Going to college is exciting.

But paying for it usually isn't. We are committed to making it a little easier on your wallet or purse. In fact, CMU has had the lowest tuition increase over the last six years among all 15 public universities in the state. 

During that same period, CMU has increased its scholarships and financial aid 67 percent. Eight out of 10 CMU students receive financial assistance from a pool of more than $361 million of annual aid including scholarships, financial aid, and work-study, just to name a few. 

Here are some steps you can take toward paying for college.

  1. Determine your approximate costs using the CMU Cost Calculator.

    Costs for the 2016-2017 school year at the main campus in Mount Pleasant are listed below. Please note that annual cost of attendance varies by individual and is dependent upon the number of credit hours taken.

    Annual Costs (2016-2017)
     
    Michigan
    residents*
    Non-Michigan
    residents**
    Tuition
    $12,150 $23,670
    Roo​m and board​​​
    $9,406​​$9,406
    Books and supplies ​​​(esti​mated)
    $1,000 $1,000 
    Travel and miscellaneous (estim​ated)
    $938​​$938
    Total costs $23,494$35,014



    *Tuition cost based on the 2016-2017 new student tuition (30 credit hours per year at $405 per credit hour). Room and board cost based on an unlimited meal plan and a standard residence hall. Totals do not include books, supplies, and personal items. View the Residence Policy .

    **Tuition based on actual continuing student tuition (30 credit hours per year at $789 per credit hour). Room and board cost based on an unlimited meal plan and a standard residence hall. Totals do not include books, supplies, and personal items.

    When comparing costs at several universities, ask about mandatory fees and differential tuition that increases with certain majors. CMU assess no mandatory fees or differential tuition rates.

  2. Submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
    You can complete this form online beginning October 1.
    • Have your tax information - or your parents’ information if you depend on them financially. 
    • On the FAFSA, designate Central Michigan University (Title IV School Code: 002243) as your school of choice to receive financial aid.

  3. Apply for scholarships. 
    In addition to the merit awards that require no additional application, there are many application-based scholarships available that have specific application forms and deadlines. 

  4. Look for an on-campus job. 
    There are hundreds of positions available on campus in just about any area of interest. If you receive a Work Study opportunity on your merit award letter (which comes to you in the Spring after you complete the FAFSA), you will have high priority for landing a campus job.

  5. Enroll in CMU's interest-free payment plan. 
    The CMU Payment Plan helps make college more affordable by paying for tuition and fees over time. 
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