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Cost of Attendance

Advanced study comes with a significant investment of time and resources. At Johns Hopkins SAIS, it also comes with a significant return on your investment. Learn about tuition, the cost of attendance, and the affordability of our programs.

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Can I Afford It?

Our simple answer is yes. Once you are admitted, our team of financial aid professionals will work with you to make your education as affordable as possible. Almost every admitted student is eligible for some form of financial aid.

We will also help you understand and explore all of your financing options. After factoring in all sources of support, your out-of-pocket costs will be much lower than the figures below.

What Is Included in the Cost of Attendance?

  • These costs do not include any financial aid, loans, scholarships, or other awards you may receive. Almost every admitted student is eligible for some form of financial aid.
  • The total cost of attendance includes both direct charges and estimated expenses.
  • Direct charges are billed directly to you by the school and include tuition and student health insurance fees.
  • Estimated expenses are not billed by the school and reflect your estimated living and miscellaneous expenses based on annual student surveys. These expenses may vary depending on your circumstances.
  • These tuition fees assume full-time enrollment and may vary for students who are enrolled part-time.
  • Tuition and fees are subject to change and are finalized every May.

Cost of Attendance for 2019-2020

The MA is a two-year program offered by both Washington DC and SAIS Europe. These figures represent the cost to attend for one year on the Washington DC campus.

Direct Charges Fall Semester Spring Semester Academic Year Totals
Full-time Tuition * $26,150 $26,150 $52,300
Student Health Insurance ** $2,204 - $2,204
Matriculation Fee $500 - $500
Student Service Fee * $450 $450 $900
UPass/Metro Fee * $100 $100 $200
Total Direct Charges $29,404 $26,700 $56,104
Estimated Expenses      
Room $7,866 $7,866 $15,732
Board $2,358 $2,358 $4,716
Books and Supplies $175 $174 $349
Travel Allowance $500 $500 $1,000
Personal Expenses $1,683 $1,683 $3,366
Total Estimated Expenses $12,582 $12,581 $25,163
Total Direct Charges and Expenses Total $41,986 $39,281 $81,267

Please note: entering students pay a one-time matriculation fee of $500.

*Subject to change. Tuition and Fees are finalized by the Board of Trustees each May.

**Health insurance is required for all students and is automatically billed. Students MUST provide proof of insurance in order to waive out of the automatic charges. Students on F-1/J-1 visas are ineligible to waive student health insurance.

***Direct loan fees are added once a student accepts their federal loan. Loan fees will vary based on the amount that you borrow from year to year.

The MA is a two-year program offered by both Washington DC and SAIS Europe. These figures represent the cost to attend for one year on the SAIS Europe campus. (Costs are provided in EUROS1)


Direct Charges Fall Semester Spring Semester Academic Year Total
Full-time Tuition * €19.270  €19.270 €38.540
Student Health Insurance ** €1.950 - €1.950
Matriculation Fee €443 - €443
Total Direct Charges €21.663 €19.270 €40.933
Estimated Expenses      
Room/Board2 €5.297 €5.297 €10.594
Books and Supplies €221 €221 €442
Travel Allowance €1.300 €1.300 €2.600
Personal Expenses €1.378 €1.377 €2.755
Total Estimated Expenses €8.196 €8.195 €16.391
Total Direct Charges and Estimated Expenses €29.859 €27.465 €57.324

Please note: entering students pay a one-time matriculation fee of $500 (approximately €443).

  1. SAIS Europe tuition and expenses are in EURO currency.
  2. The above estimates are based on survey data from current students and actual rental costs provided by the student housing consultant. Figures are for single students sharing apartments

*Subject to change. Tuition is finalized by the Board of Trustees each May.

**Health insurance is required for all students and is automatically billed. Students MUST provide proof of insurance in order to waive out of the automatic charges. Students on F-1/J-1 visas are ineligible to waive student health insurance.

***Direct loan fees are added once a student accepts their federal loan. Loan fees will vary based on the amount that you borrow from year to year.

The MEPP is a one-year program offered on the SAIS Europe campus. These figures represent the cost of attendance for the 2020-2021 academic year (in EUROS1).*

*The program is pending approval from MHEC. 

