Michigan State University

East Lansing, Michigan


Costs to Attend Michigan State University

Are you interested in applying to Michigan State University yet wondering how much it costs or if you can afford to attend? Use our comprehensive price data and loan calculation tools to assist in determining if this school makes financial sense for you and your intended major of study.

Annual Cost

  • Total One Academic Year Cost
  • Michigan Residents: $22,174
  • Non Michigan Residents: $42,132
  • Cost Itemization
  • Tution for Michigan Residents: $12,622
  • Tution for non-Michigan Residents: $32,580
  • Room and Board or estimated off campus living expense: $8,526
  • Books and Supplies: $1,026
  • Other Fees: $0

The cost per year to attend Michigan State University is $22,174 for the 2012/2013 academic year. Residents outside of Michigan have a total one year cost of $42,132. How much may your student loan payments be and can you afford to attend? If you are interested in learning more, request additional information to be sent to you from Michigan State University

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2012-2013 and 2011-2012 IPEDS Survey and represent reported costs for the 2012-2013 and 2011-2012 academic years. Please consult the school directly for the most up to date price information.

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Estimated 4 Year Cost at Current Tuition

At current published tuition rates, the estimated total tuition and living expense cost of a 4 year bachelor's degree at Michigan State University is $88,696 for students graduating in normal time. Our methodology for estimating the 4 year cost is a multiple of the most recent reported annual cost and does not factor in tuition increases.

  • 4 Year Total Cost (tuition and living expenses): $88,696
  • 4 Year Out of State Total Cost (tuition and living expenses): $168,528

Estimated Cost Per Semester

  • Michigan Residents Total Cost Per Semester: $11,087
  • Non Michigan Residents Total Cost Per Semester: $21,066

Average Net Price and Financial Aid

  • Average Annual Net Price: $12,366*
  • Estimated Average 4 Year Degree Cost: $49,464**
  • Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid: 55%
  • Average Annual Total Grant Aid Amount: $8,528
  • Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants: 26%
  • Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid: $4,593
  • Percent of Students Receiving Federal Student Loans: 51%
  • Average Amount of Federal Student Loan Aid: $7,412

*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.

**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.

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.

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Michigan State University is a not for profit institution.

Example Student Loan Payments and Costs

How much are estimated student loan payments for Michigan State University? Below are the costs for an example student loan if you borrowed $49,464, our estimated average net price for a four year degree. Note that this calculation assumes you 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 $12,366. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments may be significantly higher than this example. Use our Michigan State 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.

  • Monthly Payment: $497.51
  • Amount Borrowed: $49,464.00
  • Interest Rate: 3.9%
  • Term: 10 years
  • Number of Monthly Payments: 120
  • Total Interest Cost: $10,237.73
  • Total of All Payments of 10 years: $59,701.73

Loan Affordability & Salary

Can I afford to attend Michigan State University? To keep student loan payments affordable, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income. When planning how to afford Michigan State University, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using these parameters, a salary of $59,701.73 is recommended to afford a $497.51 monthly payment in the example loan modeled above. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to Michigan State University in the future? In the past five years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $8,647 to $12,202. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 8.2%. 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 can expect to pay for a 4 year degree at this school assuming tuition increases along at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 4 year cost of $88,696.00. Use our college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for Michigan State University.

  • Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2019 - Annual: $30,494, 4 Year Degree: $121,978
  • Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2024 - Annual: $38,919, 4 Year Degree: $155,678
  • Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2029 - Annual: $49,672, 4 Year Degree: $198,689
  • Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2032 - Annual: $57,502, 4 Year Degree: $230,007

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost Per 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 Michigan State University are as follows.

  • Price per credit hour for Michigan residents: $426
  • Cost for one class for Michigan residents (3 credit hours): $1,278
  • Price per credit hour for out of state residents: $1,055
  • Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours): $3,165
  • Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours): $4,220

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Tuition History

What was tuition at Michigan State University for the past five, ten, fifteen or twenty years? Looking at historical tuition increase rates may provide an indication as to expected increases in the future. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1987 follows.

