Tuition and Cost to Attend Central Michigan University

Annual Total Cost

The total cost for in-state Michigan residents to go to Central Michigan University is $20,764 for the 2013/2014 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't possess Michigan residence can expect a one year cost of $33,214. The components to this cost are detailed below.

Undergraduate Tuition

Central Michigan University tuition is $11,220 per year for in-state residents. This is 79% more expensive than the national average pubic four yearr tuition of $6,256. The fee is $5,603 and 33% cheaper than the average Michigan tuition of $16,823 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 25th in Michigan amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 42nd most expensive 4 year college in the state. If you're attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $23,670 which represents a 111% premium.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $8,544 per year. If you elect to live off campus elsewhere in Mount Pleasant, you should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,000.

Other Fees

There is an additional fee of $0 which is charged in addition to tuition.

Cost Itemization

Costs and Tuition Detail for Central Michigan University
Expenditure Price
Michigan Resident Total Cost$20,764
Non-Resident Total Cost$33,214
   In-State Tuition$11,220
   Out-of-State Tution$23,670
   Room and Board$8,544
   Books and Supplies$1,000
   Other Fees$0

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2013-2014 and 2012-2013 IPEDS Survey and represent reported costs for the 2013-2014 and 2012-2013 academic years.

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What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $20,764 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out of pocket price you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported Central Michigan University net price for in-state students receiving aid was $12,918* for the 2010/2011 academic year.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

55% of Central Michigan University students recieved grant aid in 2010/2011 to help defray the cost of tuition. The average total aid amount was $6,004. 35 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2010/2011 was $4,235. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Central Michigan University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Central Michigan University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$12,918*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid55%
Average Total Grant Aid$6,004
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants35%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,235

Average Financial Aid Mix - $20,764 In-State Total Cost

Estimated coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $20,764. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.

6004
7925
6835

 29% - $6,004

Grants and Scholarships

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education or Central Michigan University. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

 38% - $7,925

Federal Loans

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

 33% -  $6,835

Out of Pocket

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2011-2012 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.


Cost of a Degree

When considering the cost to go to Central Michigan University, the annual cost is often discussed but it's the "all in" multi year degree cost which matters in the end. Let's take a look at what it could really cost for four years at Central Michigan University.

Estimated 4 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at Central Michigan University is $83,056 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 4 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $12,918 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $51,672**

If you end up on the "five year plan" and need an additional year to graduate, your five year cost could be as high as $103,820 or $64,590 using an average net price.

**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2011-2012 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Estimated Cost Per Semester

Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at Central Michigan University.

Michigan Resident Tuition Per Semester$5,610
Michigan Resident Total Cost Per Semester$10,382
Non-Michigan Resident Tuition Per Semester$11,835
Non-Michigan Resident Total Cost Per Semester$16,607

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at Central Michigan University are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at Central Michigan University
Price per credit hour for Michigan residents$347
Cost for one class for Michigan residents (3 credit hours)$1,041
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$773
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$2,319
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$3,092

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Student Loans

The secondry consideration after understanding the cost of college is figuring out how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assitance, but student loans end up financing a singificant portion of higher education in the U.S. 68% of Central Michigan University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average Federal Loan aid amount of $7,925.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Central Michigan University? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting finacial aid you receieve, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $51,672, 100% of the estimated average net price for a four year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $64,741.76. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Central Michigan University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 55% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $12,918. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Central Michigan University student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

Central Michigan University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$539.51
Amount Borrowed$51,672.00
Interest Rate4.7%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$13,069.76
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$64,741.76

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Central Michigan University? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're condidering attending Central Michigan University, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $64,741.76 would be needed to afford a $539.51 monthly payment in the example $51,672.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Central Michigan University is a public not for profit institution. Public schools often represent the best value for your education dollar, especially when students qualify for in-state tuition.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to Central Michigan University in the future? In the past five years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $7,530 to $10,024. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 6.6%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 4 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 4 year cost of $83,056.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for Central Michigan University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2019$28,555$114,221
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2024$36,445$145,779
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2029 $46,514$186,055
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2032 $53,845$215,381

Tuition History

What was tuition at Central Michigan University five, ten, fifteen or twenty years ago? Hop into our time machine and take a look. Pay attention to how aggressive the school has been with price increases the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years if you enrolled. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1988 follows.