Direct Charges Summer 1/Fall Semester Spring/Summer 2 Semester Total Program Fee
Full-time Tuition * €15.000 €15.000 €30.000
Student Health Insurance ** €2.115 - €2.115
Matriculation Fee €443 - €443
Total Direct Charges €17.558 €15.000 €32.558
Estimated Expenses      
Room/Board2 €7.652 €7.651 €15.303
Books and Supplies €320 €0.320 €640
Travel Allowance €1.878 €1.878 €3.756
Personal Expenses €1.990 €1.989 €3.979
Total Estimated Expenses €11.840 €11.838 €23.678
Total Direct Charges and Estimated Expenses €29.398 €26.838 €56.236

Please note: entering students pay a one-time matriculation fee of $500 (approximately €443).

  1. SAIS Europe tuition and expenses are in EURO currency.
  2. The above estimates are based on survey data from current students and actual rental costs provided by the student housing consultant. Figures are for single students sharing apartments

*Subject to change. Tuition is finalized by the Board of Trustees each May.

**Health insurance is required for all students and is automatically billed. Students MUST provide proof of insurance in order to waive out of the automatic charges. Students on F-1/J-1 visas are ineligible to waive student health insurance.

***Direct loan fees are added once a student accepts their federal loan. Loan fees will vary based on the amount that you borrow from year to year.

The MAIA is a two-year program offered on the SAIS Europe campus. These figures represent the cost to attend for one year (in EUROS1).

Direct Charges Fall Semester Spring Semester Academic Year Total
Full-time Tuition * €19.270  €19.270 €38.540
Student Health Insurance ** €1.950 - €1.950
Matriculation Fee €443 - €443
Total Direct Charges €21.663 €19.270 €40.933
Estimated Expenses      
Room/Board2 €5.297 €5.297 €10.594
Books and Supplies €221 €221 €442
Travel Allowance €1.300 €1.300 €2.600
Personal Expenses €1.378 €1.377 €2.755
Total Estimated Expenses €8.196 €8.195 €16.391
Total Direct Charges and Estimated Expenses €29.859 €27.465 €57.324

Please note: entering students pay a one-time matriculation fee of $500 (approximately €443).

  1. SAIS Europe tuition and expenses are in EURO currency.
  2. The above estimates are based on survey data from current students and actual rental costs provided by the student housing consultant. Figures are for single students sharing apartments

*Subject to change. Tuition is finalized by the Board of Trustees each May.

**Health insurance is required for all students and is automatically billed. Students MUST provide proof of insurance in order to waive out of the automatic charges. Students on F-1/J-1 visas are ineligible to waive student health insurance.

***Direct loan fees are added once a student accepts their federal loan. Loan fees will vary based on the amount that you borrow from year to year.

The MAIS is a two-year program offered by the Hopkins-Nanjing Center. These figures represent the cost to attend for one year in Nanjing, China.


Direct Charges Fall Semester Spring Semester Academic Year Total
Full-time Tuition * $19,982 $19,982 $39,964
Student Health Insurance ** $2,204 $2,204
Matriculation Fee $500 - $500
Room *** $1,600 $1,600 $3,200
Total Direct Charges $24,286 $21,582 $45,868
Estimated Expenses      
Board $1,688 $1,687 $3,375
Books and Supplies $75 $74 $149
Travel Allowance $1,063 $1,063 $2,126
Personal Expenses $1,000 $1,000 $2,000
Total Estimated Expenses $3,826 $3,824 $7,650
Total Direct Charges and Expense Totals  $28,112 $25,406 $53,518

Please note: entering students pay a one-time matriculation fee of $500.

*Subject to change. Tuition is finalized by the Board of Trustees each May.

**Health insurance is required for all students and is automatically billed. Students MUST provide proof of insurance in order to waive out of the automatic charges. Students on F-1/J-1 visas are ineligible to waive student health insurance.

***Double dormitory rooms at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center will be charged $1,600. Single dormitory rooms will be charged $3,200.

****Direct loan fees are added once a student accepts their federal loan. Loan fees will vary based on the amount that you borrow from year to year.

The MAGR is a thirteen-month program offered on the SAIS Europe campus. These figures represent the cost to attend for the entire program (in EUROS1).

