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Most Affordable Catholic Colleges

The United States has hundreds of Catholic-affiliated colleges. Students interested in a Catholic education can learn more about five of the most budget-friendly institutions.

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Even though the following Catholic schools are all private institutions, their costs might surprise you. The five schools included in this guide are all relatively affordable, with yearly tuition under $20,000. Enrollment, student organizations, and worship activities are covered in detail for each institution.

Catholic College Comparison

All of these schools align with the Roman Catholic faith and offer varied degrees. These schools are found in an assortment of locations, from the rural setting of Divine Word College to the large city locale of Trocaire College.

School Name Institution Type Denomination Location Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)*
Donnelly College 4-year, primarily associate's Private not-for-profit Roman Catholic Kansas City, KS $7,140
Divine Word College 4-year, Private not-for-profit Roman Catholic Epworth, IA $12,850
Trocaire College 4-year, primarily associate's Private not-for-profit Roman Catholic Buffalo, NY $17,110
Calumet College of Saint Joseph 4-year, Private not-for-profit Roman Catholic Whiting, IN $17,920
Rosemont College 4-year, Private not-for-profit Roman Catholic Rosemont, PA $19,486

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

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Overview of Schools

The schools profiled below all offer bachelor's degrees, with some also providing graduate degree options. Mass services, Bible studies, and student ministry are a few of the faith-based opportunities offered.

Donnelly College

Donnelly College awards associate's and bachelor's degrees. Students can earn an Associate of Arts, Science or Applied Science in one of many concentrations, such as accounting, English, pharmacy, engineering or business. Bachelor's degree options are information systems, organizational leadership, and urban elementary education. Donnelly also offers an associate's degree program for aspiring registered nurses, as well as programs for certified nurse aides and practical nurses. For the 2016-2017 school year, NCES shows that 99% of full-time beginning undergraduates received financial aid. The site also lists a student enrollment of 360 for the fall 2017 semester. Donnelly offers a variety of activities for students, including a walking club, a library activities committee, and a drill team. Worship activities range from weekday mass at 8:15 AM to a campus ministry room available at all times to students.

Divine Word College

Located in a rural area, Divine Word College had a student population of 71 in fall 2017, as listed on NCES. The college offers the Divine Word scholarship for up to $6,200/year and the presidential scholarship for up to $3,000/year. Students can also apply for five named scholarships. Divine Word offers associate's and bachelor's degrees in theology/religious studies and intercultural studies. Students can also complete a bachelor's degree in philosophy and an associate's degree in interdisciplinary studies. The college offers students the opportunity to serve as a Divine Word missionary. Students are assigned to groups based on their age and current level of religious knowledge.

Trocaire College

Trocaire College emphasizes professional competence, self-awareness, and social justice through its academic curriculum. All students at Trocaire are required to complete a Mercy Action project, which involves service activities that reflect Trocaire's mission. The college offers certificates and associate's and bachelor's degrees. Majors include surgical technology, human resource management, and computer network administration. According to NCES, Trocaire had 1,399 students attending in fall 2017. Among first-time beginning undergraduate students, 96% received financial aid for the 2016-2017 school year, as listed on NCES.

Calumet College of Saint Joseph

At Calumet College of Saint Joseph, students can complete certificates through master's degrees. Undergraduate degree options range from business management and biomedical science to psychology and public safety management. Calumet offers master's degrees in public safety administration, psychology, teaching, and management. The college holds mass in the campus chapel at 8:00 AM on Monday through Thursday. Along with mass, the college offers several faith-based activities to interest students. Calumet has pastoral counseling, Bible study every Thursday, and a four-day retreat that follows St. Ignatius of Loyola's spiritual exercises. As per NCES, Calumet counted 834 students for the fall 2017 semester. Financial aid was awarded to 98% of full-time beginning first-years during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Rosemont College

Rosemont College has bachelor's degree, postgraduate certificate, and master's degree programs. Students pursuing a bachelor's degree can major in fields like political science, marketing, and theology and religious studies. Rosemont's master's degree programs include publishing, homeland security, and counseling. In fall 2017, the college had 1,008 active students, as listed on NCES, with financial aid provided to 100% of full-time beginning first-year students for the 2016-2017 school year. At Rosemont, students can participate in several liturgical ministries, such as ministry of music and hospitality. Along with these worship opportunities, students have access to a number of student organizations like the business networking society, the college activities council, and a yoga club.

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