Cost and Financial Aid

Join us for a class or two at the CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island. Here's a breakdown of costs associated including travel, tuition, meals, and room and board.

Tuition

Tuition rates for all CMU courses are established by the CMU Board of Trustees and are based on academic class status. For more information about tuition rates, please click below.

Transportation

Mileage for additional transportation

  • $1 per mile

Room and Board

For more information on housing accommodations, visit our Housing page.

Room and Board Rates

The fees listed below are the Summer 2019 rates. Room and board are included in all prices. If staying at the CMU Biological Station, there is no option to waive meals. Room and board rates are subject to change without notice.

CMU Student Rates

  • Dorm - Daily Rate (per person, per day): $40
  • Cabin - Daily Rate (per person, per day): $40
  • Campsite - Daily Rate (per person, per day): $36

Standard Rates / Room and Board (Mission-aligned rates for all users that are NOT CMU students enrolled in class at the CMUBS)

  • Dorm (per person, per day): $54 ($43 if you apply before May 1)
  • Cabin (per person, per day): $54 ($43 if you apply before May 1)
  • Campsite (per person, per day): $44 ($39 if you apply before May 1)
  • Faculty/Staff/Researcher Housing (per person, per day): $76 ($61 if you apply before May 1)
  • Immediate family members staying with faculty/staff/researcher in space provided while on CMU business (teaching class or doing research, rates are per person, per day): $30 (13 and older) ($24 if you apply before May 1), $20 (ages 5-12) ($16 if you apply before May 1)

Standard Rates / Room Only (Mission-aligned rates for all users that are NOT CMU students enrolled in a class at the CMUBS)

  • Dorm (per person, per day): $22
  • Cabin (per person, per day): $22
  • Campsite (per person, per day): $17
  • Faculty/Staff/Researcher Housing (per person, per day): $44

Note:

  • First cancellation of a reservation results in disqualification on eligibility for discounted rates
  • Second cancellation of a reservation disqualifies you from making future reservations

Per Meal Rates

For CMU Biological Station users not lodging at the Biological Station

  • Breakfast: $8
  • Lunch: $10
  • Dinner: $14

Miscellaneous Fees

  • Auditorium Use: $150 per day, 1-7 hours
  • Bench Use (for individuals): $25 per day
  • Classroom/Lab Use (for groups): $100 per day
  • Dining Room Use (for groups): $150 per day
  • Greenhouse Space use: $25 per day
  • Linens (towels or bed): $4 per request
    • Note: Dorm and cabin residents must provide their own linens
  • Lost Key: $50
  • CMUBS Group Tour Daily Charge: $100, less than 3 hours
  • CMUBS Group Tour Daily Charge: $250, more than 3 hours

NOTE: for non-mission-aligned rates, please contact John Gordon, station manager, at  gordo2jj@cmich.edu.

Financial Aid

CMU Biological Station Scholarships

  • Scholarships are available to help cover costs associated with research and coursework at CMUBS.
  • Scholarship information and applications are available online here.
  • The deadline for scholarship applications is March 15.