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The annual cost of educating a full-time on-campus student at Patrick Henry College for the 2015-2016 academic year is approximately $40,000 per student, not including room and board. This is much more than our stated tuition price of $27,922. The difference of over $12,000 represents actual expenditures that must be covered from some source of revenue. This difference has been and continues to be funded by the College’s generous donors. Patrick Henry College refers to this “hidden” cost of educating each student as a “subsidy scholarship.”  It is given equally to every PHC student in recognition of the high quality of our student body.



Degree seeking students admitted for study toward the Bachelor of Arts
Prices reflect charges before reduction by PHC's generous financial aid

 Fall, Spring, or Summer

Academic Year Charges 
(Fall & Spring) 

Full-Time student 12-18 credits/semester



Dining plan A 21meals/week - required for freshmen

 $ 2,918

 $ 5,836

Dining plan B 15 meals/week; any 15 meals

 $ 2,616

 $ 5,232

Residence: 2 person room
availability not guaranteed

 $ 2,446

 $ 4,892

Residence: 3 person room
availability not guaranteed

$ 2,119

$ 4,238

Residence: 4 person room
availability not guaranteed

$ 1,635

$ 3,270

Residence: 6 person room
Men's Dorm only; availability not guaranteed

$ 1,043

$ 2,086


For degree seeking students, the cost per credit for 1-11 or 19+ credits is $1,163.  For non-degree seeking students, 100 level courses cost $373/credit and 200 level courses cost $614/credit.

In addition to tuition and room & board cost, you should also plan for other expenses. We recommend budgeting $500 for books, $500 for travel, and $500 for personal expenses each semester. 


How can I afford PHC?

Like many families with college-bound students, you are probably concerned about the rising cost of higher education. At Patrick Henry College, we understand that concern. While the student and his or her family have the primary responsibility for paying  the cost of education, we are committed to working with you to help make one of the nation’s finest classical Christian liberal arts educations more affordable.

Our strategy is simple. First we do everything we can to control the cost of providing a top-quality education while holding true to our distinctly Christian worldview. Second, thanks to generous donors, careful use of resources, and prudent spending policies, we are able to offer a substantial amount of financial aid. The College awarded more than $2.8 million dollars in scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year. We assist families in creating financial plans that take advantage of scholarships, student employment, loans, and more – all with the goal of giving qualified students the opportunity to attend Patrick Henry College.

On our web site, you’ll find answers to some of the most common questions about our financial aid program, as well as up-to-date information on the options we offer. Approximately 90% of our student body benefits from one or more of our financial aid programs.  Please contact us to find out how our programs may benefit you and your family.

Contact the Office of Financial Aid at:

(888) 338-1776 (toll free) or (540) 441-8142