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Costs and Affordability

When it comes to your college expenses, your costs will result from the choices you make based on your own situation. The tables below show estimated CMU costs for the 2023-24 academic year based on the choices we see the average CMU student make.

Tuition and fees

Tuition covers the cost of your classes and includes the student service fee. We base our estimate on taking 15 credits per semester — the average needed to reach the minimum 120 credits required for a 4-year degree.

Tuition is based on lower level and upper level, based on the amount of credit hours you have. 

All U.S. residents pay in-state tuition regardless of the state you live in.

Eligible Michigan students attend CMU tuition-free through the  CMU Tuition Advantage program.

Estimated tuition and fees cost $14,190

Housing and food

We've calculated housing and food costs using our standard room and most common meal plan. Keep in mind these expenses will differ if you choose a premium room, a reduced meal plan or if you're eligible to live off-campus.

Think you want more space? Or maybe a smaller meal plan? This number can be tailored to you, your needs, and your financial situation. Our housing and food rates page lists all options to find your best fit. 

Estimated housing and food cost $12,178
Total estimated first-year costs $26,368*

* This figure is for incoming undergraduate students in the 2023-2024 academic year, based on 15 lower level credits per semester; standard residence hall; All Access 450 meal plan. Rates may change.

Cost resources

Have you filed your FAFSA? With federal aid, you may receive grants, loans, student employment and other aid to help offset the cost of attending college. Learn how to apply for financial aid.

Additionally, your high school probably offers numerous regional scholarships that will help to lower the cost of tuition.

Finally, we have our scholarships. From merit awards, that are automatically awarded (one less application!) to departmental scholarships, we're dedicated to helping you afford your education.

Terms and definitions

Students with less than 56 credit hours pay the lower level tuition rate which is $458 per credit hour.

Students with 56 credit hours or more pay the upper level tuition rate which is $498 per credit hour.