2016 - 2017 Direct Cost for Students

Room and Board
Total Direct Costs

There is no increase in the cost of tuition, room and board in 2016-17. Tuition, room and board remain unchanged from the previous academic year. Financial aid is available from the College for the expenses of tuition, room and board. (The cost for the 2017-18 school year will be determined in November.)

No Additional Fees
Thomas Aquinas College has no additional fees. There are, however, other expenses that you and your family will need to plan for:

Estimated Other Expenses

$    0.00
 (See below.)
Supplies $  50.00  (approximately)
Pocket money during year


Books and Supplies
Students attending Thomas Aquinas College have no book expense. All of the books needed for the academic year are provided to each student; books are distributed at the beginning of each semester. The cost of supplies (pencils, pens, paper, notebooks, etc.) is minimal. We estimate $50 should be sufficient to cover the cost of supplies for the academic year.

Note: If a book was required for a previous year, the College will assume the student still owns that title and will not provide an additional copy free of charge. An example of this would be "The Complete Works of Plato" which is used in each year of the program; thus the College will provide a copy of this text to incoming freshmen, but not to returning students. Copies will be available for purchase by sophomores, juniors or seniors who no longer have the copy they used in previous years.

Only one copy of one translation of each required text will be provided free of charge. Additional translations, replacement copies and other non-required texts are available for purchase. An example of this would be H. G. Apostle's translation of Aristotle's "Categories and Propositions." It is not a required translation, but a student may purchase it from the bookstore if he is interested in owning a copy.

Pocket Money
This category covers routine expenses that will be incurred during the school year for things such as laundry soap, toothpaste, soap, shampoo and entertainment. We estimate $500 to be a reasonable amount for these expenses during the school year.

Most financial aid recipients who are from out of state travel home only at Christmas break and at the end of the year, for a total of two round trips per year. The expense of traveling will vary according to the location of your home and your mode of transportation. The California statewide average for students' travel expenses is $836.

Miscellaneous Expenses
This category includes other expenditures students face, such as clothing, medical, phone, etc. The California statewide average for students’ miscellaneous expenses is $1,830, but it is possible to spend far less than this amount if you are reasonable in your spending habits.

Cost of Attendance
Isabella McNiff (’18) -- quote 2

“Real diversity of opinion is welcomed here. The tutors appreciate it when you have a well thought-out objection — but you always have to be prepared to back your opinion with a sound argument.” 

– Isabella McNiff (’18)

Broad Run, Virginia