YearIn-StateOut-of-stateAnnual Increase
2010$10,170$23,670 4.6%
2009$9,720$22,590 6.6%
2008$9,120$21,210 21.1%
2007$7,530$17,520 17.8%
2006$6,390$14,850 19.1%
2005$5,365$12,467 2.8%
2004$5,218$12,148 9.9%
2003$4,747$11,119 11.8%
2002$4,247$9,938 12.5%
2001$3,775$8,951 4%
2000$3,630$8,655 0.1%
1999$3,626$8,648 2.3%
1998$3,546$8,441 3%
1997$3,443$8,191 9.6%
1996$3,142$7,729 3.5%
1995$3,037$7,454 4.7%
1994$2,900$7,132 9.4%
1993$2,652$6,488 13.1%
1992$2,345$5,833 10.2%
1991$2,128$5,275 6.2%
1990$2,004$4,949 9.6%
1989$1,828$4,485 10%
1988$1,662$4,096 0%

Cost for Popular Majors

Below are the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Central Michigan University ranked by degrees conferred during the 2010/2011 academic year along with their estimated total program cost. Please consult the school's website for further information as actual costs for specific program may vary. Price estimates assume graduation in normal time. Our methodology for estimating these costs is a two or four year multiple of the current one year tuition and living cost of $20,764. Associates degrees are assumed to be completed in two years and bachelors degrees are assumed to take four years.

