Tuition and Costs

The standard tuition rate for an academic year is the same for all regularly enrolled graduate students during their regular enrollment period. The total rate includes the required Student Health Plan (SHP) fee.  The University will not permit students to waive out of the SHP fee.

Ph.D. students who are in absentia and/or in DCE status pay a marginal-cost tuition rate that includes the mandatory SHP fee.

Princeton’s Board of Trustees approves tuition rates annually. For the 2016-2017 academic year, our tuition and fees are detailed below:

Tuition and Fees: 2016 - 2017

Regular EnrollmentAmount
Tuition - Regular45,320
SHP Fee 1,900
Total Tuition and SHP Fee47,220
DCE or In Absentia EnrollmentAmount
Tuition - DCE/In-Absentia3,420
SHP Fee1,900
Total Tuition and SHP Fee5,320

For Ph.D. candidates, tuition and fees during a student’s regular period of enrollment are provided in full from a student’s graduate student financial support, in the form of tuition support from fellowships, assistantships, or external sources.

The annual stipend amount provided to Ph.D. candidates during their regular enrollment is intended to support a single graduate student based on estimated costs. Master’s students or students with spouses and/or dependents may require additional resources to support their living expenses – see Loans and Assistance.

As a general reference for graduate students, living costs for a single graduate student are estimated annually by the Graduate School, as detailed below: 

Cost of Living: 2016 - 2017

Living Expenses10 Months12 Months
Personal Expenses6,0047,205
Books and Supplies1,4171,700
Total Living Expenses24,50029,400
  1. Housing expense is based on on-campus and off-campus options.
  2. Effective July 1, 2016