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Financial Aid

Transparent and Unmatched Tuition

Houghton Reset Tuition to the Lowest Level in 20 Years

Houghton College responded to the financial challenges of COVID-19 to offer the best price for a high-quality, Christ-centered education in the nation.

Houghton's Transparent Pricing

What Does Houghton Cost?

2021-2022 academic year

That does not include your financial aid award! Keep scrolling to find what you'll pay.

Best Priced Christian College in the Nation based on the most recent tuition survey by the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities

What will you pay?


This is Houghton College’s tuition, but most families will not pay even this drastically reduced price.

Gift Aid

Does not need to be paid back
Houghton awards endowed scholarships based on academic achievement, leadership potential, and financial need. You can also proactively research and apply for local and privately funded scholarships to substantially reduce your college costs.
Federal grants, getting a job on campus, Veterans benefits, ROTC, and New York State need-based grants further reduce expenses for Houghton students. Learn more about Federal Aid and New York State Aid.


Must be repaid
Houghton recommends that you utilize educational loans only to the extent needed and only after all available grants and scholarships have been awarded. If you choose to borrow, we recommend that you begin with federal student loans, then federal parental loans, and lastly alternative educational loans. Your financial aid counselor can provide sound advice on loan options and application procedures.

Actual Cost

After applying all of these financial aid options, you are left with what you will actually pay out of pocket. This information will be highlighted for you in your financial aid award letter.

Complete your online application for admission and submit your FAFSA to receive your financial aid award.

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Your Financial Aid Package is Your Best Houghton Price

The Student Financial Services Office’s responsibility is to provide you with accurate, thorough, and timely information considering the financial aid application and awarding process. You can rest assured that:

  1. Your initial award will include all applicable grants and scholarships. As conscientious stewards, Houghton’s financial aid representatives award institutional aid as fairly and equitably as possible while being sensitive to the genuine financial needs of families. While aid packages may be reconsidered for special circumstances (loss of a job, etc.), the college does not reserve funds to award later for negotiating purposes.
  2. Your financial aid should continue for every year of your undergraduate education. The majority of Houghton’s grants and scholarships are four-year, renewable awards, provided the student maintains satisfactory academic progress and other eligibility requirements.
Nicole Richardson

Featured Testimonial

The financial aid office was wonderful and worked very closely with us. In fact, our daughter's financial aid was what made the difference in her coming to Houghton. Several Christian colleges really wanted her and were offering her their very best packages, but Houghton's generous scholarships really made the difference.

Nicole Richardson Mother Of Olivia '18 and Cassidy '21

You can afford a Houghton education

At Houghton College, families from all socio-economic backgrounds can afford a transformative Christian education.

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Household income distribution for 2019-20 first year students receiving financial aid.

Houghton Promise

At Houghton, you will receive a high-quality education that puts God first and prepares you for the fast-paced and ever-changing world. That’s our promise to you, and we stand by it. If you are not offered employment in your chosen field or accepted into graduate school, you can come back for a bonus year tuition-free.

View the Houghton Promise
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Contact Us

If you have questions regarding the financing of your Houghton education, contact the Student Financial Services Office.