Area of Study Graduates Estimated Degree + Living Expense Cost
Community Organization and Advocacy Bachelor's Degree 173 $83,056
4 year estimate
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other Bachelor's Degree 140 $83,056
4 year estimate
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 42 $83,056
4 year estimate
Information Technology Bachelor's Degree 38 $83,056
4 year estimate
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 38 $83,056
4 year estimate
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 37 $83,056
4 year estimate
Dietetics/Dietitian Bachelor's Degree 36 $83,056
4 year estimate
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 32 $83,056
4 year estimate
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management Bachelor's Degree 31 $83,056
4 year estimate
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 29 $83,056
4 year estimate
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 29 $83,056
4 year estimate
Automotive Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 28 $83,056
4 year estimate
Organizational Communication, General Bachelor's Degree 28 $83,056
4 year estimate
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 28 $83,056
4 year estimate
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 26 $83,056
4 year estimate
Hospitality Administration/Management, General Bachelor's Degree 26 $83,056
4 year estimate
Family Systems Bachelor's Degree 25 $83,056
4 year estimate
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 25 $83,056
4 year estimate
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 25 $83,056
4 year estimate
Interior Architecture Bachelor's Degree 24 $83,056
4 year estimate
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy Bachelor's Degree 24 $83,056
4 year estimate
History Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 24 $83,056
4 year estimate
Athletic Training/Trainer Bachelor's Degree 22 $83,056
4 year estimate
International Business/Trade/Commerce Bachelor's Degree 20 $83,056
4 year estimate
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 19 $83,056
4 year estimate
Graphic Design Bachelor's Degree 18 $83,056
4 year estimate
Art Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 17 $83,056
4 year estimate
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation Bachelor's Degree 16 $83,056
4 year estimate
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 15 $83,056
4 year estimate
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 15 $83,056
4 year estimate
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 13 $83,056
4 year estimate
English/Language Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 13 $83,056
4 year estimate
Meteorology Bachelor's Degree 12 $83,056
4 year estimate
Fashion Merchandising Bachelor's Degree 12 $83,056
4 year estimate
History, General Bachelor's Degree 12 $83,056
4 year estimate
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 12 $83,056
4 year estimate
Photojournalism Bachelor's Degree 11 $83,056
4 year estimate
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 10 $83,056
4 year estimate
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 9 $83,056
4 year estimate
Child Development Bachelor's Degree 8 $83,056
4 year estimate
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 8 $83,056
4 year estimate
Social Studies Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 8 $83,056
4 year estimate
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 8 $83,056
4 year estimate
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 7 $83,056
4 year estimate
Mathematics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 7 $83,056
4 year estimate
Natural Resources/Conservation, General Bachelor's Degree 7 $83,056
4 year estimate
Real Estate Bachelor's Degree 7 $83,056
4 year estimate
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General Bachelor's Degree 7 $83,056
4 year estimate
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 7 $83,056
4 year estimate
Creative Writing Bachelor's Degree 6 $83,056
4 year estimate
Social Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 6 $83,056
4 year estimate
Neuroscience Bachelor's Degree 6 $83,056
4 year estimate
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 6 $83,056
4 year estimate
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 6 $83,056
4 year estimate
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 5 $83,056
4 year estimate
Biology Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 5 $83,056
4 year estimate
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General Bachelor's Degree 5 $83,056
4 year estimate
Purchasing, Procurement/Acquisitions and Contracts Management Bachelor's Degree 4 $83,056
4 year estimate
LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES Bachelor's Degree 4 $83,056
4 year estimate
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 4 $83,056
4 year estimate
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 4 $83,056
4 year estimate
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 4 $83,056
4 year estimate
Statistics, General Bachelor's Degree 4 $83,056
4 year estimate
Geographic Information Science and Cartography Bachelor's Degree 4 $83,056
4 year estimate
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 4 $83,056
4 year estimate
International Relations and Affairs Bachelor's Degree 4 $83,056
4 year estimate
Land Use Planning and Management/Development Bachelor's Degree 4 $83,056
4 year estimate
Social Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 4 $83,056
4 year estimate
Acting Bachelor's Degree 4 $83,056
4 year estimate
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other Bachelor's Degree 3 $83,056
4 year estimate
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General Bachelor's Degree 3 $83,056
4 year estimate
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances Bachelor's Degree 3 $83,056
4 year estimate
Health Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 3 $83,056
4 year estimate
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 3 $83,056
4 year estimate
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 3 $83,056
4 year estimate
Accounting and Related Services, Other Bachelor's Degree 3 $83,056
4 year estimate
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies Bachelor's Degree 3 $83,056
4 year estimate
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 3 $83,056
4 year estimate
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 3 $83,056
4 year estimate
Spanish Language Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 3 $83,056
4 year estimate
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 3 $83,056
4 year estimate
Foodservice Systems Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 2 $83,056
4 year estimate
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 2 $83,056
4 year estimate
Operations Management and Supervision Bachelor's Degree 2 $83,056
4 year estimate
Biomedical Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 2 $83,056
4 year estimate
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 2 $83,056
4 year estimate
Financial Planning and Services Bachelor's Degree 2 $83,056
4 year estimate
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 $83,056
4 year estimate
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 $83,056
4 year estimate
Speech Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 2 $83,056
4 year estimate
Musical Theatre Bachelor's Degree 2 $83,056
4 year estimate
Manufacturing Engineering Bachelor's Degree 2 $83,056
4 year estimate
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 2 $83,056
4 year estimate
Music Theory and Composition Bachelor's Degree 1 $83,056
4 year estimate
Astronomy Bachelor's Degree 1 $83,056
4 year estimate
Health/Health Care Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 1 $83,056
4 year estimate
Public Relations/Image Management Bachelor's Degree 1 $83,056
4 year estimate
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 $83,056
4 year estimate
Advertising Bachelor's Degree 1 $83,056
4 year estimate
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 $83,056
4 year estimate
Public Health Education and Promotion Bachelor's Degree 1 $83,056
4 year estimate
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 1 $83,056
4 year estimate
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 1 $83,056
4 year estimate
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 $83,056
4 year estimate
Business Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 $83,056
4 year estimate
Retail Management Bachelor's Degree 1 $83,056
4 year estimate
Geography Bachelor's Degree 1 $83,056
4 year estimate
Casino Management Bachelor's Degree 1 $83,056
4 year estimate
Environmental Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 $83,056
4 year estimate
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General Bachelor's Degree 1 $83,056
4 year estimate
Chemistry Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 $83,056
4 year estimate
French Language Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 $83,056
4 year estimate
Mathematics and Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 1 $83,056
4 year estimate
Actuarial Science Bachelor's Degree 1 $83,056
4 year estimate
Cognitive Science Bachelor's Degree 1 $83,056
4 year estimate
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 1 $83,056
4 year estimate
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology Bachelor's Degree 1 $83,056
4 year estimate
Earth Science Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 $83,056
4 year estimate
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree 1 $83,056
4 year estimate
Sports Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 $83,056
4 year estimate
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 1 $83,056
4 year estimate
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 1 $83,056
4 year estimate
Journalism, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 $83,056
4 year estimate

About Central Michigan University

Central Michigan University is a four year public college located in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.  Full time enrollment is 20,880 and part time is 7,314.  For the 2011/2012 school year, the school received 18,358 applicants. 12,655 were admitted and 3,345 enrolled.

Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

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