Cost of Attendance

Cost of Attendance is the estimated cost to complete a full year of attending the university. The COA covers both direct costs like tuition, fees, books, and supplies, and indirect costs such as housing, meals and personal expenses.

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Kettering University's Cost of Attendance

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.

Yearly Cost of Attendance

Tuition$ 43,490
Room & Board$ 8,240
Books$ 1,200
Transportation$ 3,659
Miscellaneous$ 2,955
Total$ 59,544
Tuition$ 42,490
Room & Board$ 8,040
Books$ 1,200
Transportation$ 3,659
Miscellaneous$ 2,955
Total$ 58,344
Tuition$ 39,790
Room & Board$ 7,780
Books$ 1,200
Transportation$ 3,659
Miscellaneous$ 2,955
Total$ 55,384
Tuition$ 38,430
Room & Board$ 7,510
Books$ 1,200
Transportation$ 3,659
Miscellaneous$ 2,955
Total$ 53,754
Tuition$ 36,980
Room & Board$ 7,240
Books$ 1,200
Transportation$ 3,659
Miscellaneous$ 2,955
Total$ 52,034

COA Terms Defined

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.

Undergraduate Fixed Rate Tuition

Kettering University offers a fixed-tuition guarantee for all undergraduate students, becoming the first Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) university in Michigan and one of only a handful in the nation to offer the cost-saving guarantee. Kettering has also eliminated all academically related fees in its all-inclusive tuition package (see terms and conditions below).
In taking this step, Kettering joins a very small and prestigious group of forward thinking colleges and universities that are intentionally helping families better plan and prepare for college expenses. "Fixing" tuition takes away the guesswork involved in college costs.

The Kettering fixed-tuition plan means that college costs for the entire program are predictable, instead of getting a year-by-year peek at the increasing costs of higher education. 

This means, simply put, if you make normal progress towards your degree, your tuition will not change during your course of studies. For current undergraduate students, the fixed rate applies for full-time study in each remaining term to graduation. For new students enrolling in 2018-2019, the fixed rate will apply for up to 10 academic terms of full-time study.

Undergraduate Fixed-Tuition Guarantee Plan - Terms and Conditions

  • The fixed-rate tuition policy is for 10 successive academic terms.
  • Students must remain in good standing and be studying full-time to keep their fixed-tuition guarantee.
  • Students who exceed 22 credits are charged the overload rate based on their entering fixed-tuition rate.
  • If a student withdraws at any time, he/she is subject to adhere to the University’s refund schedule. If the student is readmitted to the University he/she will be subject to the tuition rate that is equivalent to the fixed-tuition rate paid by the entering class students at the time of re-admittance.
  • If a student does not graduate by the end of the 10th term, he/she will be subject to the tuition rate that is equivalent to the fixed-tuition rate paid by entering class students at that time.
  •  Transfer students will receive a fixed-tuition rate schedule prorated for successive academic terms based on their academic standing when they enroll.
  • Students can request one additional term to complete their thesis term beyond the 10 term fixed-tuition rate. If the thesis is not completed by the end of this 11th term, a charge equal to four credit hours at the fixed-tuition rate of the current entering class will be assessed.
  • Room and Board and other business related fees are not included in the plan and are subject to change.
  • The Board of Trustees reserves the right to modify this program for future entering classes. 

2018-2019 Undergraduate Tuition

Below is the tuition and fees in effect at Kettering University during the 2018-19 school year, which runs from July 2018 through June 2019. To view rates in effect during the 2017-18 school year, see the respective catalogs -Undergraduate or Graduate.



Full-time, 15-22 credit hours, per term
Entering Class 2018 -19$21,745
Returning Students - Class 2017-18$21,245
Returning Students - Class 2016-17$19,895
Returning Students - Class 2015-16$19,215
Returning Students - Class 2014-15$18,490
Part-time, less than 15 credit hours, or Overload, in excess of 22 credits hours, per credit hour
Entering Class 2018-19$1,450
Returning Students - Class 2017-18$1,417
Returning Students - Class 2016-17$1,327
Returning Students - Class 2015-16$1,281
Returning Students - Class 2014-15$1,233

Room & Board

Room Rate
Entering Class 2018-19, per term$2,500
Returning Students - Class 2017-18 and Prior, per term$1,940
Board Rate
Meal plan, per term$1,620

Business Related

Exchange Student Enrollment, per term$250
NSF Check Processing Fee$25
Student ID Card Replacement Fee$10
Student Insurance, per year*$1,145
Late Payment Fee$300
Enrollment Deposit$300

If you have any questions concerning tuition or fees, please contact Student Accounts at 1-800-955-4464 x9552 or email

*The University requires students to submit proof of health insurance each academic year, or to purchase Kettering’s Accident and Sickness Insurance Plan.

All charges for the current term are due the beginning of each academic term. Please visit NBS Payments for information on a variety of online payment options including payment in full or monthly budget payments over 2 to 6 months for undergraduate students.

Undergraduate Online Payment

We have teamed with Nelnet Business Solutions (NBS) to enable you to pay your education expenses through an online payment site. NBS Payments gives you the option of making a single payment or to sign up for a payment plan. Payments are processed via direct debit from a bank account or credit card.

Learn more about NBS.

Refund Rates and Dates

The following schedule of tuition and room and board refunds applies to students who separate from Kettering University before the end of an academic term.
These percentages also apply to those taking individual courses when dropping classes reduces their total credit hours to part-time status (less than 15 credits), or from overload to full-time status (15-22 credits). 

  • First Week - 100%
  • Second Week - 75%
  • Third Week - 50%
  • Fourth Week - 25%
  • Fifth Week - 0%

Refund rates are calculated through Friday of the fourth week.
Enrollment Deposit is non-refundable after May 1.

Employer Assistance

Many employers provide financial assistance for graduate study. Programs differ, so interested students should contact the appropriate office at their place of employment. Depending on company policy, Kettering University may be able to bill the employer directly for tuition. Students whose tuition is to be billed to their employers must submit complete and proper authorization to Kettering University Student Accounts Office. Any portion of tuition that will not be paid by the employer must be paid by the student. Kettering University will hold the student responsible for payments not received from the employer.

Veterans and Military Duty


Forms, information and reporting services are handled in the Registrar's Office. Veterans are registered as an Independent Student using the following guidelines:

  • Eligible veterans residing outside the State of Michigan seeking to receive benefits for educational purposes are registered as Independent students. Tapes and class materials are mailed to their home address, and exams are sent to a Kettering University-approved proctor -- which is acquired by the student.
  • Eligible veterans inside the State of Michigan are processed as regular graduates and assigned to certified learning centers.

Military Call To Duty

The Kettering University Graduate Program is very proud of those who serve in the military. We appreciate the sacrifices that you and your family make to keep the United States safe and free. Students may withdraw from the University and receive a 100% tuition refund upon presenting to the Registrar the original Armed Forces orders. Non-punitive grades of W (Withdrawn) will be issued. We will make every effort to accommodate your needs, so please contact us to help.

Should the call come during eighth week or later, in the judgment of the professor and the student, an Incomplete (I) may be given with no reimbursement of tuition. Coursework would then be completed per arrangements agreed upon between the professor and the student.