Scholarships and Financial Aid

Costs and Financial Assistance

Ultimately, your college decision should incorporate a variety of factors. We understand that the cost of an education is an important factor for most students. The comprehensive fee at Gustavus Adolphus College for the 2012-13 academic year is $46,090. This figure includes tuition ($37,210), room ($5710), meals ($3,170) and fees for orientation, transcripts, wellness, and student government (approximately $900). We estimate an additional cost of $1200 for books and supplies, $900 for health insurance, and $1200 in personal expenses.  Travel costs vary greatly. 

Gustavus has scholarships and student employment opportunities for international students. The primary purpose of our financial aid program at Gustavus is to provide financial aid to students who, without such aid, would be unable to attend Gustavus. When family resources do not meet our costs, we strive to fill in the gap with financial aid. But even with our most significant scholarship award and student employment, you and your family or sponsor will need to contribute a significant part of the cost of your education.

For those who are able to fund an education here, we believe that a Gustavus education is a wise investment. While you should choose the college that fits you best, there are real differences in quality – from important statistical differences like class size and graduation rates to more intangible differences like faculty contact and college character.

The four-year graduation rate at Gustavus is 80%. Other four-year graduation rates are: 17% (national average), 21% (Minnesota State Colleges and Universities), 30% (University of Minnesota), 34% (all U.S. private colleges), and 61% (Minnesota private colleges).

Our average class size is 15. Student to faculty ratio is 12:1. No classes are taught by teaching assistants. Half of students participate in internships and over half study abroad.

Our freshman-to-sophomore retention rate is above 90%. Not only does this demonstrate that Gustavus turns out to be a great fit for most students but also that the College remains financially accessible year after year.