Cost, Value and Scholarships

Tuition, costs and fees graph 2018-19 MSU tuition and fees for Missouri residents $7,376 (Based on 30 credit hours per year) National average tuition and fees for four-year colleges* In-state public $9,970 Out-of-state public $25,620 Private $34,740 *College Board Trends in College Pricing 2017-18
Tuition, costs and fees graph 2018-19 MSU tuition and fees for Missouri residents $7,376 (Based on 30 credit hours per year) National average tuition and fees for four-year colleges* In-state public $9,970 Out-of-state public $25,620 Private $34,740 *College Board Trends in College Pricing 2017-18

Typical costs

The following table provides typical basic costs for an undergraduate student living on campus during the 2018-19 academic year (fall and spring semesters combined).

  Missouri resident Non-Missouri resident
Tuition and fees (30 credit hours) $7,376 $7,376
Out-of-state tuition $0 $7,950*
Housing and meals (average) $8,755 $8,755
Books and supplies $1,250 $1,250
Total $17,381 $25,331

* You may qualify for an out-of-state fee waiver to cover this amount.

You should also plan for your personal expenses. The office of student financial aid establishes a cost of attendance that is used in making financial aid awards. It includes the above costs and an estimate for personal expenses.

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Types of financial aid

Grants

This is money you won’t have to pay back. Grants are usually based on financial need. They may also be given to students who are entering fields that are in great need of professionals.

Loans

This is money you borrow and promise to pay back over time with interest. Most student loans have low interest rates and don’t need to be repaid until after you leave college.

Student employment

You can offset the cost of your education by working on campus or in the community. MSU’s student employment services office can help you find a job that fits into your school schedule.

Scholarships

These are gifts of money you don’t pay back. Some are awarded based on accomplishments, others on financial need. Missouri State has many scholarships, including ones just for freshmen or transfer students.

Missouri State’s institutional scholarships

These are scholarships for incoming freshmen, enrolled students, transfer students and graduate students. Some are automatic, but others require you to apply. You must be admitted to Missouri State to be considered for these awards. Scholarship deadlines vary. For incoming freshmen, the first deadline is Dec. 1 of your senior year.

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General and departmental scholarships

We have a variety of privately funded general and departmental scholarships. You only have to fill out one common application for all of them. You must be admitted to Missouri State University and complete the scholarship application by March 1 to be considered for these awards. Check to see if your intended major or department has a scholarship.

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Missouri State scholarships for entering freshmen

To qualify for consideration, you must apply for admission, be admissible and meet scholarship requirements on/ before the scholarship-application deadline. Full details about the scholarships below, including application guidelines, renewal criteria, number available and allowable scholarship combinations.

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Missouri State transfer scholarships

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Your first step: The FAFSA

Fill out a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for federal, state and/or institutional financial aid.

MSU FAFSA code: 002503

Our priority deadline: Feb. 1

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