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The Value of a St. Mary’s Education

At St. Mary’s University, the cost of attending is priced below the average for top-rated independent regional universities. The estimated St. Mary’s University Cost of Attendance, also referred to as the student budget, is our best approximation of what each student at St. Mary’s will need each year. A standard student budget is assigned to every enrolled student. It is important to keep in mind that more than 90% of our incoming freshmen receive some sort of financial aid.

Before you arrive on campus and throughout your time here, the Office of Financial Assistance is here for you and your family every step of the way.

What is the cost to attend St. Mary’s?

The cost of attending St. Mary’s varies from student to student and is determined by factors such as selections for housing, course fees and meal plans. Note that these annual costs are estimates. St. Mary’s University charges tuition and fees on a semester basis, not annually. Find more information here about tuition and costs including a breakdown of fees.

Undergraduate Estimated Costs


*Or off-campus, not living with parents or a relative. If you don’t live with parents or a relative, contact the Office of Financial Assistance.

** Housing is based on higher of median/average.

*** Out-of-state students transportation is $2,100.

2024-2025 Estimated Undergraduate Annual Cost of Attendance
2023-2024 Estimated Undergraduate Annual Cost of Attendance

Graduate Estimated Costs

Living On or Off Campus
Tuition (9 hours/term) and Fees$21,852
2024-2025 Estimated Graduate Annual Cost of Attendance
Living On or Off Campus
Tuition (9 hours/term) and Fees$20,996
2023-2024 Estimated Graduate Annual Cost of Attendance
  • Did you know?

    Compared to other Texas colleges and universities, St. Mary’s University provides an education that ranks highly on its return on investment to students, according to the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. The value of students’ investment in their education at St. Mary’s increases dramatically over time. Evaluating the investment 40 years from today earns St. Mary’s a spot among the top 15% of schools studied.

First-year students receive some form of financial aid
University in the West for Best Value(U.S. News and World Report, 2024)
University in Texas according to Brookings Institute for Alumni Success

Get to Know our Budgeting Resources

The staff of St. Mary’s University is committed to helping prospective students and their families understand their financial options and provide resources on how to budget and plan for their college education.

  • Net Price Calculator

    The Net Price Calculator at St. Mary’s University is designed to give you and your family a sense of the financial commitment you can expect to make to pursue a degree at St. Mary’s University.

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Education is, for me, the key to economic mobility. It opens so many different doors.”

Laura Cabanilla (B.A. ’01)

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Find Hands-On Services That Will Prepare You for Success

Our highest priority is to provide a well-rounded academic experience for all of our students. As a Marianist university, we educate the whole person — spirit, mind and body. Our students find that all of the support they receive while as a student and beyond adds to the unbeatable value of a St. Mary’s education.

  • Preview our Campus Resources

    At. St. Mary’s University, we understand that our students may experience challenges that impact their academic performance. We are committed to your success as a student and offer a suite of services to assist in whatever way we can. No matter what you’re facing, there is someone at St. Mary’s who is here to help.

  • Did you know?

    The Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities found that Catholic institutions offer students a higher return on investment (ROI) just 10 years after degree completion than other private and liberal arts colleges, outpacing them by at least $15,000. Then, just five years later, Catholic colleges began to increase their lead in ROI over all other types of institutions, including public colleges and universities. The Catholic edge becomes pronounced in the long term (40 years after degree completion), showing the highest median ROI among all types of higher education institutions — 16% higher than private nonprofit universities and 27% higher than public institutions.

  • Questions?

    For any questions you or your family may have, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re here to support you.

    Office of Admission
    Chaminade Tower
    Text us: 210-526-0796
    Call us: 210-436-3126

    Office of Graduate Admission
    Chaminade Tower

    Office of Financial Assistance
    St. Louis Hall, Room 301

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