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Tuition and Fees

The smart and spirited choice.

An important advantage of DCAD is our tuition, which is considerably lower than other independent colleges of art and design. Thanks to the generous support of the City of Wilmington, students who plan a four-year BFA curriculum may achieve significant savings by completing their first two years of study at DCAD and completing their final two years at another distinguished art and design school.


less expensive than competing art and design schools


of DCAD students receive financial aid


cost tuition per year


average savings compared to competing colleges

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Full-Time Student Cost Table
Tuition $24,050 /year
Academic Facilities Fee $870 /year
Student Services Fee $790 /year
Student Housing $8,180 /year
Resident Meal Plan $4,270 /year
Accident Insurance $60 /year
Books & Supplies $3,200 /year
Personal Expenses $1,000 /year
Transportation $750 /year
Miscellaneous $3,500 /year
Part-Time Students Cost Table
Cost per credit $1,040
Academic Facilities Fee $610 /year
Student Services Fee $524 /year
Miscellaneous Expenses
Mandatory accident insurance $60 /year
Books $350 estimate (first year students)
Art Kit $720 estimate (first year students)
3D Supplies $140 estimate / semester


Payment may be made with cash, check, credit card or money order. Students are urged to make any necessary financial arrangements (including financial aid) well in advance of the due dates. All outstanding balances must be remitted by the scheduled dates. Failure to meet financial obligations may result in dismissal from the College. Students who are accepted into the Associate of Fine Arts Degree Program after the statement billing date need to contact the Bursar’s Office at 302.622.8867 ext. 102 to make financial arrangements before their registration can be approved.

Change prior to Start of Classes: 100%
Change during First Week: 85%
Change during Second Week: 70%
Change during Third Week: 50%
Change after the Third Week: 0%

This policy is subject to change.