Principia College

Private, Four-years School Located in Elsah, IL

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How much is the Principia tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, Principia's tuition & fees is $33,280.
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 $48,150 when a student lives on-campus.

Principia Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
Tuition & Fees$33,280
Books & Supplies Costs$1,000
On-campus Room & Board$12,870
On-campus Expenses$1,000
Off-campus Room & Board$10,000
Off-campus Expenses$1,000
2023-2024 Estimates
Tuition & Fees$35,936

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

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $145,466 at Principia. 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 $207,507. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $83,468.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$34,471$48,968$19,575
Sophomore (2024-25)$35,705$50,858$20,412
Junior (2025-26)$36,983$52,821$21,285
Senior (2026-27)$38,307$54,860$22,196
4 Years Total$145,466$207,507$83,468
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$35,705$50,858$20,412
Sophomore (2025-26)$36,983$52,821$21,285
Junior (2026-27)$38,307$54,860$22,196
Senior (2027-28)$39,678$56,980$23,147
4 Years Total$150,672$215,519$87,040
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$36,983$52,821$21,285
Sophomore (2026-27)$38,307$54,860$22,196
Junior (2027-28)$39,678$56,980$23,147
Senior (2028-29)$41,098$59,182$24,138
4 Years Total$156,065$223,844$90,766
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$38,307$54,860$22,196
Sophomore (2027-28)$39,678$56,980$23,147
Junior (2028-29)$41,098$59,182$24,138
Senior (2029-30)$42,569$61,471$25,173
4 Years Total$161,651$232,494$94,654
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$39,678$56,980$23,147
Sophomore (2028-29)$41,098$59,182$24,138
Junior (2029-30)$42,569$61,471$25,173
Senior (2030-31)$44,092$63,849$26,252
4 Years Total$167,437$241,483$98,709

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, Principia' tuition is higher than the average tuition of $20,937. Compared to private, four-years colleges in Illinois, its tuition is higher than the average tuition of $21,542.
Principia College$33,280
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,672
Public Schools$7,199$12,960
Private Schools$20,937
Illinois Four-years Colleges$19,795
Public Schools$10,585$13,638
Private Schools$21,542

Compare Similar School's Tuition

The next table compares the tuition & fees between Principia 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.
LocationTuition & Fees
Principia CollegeElsah, IL$33,280
Monmouth CollegeMonmouth, IL$43,520
Lake Forest CollegeLake Forest, IL$54,202
Augustana CollegeRock Island, IL$49,834
Illinois CollegeJacksonville, IL$37,470

Financial Aid and COA

At Principia College, 311 students (97%) 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 $28,378.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at Principia is $19,772 for students living on-campus and $16,902 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 74 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 $27,051 and the average amount of student loans is $6,000.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
COA (on-campus)$48,150
COA (off-campus)$45,280
Tuition & Fees$33,280
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$14,870
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$12,000
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$19,772
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$16,902
Average Financial Aid$28,378
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship31197%$28,378
Pell Grants00%-
Federal Student Loan00%-
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid7494%-
Grants or Scholarships7494%$27,051
Federal Grants0--
Pell Grants0--
Other Federal Grants0--
State/Local Grants0--
Institutional Grants7494%$27,051
Student Loan Aid2025%$6,000
Federal Student Loans0--
Other Student Loans2025%$6,000

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

Principia's acceptance rate is 84.06%. A total of 138 applicants applied to and 116 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 79 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 68.10%.
To apply to Principia, 2 items are required - Secondary school GPA and Secondary school record. SAT and ACT scores are considered during the admissions process but are not required to be submitted.
Acceptance Rate84.06%79.22%90.16%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)68.10%73.77%61.82%
Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankNeither Required Nor Recommended
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of college-preparatory programConsidered But Not Required
RecommendationsConsidered But Not Required
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither Required Nor Recommended
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 Principia. The average SAT score of the enrolled first-time students is 1,111 and the average ACT score (ACT composite) is 25.
Its SAT score is similar to the national average score of 1,168.
SAT Total1,1111,0281,193
National Average1,168
Illinois Average1,140
SAT EBRW556518593
SAT Math555510600
ACT Composite252128
National Average24
Illinois Average25
ACT Math242027
ACT English252128

Student Population

Principia College has a total of 323 students (all undergraduate). By gender, there are 170 male students and 151 female students attending Principia.
Undergraduate321 170151

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
Address1 Maybeck Place, Elsah, IL
Degree & Programs
Program Offered38 Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate47.85%
Student Population323
Graduation Rate76%
Retention Rate82%
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate6 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties63 (Full-time), 12 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs250 (Full-time), 20 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$73,003
Average Staff Salary$62,176