Memorial Hall

The University of Delaware’s Memorial Hall is seen in this file photo.

University of Delaware students will face higher tuition fees when they return in the fall, though grants from the federal pandemic relief legislation will offset the increase for many students.

Tuition will increase by 2 percent, UD officials announced last week. The cost for Delawareans will increase by $250 to $12,980, and out-of-state students will see their cost increase $680 to $34,840.

Room and board will also increase by an average of 2 percent, and the comprehensive fee, which funds the campus gym, student activities and student organizations, will increase by $120.

All told, the total yearly cost for undergraduates – including tuition, fees, room and board – will be $28,762 for Delawareans and $50,622 for out-of-state students.

Nursing, business and engineering students are required to pay an additional premium, which can be as high as $4,000 per year.

The increase is the first since 2019, as UD froze tuition rates last year due to the pandemic.

Over the last decade, the total cost of a UD education has increased 28 percent.

For many students, this year’s increase will be at least partially offset by the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. Students will receive between $500 and $1,500, which will automatically be applied to the students’ account.

This fall, UD is expecting one of its largest freshman classes on record.

Most classes will be in-person or hybrid, and residence halls will be at full capacity. All students who will be on campus are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

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