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 among Michigan's 15 public institutions over the past eight years. 

At the same time, CMU has increased its scholarships and financial aid 87 percent since George E. Ross was named president in 2010. Eight out of 10 CMU students receive financial assistance from a pool of more than $309 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 2017-2018 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 (2017-2018)
    $12,510 $23,670
    Roo​m and board​​​2
    Books and supplies ​​​(esti​mated)
    $1,000 $1,000 
    Travel and miscellaneous (estim​ated)
    Total costs $24,076$35,900

    1Costs reflect 30 credit hours per year at $417 per credit hour for in-state students or $789 for non-Michigan students. View the Residence Policy.
    2Based on an unlimited meal plan and a standard residence hall. 

    *Effective fall semester 2018, all U.S. citizens will pay in-state tuition. 

    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.