The Value of Your Education

Your education is one of the most important investments you will ever make. It pays back many times throughout your career. Kettering University offers you a return on investment that sets the path for a successful future.

Year after year, Kettering is ranked as one of the very best universities in the country for return on investment and career preparation. In our unique approach to cooperative education you will rotate between rigorous, hands-on academics and deep, meaningful professional co-op experiences during your entire time at the University. And when you graduate, you will be way ahead … with a degree from one of the nation’s finest universities plus 2.5 years of professional experience on your resume.

Kettering students start their cooperative education journey by gaining employment at one of our three yearly employment fairs.


Kettering University was one of the country’s first private universities to commit to a fixed-rate tuition guarantee.  Fixed-rate tuition means you’ll pay the same for your last senior seminar as you do for your first freshman lecture. That’s just the first in a substantial list of “smart money” considerations that make Kettering an exceptional value.

Plus as early as your first year, you will alternate between terms of on-campus study and full-time paid co-op work terms. That means a regular paycheck while you are still in school.

When you factor in the availability of generous scholarships and financial aid, co-op earnings, and your future earning potential as a Kettering graduate, a Kettering University education is one of the best values in the country. Based on a student’s academic credentials and the average financial aid awards received by students, here are two sample scenarios that model the typical first-year costs:

Scenario 1

Scenario 2*

GPA and SAT/ACT Score 3.95 and 1420/31 3.65 and 1234/27
Tuition $44,380 44,380
Room and Board
$8,400 $8,400
Fees for courses & labs None None
Allowance for books & personal expenses $2,300 $2,300
Less Financial Aid/Scholarships $17,500 $14,500
Less Student Loans $5,500 $5,500
Estimated Cost before Co-op $32,080 $35,080
Co-op Typical Expenses

(gas, food, misc.)

$3,000 $3,000
Less Co-op Earnings**  $13,000 $13,000
Estimated First-Year Expense $22,080 $25,080

*Average Kettering incoming freshman student
** Based on 2017 average; earnings vary depending on major, company, and position

Here is a breakdown before estimated financial aid awards and co-op earnings:

  • Tuition: $44,380
  •  Fees for courses and labs: None
  • Room &  Board: $8,400

Icon of graduateEmily

The following scenario is based on a real student whose identity has been protected. Emily is a Michigan resident. She is from a family of four with two students enrolled in college. Her family income is $125,000, and they have approximately $59,000 in savings.

Emily has a high school GPA of 3.7 and a SAT score of 1350, so she was automatically awarded a Kettering University Merit Scholarship. Emily was active on her FIRST Robotics team in high school, and applied for Kettering's First Robotics Scholarship.

She accepted a co-op position at a Fortune 50 company’s facility located in her hometown. She is planning to use her co-op earnings to help offset any remaining need.

Emily's Cost of Attendance and Need

Cost of Attendance $58,080
Expected Family Contribution $27,486
Need $30,594

Emily's Financial Aid Package

Gift Aid

Trustee Scholarship $16,000
Kettering Univ Grant $1,200
First Robotics Scholarship $5,000
Michigan Competitive Scholarship $2,400

Self-help Aid

Federal Subsidized Loan $3,500
Federal Unsubsidized Loan $2,000
Federal Work Study $1,200
Total Financial Aid Package $31,300

This is before any of her co-op earnings of more than $13,000 / year have been used to support any remaining need.

Financial Aid Basics

There's no better way to invest in your future than through education. 

While students and their families shoulder the primary responsibility for financing an education, we understand that many students need assistance. Support comes in a variety of forms:

  • scholarships
  • loans
  • work-study

The Financial Aid team is dedicated to assisting you in searching for the resources needed to attend Kettering, whether that comes in the form of grants, loans, work study or scholarships or a combination of all of the above. Use the Kettering Net Price Calculator to estimate your costs.

Contact the Financial Aid Office

Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST

(800) 955-4464, ext. 7859


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Average co-op earnings over 4 years


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Average yearly co-op earnings