Costs and Aid

College is the first step in your future success and know that cost matters. Our total costs are lower than most other universities in the state and well below the national average. We invite you to compare.

Tuition, costs and fees graph 2017-18 MSU tuition and fees for Missouri residents $7,306 (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 2017-18 MSU tuition and fees for Missouri residents $7,306 (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 2017-18 academic year (fall and spring semesters combined).

  Missouri resident Non-Missouri resident
Tuition and fees (30 credit hours) $7,306 $7,306
Out-of-state tuition $0 $7,440*
Housing and meals (average) $8,537 $8,537
Books and supplies $1,100 $1,100
Total $16,943 $24,383

* 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.

Apply for financial aid

Submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid early to be considered for the maximum amount of financial assistance. MSU federal code: 002503 MSU priority deadline: February 1

Learn about work study

Offset the cost of your education by applying for work study. The office of student employment services can help you get started.

Out-of-State Fee Waiver

There are a lot of great reasons to attend Missouri State University if you are not from Missouri. You will meet new people and gain confidence that translates after graduation. You could even pay less. When you factor in financial aid, Missouri State may even be more affordable for you than an in-state school.

You may qualify for the Out-of-State Fee Waiver, a full waiver of nonresident fees. To qualify, you must have:

24+ ACT (or SAT of 1180*) OR
3.50 GPA on a 4.0 scale OR
A class rank in the top 25%

*SAT portions of evidence-based reading/writing and math only

Out-of-State Fee Waiver