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Tuition & Funding

The Intersection of Cost and Value

Your college education is one of the biggest investments you’ll make. And although it is a major expense, it’s an investment that appreciates over your lifetime, with a long-term impact on your career and future.

Taylor’s Christian liberal arts curriculum will prepare you for more than a career. You’ll be equipped with a degree that can flex, adapt, and rise to meet challenges you’ll face. You’ll be ready to serve your church, community, and workplace with compassion and wisdom. By investing in a Taylor education, you are committing your time, potential, and resources with the belief that the outcome is worth the cost.

Let’s talk outcomes.

The average Taylor student graduates in 3.9 years (the national average is 5.1 years). Not only are they able to begin their careers earlier, they also graduate with less debt than other private college graduates. (At Taylor, 53% of 2021 graduates had debt, and they owed an average of $24,096. Nationally, 55% of private college graduates had an average debt of $33,000.)

Taylor is committed to being a partner with you in this investment in your future. That’s why you’ll find knowledgeable faculty, challenging programs, and an intentional community who will walk with you every step of the way.

Taylor’s 91% retention rate shows that Taylor students remain focused on their goals (the national rate is 76%), and we know you can do it. Let us help you see what’s possible.

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99% of students receive financial aid

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600+ Scholarships Awarded

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Taylor students graduate with 10% less debt than national average

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Over $51 million in aid distributed

Average Net Cost Per Year

the actual net cost for the middle 50% of our incoming freshman is between $24,000 and $30,000

This graph visualizes the actual net cost most families will pay through personal funding and/or loans for tuition, room, board, and January term (“J-term”) after scholarships, federal, state, and Taylor grants have been applied.

A significant portion of Taylor’s scholarships are based on academic merit and demonstrated need. Athletic scholarships are not included in this data. Outside/private scholarships are not included but are encouraged.

Fall 2022 Incoming Student Profile

  • Average ACT: 27
  • Average SAT: 1210
  • 72% of incoming students have a high school GPA greater than 3.7
  • 40% of incoming students have a high school GPA greater than 4.0

What Does Taylor Cost?

The total cost of attending a college includes tuition, fees, housing, food, and allowances for books, supplies, course materials, transportation and miscellaneous personal expenses.

Your financial need is determined by looking at the difference between your family’s resources and the total cost of attending college. Your family’s resources, or Student Aid Index (SAI) is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which must be filed each year by April 15. When evaluating a family’s resources, these factors are taken into consideration:

Student Aid Index
  1. parental income and assets
  2. student income and assets
  3. family size

Taylor Costs Before Financial Aid 2024-2025

Fall & Spring
Tuition $39,500
Housing $5,624
Food $5,172
Fees $274
Total $50,570

Total Direct Costs = $50,570

January Term (J-term)

Students enrolled full-time in either fall or spring can attend tuition-free during January, worth up to $15,000 over four years. The J-term program allows students to accelerate their degrees (the average Taylor graduate finishes in 3.9 years) or participate in unique global experiences.

On campus students:
  • J-term Participation Fee $690
  • Food $732
Off campus students:
  • Cost varies based on trip

View Taylor’s Cost of Attendance page to see the cost for a full academic year that include J-term costs and estimates for other indirect costs like books, supplies, transportation, and miscellaneous personal expenses.

Financial Aid is Available

A Taylor education is an investment, and it can be affordable. In fact, 99% of incoming students receive financial aid, and last year, the Financial Aid Office awarded over $51 million across the student body (of which more than $32 million were Taylor resources). Tayor Financial Aid resources fall into two categories: merit-based and need-based.

Merit-Based Aid

Merit-based aid is provided through university scholarship awards based on your test scores and GPA. This is where your hard work in high school pays off! Students interested in academic awards must have the required ACT, SAT, or CLT score and GPA to receive the amount listed. SAT score is calculated by combining the Math and Reading portions of the test

These merit-based awards are renewable with a 3.0 college GPA and available to all incoming freshmen beginning in the fall of 2023. Decisions for merit-based aid are made independent of the FAFSA.

