At Central Michigan University we are committed to making college affordable. 

CMU has had the lowest cumulative tuition increase among Michigan's 15 public institutions over the past 10 years and continues to be among the most affordable universities in the state. Among Michigan's 15 public institutions, 10 have tuition rates higher than CMU's.

Additionally, more than eight out of 10 CMU students receive financial assistance of some kind, and we have increased our scholarships and financial aid by 87 percent since 2010.

2021-2022 tuition levels

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.

New student cost of attendance

​ Tuition
​ $12,750
 Room and board**
 Books and supplies 
​ $1,000
​ Travel and misc 
​ $1,250
 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

Traditions Program offers free tuition for qualifying students

Our longstanding commitment to providing exceptional financial aid packages to students and families in need means we also revisit existing programs to make sure we’re doing all we can for our students. Our CMU Traditions program is an excellent example. Using a combination of federal, state and institutional aid, our program covers tuition and mandatory fees for incoming first-time college students or transfer students who qualify. We’ve extended the reach of this important program.

To qualify for the CMU Traditions program, a student must:

  • Be a degree-seeking freshman or transfer student.
  • Be enrolled full-time (at least 12 credit hours or more each semester) at CMU’s main campus.
  • Be a Michigan resident.
  • Have a combined student and family adjusted gross income of $50,000.
  • Have family assets of $50,000 or less and meet the eligibility requirements.
Please read the FAQ document for additional details.

Additional aid

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