Howard University

Private, Four-years School Located in Washington, DC

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How much is the HU tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, HU's tuition & fees is $33,344.
With indirect costs not billed by school, such as room & boards and personal living expenses, the total cost of attendance for one academic year is $53,744 when a student lives on-campus.

HU Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
Tuition & Fees$33,344
Books & Supplies Costs$1,360
On-campus Room & Board$15,880
On-campus Expenses$3,160
Off-campus Room & Board$18,380
Off-campus Expenses$8,736
2023-2024 Projection
Tuition & Fees$30,150

How Much Does it Cost to Go to HU for 4 Years?

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $159,899 at HU. The estimated tuition rate is based on the changes over last 5 years. With room & board, books, and other personal expenses, the estimated 4 years costs of attendance is $248,497. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $148,934.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$35,807$56,017$33,721
Sophomore (2024-25)$38,453$59,904$35,961
Junior (2025-26)$41,294$64,063$38,351
Senior (2026-27)$44,345$68,513$40,901
4 Years Total$159,899$248,497$148,934
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$38,453$59,904$35,961
Sophomore (2025-26)$41,294$64,063$38,351
Junior (2026-27)$44,345$68,513$40,901
Senior (2027-28)$47,621$73,274$43,622
4 Years Total$171,713$265,753$158,835
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$41,294$64,063$38,351
Sophomore (2026-27)$44,345$68,513$40,901
Junior (2027-28)$47,621$73,274$43,622
Senior (2028-29)$51,139$78,368$46,525
4 Years Total$184,399$284,217$169,399
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$44,345$68,513$40,901
Sophomore (2027-28)$47,621$73,274$43,622
Junior (2028-29)$51,139$78,368$46,525
Senior (2029-30)$54,917$83,819$49,624
4 Years Total$198,022$303,973$180,672
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$47,621$73,274$43,622
Sophomore (2028-29)$51,139$78,368$46,525
Junior (2029-30)$54,917$83,819$49,624
Senior (2030-31)$58,975$89,652$52,930
4 Years Total$212,652$325,112$192,701

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, HU' tuition is higher than the average tuition of $20,937. Compared to private, four-years colleges in District of Columbia, its tuition is slightly higher than the average tuition of $26,429.
Howard University$33,344
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,672
Public Schools$7,199$12,960
Private Schools$20,937
District of Columbia Four-years Colleges$25,870
Public Schools$6,152$13,004
Private Schools$26,429

Compare Similar School's Tuition

The next table compares the tuition & fees between HU and similar schools. The similar colleges are selected by school type & level (private, four-years), ranking, and comparison frequency by our users. The comparison is based on 2022-2023 tuition rate.
Howard UniversityWashington, DC$33,344$38,050
The Catholic University of AmericaWashington, DC$55,834$53,220

Financial Aid and COA

At Howard University, 8,131 students (91%) received grant or scholarship from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources. The average amount of grant/scholarship received is $20,762.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at HU is $32,982 for students living on-campus and $41,058 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 2,743 students received any type of financial aid including grants/scholarship and student loans. The average amount of grant/scholarship for the first-time students is $20,063 and the average amount of student loans is $7,415.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
COA (on-campus)$53,744
COA (off-campus)$61,820
Tuition & Fees$33,344
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$20,400
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$28,476
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$32,982
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$41,058
Average Financial Aid$20,762
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship8,13191%$20,762
Pell Grants3,63241%$5,001
Federal Student Loan4,97355%$6,513
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid2,74399%-
Grants or Scholarships2,74199%$20,063
Federal Grants1,09240%$5,473
Pell Grants1,08939%$5,030
Other Federal Grants1636%$3,059
State/Local Grants743%$1,054
Institutional Grants2,73599%$17,893
Student Loan Aid1,65660%$7,415
Federal Student Loans1,60358%$5,403
Other Student Loans2017%$17,995

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

HU's acceptance rate is 35.25%. A total of 29,396 applicants applied to and 10,362 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 2,768 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 26.71%.
To apply to HU, 4 items are required - Secondary school GPA, Secondary school record, Completion of college-preparatory program and Recommendations and 1 items are recommended to submit - Formal demonstration of competencies. SAT and ACT scores are considered during the admissions process but are not required to be submitted.
Acceptance Rate35.25%34.47%35.56%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)26.71%24.63%27.51%
Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankConsidered But Not Required
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of college-preparatory programRequired
Formal demonstration of competenciesRecommended
Admission test scoresConsidered But Not Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Considered But Not Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither Required Nor Recommended

SAT and ACT Scores

The SAT and ACT scores are considered but not required to apply to HU. The average SAT score of the enrolled first-time students is 1,185 and the average ACT score (ACT composite) is 24.
Its SAT score is similar to the national average score of 1,168. The ACT score is similar to the national average score of 24.
SAT Total1,1851,0801,290
National Average1,168
District of Columbia Average1,261
SAT EBRW600550650
SAT Math585530640
ACT Composite242126
National Average24
District of Columbia Average27
ACT Math221925
ACT English242127

Student Population

Howard University has a total of 12,886 students including 9,809 undergraduate and 3,077 graduate students. By gender, there are 3,523 male students and 8,542 female students attending HU. The school offers online degree programs and 339 students enrolled online exclusively (2.63% of all students).
Total12,065 3,5238,542
Undergraduate8,964 2,5076,457
Graduate3,101 1,0162,085

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
Address2400 Sixth St NW, Washington, DC
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate, Graduate
Program Offered136 Programs
Online Program Offered4 Online Programs
Graduate Program Offered76 Graduate Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate53.43%
Student Population12,886
Graduation Rate70%
Transfer-out Rate19%
Retention Rate88% (Full-time), 40% (Part-time)
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate14 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties929 (Full-time), 236 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs2,431 (Full-time), 345 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$90,369
Average Staff Salary$78,485