Direct Charges Summer 1/Fall Semester Spring/Summer 2 Semester Total Program Fee
Full-time Tuition * €25.200 €25.200 €50.400
Student Health Insurance ** €2.115 - €2.115
Matriculation Fee €443 - €443
Total Direct Charges €27.593 €25.200 €52.793
Estimated Expenses      
Room/Board2 €7.652 €7.651 €15.303
Books and Supplies €320 €320 €640
Travel Allowance €1.878 €1.878 €3.756
Personal Expenses €1.990 €1.989 €3.979
Total Estimated Expenses €11.840 €11.838 €23.678
Total Direct Charges and Estimated Expenses €39.433 €37.038 €76.471

Please note: entering students pay a one-time matriculation fee of $500 (approximately €443).

  1. SAIS Europe tuition and expenses are in EURO currency.
  2. The above estimates are based on survey data from current students and actual rental costs provided by the student housing consultant. Figures are for single students sharing apartments

*Subject to change. Tuition is finalized by the Board of Trustees each May.

**Health insurance is required for all students and is automatically billed. Students MUST provide proof of insurance in order to waive out of the automatic charges. Students on F-1/J-1 visas are ineligible to waive student health insurance.

***Direct loan fees are added once a student accepts their federal loan. Loan fees will vary based on the amount that you borrow from year to year.

The MIEF is an eleven-month program offered on the Washington DC campus. These figures represent the cost to attend for the entire program.

Direct Charges MIEF Term A Summer/Fall MIEF Term B Winter/Spring Total Program Fee
Full-time Tuition * $34,750 $34,750 $69,500
Student Health Insurance ** $2,230 - $2,230
Matriculation Fee $500 - $500
Student Service Fee $450 $450 $900
UPass/Metro Fee $100 $100 $200
Total Direct Charges $38,030 $35,300 $73,330
Estimated Expenses      
Room $10,488 $10,488 $20,986
Board $3,144 $3,144 $6,288
Books and Supplies $233 $233 $466
Travel Allowance $667 $666 $1,333
Personal Expenses $2,244 $2,244 $4,488
Total Estimated Expenses $16,776 $16,775 $33,551
Total Direct Charges and Expense Totals $54,806 $52,075 $106,881

Please note: entering students pay a one-time matriculation fee of $500.

*Subject to change. Tuition and fees are finalized by the Board of Trustees each May.

**Health insurance is required for all students and is automatically billed. Students MUST provide proof of insurance in order to waive out of the automatic charges. Students on F-1/J-1 visas are ineligible to waive student health insurance.

***Direct loan fees are added once a student accepts their federal loan. Loan fees will vary based on the amount that you borrow from year to year.

The MAGP is a sixteen-month program for fully-employed students and is offered on the Washington DC campus. These figures represent the cost to attend for the entire program.

Direct Charges Module 1 Fall Module 2 Winter Module 3 Spring Module 4 Summer Module 5 Fall Total Program Fee
Tuition/Books/Meals/Residency/Lodging * $15,782 $15,782 $12,277 $15,782 $12,277 $71,900
Student Health Insurance ** $2,230 - - - - $2,230
Matriculation Fee $500 - - - - $500
Student Service Fee $450 - $450 - - $900
Total Direct Charges $18,962 $15,782 $12,727 $15,782 $12,277 $75,530
Estimated Expenses            
Room/Board $7,271 $7,271 $7,269 $7,271 $7,270 $36,352
Supplies $94 $94 $93 $94 $93 $468
Travel Allowance $356 $356 $355 $355 $356 $1,778
Personal Expenses $1,197 $1,197 $1,196 $1,197 $1,197 $5,984
Total Estimated Expenses $8,918 $8,918 $8,913 $8,917 $8,916 $44,582
Total Direct Charges and Estimated Expenses $27,880 $24,700 $21,640 $24,699 $21,193 $120,112

*Subject to change. Tuition and fees are finalized by the Board of Trustees each May.

**Health insurance is required for all students and is automatically billed. Students MUST provide proof of insurance in order to waive out of the automatic charges. Students on F-1/J-1 visas are ineligible to waive student health insurance.

***Direct loan fees are added once a student accepts their federal loan. Loan fees will vary based on the amount that you borrow from year to year.

The MIPP is a one-year program offered by both Washington DC and SAIS Europe. These figures represent the entire cost to attend on the Washington DC campus. The cost of tuition at SAIS Europe is €38,540.

