More than one-third of Central Michigan University’s recent graduates transferred to CMU from other colleges and universities in order to finish or further their academic career.

Because of our commitment to making a top-rated college education affordable, CMU has had the lowest tuition increase among Michigan's 15 public institutions over the past nine years. 

At the same time, CMU has increased its scholarships and financial aid 87 percent since 2010. More than 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. 

If you’re a transfer student looking to secure financial aid and scholarships, we’ve outlined steps you can take toward paying for your CMU degree:

  1. Determine your approximate costs using the CMU Cost Calculator

    Costs for the 2018-2019 school year at CMU's 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 (2018-2019)

    Roo​m and board​​​2
    Books and supplies ​​​(esti​mated)
                 Student Services fee
    Travel and miscellaneous (estim​ated)
    Total costs$24,889

    1Costs reflect 30 credit hours per year at $417 per credit hour for U.S. residents.
    2Based on an unlimited meal plan and a standard residence hall. 

  2. Submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

    You can complete this form online beginning October 1.
    • Have your tax information ready, 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 application-based & transfer scholarships
    In addition to the transfer student merit awards that require no additional application, there are application-based scholarships 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. 
We understand that going to college is exciting, but paying for it usually isn't. We're here to help make your transfer process as smooth and easy as possible.

If you need assistance or have questions regarding financial aid for transfer students, don't hesitate to contact CMU's Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid at 989-774-3674 or