Financial Aid, Scholarships, & Tuition

Undergraduate Affordability

How families like yours are affording a Nazareth education

Naz has students from all economic backgrounds.

Family income distribution (2022–2023) for students applying for financial aid.

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$60K –
$120K –
$180K –

How much does Naz cost?

2023–2024 costs


Housing & food

Required fees


But, you likely won't pay sticker price.

How can my family afford that?

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Academic Scholarships

First, we subtract scholarships — up to $19,000 (in 2024–25) based on merit. If you have a 3.0 GPA or higher, you are guaranteed an academic scholarship.

Or, you may qualify instead for Nazareth’s Bonner Scholarship Program (for students committed to community engagement), Young Scholars Program (for high-achieving, underrepresented students), or Nazareth’s RCSD Graduates Award (if you graduate from the Rochester City School District, New York).

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Stackable Scholarships

Then we also subtract Nazareth Stackable Scholarships of $2,000 each, for students who’ve demonstrated leadership in their community, for students from within a 30-mile radius of campus, and for admitted visual and performing arts majors.

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Then we subtract need-based grants. Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for federal aid (Pell Grants), state of New York aid, or Nazareth University’s need-based grants.

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Finally, we subtract student loans.

Actual Cost

The result: Actual cost is often significantly less than the sticker price. It is the amount left after scholarships, grants, awards, and student loans have been applied.

If your GPA band is 96 or above, out of 100, Nazareth will reduce your costs by at least $21,000 per year, for up to four years.

So how much can I expect my actual cost to be?

Short answer? It varies.

The cost of a Nazareth education is different for each student/family, based on academic achievement, need, and other eligibility criteria. But we know this:


of full-time Nazareth undergrads
receive scholarships and grants

Then I’m guessing I’ll finish with big loans, right?

Not even close.

You may have heard the shocking stories of six-figure college debt...

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But of the students at Nazareth who borrow, average student loan debt is $25,594, far less than the amounts we often hear cited.


The cost of attending Nazareth University is 7% less than the national average according to 2021–2022 comparison data, the most recent year available for the national average of 4-year private, non-profit colleges.

How will I repay loans?

Nazareth grads are successful.

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Nazareth students develop a great work ethic, starting with 1,000+ on-campus job opportunities filled each year.

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The average Nazareth student completes four career experiences by the time they graduate (2022) — great preparation for post-college life.

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98% of Nazareth graduates were either employed or in grad school six months after graduation.

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Career coaches, internship staff, community engagement staff, and study abroad staff in Nazareth’s Center for Life’s Work guide and support you in pursuing your life’s work, and our campus-wide commitment to mental health and wellness supports your overall well-being.

What will I get for my investment?

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Opportunities to give back

From day one, you’ll have opportunities at Naz to serve others and to get engaged in the Rochester community and around the world in meaningful ways. While you’re sharing your time and energy, you’ll gain transformative skills and awareness, including how to be a changemaker in ways that matter to you.

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Global experiences shape who you become

Nazareth’s 75+ study abroad programs in more than 35 countries include options with international internships, service-learning, and/or connections to your major. Many students consider study abroad to be one of the most transformative experiences of their Nazareth years. Your Naz SPARK grant provides $1,500 to support your study abroad, research, or an internship. Wherever you go, expect to boost your self-confidence, adaptability, and cross-cultural competency.

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Study with great minds

Nazareth professors challenge and support you, to help you flourish and achieve more than you ever expected. They focus on great teaching and individualized mentoring, to help you go farther.

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Excellence on & off the field

If you’re on one of Nazareth’s 25 intercollegiate teams, you’re called a student-athlete for a reason. People here support you in excelling in both your education and your sport, proven by consistently high grade point averages, national championships for multiple teams, and individual all-American honors across many sports.

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Research opportunities that have real-world impact

Nazareth’s undergraduate research opportunities — guided by Nazareth faculty — address issues that matter, across health and science fields, humanities, the arts, and more. Student work is celebrated each spring at the campus-wide Creative Activity and Research Showcase of research poster presentations, honors capstones, core milestone experiences, arts performances, and more.

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You belong here

Nazareth’s university-wide focus on culture, community, and belonging works to welcome everyone and to achieve equity, social justice, and belonging for all — across a continuum of visible and invisible differences. Naz students talk about being able to be themself in a place that cares. Naz has been honored for being LGBTQ-friendly, for supporting student veterans, and for responding to racial injustice. More: Diversity and Belonging »

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Become part of the Naz legacy

Nazareth has been dedicated to the community, responding to the needs of the time, since 1924. Today more than 38,000 Naz alumni are having an influence across all 50 states and 53 countries.

But don’t just take our word for it.


  • Among the country's best institutions for undergraduate educationPrinceton Review's Best 389 Colleges, 2024 Edition
  • A best value college in America.Money Magazine 2023, based on graduation rates, cost of attendance, alumni salaries, and more.
  • Top 15 nationally for excellence in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and racial injustice, and for strong strategic planning. — Great Value Colleges
  • Ranked nationally on the Higher Education College Ranking 2022, plus high marks for community engagement. — Wall Street Journal/Times
  • A Best Value School, among the Best Regional Universities (North), and among the highest ranked for undergraduate teaching and for veterans— U.S. News & World Report 2024 Best Colleges