​Financing your education at Central Michigan University is an investment in your future.

We understand the cost of pursuing a master's, specialist or doctoral degree may be overwhelming. CMU values your drive and determination to achieve your educational goals. That's why we established in-state tuition rates for all U.S. residents, and encourage all students to explore scholarships, graduate assistantships, grants and on-campus employment opportunities that might be available to them.

Tuition Rates

Effective Fall 2018, undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students who are United States (U.S.) residents shall qualify for in-state tuition rates.  This does not apply to specialty programs with unique tuition rates.

Click here for current tuition rates.

These rates do not apply to specialty programs with unique tuition rates.
Specialty rates for distance learning programs
Specialty rates for main campus programs
Tuition Status for Graduate Fellows and Assistants

For the purpose of determining tuition rates, doctoral level fellows and assistant are given in-state tuition for the duration of their program of study. Master's and specialist's level fellows and assistants are classified as U.S. domiciled for the purpose of tuition only during the academic year of the award (including subsequent summer).

Legacy Tuition Award

​Any newly admitted graduate student with a parent or grandparent who earned a degree from CMU may receive this award for Resident Tuition throughout the duration of their academic program.  Applicants must complete the section of the admissions application that asks for information about the parent or grandparent who attended CMU.


More than 25 specialized scholarships and awards are available for graduate students. Many are endowments created by individuals, organizations and corporations to support CMU students in their efforts to achieve advanced degrees.

A full list can be found in the Graduate Student Bulletin. For more information, contact CMU’s Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

Would you like to see how CMU invests your tuition dollars?

Central Michigan University works hard to keep high-quality education as affordable as possible.

Through frugal spending, and smart investiment in student education and an enhanced learning environment, CMU students have been given the lowest cumulative tuition increase of all public universities in Michigan from 2009-2017.

Click here to see how Central Michigan University spreads out the investment of tuition dollars into faculty, facilities, scholarships, and student support services.