Direct Charges Fall Semester Spring Semester Total Program Fee
Full-time Tuition * $26,150 $26,150 $52,300
Student Health Insurance ** $2,204 - $2,204
Matriculation Fee $500 - $500
Student Service Fee * $450 $450 $900
UPass/Metro Fee * $100 $100 $200
Total Direct Charges $29,404 $26,700 $56,104
Estimated Expenses      
Room $7,866 $7,866 $15,732
Board $2,358 $2,358 $4,716
Books and Supplies $175 $174 $349
Travel Allowance $500 $500 $1,000
Personal Expenses $1,683 $1,683 $3,366
Total Estimated Expenses $12,582 $12,581 $25,163
Total Direct Charges and Expenses Total $41,986 $39,281 $81,267

Please note: entering students pay a one-time matriculation fee of $500.

*Subject to change. Tuition and fees are finalized by the Board of Trustees each May.

**Health insurance is required for all students and is automatically billed. Students MUST provide proof of insurance in order to waive out of the automatic charges. Students on F-1/J-1 visas are ineligible to waive student health insurance.

***Direct loan fees are added once a student accepts their federal loan. Loan fees will vary based on the amount that you borrow from year to year.

The PhD may be completed in four to six years. These figures represent the cost to attend for one year on the Washington DC campus.

Direct Charges Fall Semester Spring Semester Academic Year Totals
Full-time Tuition * $26,150 $26,150 $52,300
Student Health Insurance ** $2,204 - $2,204
Matriculation Fee $500 - $500
UPass/Metro Fee * $100 $100 $200
Total Direct Charges $28,954 $26,250 $55,204
Estimated Expenses      
Room $7,866 $7,866 $15,732
Board $2,358 $2,358 $4,716
Books and Supplies $175 $174 $349
Travel Allowance $500 $500 $1,000
Personal Expenses $1,683 $1,683 $3,366
Total Estimated Expenses $12,582 $12,581 $25,163
Total Direct Charges and Expenses Total $41,536 $38,831 $80,367

Please note: entering students pay a one-time matriculation fee of $500.

*Subject to change. Tuition and fees are finalized by the Board of Trustees each May.

**Health insurance is required for all students and is automatically billed. Students MUST provide proof of insurance in order to waive out of the automatic charges. Students on F-1/J-1 visas are ineligible to waive student health insurance.

***Direct loan fees are added once a student accepts their federal loan. Loan fees will vary based on the amount that you borrow from year to year.

The DIA may be completed in two or three years on the Washington DC campus. The two-year DIA track includes one year of full-time study and a subsequent part-time, non-resident year focused exclusively on completing their doctoral thesis. The three-year DIA track includes two years of full-time study before the part-time, doctoral thesis year.

The following figures represent the cost to attend for one, full-time academic year in Washington DC. Tuition during the doctoral thesis year will be half the full-time tuition rate.

Direct Charges Fall Semester Spring Semester Academic Year Totals
Full-time Tuition * $26,150 $26,150 $52,300 ***
Matriculation Fee $500 - $500
Student Service Fee * $450 $450 $900
UPass/Metro Fee * $100 $100 $200
Total Direct Charges $27,200 $26,700 $53,900
Estimated Expenses      
Room $7,866 $7,866 $15,732
Board $2,358 $2,358 $4,716
Books and Supplies $175 $174 $349
Travel Allowance $500 $500 $1,000
Personal Expenses $1,683 $1,683 $3,366
Total Estimated Expenses $12,582 $12,581 $25,163
Total Direct Charges and Expenses Total $39,782 $39,281 $79,063

Please note: entering students pay a one-time matriculation fee of $500.

*Subject to change. Tuition and fees are finalized by the Board of Trustees each May.

**Direct loan fees are added once a student accepts their federal loan. Loan fees will vary based on the amount that you borrow from year to year.

***Tuition during the doctoral thesis year will be half the full-time tuition rate.

The Hopkins-Nanjing Certificate in Chinese and American Studies is a one-year program offered by the Hopkins-Nanjing Center. These figures represent the full cost to attend in Nanjing, China.

Direct Charges Fall Semester Spring Semester Total Program Fee
Full-time Tuition * $11,250 $11,250 $22,500
Student Health Insurance ** $2,204 - $2,204
Matriculation Fee $500 - $500
Room *** $800 $800 $1,600
Total Direct Charges $14,754 $12,050 $26,804
Estimated Expenses      
Board $1,688 $1,687 $3,375
Books and Supplies $75 $74 $149
Travel Allowance $1,063 $1,063 $2,126
Personal Expenses $1,000 $1,000 $2,000
Total Estimated Expenses $3,826 $3,824 $7,650
Total Direct Charges and Expenses Totals $18,580 $15,874 $34,454

Please note: entering students pay a one-time matriculation fee of $500.

