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Tuition & Aid

Tuition & Aid

We're In this Together.

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Investing in your future is a team effort.

Affording college is a concern shared by most students and parents. It’s a substantial investment, one of the largest you’ll make in your lifetime. That’s why a college education must be affordable and result in strong outcomes. GCU provides generous scholarships and other financial aid and has been acknowledged as a top performer for value and social mobility. We’re proud of our strong commitment to college affordability and providing access to students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. It’s been part of our Mercy tradition since 1908.

The New York Times Top 20% Overall Mobility
U.S. News & World Report Top Performer For Social Mobility
Named To Transfer Honor Roll Phi Theta Kappa

College Costs

Great news. You can afford it.

Let’s be clear: hardly anyone pays full tuition or “sticker price.” Over 98% of our full-time students receive some form of financial aid.

One of the ways to assess whether a college is doable financially is to look at its average annual cost. Another is to look at its average four-year debt load and average aid to students. And be sure to use the “net price calculator” or NPC for an estimate of what your costs might be at GCU. We encourage you to do your homework and ask for our help. Call our Office of Financial Aid at 732-987-2258 or e-mail us at


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GCU full-time students receiving some form of financial aid


GCU students receiving aid from GCU

$21 mil

Amount of financial aid awarded annually by GCU


Average financial aid awarded annually per student

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Financial Aid 101

There are different types of financial aid awarded to college students. Some are need based, others are merit based.

Heres a quick tutorial
  • GCU Scholarships
    Merit-based awards that don’t require repayment
  • Grants
    Need-based awards that don’t require repayment
  • Loans
    Need-based awards that require repayment
  • Other Scholarships
    Merit-based awards from outside sources that don’t require repayment

Grants and loans are based on financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. Outside scholarships can be found at websites like, which maintains a database of more than 1.5 million scholarships for college students. Other reliable resources include,, and

Discover outside sources:


Tuition and Fees

2023-2024 tuition:

Before scholarship, grants, and other financial aid at main campus (Lakewood, NJ):

Full Time (12-18 credits) $17,680 per semester
Full Time (Nursing) $18,925 per semester
Part Time (11 credits or less) $805 per credit
Part Time (Nursing) $890 per credit
2023-2024 undergraduate fees:
Room & Board
7-Day Residence & Meal Plan $6,455 per semester
Single Room Supplement $1,615 per semester
General Fee
Comprehensive Full Time $820 per semester
Comprehensive Part Time $410 per semester
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Financial Aid @ GCU

At Georgian Court, we believe strongly in access to college for all: it’s a right, not a privilege. For undergraduate students entering GCU in Fall 2023, we expect to award more than $21 million in institutional financial aid to deserving students based on merit as well as need as determined by the FAFSA.

Please click here for the most current scholarship information.

Fall 2023 Merit Awards – First-Year
3.75 – 4.00 $19,000
3.50 – 3.74 $18,000
3.00 – 3.49 $17,000
2.50 – 2.99 $14,000
Fall 2023 Merit Awards – Transfer
3.75 – 4.00 $16,500
3.50 – 3.74 $14,250
3.00 – 3.49 $11,750
2.50 – 2.99 $9,500
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The net price for a given college is the amount you’ll pay in a single academic year after scholarships and grants (forms of financial aid that do not have to be paid back). GCU’s net price calculator provides a preliminary estimate of federal, state, and institutional aid eligibility to help families gauge what aid the student may be awarded. Note the accuracy of the NPC is based on the information you provide. Determining net price should take about 10 minutes to complete.