Each institution determines its own cost of attendance or budget.  This includes both direct educational costs (such as tuition, fees, books and supplies) as well as indirect educational costs (room and board, transportation and personal expenses).  Financial aid can be applied toward direct educational costs as well as indirect educational costs.  The student's total financial aid awards cannot exceed his or her cost of attendance.

There are limits to the amount of financial aid students can receive. When a student's financial aid exceeds those limits, it's referred to as an over-award. There are two limits in particular: the student's cost of attendance and the student's financial need.

The amounts listed below are standard figures used for budgeting purposes and eligibility for need-based financial aid for the academic year. Your actual bill will differ from these estimations - they are provided for planning purposes. Please note that tuition and fees, housing (for on-campus residents) and board (for students with meal plans) are the only costs which are paid directly to Kettering University.  Books and supplies, transportation and personal costs will vary for each student and are estimates only.

Cost of Attendance


Returning Students
Class 2012-2013 & prior

Entering Class

Entering Class

Entering Class

Tuition$ 33,946$ 35,600$ 36,980$ 38,430
Room & Board$ 6,980$ 6,980$ 7,240$ 7,510
Books$ 1,200$ 1,200$ 1,200$ 1,200
Transportation$ 3,659$ 3,659$ 3,659$ 3,659
Miscellaneous$ 2,955$ 2,955$ 2,955$ 2,955
Total$ 48,740$ 50,394$ 52,034$ 53,754


Room and Board: Typically includes rent & meals.  Actual costs may vary by individual choices related to location and circumstances.   

Tuition:  Tuition is based on a full-time credit hour load, defined by the University as 15 - 22 credit hours per term for undergraduate students. Students who elect fewer than 15 credit hours are charged on a per credit hour basis. Those who elect more than 22 hours must pay for the additional credit hours.

Books and Supplies: The average cost of books and supplies for a typical student for an entire academic year. Typically includes books, and educational supplies.

Transportation: Represents transportation costs to and from class and your co-op employer (e.g., gasoline, tolls, parking, maintenance, etc.)

Personal Expenses and Miscellaneous: Estimate of costs for clothing, haircuts, entertainment and other miscellaneous expenses. What you actually spend on these types of items may be higher or lower depending on your own lifestyle.