Costs & Financial Aid

(Please visit the main Financial Aid section for full details.)

You’ve pored through the materials sent by the various colleges you’re considering, visited websites and campuses, applied and been admitted. You can picture yourself in classes, walking the campus, having fun with new friends you’ll meet from around the world. You’ve narrowed your college choices by considering academic programs, size, location, co-curricular opportunities, and where you feel like you belong. Now it’s time to figure out the bottom line: how you’re going to pay for four of the most special years of your life.

What Do I Get for My Investment?
Financial Aid
Tuition & Fees
Types of Aid
Financial Aid Important Dates
Helpful Hints
Apply for Financial Aid
Net Price Calculator

What Do I Get for My Investment?

The answer to this question falls into two categories.

The first is: Things you CAN put a price on. The list is longer than your arm, but here are a few highlights:

  • High speed, wireless campus
  • Free cable TV and Ethernet connections in all residence hall rooms
  • All-you-can-eat meal plan
  • Free professional tutoring services and writing assistance
  • Free printing at designated locations
  • Free laundry
  • Micro-fridges in all freshman residence hall rooms

The second category is: Things you CAN'T put a price on. Here are some highlights:

  • A lakefront campus that is just a short drive from world-renowned attractions
  • One of the safest campuses in Florida
  • Faculty who care as much about how you do in life as how you do on a test
  • An education that not only prepares you for a career, but is centered around Saint Leo's core values: excellence, respect, integrity, responsible stewardship, personal development, community
  • Leaving Saint Leo a better person than when you arrived

Financial Aid: It's Worth Your Time

The financial aid process doesn’t have to be difficult, complicated, scary or stressful. The Financial Aid Office at Saint Leo University is here to help you plan for and navigate through the financial aid application process.

Above all, know the Financial Aid Office is here to help. We want you to ask questions and seek our advice, and we want you to feel like you’re getting the answers you need. After all, your college education is the best investment you will ever make, and if Saint Leo is where you want to be, we want you to be here, too.

We know the experience you’ll have here is priceless, and we want you to be a part of Saint Leo University.

Please visit the Financial Aid page for more information.

Tuition & Fees

Think you can't afford a private education? Think again. Saint Leo University prides itself on making an exceptional private education affordable for its students.

Let's face it—a college education isn't cheap. But it is an investment, and the quality of that investment can impact your future. While the dollars and cents are certainly important, it is also critical to consider the value of the education you will receive.

A Great Value in Private Education

Saint Leo has been consistently ranked among the Best Regional Universities for the South Region by U.S. News & World Report. Our tuition is significantly lower than the average private college tuition.

And keep in mind: 95% of all Saint Leo students at our University Campus receive some form of financial aid, and 95% receive grant and scholarship aid they don't have to pay back. You may qualify for institutional aid from Saint Leo, as well as other state and federal programs including grants, loans and work-study.

We understand the financial aid process can still be challenging. That's why your Saint Leo admission counselor and financial aid advisor will work personally with you and your family to help navigate the process.

Click here for 2017-2018 Academic Year Tuition & Fees

Types of Aid

There are many options to help you afford the college you want to attend.

When the Saint Leo University Financial Aid Office “packages” your financial aid (combines awards from various sources), we will consider all of the aid types and sources for which you qualify and/or for which you have applied.

The three types of financial assistance are:

  1. Gift Aid
    Scholarships and grants that have no repayment or work obligation. This includes institutional merit scholarships and grants, as well as Federal grants such as the Pell and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity (FSEOG) Grants. It also includes Florida state grants, such as the Florida Resident Access Grant (FRAG), the Florida Student Access Grant (FSAG), and the Bright Futures Scholarships. Merit-based awards, which are given on the basis of your merit or accomplishment or personal circumstances that fit an award’s criteria, are generally awarded in the form of scholarships.
  2. Loans
    Repayment is required, but terms vary based on the type of loan.
  3. Work-Study
    Awards that have a work obligation, allowing students to earn money to help pay for college expenses.

Click here for a complete listing of all available types of financial aid and their eligibility criteria.

Financial Aid Important Dates

September – December
Research financial aid and scholarship resources and complete the admission application.

October – March
Complete and file the FAFSA online at

March – April
Accept and/or decline your awards online at eLion and make your tuition deposit at

May – June
Other financial aid and payment plans are available.

July – August
Make sure all school fees and expenses are paid and/or a tuition payment plan agreement has been filed prior to the first day of classes.

Helpful Hints for You & Your Family

  • Do your taxes early—prior to receiving your W2 forms—in order to have the information necessary to complete the financial aid process. We strongly recommend that you estimate your tax information in order to file early. If necessary, you can correct the figures later in the filing process.
  • Keep a calendar with dates and deadlines on which you note deadlines for submitting scholarship, grant and financial aid applications for the schools you are considering.
  • Keep a file on each school to which you have applied, and keep in that file the information and correspondence you receive from the school, as well as copies of all correspondence and forms you send to the school, noting the dates the correspondence was sent.
  • Be consistent with information you provide and use the same information when filling out different documents—discrepancies will raise questions and slow the process.
  • Always call to follow-up and make sure applications and supporting documents are received.
  • Don’t wait until the last minute—apply early! Many scholarships and grants have a February 1st priority deadline. Estimate your taxes and file your FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1. (Saint Leo University’s institutional number for the FAFSA is 001526).
  • Apply online if possible. Click Here for more information.

Apply for Financial Aid

Paying for college is often one of a family's greatest financial investments. Many parents and students are intimidated by the process of finding and applying for financial aid. While we can't change the requirements, we can help you understand and navigate the process.

Saint Leo University’s Office of Student Financial Services looks forward to assisting you in developing a sound financial plan to achieve your educational goals. Ninety-five percent of Saint Leo's traditional-age students receive financial aid of some sort, and 95% receive grant and scholarship aid they don't have to pay back. Please visit Applying for Financial Aid for detailed instructions on applying for aid.

Net Price Calculator

We're happy you are beginning to explore how to plan and pay for your college education. The Net Price Calculator provides an early indication of what a new, first-year undergraduate student can expect to pay to attend SLU along with estimating your eligibility for financial aid, and your out-of-pocket expenses. Colleges have a variety of costs, resources, and financial aid policies, so your "net price" will vary from institution to institution.

The Net Price Calculator is intended to provide general information concerning the net price of attending Saint Leo University. While the figures shown by the calculator do take into account several factors unique to each student, the net price or estimated awards reflected may vary from your actual net price of attendance.

Financial aid awards vary widely as the result of specific student criteria, award fund availability and other factors. The calculator is not a substitute or official application for financial aid. Specific awards and the subsequent net price of attendance cannot be finalized until you have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and a financial aid award letter has been issued you by the University.

You will need to answer some basic questions about you and/or your parents' financial situation, so it might be helpful to have recent tax forms or pay stubs on hand before you begin.

Click here to begin using the Net Price Calculator.

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