*Subject to change. Tuition is finalized by the Board of Trustees each May.

**Health insurance is required for all students and is automatically billed. Students MUST provide proof of insurance in order to waive out of the automatic charges. Students on F-1/J-1 visas are ineligible to waive student health insurance.

***Double dormitory rooms at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center will be charged $1,600. Single dormitory rooms will be charged $3,200.

****Direct loan fees are added once a student accepts their federal loan. Loan fees will vary based on the amount that you borrow from year to year.

Certificates in International Studies, International Development, or International Economics require a series of four graduate-level courses. Students can earn a certificate in one semester by taking all four courses at once (accelerated) or over an extended period of time across several terms (part-time).

 These figures represent the cost to complete the certificate in one semester.

(Note: These figures do not apply to the Hopkins-Nanjing Center Certificate in Chinese and American Studies. Please see above for the costs to attend that program.)

Direct Charges Fall or Spring Semester
Full-Time Tuition (4 courses per semester) $26,150
Student Health Insurance** $1,103
Student Services Fee $450
Total Direct Charges $27,703
Estimated Expenses   
Room $7,866
Board $2,358
Books and Supplies $350
Travel Allowance $500
Personal Expenses $1,683
Total Estimated Expenses $12,757

*Subject to change. Tuition is finalized by the Board of Trustees each May.

**Health insurance is required for all students and is automatically billed. Students MUST provide proof of insurance in order to waive out of the automatic charges. Students on F-1/J-1 visas are ineligible to waive student health insurance.

***Direct loan fees are added once a student accepts their federal loan. Loan fees will vary based on the amount that you borrow from year to year.

  1. Students must take a minimum of 8.00 credits per semester in order to qualify for federal aid.
  2. Students matriculated in the following programs are eligible to apply for federal loans:
  • Certificate in International Development
  • Certificate in International Economics
  • Certificate in International Studies

Matriculation will be confirmed with the Office of Academic Affairs prior to processing federal aid.

Certificates in International Studies, International Development, or International Economics require a series of four graduate-level courses. Students can earn a certificate in one semester by taking all four courses at once (accelerated) or over an extended period of time across several terms (part-time).

 These figures represent the cost to complete the certificate in two consecutive terms.

(Note: These figures do not apply to the Hopkins-Nanjing Center Certificate in Chinese and American Studies. Please see above for the costs to attend that program.)

Direct Charges Fall or Spring Semester
Tuition (2 courses)* $13,075
Student Services Fee $0
Total Direct Charges $13,075
Estimated Expenses  
Room $7,866
Board $2,358
Books and Supplies $175
Travel Allowance $500
Personal Expenses $1,683
Total Estimated Expenses $12,582

*Subject to change. Tuition is finalized by the Board of Trustees each May.

**Direct loan fees are added once a student accepts their federal loan. Loan fees will vary based on the amount that you borrow from year to year.

  1. Students must take a minimum of 8.00 credits per semester in order to qualify for federal aid.
  2. Students matriculated in the following programs are eligible to apply for federal loans:
  • Certificate in International Development
  • Certificate in International Economics
  • Certificate in International Studies

Matriculation will be confirmed with the Office of Academic Affairs prior to processing federal aid.

Costs for Summer 2019

Direct Charges Summer Term Totals
Tuition for 1 Course * $4,050
Student Services Fee $0
Total Direct Charges $4,050
Estimated Expenses  
Room ** $3,496
Board $1,048
Books and Supplies $175
Travel Allowance $223
Personal Expenses $748
Total Estimated Expenses $5,690

Students in the following programs are eligible to apply for federal loans in the summer term:

  • Continuing MA/MIPP students (minimum of one semester completed)
  • Certificate in International Development
  • Certificate in International Economics
  • Certificate in International Studies

Matriculation will be confirmed with the Office of Academic Affairs prior to processing federal aid.

*Subject to change. Tuition is finalized by the Board of Trustees each May.

**Based on approximately 8 weeks of instruction during the Summer 2019.

***Direct loan fees are added once a student accepts their federal loan. Loan fees will vary based on the amount that you borrow from year to year.