The Student Budget

The student budget is the total cost to attend Princeton for one academic year. 

The student budget (also referred to as the cost of attendance) includes direct costs, which are billed by the University, and indirect costs, which are part of the overall cost of attending Princeton, but are not directly charged on the student bill.

Direct costs include tuition, housing, and food. Indirect costs include books, personal items, and transportation for students who reside outside of the Princeton area. Included in the books and personal estimate are charges for the activities fee, the athletics fee, and class dues, which are charged centrally to the student account for convenience.

Standard student budgets for the 2023–24 academic year:




Tuition $59,710 $59,710
Housing $11,400 $11,400
Food $7,980 $10,140
Books and Personal $4,050 $4,050
Total $83,140 $85,300

Students who are not covered by a family health insurance policy must enroll in the Student Health Plan, which is $3,150 for the 2023–24 academic year. Financial aid is available for students who do not have comparable health insurance coverage and who confirm this in their MyUHS portal.