Need-Based Aid

Students must file the FAFSA by April 15 to qualify for any Taylor or Federal grants, loans, or work study. All need-based amounts are subject to change based on federal regulations.

Use the Net Price Calculator to calculate the contributing source percentages of your personal tuition payment.

Scholarship Amount Minimum Scores of Recipients
President* $20,000 3.70+ 1430 32 98
Dean* $18,000 3.70+ 1270 27 85
Faculty* $16,000 3.70+ —⁠No Scores Required⁠—
Trustee $14,000 3.30–3.69 —⁠No Scores Required⁠—
Director $10,000 3.29 & below —⁠No Scores Required⁠—

*Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA at Taylor to retain the President, Dean, and Faculty scholarships.

Test scores must be received by April 1 for merit scholarship consideration.

Scholarship amounts are for students entering in Fall 2024.

Students are eligible to receive up to $2,000 for the Community Leadership and Service Scholarship
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How to Apply for Financial Aid

To receive need-based aid, you must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Need-based aid includes funding from Taylor Fund Grants, Taylor Endowed/Annual Scholarships, Federal Pell and SEOG grants, Indiana State Grants, Federal Direct Loans, and Federal Work Study. All need-based amounts are subject to change based on federal regulations.

The scholarship priority filing deadline for the FAFSA is February 1 each year. The filing deadline for need-based grants from Taylor or the state of Indiana is April 15.

1. Apply and be Accepted to Taylor

Financial aid packages will not be awarded until admission acceptance is finalized, but a student may begin the financial aid process before that time.

2. Get Your FSA ID

The FSA ID is used to confirm your identity on the FAFSA and related documents. Students and parents must make their own FSA IDs. Create your FSA ID.

3. File Your FAFSA

File the FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1. Go to, log in with your FSA ID, and use the “IRS Data Retrieval Tool” to simplify the process.

  • Be sure to indicate that you want a copy of your FAFSA sent to Taylor University (code: 001838).
  • The priority filing deadline for endowed scholarships from Taylor is February 1 each year.
  • The filing deadline for need-based grants from Taylor or the state of Indiana is April 15.
  • Note: Some families may be selected for the verification process.

4. Check Your Status

After November 1, begin checking your financial aid status under the “Your Documents” tab in MYFA (My Financial Aid Online site).

5. Apply for Student Loans

Apply for loans beginning May 15 through MYFA. To ensure that your loan(s) appear on your account when the bill is sent, we recommend that you complete the loan process by July 1.

6. Notify Taylor

Notify the Financial Aid Office of any outside or private scholarships, grants, or loans you receive.

Financial aid packages are processed on a rolling basis beginning on November 1. Students should receive their package within four weeks of submitting all required documents.

Tuition Payment Plans

Many families prefer to pay their college expenses in smaller, more manageable installments. Taylor University offers payment plan options for enrollment at the student account billing website. Our Student Accounts Office is happy to help you figure out the best course of action for your family. Please contact for details and additional information.

In order to reduce your monthly payments, you can combine a payment plan with a Direct Parent PLUS loan. Learn more about the Direct PLUS loan.

For any other billing questions, contact the Student Accounts Office at or 765-998-5123.

* Full-time tuition is charged to students who register for 12-17 credit hours a semester. Registering for greater than 17 hours, lab fees, private music lessons, and selected courses will incur an additional charge.

** Students should anticipate an additional $3,500 per year for books and miscellaneous expenses.

Looking for More Information?

For more details on your financial aid questions, check out the following links:

Contact the Financial Aid Office

Financial Aid Office
Taylor University
1846 Main Street
Upland, Indiana 46989-1001

Phone (Toll Free): 1-800-882-3456
Phone: 765-998-5358
Fax: 765-998-4910

Feel free to stop by our office in the Freimuth Administration Building.

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Faculty & Staff

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Robert Sommers

Executive Director of Financial Aid

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Kaleb Cook

Financial Aid Advisor

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Beth Fisher

Assistant Director of Financial Aid

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Cindy Richardson

Financial Aid Advisor