view of Thompson Hall with students in Autumn

Durham     Manchester      UNH Law

ESTIMATED 2017-2018 Costs

  Resident Nonresident Regional  
Tuition $14,770 $29,340 $25,865
Fees   $3,297   $3,297   $3,297
Double Room   $7,024   $7,024   $7,024
Board   $4,242   $4,242   $4,242
Direct Costs  $29,333  $43,903  $40,428
Books & Supplies   $1,200   $1,200   $1,200
Transportation      $300      $800      $800
Miscellaneous   $2,167   $3,597   $2,872
Cost of Attendance $33,000 $49,500 $45,300



Now that you are beginning to receive financial aid packages from the colleges to which you have been admitted, it is time to review the awards to help you make an informed decision by May 1st.

Your financial aid eligibility will vary from school to school. One of the mistakes students make when reviewing their award letters is assuming that the biggest aid package is the best. Putting your information into a worksheet will help you keep it all straight. Follow these steps to figure out your net cost for each school:

  • Determine the cost of attendance for each school. Schools may list this figure on your award letter, their website or you may have to call the Financial Aid Office for the information. Cost of attendance includes tuition and fees, room and board, books, supplies, transportation and miscellaneous expenses.
  • Subtract the grant and scholarship aid (money that does not need to be paid back) that you have been awarded from the cost of attendance. The remaining amount is your net price or out-of-pocket expense.
  • Only include loans that are offered to the student in the aid package; if you are planning on borrowing, subtract the student loans from the net price to determine your net cost for the current year.
  • Compare your net cost for the schools you are considering.
  • Generally, the student's Work Study award is not subtracted from the Direct Costs; the student receives a paycheck for however many hours they worked.  Students often use this for their miscellaneous expenses.
  Cost of Attendance Grants/Scholarships Net Price Student Loan Eligibility Net Cost
College A 40,000 10,000 30,000 7,500 22,500
College B 25,000 2,500 22,500 5,500 17,000
College C 12,000 0 12,000 5,500 6,500

Please be aware that some schools will add a PLUS/Parent Loan to your financial aid package; these are credit based loans that your parent will need to borrow in his/her name – this is not aid awarded by the college. Your parent may apply for the PLUS/Parent Loan to be used at most schools.