Our capital campaign is raising millions to keep your tuition low, provide generous scholarships, and support the best teaching faculty in the world
$37,842 tuition + $16,982 average housing, food, fees
With gifts from alumni and friends, we lowered tuition in 2018 and have kept it low since
Average cost of attendance after financial aid
Nearly a quarter of the St. John's Class of 2022 are Pell eligible students
St. John’s awarded more than $6 million in scholarships to freshmen
St. John's tuition ranks as one of the most affordable among Top 50 Liberal Arts Colleges
Making College Attainable for All
St. John’s is committed to making college affordable for all students seeking a Great Books education. Our financial aid process breaks the mold because it’s friendly, transparent, and honest. We have one of the most affordable tuitions of any top liberal arts college in the United States: $37,842. We also provide generous need-based financial aid and merit scholarships to further reduce costs. On average, students pay $30,324 to attend St. John’s. We understand that everyone’s financial situation is different. As a result, we give you personal attention and individualize the process. Don’t hesitate to contact the Financial Aid Office with questions or concerns. We will guide you.
*This is an estimated average for 2023–24 based on historic data. Financial aid packages vary based on your financial circumstances. For an individualized estimate, please try our net price calculator.
At most private colleges, fees rise every year to result in tuitions near $60,000. St. John’s is breaking the mold by reducing tuition to $37,842.
Small, faculty-taught classes mean it costs over $60,000 to educate a student at St. John’s, but every student benefits from the generosity of our alumni and friends, whose philanthropy lowers tuition to $37,842. No one pays more.
In addition to tuition, students who live on campus pay housing, food, and other required fees. These average $16,982. As a result, the total cost of attendance is approximately $54,824.
We know that even a $37,842 tuition puts St. John’s out of reach for many families, so the college provides generous need-based financial aid to make us affordable for all students, domestic and international. 85% of students receive some need-based financial aid. On average, with financial aid, students pay $30,324 per year.
At St. John’s, we are redefining merit scholarships. You are more than a grade or test score, so why should scholarships be determined by grades and test scores? On the basis of your application for admission, we look for those students who exhibit the best qualities of a Johnnie: avid and ambitious reading habits; deep curiosity about the world around them; thoughtfulness and insightfulness; courage in asking hard questions of the world—and of themselves; and seeking meaning in their lives.
For those who receive a merit scholarship, the scholarship can range up to a full-tuition fellowship worth $37,842.
If you are admitted to the St. John’s Santa Fe campus and are a legal New Mexico resident who graduated high school in New Mexico, or completed homeschooling/GED in New Mexico, you will receive an automatic $12,842 New Mexico Grant, reducing your tuition even further. For legally independent individuals who are not students and can demonstrate they are permanent New Mexico residents of at least 12 months, but who have not graduated high school in New Mexico or have not completed homeschooling/GED in New Mexico, St. John’s will make a case-by-case determination about whether the individual qualifies.
If you are a recipient of a federal Pell Grant, then St. John’s matches your Pell Grant with an additional scholarship. This special Pritzker Pell Match doubles the value of your Pell Grant, making St. John’s affordable for families of all backgrounds.