Tuition & Fees

An important advantage of DCAD is its tuition, which is considerably lower than other independent colleges of art and design. This has been made possible by the generous support of the City of Wilmington. Students who plan a four-year BFA curriculum may achieve a significant savings by completing their first two years of study at DCAD and completing their final two years at another distinguished art and design school. Understand just how significant your savings can be by viewing our “Do the Math” video:

Please see the categories below for specific information and use the net price calculator to estimate costs.

Tuition, Fees and Housing
  • Full-Time Students

    Tuition: $24,050/year
    Academic Facilities Fee: $870/year
    Student Services Fee: $790/year
    Student Housing: $8,180/year

    Resident Meal Plan: $4,270/year

    Accident Insurance: $60/year

    Books & Supplies: $3,200/year

    Personal Expenses: $1,000/year

    Transportation: $750/year

    Miscellaneous: $3,500/year

    TOTAL: $46,670

  • Part-Time Students

    Cost per credit: $1,040
    Academic Facilities Fee: $610/year
    Student Services Fee: $524/year

  • Insurance

    Mandatory accident insurance: $60/year

  • Summer Semester

    DCAD offers an optional 14-week summer semester, which is billed separately from the items listed above. Housing also is available during the summer, should students need it.

  • Books & Supplies

    Students purchase the supplies needed for class work. This expense, while highly variable depending on personal preference, is estimated per student as:

    Books (first-year students): $350
    Art Kit (first-year students): $750
    3-D supplies per semester: $140

    Foundations year: Students purchase the preassembled DCAD Art Kit, which supplies them with most of their needs. Based on students’ personal use, some items may need to be replenished and can be found at Jerry’s Artarama.

    Second year: Each major has unique art material requirements and/or laptop and software recommendations.

Tuition Billing

All tuition and fees are payable in accordance with the College’s published due dates, unless the student is participating in the Tuition Installment Payment Plan (see below). Payment may be made with cash, check, credit card or money order. Students are urged to make any necessary financial arrangements (including financial aid) well in advance of the due dates. All outstanding balances must be remitted by the scheduled dates. Failure to meet financial obligations may result in dismissal from the College. Students who are accepted into the Associate of Fine Arts Degree Program after the statement billing date need to contact the Bursar’s Office at 302.622.8867 ext. 102 to make financial arrangements before their registration can be approved.

Refund Policy

Change prior to Start of Classes: 100%
Change during First Week: 85%
Change during Second Week: 70%
Change during Third Week: 50%
Change after the Third Week: 0%

This policy is subject to change.

Tuition Installment Payment Plan

DCAD offers a monthly payment plan. Payments begin August 1 for the academic year and are subject to a $25 fee per semester. Students interested in the payment plan should call the Bursar’s Office at 302.622.8867 ext. 102 for more information.