Tuition and Fees


Estimated Costs Per Year of Four-Year Degree Program

Tuition $13,000.00
Room and Board $5,000.00
Personal Expenses $500.00
Transportation $500.00
Total before Books and Fees $19,000.00
Books and Fees Years 1 & 2 $650.00
Year 3 $500.00
Year 4 $450.00
Total after Books and Fees Years 1 & 2 $19,650.00
Year 3 $19,500.00
Year 4 $19,450.00

Gutenberg does not want to burden its graduates with heavy student-debt. We are strongly committed to being affordable. Make sure to see our financial aid options in the Financial Aid section.

The costs above are estimates only. Fees are subject to change without notice. The allowance for personal expenses varies with the habits of individuals. Transportation varies with the distance between the student’s home and the college. Room and board vary with the arrangements made by the student.

Cost per Class for Part-Time Attendance/Auditing

(See Part-Time Attendance and Auditing in the Admissions section.)

Tuition for non-matriculated (non-degree) students is charged by the credit-hour. (For credit-hours assigned to each class, see Course Requirements.) Gutenberg College allows a limited number of students who are not enrolled as full-time students to audit or to attend for credit individual courses. Tuition for audited (no credit) classes is $250 per credit-hour. Tuition for classes taken for credit is $350 per credit-hour. For example, the tuition for one quarter of the six-credit-hour Western Civilization class would be $1500 if audited and $2100 if taken for credit. Tuition is due the first day of class. (See the Tuition & Fee Payment below.)

Tuition does not include the cost of books. Because all students must use the same book edition in discussion, books must be purchased through Gutenberg College’s bookstore. Auditors/for-credit attendees should contact the Gutenberg office for a list of required books and estimated costs.

Financial aid may be available from Gutenberg College. (Go to the Financial Aid section for information.) Financial aid applications will only be considered after a student is accepted into a class.


Fees are subject to change without notice. They are assessed as follows:

Books-and-Fees Charge

The books-and-fees charge covers the cost of books and includes a fee to help underwrite basic student services.

At Gutenberg, students use few traditional textbooks (foreign language study and some background reading may require them); rather, their “textbooks” are the books that have shaped Western civilization. Students are encouraged to study these books thoroughly and to make notes in them. Experience has proven that students are best able to study and discuss from their own copy of a new book with pagination that matches their classmates’ books. Thus, Gutenberg requires that each student own his own new copy of each book and that this copy be identical to his classmates’ books.

Gutenberg College packages a set of all required books for each student, and the books-and-fees charge pays for this package. Since the books are not sold individually but as a package, adjustments will not be made.

Matriculation Fee

When a student’s application for admission is accepted, the student is asked to sign a “letter of intent” and to pay a $450 non-refundable matriculation fee. One-hundred percent of this fee will be credited toward the fall books-and-fees charge due on the first day of classes.

Library Card Fee-Credit

All Gutenberg students are required to have a University of Oregon (UO) library card. As an incentive to get this card, students who show proof at the Gutenberg office of having obtained the library card will be credited $30 toward their winter books-and-fees charge. (The Student Handbook has instructions on how to obtain a UO library card.) This offer is only valid if students submit their proof before the end of the fall quarter. The UO library card must be renewed each year, and Gutenberg students are eligible to receive the $30 credit each year.

Damage Fee

No deposit is required for damage to or loss of college property, nor for other minor mishaps, but each student will be held financially responsible for such losses and must pay for them upon request.

Tuition-and-Fee Payment

Each quarter’s tuition and fees are due the first day of the quarter, with a four-day grace period for payment. Payments will be considered late on the fifth day after the due date. Students must sign any loan agreements by the fifth business day of the quarter. In the event that a student will not be able to pay tuition by the end of the grace period, the student must petition for an alternative arrangement and have that arrangement approved prior to the end of the fifth business day of the quarter. Payment for fees is not eligible for an alternative payment arrangement. Students will not receive the quarter’s books until their books-and-fees charge is paid, and therefore they should pay it as early as possible.

Students who have not paid tuition or made other satisfactory arrangements by the fifth day of the quarter will be charged a $5-per-day late fee until the Monday of the fourth week of classes, whereupon the student will be involuntarily withdrawn from all courses for which tuition has not been paid. Students may not be reinstated until tuition and fees due up to the date of withdrawal are paid.