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It is important for students and parents to understand the value and cost of college attendance. The University of Saint Katherine offers a strong liberal arts curriculum, small classes with dedicated faculty members, and an environment that allows students to explore their interests and determine their career path within the context of a respectful, positive, and Christian community.  A fine education is an investment in the future.

We strive to keep the cost affordable for everyone who is admitted to the University. The total cost of attendance includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses. Only tuition and fees are payable to the University of Saint Katherine. Students who receive financial aid and scholarships spend less — often much less — on tuition.  Managing living expenses can be a challenge no matter where you go to college, so have a frank discussion with a financial aid counselor at USK about what choices you can make to stay comfortable, both financially and personally, while you pursue your dream.  Please use the contact us form or email



The Total Cost of Attendance (COA) is used to determine the maximum amount of government-sponsored grants and loans that a student can receive in a given Academic Year.  Except for tuition & fees, the figures are provided by the State of California.  Please speak to a financial aid counselor at USK about how to estimate your actual expenses, which are likely to be significantly lower depending on grants, scholarships, and your personal choices.  Please use the contact us form or email

The figures below assume a standard course load during the fall and spring semesters, mandatory fees, and a living arrangement with either parent(s) or roommate(s). The University does not offer housing or meal service at this time.

Allowance Living at Home Off-Campus Housing Comments
Tuition and Fees $33,600/YR $33,600/YR Mandatory Gen. Svcs. Fee only
Books and Supplies $960/YR $960/YR Books, educational supplies
Food $8,000/YR $6,600/YR All meals, snacks, etc.
Housing Included in Above $10,000/YR Rent and utilities
Transportation $1,800/YR $1,800/YR Gas, etc. to/from classes
Personal / Miscellaneous $3,200/YR $3,600/YR Clothing, laundry, personal care, recreation, etc.
Total Cost of Attendance $47,560/YR $56,560/YR


All students are expected to have a laptop computer. All students are also expected to have up-to-date health insurance coverage of their own or through a parent/guardian policy.


Tuition and Mandatory Fees (included in Total Cost of Attendance)

Tuition is charged each semester. For students who take 12-18 units per semester, the cost is $16,800 per semester. The per-unit charge is $1,120 for units taken below 12 or above 18. 

One-Time and Optional Fees (not included in Total Cost of Attendance)

A student may be required to pay other fees for specific services or activities:
One-time enrollment fee: $400
Graduate Athletics fee: $1,500 per semester to cover transportation, insurance, tournament fees, conference membership fees, etc.
Science lab and art lab fees: Variable, typically $50 to $100 per lab class
One-time graduation fee: $300

Payment plan fee: 2.5% of balance per semester

Financial Aid

University of Saint Katherine students have access to many types of financial aid that may sharply reduce the student’s or family’s expected contribution. Students can contact us at (760) 471.1316 for answers to financial aid questions.

Other Information

The rates shown are those in effect for the indicated academic year and are subject to change at any time at the discretion of the Board of Trustees. University charges are due and payable in full by the date announced before the beginning of each term, or according to individual payment plans. A late payment penalty is assessed on payments received after the due date.

To check on an account balance or make a payment online, students can confidentially access their accounts at