Central Michigan University is committed to making college affordable, keeping tuition for first-year students the same for a third consecutive year.

CMU has had the lowest cumulative tuition increase among Michigan's 15 public institutions over the past 10 years. The lower level tuition is lower than eight of Michigan's 15 public universities, while the upper level tuition is lower than ten of Michigan’s 15 public universities.

2020-2021 tuition for new students

Lower level (fewer than 56 credit hours)

 Per Credit HourPer Semester*
Per Year
All U.S. Residents


Upper level (56 credit hours or more)

 Per Credit HourPer Semester*
Per Year
All U.S. Residents

*Based on 15 credit hours per semester.

Cost of attendance

​ Tuition
​ $12,510
 Room and board**
 Books and supplies 
​ $1,000
​ Travel and misc 
​ $2,080
 Student Service Fee 
​ $450
​ Estimated total (all U.S. residents) 

**Based on a standard room and unlimited meal plan. Other options are available. First-and second-year students are required to live in a residence hall or in Northwest Apartments. Exceptions may be requested. For a list of qualifying exceptions, visit reslife.cmich.edu.

Get help paying for college. Find out how to manage your costs and why you should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.