) $2,900 $2,975
Prichard (women) $3,175
Room, May Term $400 $400
Room, Summer Sessions $450 $450
Single Room Charge (If available)*
Fall & Spring Semesters
May/Summer Semesters
Additional 50% of normal room rate Additional 50% of normal room rate
University Place & Wolf Apartments
All rates are for each term (fall, spring)** ’23-’24 ’24-’25
4 bedroom 2 bath $2,375 $2,420
2 bedroom 1 bath $2,920 $2,980
2 bedroom 2 bath $3,530 $3,600
1 bedroom 1 bath $3,715 $3,790
Brown, Culpepper, Martin, and Watanabe-Kimura Apartments
4 bedroom 2 bath $2,765 $2,840
2 bedroom 1 bath $3,180 $3,280
2 bedroom 2 bath $3,900 $4,000
1 bedroom 1 bath $4.175 $4,250

**Summer Housing Applications due April 30:
May Term $400
Summer 1 & 2 $450 ea.
Entire Summer $1,200

On-Campus House Rent (Utilities included) ’23-’24 and ’24-’25

(Single Student) Cost/Student/Semester

  • 1 bedroom 1 bath-$4,340
  • 2 bedroom 1 bath-$3,720
  • 2 bedroom 2 bath-$4,330
  • 3 bedroom 1 bath-$3,630
  • 3 bedroom 2 bath-$3,890

(Family Student) Cost/Family/Semester

  • 1 bedroom 1 bath-$4,790
  • 2 bedroom 1 bath-$5,300
  • 2 bedroom 2 bath-$5,700
  • 3 bedroom 1 bath-$6,550
  • 3 bedroom 2 bath-$7,040

HSU Dining offers a variety of meal plans and options located throughout campus for students, faculty, staff and guests to enjoy a sit-down meal, a sandwich on the go,  or a cup of coffee on the way to class.

Learn more about the Caf, POD, and Gilberts Coffee at HSU Cafeteria.

Resident Meal Plans
As a student living in a Residence Hall, HSU requires you to purchase meals from the University dining facility. HSU provides you a choice from the meal plans listed below. The Unlimited plan is the most flexible choice, since you can eat as often and as many times per semester as you like. The Dining Dollars are cash dollars available for making purchases in the POD, the Sandwich Shack, the dining hall and/or Gilbert’s coffee shop. With the change of housing policy that allows rising second year on-campus students to live in our on-campus apartments, there is a full meal plan requirement.
Price per semester ’23-’24 ’24-’25
Unlimited Meals (includes sales tax plus $50 Dining Dollars) $2,950 $2,950
Weekly 14 (includes sales tax plus $100 Dining Dollars) $2,640 $2,640
Weekly 10 (includes sales tax plus $250 Dining Dollars) $2,410 $2,410
Non-Resident Meal Plans
If you are a non-resident student at HSU, you can still buy a meal plan and eat in the dining facility with your friends when you are on campus. HSU offers three choices of Block meal plans to non-resident students. The Block represents the total meals you purchase for a semester. When you use those meals is up to you. You only lose meals under the Block if you do not use all of them by the end of the semester. The Dining Dollars are cash dollars available for making purchases in the POD, the Sandwich Shack, the dining hall, and/or Gilbert’s coffee shop.
 
Price per semester ’23-’24 ’24-’25
Block 80 (80 meals/semester; includes sales tax plus $75 Dining Dollars) $980 $980
Block 50 (50 meals/semester; includes sales tax plus $50 Dining Dollars) $620 $620
Block 30 (30 meals/semester includes sales tax plus $180 Dining Dollars) $570 $570

A budget allowance for books, course materials, supplies, and equipment, which must include all such costs required of all students in the same course of study, including a reasonable allowance for the rental or upfront purchase of a personal computer, as determined by the institution. Currently HSU budgets for the estimated cost of books, course materials, supplies and equipment to be $1,060 annually.

*As of 2023-24 the allowance for the rental or purchase of a computer is no longer limited to students enrolled at least half-time.

Transportation is a part of the estimated cost of attendance. HSU estimates travel expenses of $1,462 annually, which may include transportation between home, campus, and your place of work.  If you believe your cost will be greater, you may request a cost of attendance adjustment. With adequate documentation, a change could be made to your cost of attendance at the discretion of the HSU Financial Aid Office.

Miscellaneous personal expenses are a part of the estimated cost of attendance. HSU estimates personal expenses of $1,840 annually, for a student attending the institution on at least a half-time basis. If you believe your cost will be greater, you may request a cost of attendance adjustment. With adequate documentation, a change could be made to your cost of attendance at the discretion of the HSU Financial Aid Office.

Loan fees are a part of the estimated cost of attendance if you have taken out federal loans. HSU estimates loan origination fees of $66 annually for a student attending the institution on at least a half-time basis. If you believe your cost will be greater, you may request a cost of attendance adjustment. With adequate documentation, a change could be made to your cost of attendance at the discretion of the HSU Financial Aid Office. See our loan origination calculator.

The cost of obtaining a professional license, certification, or first professional credential is a part of the estimated cost of attendance.  HSU estimates such fees based on specific programs and costs of the regulatory body who grant the license. Students who are in programs leading to a license, certification or first professional credential will have this specific component added to the cost of attendance by the HSU Financial Aid Office.  If you believe your cost will be greater, you may request a cost of attendance adjustment. With adequate documentation, a change could be made to your cost of attendance at the discretion of the HSU Financial Aid Office.

*Students requiring corrections to their cost of attendance for any of the items below may request the addition by submitting a Cost of Attendance Appeal.

**Students who fit into one of these categories of student will have their cost of attendance adjusted during HSU’s financial aid audit, prior to aid disbursement.

  • *Dependent care—An allowance based on the estimated actual expenses incurred for dependent care, based on the number and age of such dependents.
  • *Disability-related expenses—An allowance, as determined by the institution, for expenses associated with a student’s disability, including special services, personal assistance, transportation, equipment, and supplies that are reasonably incurred and not provided for by other agencies.
  • *Study abroad expenses—An allowance for reasonable costs, as determined by the institution, for a student in a study abroad program approved for credit by the home institution.
  • **Cooperative education costs—An allowance for reasonable costs, as determined by the institution, associated with such employment for a student engaged in a work experience under a cooperative education program.
  • **Online or Study by correspondence – must include tuition and fees and, if required, books, course materials, supplies, and equipment. A school may also include an allowance for travel, housing, and food costs incurred specifically for a period of residential training.
  • **Confined or incarcerated students– may only include tuition & fees, books, course materials, supplies, and equipment, the cost of obtaining a license, certification, or a first professional credential.
  • **Less than half-time – Must include any components (tuition and fees; books, course materials, supplies, and equipment; and transportation) normally applied to students who are enrolled less than half-time, along with any other components (disability expenses, etc.) that are not expressly prohibited for less than half-time students (e.g., miscellaneous personal expenses). May also include an allowance for living expenses, including food and housing costs, for up to three semesters, or the equivalent, with no more than two semesters being consecutive.
  • **Military Housing (BAH) – Students living in housing on a military base or for which they receive a basic allowance under section 403(b) of title 37, United States Code, institutions must include a reasonable allowance for food on-campus or off-campus but cannot include housing costs.