  • 2010 - $11,383 In State / $27,781 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 6.5% Annual Increase
  • 2009 - $10,690 In State / $26,084 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 7.8% Annual Increase
  • 2008 - $9,912 In State / $23,714 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 11.5% Annual Increase
  • 2007 - $8,887 In State / $21,476 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 9.6% Annual Increase
  • 2006 - $8,108 In State / $19,808 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 10.3% Annual Increase
  • 2005 - $7,352 In State / $18,148 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 4.4% Annual Increase
  • 2004 - $7,044 In State / $16,948 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 9.9% Annual Increase
  • 2003 - $6,412 In State / $15,423 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 8.5% Annual Increase
  • 2002 - $5,911 In State / $14,214 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 8.8% Annual Increase
  • 2001 - $5,432 In State / $13,056 Out of State Tuition and Fees. -2.8% Annual Increase
  • 2000 - $5,589 In State / $12,992 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 14.2% Annual Increase
  • 1999 - $4,896 In State / $12,126 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 2.2% Annual Increase
  • 1998 - $4,789 In State / $11,854 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 2.9% Annual Increase
  • 1997 - $4,655 In State / $11,720 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 3% Annual Increase
  • 1996 - $4,521 In State / $11,377 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 2.5% Annual Increase
  • 1995 - $4,409 In State / $10,994 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 3.5% Annual Increase
  • 1994 - $4,260 In State / $10,620 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 9.9% Annual Increase
  • 1993 - $3,876 In State / $9,648 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 11.6% Annual Increase
  • 1992 - $3,474 In State / $8,694 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 7.1% Annual Increase
  • 1991 - $3,245 In State / $8,116 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 7.2% Annual Increase
  • 1990 - $3,027 In State / $7,494 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 7.9% Annual Increase
  • 1989 - $2,805 In State / $6,934 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 10.2% Annual Increase
  • 1988 - $2,546 In State / $6,144 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 21.2% Annual Increase
  • 1987 - $2,100 In State / $5,407 Out of State Tuition and Fees.

