Affordability at Hamline University

We help make college affordable

At Hamline, our mission is to create a diverse community of learners that demonstrate their knowledge, skills, values, and leadership through their contributions to society. To that end, our goal is to make higher education affordable for everyone. More than 90% of students receive financial aid while 95% of students receive support directly from Hamline in the form of merit-based scholarships, need-based grants, or both. Hamline’s average financial aid package is $40,000.

We offer academic scholarships ranging from $3,000 to $23,000 that are renewable annually. Additional scholarship opportunities are available for students in college readiness programs, United Methodist affiliation, Eagle Scout or Girl Scout Gold Award recipients, and for aptitude in business, STEM, theatre, music, art, digital media arts, and writing. A competitively awarded full-tuition scholarship is also available for prospective physics majors.

While Hamline University works hard to prevent students from taking on debt, filling out the FAFSA each year as part of the financial aid process means having access to federal student aid, if it’s needed.


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Percentage of undergraduate students who receive some form of financial aid


the average financial aid award for on-campus undergraduates.


Percentage of incoming students eligible for $3,000 in work-study earnings

The Hamline Assurance

Hamline graduation assurance guarantees all first-year students will earn a bachelor’s degree in four years or we’ll pay the difference. This could represent a potential savings of $40,000 to $60,000 in tuition and lost income. For transfer students with Associate of Arts degrees from regionally accredited colleges and universities, we also offer a two-year graduation assurance.

If you’re a parent, we’re committed to ensuring Hamline stays affordable throughout your student’s four years. If your circumstances change, we will work with you to craft a new financial aid package that allows your student to graduate on time.

College is really expensive, and it was going to be a challenge paying for it on my own. All the scholarships and grants I've received from Hamline were so helpful. And all the resources on campus beyond financial aid, like the Food Resource Center, are easy to use."

Hamline Student Marketing Emily  Welch

Cost of attendance

Cost of attendance represents the cost of everything related to your college journey, from tuition and living expenses to miscellaneous fees and transportation. While tuition rates vary from year to year, in 2022–23, the estimate for full-time, on-campus undergraduate students was $45,540. Graduate tuition ranges from around $500 to $800 per credit depending on the program of study.

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