Tuition & Aid
Tuition & Fees

Attain Educational Excellence

Tuition rates at American universities continue to increase dramatically, yet graduates too often find themselves unprepared for competitive careers and struggle to pay off substantial student loans. This situation is both unsustainable and unfair.

We are committed to reducing the cost to attend a top-tier university program. That is why we have eliminated anything that does not directly contribute to your educational experience: we do not fund football teams or climbing walls, and do not build student centers or cafeterias. We do not offer tenure for a bloated faculty roster, and we do not allow for administrative excess of any kind.

What we do offer is a rigorous academic and experiential undergraduate program you can afford.

students walking around San Francisco
“The cost of attending was one of the biggest factors in making my decision. The lack of sports teams and extra student facilities didn’t concern me, since I knew I’d be living in seven of the world’s greatest cities. I’m not going to head to the school’s gym if I can immerse myself in the local market or a nearby event.”
Alex Whitney
Class of 2019

Students walk down the steep streets of San Francisco, USA.

Photo: Bob Miller

Estimated Costs/
2023–2024 Academic Year
Class of 2027 Costs
Tuition & Program Fee $20,600
Residential Services Fee $15,000
Other Expenses1 $5,000
Class of 2026
Tuition & Program Fee $18,600
Residential Services Fee $13,000
Other Expenses1 $5,000
Class of 2025
Tuition & Program Fee $17,800
Residential Services Fee $12,700
Other Expenses1 $5,000
Class of 2024
Tuition & Program Fee $20,600
Residential Services Fee $14,000
Other Expenses1 $5,000
1Not paid directly to Minerva
Lowest Possible Cost

Minerva is different.

Our commitment to keeping operating costs low enables us to maintain tuition that is about a third of that of other top universities. We charge only what is necessary to provide you with an exceptional education, including hiring top faculty, maintaining small class sizes, offering innovative curriculum and challenging courses, and continually advancing the capabilities of Forum.

You won’t find manicured gardens or million-dollar climbing walls at Minerva because lavish amenities like these are superfluous to actual learning. By devoting every dollar to student growth and development, Minerva has proven that the value of your education can far exceed its cost—not the other way around.

Aside from the costs of instruction, the Tuition & Program Fee funds an array of experiential learning opportunities specific to each location. Programming includes curated experiences, activities, and access to many of the foremost educational, scientific, cultural, business, and government leaders and institutions in the world.

Residential Services Fee
The global residential experience is a unique component of your educational journey at Minerva. We work hard to provide a safe and healthy environment in each location, so you can learn effectively and get the most from each city. In addition to the housing costs, this fee funds our onsite support staff.

Other Expenses
All of your other living expenses, from food and transportation to books and supplies, are estimated based on typical costs and averaged across all seven residential locations. Actual amounts will vary depending upon individual lifestyle choices and the cost of living in each residential location.

Required Technology
Technical support and high-speed, wireless internet are already included in the Residential Services Fee. However, you are responsible for acquiring a laptop and headset that meet the requirements, which will be provided upon admission, for use of Forum. Though not required, we also recommend purchasing a graphic drawing tablet.

Health Insurance
Students are automatically enrolled in a health insurance plan that is designated by Minerva. Minerva identifies the most comprehensive, affordable, and widely-recognized plans available so that students have ready access to health care in all our rotation cities. The only exception is for students who are studying in their home country, for example, US citizens during the first semester in San Francisco and Korean citizens while studying in Seoul. In this case, students must be covered by their own private insurance or a government-sponsored program.

Travel Costs
Global immersion is an important aspect of the full residential experience at Minerva. Students are responsible for financing the cost of travel between residential locations or to and from their homes.

Manifest (Fourth Year Only)
All Minerva students will complete and present their Capstone projects during Manifest, a month-long term in San Francisco, following the final semester of their fourth year. Manifest costs cover tuition, housing, and expenses for this additional month in San Francisco. Starting with the Class of 2025, the annual Tuition & Program Fee includes the additional costs for Manifest. For currently matriculated students in the Classes of 2023 and 2024, Manifest costs are not included in the annual Tuition & Program Fee and will require an additional cost of $4,100 in the fourth year. As with other costs associated with a Minerva education, Manifest costs are eligible for need-based financial aid.

Applications for Fall 2023 are closed.

If you want to apply for Fall 2024 or a later term, you can begin part 1 now.