Financial Help

Missouri State offers incredible value -- both in terms of an excellent education and how much it costs to attend. Missouri State’s total cost for in-state tuition, fees, books, room & board, and supplies averages $16,290/year. That’s nearly half the average cost of tuition alone at private, four-year colleges across America.

Students walk to class on a beautiful spring day

Even if you’re not a Missouri resident, you may qualify for an out-of-state tuition waiver. This program allows first-time new freshmen to pay in-state tuition if they come from one of eight surrounding Midwestern states, or meet one of the following criteria: high school class rank in top 25%, a 3.50 GPA (on a 4.0 point scale), a minimum of a 24 ACT / 1090 SAT score, or your parent/grandparent graduated from Missouri State.

Over 81% of our undergraduate students received some form of financial aid last year amounting to more than $130 million. You can find detailed info on the costs of attending Missouri State using the information linked below.


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For more information on financial aid at Missouri State University, including FAQs and tools like the Net Price Calculator, visit the Financial Aid website to remove the intimidation factor out of college expenses.


Tuition, Costs and Fees

Discover what makes Missouri State an incredible value by visiting the Tuition, Costs and Fees website, featuring easy-to-read details about all the expenses, aid opportunities and potential payments.

Missouri State student Brian Schwabauer won the NCES Net Price video contest award with this slick infographic video that helps make figuring out college finances simple in a minute and a half.

For example, here's a look at the costs for an average Missouri State, in-resident student taken from the Tuition, Costs and Fees webpage:

  • In State tuition & fees = $7,060 ($2000 less than U.S. average Four-Year Public tuition $9,139)
  • Room & Board (average) = $8,130
  • Books & Supplies (average) = $1,100
  • TOTAL = $16,290/year

Housing opportunities

Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services

Eat, sleep and breathe Missouri State. Check out the link for more info on living on campus.

Living Learning Community (LLC) residence hall option

The Living Learning Communities are one of your on-campus residential living opportunities. 15 different LLC’s provide students with an opportunity to live in a residence hall with others who share a common interest. LLC examples: Creative Minds, Science/Technology/Engineering & Math, Bears Business Community, Future Health Care Professionals, Global Community, Agriculture, etc.

Out-of-State Fee Waiver/Midwest Student Exchange Program

Not from 'round here? No problem. Check out the link for information on waiver's for eligible non-resident students.

Additional financial resources

Student Employment Services

Get ahead of the game with a job at Missouri State. Apply for part-time, summer and work study positions by following the link.

Literacy in financial education

Empower your fiscal sensibilities with the "Real L.I.F.E" program. Guides, tools and learning events are designed to help you understand exactly what you need to know about college finances.

How to apply for financial aid

The main hub for information on getting financial assistance to help you get through college.

How to keep your financial aid

Hang on to your finances with this guide on maintaining eligibility, including instructions and important dates.

Incoming freshmen financial information

Get started on your finances early with this webpage dedicated to incoming freshman, listing out a variety of financial opportunities available to you.

Financial aid forms

All the forms you need in order to apply for financial assistance. Plus, contact information and a troubleshooting guide to help you out.

FAFSA information

Direct link to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

For more information on handling finances as a first-generation student, please contact the office of Financial Aid.

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