Cost of Attendance

The Robert Morris University Financial Aid office establishes standard student budgets each year as a basis for awarding financial aid funds. These budgets are based on actual tuition charges, national average living allowances calculated by The College Board, and include direct and indirect costs for the academic year (Fall and Spring semesters).
The following cost of attendance example is based on the following assumptions:

  • All tuition charges are for full time, flat rate undergraduate students. 
  • On Campus Dorm room and board awards are based on students who live on campus in a double occupancy room and choose the All-Access meal plan. 
  • On Campus Apartment room and board awards are based on students who live in an apartment on campus and choose the All-Access meal plan.
  • Commuter - a student that resides at home with parents/relatives 
  • Off Campus - a student that lives in an apartment or their own home 
2024-2025 Costs
  On Campus Dorm   On Campus Apartment   Commuter   Off Campus  
Tuition* $34,360 $34,360 $34,360 $34,360
Room & Board $13,100 $17,380 $1,500 $9,548
Books $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000
Transportation $1,572 $1,572 $1,944 $1,944
Miscellaneous $3,000 $3,000 $6,188 $6,188
University Service Fee $1,110 $1,110 $1,110 $1,110
Student Recreation Fee $250 $250 $250 $250
New Student Orientation Fee** $200 $0 $200 $0
Residence Hall Assoc Fee*** $10 $10 $0 $0
Student Government Assoc Fee**** $40 $40 $40 $40
Loan Fees***** $72 $72 $72 $72
Total $54,714 $58,794 $46,664 $54,512

Tuition and Fees

The tuition for all budgets is based on actual amounts determined by each student's major. Please refer to Tuition and Fees for costs. 

* Special Major Flat Rate Tuition is $36,700 for Advanced Medical Imaging Technology, Biology, Cinema & Photography, Engineering, Environmental Science, Graphic Design, Media Arts, Nursing, UX/UI Design.

*Special Major 2 Flat Rate Tuition is $37,800 for Engineering and Nursing.

** New Student Orientation Fee is a one time fee charged to new undergraduate students who enter during the Fall 2024 semester. 

***Residence Hall Association Fee is of $10 a year is charged to all resident students to help defray the costs associated with educational, cultural, and developmental programs and services in the Residence Halls.

****Student Government Association Fee is charged to all traditional, undergraduate students each semester.  The fee is $40 a year for full time students and $20 a year for part time students. The fee is used to defray the costs of social, leadership, cultural, and professional development programs sponsored by the Student Government Association, and is used to provide funding to student clubs and organizations recognized by the Association.

*****Loan Fee is the origination fee that is paid prior to the loan posting to a student’s account. This fee is collected by the federal Direct Lending program.  Amount listed is the average fee for dependent undergraduate students.

Room and Board

Housing costs can vary significantly based on the living arrangements you select. The university residence halls offer a variety of Room Fees. In the above example, double occupancy room rates, apartment rates, and the All-access meal plan are used.

Commuters rate is the commuter meal plan offered at RMU.
Off campus rates are determined from the national average calculated by The College Board.


Costs for books and supplies vary by program, course load, and classes selected. The figure used is based on the Book Bundle rate assuming 15 credits per term.


Transportation for resident students is determined based on transportation requirements for trips to home, semester breaks, and holidays.

Commuter students' costs are determined based on the national rate provided by The College Board.
Off campus figures are determined based on the national rate provided by The College Board.


This category represents every other student expense - clothes, personal hygiene, student insurances, entertainment, etc. as determined by The College Board's national average.