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Cost & Affordability

Earning a degree from a private college is more affordable than you might think.

Centre is continually named a top value among liberal arts colleges, and we are committed to making our nationally ranked education affordable for students from all socio-economic backgrounds. Through generous scholarships and aid, a Centre degree is well within your financial reach.

How Much You Can Expect to Pay

Coming up with a “Sticker Price” is a complicated equation. On it’s face it breaks down like this:

2023-2024 Annual Cost of Attendance

Tuition $50,250
Housing & Food $13,040
Student Fee $300
TOTAL $63,590







Included in tuition, housing, and food is access to physical and mental health care at Centre’s Student Health & Counseling center. In addition, we estimate the average student will spend about $3,290 for related expenses, such as books, transportation, and personal expenses. At Centre though, more than 90% of the students don’t pay this much. The Student Fee helps to cover the rich co-curricular programs, services, performance, recreational activities and other events throughout the term which benefit students and complement our faculty-led instruction.

Take a look at some scenarios:

Cost of Attendance

Excellence and affordability co-exist at Centre


Scholarships & Grants

Centre will award over $41 million in scholarships and grants this year.


New Scholarships

Centre will award $50 million in NEW scholarships in the next ten years.


Nationally Ranked

centre is ranked #7 in the nation for merit scholarship awards.

Calculate Your Cost

Centre College — named a best-value school by publications like Forbes, Kiplinger’s, and Money — has a lower sticker price than comparable institutions. And, with the average cost after aid, Centre is often more affordable than a four-year public college. Use our calculators to do your math.

Cost Calculators