Tuition Costs & Fees

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Investment begins with education. Hardin-Simmons mission has always been to be a community dedicated to providing excellence in education enlightened by Christian faith and values. Your college degree – and a successful career – is all within reach.

Paying for college is a team effort between students, their families, and the university. The student (and their parents if dependent) are primarily responsible for higher education costs and should pay, to the extent they are able, from past income (savings), current income (payment plan), and future income (borrowing).  Resources for paying the bill at HSU will include an HSU investment and possibly assistance from federal/state/outside sources. Hardin-Simmons strives to decrease the cost of attendance while also maintaining high academic standards. The Financial Aid Office considers each student’s personal financial situation and is available to assist students throughout the financial aid process.

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Cost of attendance (COA) is a college’s total estimated expenses for one year including tuition, housing and meals, books, supplies, travel, loan fees, and personal expenses. A school’s estimated COA is used to determine each student’s eligibility for financial aid, such as grants and loans. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid for any questions regarding estimated cost of attendance at

A school’s cost of attendance is an estimated amount for students carrying the same academic workload as determined by the institution.  If you believe you have a special circumstance that may increase your cost of attendance, you may file a Cost of Attendance Adjustment Appeal.

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Types of Aid

We are so proud to say that 99% of our first-year students received some form of financial aid!

Types of Aid
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Payment Plan

In an effort to make paying for college easier, we offer students a payment plan that breaks up your tuition into 5 or 6 payments throughout the semester.

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Applying for as many scholarships as possible is a great way to make college tuition more affordable. Be sure to apply for the Hardin-Simmons specific scholarships that we offer.

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Undergraduate Costs for 2023-2024 and 2024-2025

At Hardin-Simmons, we try to make the financial piece of attending college as easy as possible. Below are the tuition and fees broken down by category so that you easily understand the total cost.

At Hardin-Simmons, we try to make the financial planning of attending college as easy as possible. Below you will find a listing of all the components that can make up a student’s cost of attendance at Hardin-Simmons University.

  1. Tuition & Fees – An amount normally assessed a student carrying the same academic workload, as determined by the institution.
  2. Books, Course Materials, Supplies and Equipment – An allowance for books, course materials, and equipment, which must include all such costs required of all students in the same course of study, including a reasonable allowance for the rental or upfront purchase of a personal computer, as determined by the institution.
  3. Living Expense (Housing) – Housing allowances for students residing in institutionally owned or operated housing with or without dependents must be based on the average or median amount assessed to such residents for housing charges, whichever is greater.
  4. Living Expense (Meals) – A standard food allowance that provides the equivalent of three meals each day, regardless of whether a student chooses institutionally owned or operated food services (i.e., board or meal plans).
  5. Transportation – An allowance, as determined by the institution, which may include transportation between campus, residences, and place of work.
  6. Miscellaneous Personal Expenses – An allowance, as determined by the institution, for a student attending the institution on at least a half-time basis.
  7. Loan Fees (Federal) – An allowance for the cost of any Federal student loan fee, origination fee, or insurance premium charged to the student or the parent of the student.
  8. Professional licensure, certification, or a first professional credential—An allowance for the costs associated with obtaining a license, certification, or a first professional credential, for a student in a program that prepares them to enter a profession that requires such a qualification.
  9. *Dependent care—An allowance based on the estimated actual expenses incurred for dependent care, based on the number and age of such dependents.
  10. *Disability-related expenses—An allowance, as determined by the institution, for expenses associated with a student’s disability, including special services, personal assistance, transportation, equipment, and supplies that are reasonably incurred and not provided for by other agencies.
  11. *Study abroad expenses—An allowance for reasonable costs, as determined by the institution, for a student in a study abroad program approved for credit by the home institution.
  12. **Cooperative education costs—An allowance for reasonable costs, as determined by the institution, associated with such employment for a student engaged in a work experience under a cooperative education program.
  13. **Online or Study by correspondence – must include tuition and fees and, if required, books, course materials, supplies, and equipment. A school may also include an allowance for travel, housing, and food costs incurred specifically for a period of residential training.
  14. **Confined or incarcerated students – may only include tuition & fees, books, course materials, supplies, and equipment, the cost of obtaining a license, certification, or a first professional credential.
  15. **Less than half-time – Must include any components (tuition and fees; books, course materials, supplies, and equipment; and transportation) normally applied to students who are enrolled less than half-time, along with any other components (disability expenses, etc.) that are not expressly prohibited for less than half-time students (e.g., miscellaneous personal expenses). May also include an allowance for living expenses, including food and housing costs, for up to three semesters, or the equivalent, with no more than two semesters being consecutive.
  16. **Military Housing (BAH) – Students living in housing on a military base or for which they receive a basic allowance under section 403(b) of title 37, United States Code, institutions must include a reasonable allowance for food on-campus or off-campus but cannot include housing costs.

Cost of attendance components marked by asterisks (* or **) may be added to a student’s budget by request and by completing a cost of attendance adjustment appeal. Please note that an appeal requires specific documentation in support of the request.

*The charts below outline an estimate for the 2023-24 and 2024-2025 cost for Tuition and General Fees. The cost is based on the full academic year (fall and spring semesters) for a full-time student with at least 12-17 credit hours per semester and does not include course-specific fees.

Refer to our official Cost of Attendance Page or the University Catalog for more information.

Tuition and fees are subject to change by action of the Board of Trustees.

(Not including course-specific fees, books, other misc. fees) 2023-2024 2024-2025
Tuition* $30,694 $31,920
Required Fees $992 $1,040

* Full-Time Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (12-17 hours per semester; does not include course-specific fees)
Part Time undergraduate tuition is $995 per hour (EX: $995 x 9 hrs = $8,955 per semester x2 = Annual Cost of $17,910)
Undergraduate nursing is $800 per hour (EX: $800 x 15 hrs = $12,000 per