Tuition and Living Costs


Tuition and fees are charged per credit hour. Costs will vary each term depending upon the number of credit hours taken, the academic college of the student program, type of course taken, and residency status. For more details or to estimate your tuition and fees, refer to the treasurer’s office.

  • International students who expect to hold an F1 or J1 visa should also review the financial guidelines from the international admissions office and be ready to verify sufficient funds to cover all first year expenses including tuition, fees, insurance, and cost of living.

For information on how a graduate assistantship affects your tuition and fees, please review the graduate assistantships page.

Estimated Personal Costs

Northwest Arkansas’ cost of living is more than 10 percent below the national average. While cost of living can vary greatly depending on your lifestyle, budget and spending habits, this region consistently ranks among the lowest cost metro areas in the country without sacrificing the top-notch amenities and convenience families and businesses demand.

Below are some of the average expenses for an individual graduate student in Fayetteville. For those with larger households, Numbeo's cost of living estimator can help you determine your adjusted expenses.

Estimated Monthly Total $2,695
Rent $700
Food $425
Utilities $95
Childcare $600
Internet $60
Books $120
Transportation $320
Medical Health Insurance* $165
Personal** $230

*Health Insurance premiums are assessed in August for coverage from August through December and January for coverage from January through July. Monthly estimate shown for individual student only. Costs for additional dependents can be found at

**Personal expenses include laundry, snacks, recreation, clothing, etc. They do not include travel or automobile purchase and/or maintenance.