Cost for Popular Majors

Below are the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Michigan State 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 $22,174. 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
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 374 $88,696
4 year cost
Social Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 344 $88,696
4 year cost
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 314 $88,696
4 year cost
Advertising Bachelor's Degree 313 $88,696
4 year cost
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 280 $88,696
4 year cost
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 273 $88,696
4 year cost
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management Bachelor's Degree 243 $88,696
4 year cost
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 239 $88,696
4 year cost
Hospitality Administration/Management, General Bachelor's Degree 226 $88,696
4 year cost
Education, General Bachelor's Degree 226 $88,696
4 year cost
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 191 $88,696
4 year cost
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 181 $88,696
4 year cost
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 170 $88,696
4 year cost
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree 162 $88,696
4 year cost
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Bachelor's Degree 160 $88,696
4 year cost
Packaging Science Bachelor's Degree 155 $88,696
4 year cost
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 151 $88,696
4 year cost
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia Bachelor's Degree 140 $88,696
4 year cost
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 138 $88,696
4 year cost
International Relations and Affairs Bachelor's Degree 136 $88,696
4 year cost
Zoology/Animal Biology Bachelor's Degree 133 $88,696
4 year cost
Animal Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 120 $88,696
4 year cost
Physiology, General Bachelor's Degree 119 $88,696
4 year cost
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 115 $88,696
4 year cost
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist Bachelor's Degree 112 $88,696
4 year cost
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 110 $88,696
4 year cost
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 102 $88,696
4 year cost
International/Global Studies Bachelor's Degree 100 $88,696
4 year cost
History, General Bachelor's Degree 95 $88,696
4 year cost
Dietetics/Dietitian Bachelor's Degree 93 $88,696
4 year cost
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 90 $88,696
4 year cost
Pre-Law Studies Bachelor's Degree 88 $88,696
4 year cost
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 82 $88,696
4 year cost
Family and Community Services Bachelor's Degree 79 $88,696
4 year cost
Nutrition Sciences Bachelor's Degree 78 $88,696
4 year cost
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree 78 $88,696
4 year cost
Merchandising and Buying Operations Bachelor's Degree 75 $88,696
4 year cost
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 70 $88,696
4 year cost
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 69 $88,696
4 year cost
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Bachelor's Degree 66 $88,696
4 year cost
Communications Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 64 $88,696
4 year cost
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 63 $88,696
4 year cost
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 62 $88,696
4 year cost
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 62 $88,696
4 year cost
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 61 $88,696
4 year cost
Microbiology, General Bachelor's Degree 60 $88,696
4 year cost
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 58 $88,696
4 year cost
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities Bachelor's Degree 57 $88,696
4 year cost
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 49 $88,696
4 year cost
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 49 $88,696
4 year cost
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 45 $88,696
4 year cost
Humanities/Humanistic Studies Bachelor's Degree 44 $88,696
4 year cost
Molecular Genetics Bachelor's Degree 43 $88,696
4 year cost
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 43 $88,696
4 year cost
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 40 $88,696
4 year cost
Interior Design Bachelor's Degree 39 $88,696
4 year cost
Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 35 $88,696
4 year cost
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management Bachelor's Degree 32 $88,696
4 year cost
Agricultural Business and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 31 $88,696
4 year cost
Fashion/Apparel Design Bachelor's Degree 30 $88,696
4 year cost
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 29 $88,696
4 year cost
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning Bachelor's Degree 29 $88,696
4 year cost
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing Bachelor's Degree 29 $88,696
4 year cost
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 27 $88,696
4 year cost
Music Pedagogy Bachelor's Degree 27 $88,696
4 year cost
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General Bachelor's Degree 27 $88,696
4 year cost
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 26 $88,696
4 year cost
Agricultural Engineering Bachelor's Degree 25 $88,696
4 year cost
Horticultural Science Bachelor's Degree 24 $88,696
4 year cost
Environmental Studies Bachelor's Degree 24 $88,696
4 year cost
Radio and Television Bachelor's Degree 24 $88,696
4 year cost
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant Bachelor's Degree 22 $88,696
4 year cost
Food Science Bachelor's Degree 22 $88,696
4 year cost
Landscape Architecture Bachelor's Degree 22 $88,696
4 year cost
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 21 $88,696
4 year cost
Soil Science and Agronomy, General Bachelor's Degree 21 $88,696
4 year cost
Environmental Biology Bachelor's Degree 20 $88,696
4 year cost
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General Bachelor's Degree 18 $88,696
4 year cost
Child Development Bachelor's Degree 18 $88,696
4 year cost
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 17 $88,696
4 year cost
Athletic Training/Trainer Bachelor's Degree 17 $88,696
4 year cost
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 17 $88,696
4 year cost
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness Bachelor's Degree 15 $88,696
4 year cost
Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 15 $88,696
4 year cost
Public Administration Bachelor's Degree 15 $88,696
4 year cost
Natural Resource Economics Bachelor's Degree 14 $88,696
4 year cost
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 14 $88,696
4 year cost
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 13 $88,696
4 year cost
Astrophysics Bachelor's Degree 13 $88,696
4 year cost
Chinese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 13 $88,696
4 year cost
Materials Engineering Bachelor's Degree 12 $88,696
4 year cost
Japanese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 12 $88,696
4 year cost
Art Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 11 $88,696
4 year cost
Geographic Information Science and Cartography Bachelor's Degree 11 $88,696
4 year cost
Forestry, General Bachelor's Degree 9 $88,696
4 year cost
Geography Bachelor's Degree 9 $88,696
4 year cost
Pre-Veterinary Studies Bachelor's Degree 7 $88,696
4 year cost
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other Bachelor's Degree 7 $88,696
4 year cost
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 7 $88,696
4 year cost
Information Science/Studies Bachelor's Degree 6 $88,696
4 year cost
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 5 $88,696
4 year cost
Chemical Physics Bachelor's Degree 5 $88,696
4 year cost
Botany/Plant Biology Bachelor's Degree 5 $88,696
4 year cost
Entomology Bachelor's Degree 4 $88,696
4 year cost
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 4 $88,696
4 year cost
Jazz/Jazz Studies Bachelor's Degree 4 $88,696
4 year cost
Music Therapy/Therapist Bachelor's Degree 4 $88,696
4 year cost
Russian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 4 $88,696
4 year cost
Statistics, General Bachelor's Degree 3 $88,696
4 year cost
Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology Bachelor's Degree 3 $88,696
4 year cost
Agricultural Communication/Journalism Bachelor's Degree 2 $88,696
4 year cost
Plant Pathology/Phytopathology Bachelor's Degree 1 $88,696
4 year cost
Computational Mathematics Bachelor's Degree 1 $88,696
4 year cost
Biological and Physical Sciences Bachelor's Degree 1 $88,696
4 year cost
Music Theory and Composition Bachelor's Degree 1 $88,696
4 year cost
Physical Sciences Bachelor's Degree 1 $88,696
4 year cost
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 1 $88,696
4 year cost
American/United States Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 1 $88,696
4 year cost
Arabic Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 $88,696
4 year cost
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 $88,696
4 year cost

About Michigan State University

Michigan State University is a four year public college located in East Lansing, Michigan.  Full time enrollment is 41,717 and part time is 6,237.  For the 2011/2012 school year, the school received 30,224 applicants. 21,327 were admitted and 8,354 enrolled.

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

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