College Costs

When choosing a college, cost is often a deciding factor. Use our calculators and worksheets below to determine your tuition and fees, how much you need to save and how much aid you'll need. The information below reflects a 12-credit semester. Consider completing 15 credits a semester or 30 credits a year to finish faster.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees are a portion of the total cost of attending college and your residency status is an important factor. The table below estimates cost and fees based on a full-time student with a 12-credit undergraduate course load and a nine-credit graduate course load. Tuition and fees for the law school, dental school, and summer term differ from normal student fees.

Current Tuition and Fees

(source: Cashiering and Student Accounts)

Residency Status Level Semester Cost*
(12 credits)
Yearly Cost
(12 credits)
Nevada Resident Undergraduate $2,691 $5,382
Graduate $3,974 $7,948
Nonresident** Undergraduate $9,646 $19,292
Graduate $10,929 $21,858

*New students pay an additional one-time fee of $120 for undergraduate students and $35 for graduate students.
**Nonresidents pay a $6,955 fee per semester.

All College Costs

Your basic college expenses are calculated by using rules established by the U.S. Department of Education. Factors are determined from student surveys, UNLV's Center for Business and Economic Research, and the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce's Composite Cost of Living Index. The cost of attendance varies depending on housing status, program of study, state of residency, and total credit hours of enrollment each semester.

2015-2016 Cost of Attendance Estimates for Undergraduate Students

Fall and Spring Semesters

Cost Living With Parents and Commuting Living Off Campus Living On Campus
Tuition and Fees (13 credits) Expenses* $5,986 $5,986 $5,986
Rent and Utilities $1,710 $4,756 $5,400-$7,440
(source: housing.unlv.edu)
Food Expense $1,600 $4,436 $3,850-$4,850
(source: housing.unlv.edu)
Books and Supplies Expenses $1,224 $1,224 $1,224
Transportation $2,898 $2,898 $690
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $2,862 $2,862 $2,862
Nevada Residents
Total Estimated Expenses
$16,360 $22,242 $20,012-$22,052
Nonresidents **
Total Estimated Expenses
$30,270 $36,152 $33,922-$36,962

*New undergraduate students pay an additional one-time fee of $120.
**Nonresidents pay a $13,910 fee plus estimated travel expenses.

2015-2016 Cost of Attendance Estimates for Graduate Students

Fall and Spring Semesters

Cost Living Off Campus Living On Campus
Tuition and Fees (9 credits) Expenses* $6,052 $6,052
Rent & Utility Expenses $9,152 $5,400-$7,440
(source: housing.unlv.edu)
Food Expenses $4,436 $3,850-$4,850
(source: housing.unlv.edu)
Books & Supplies Expenses $1,224 $1,224
Transportation Expenses $2,898 $689
Misc. Personal Expenses $2,862 $2,862
Nevada Residents
Total Estimated Expenses
$26,876 $20,077-$23,117
Nonresidents **
Total Estimated Expenses
$40,786 $33,987-$37,027

*New graduate students pay an additional one-time fee of $35.
**Nonresidents pay a $13,910 fee plus estimated travel expenses.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

UNLV is here to help you finance your education. In 2014-15, nearly 75 percent of UNLV students used loans, grants, scholarships, and work-study programs to help pay their college expenses. We have provided cost-of-attendance and financial-aid calculators to help you estimate your college costs.