Tuition and Cost to Attend Metropolitan State University

Annual Total Cost

The total list price for in-state Minnesota residents to go to Metropolitan State University is $19,526 for the 2013/2014 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't possess Minnesota residence can expect a one year cost of $26,111. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing can expect a total cost of $8,142.

Undergraduate Tuition

Metropolitan State University tuition is $6,329 per year for in-state residents. This is 1% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $6,256. The cost is $12,576 and 67% cheaper than the average Minnesota tuition of $18,905 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 1st in Minnesota amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 68th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $12,914 which represents a 104% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $313 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $6,642.

Housing Costs

Metropolitan State University doesn't offer on campus housing. If you're not living with family you will need to budget for food and housing in the Saint Paul area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $11,384.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,500.

Costs and Tuition for Metropolitan State University
Expenditure Price
Minnesota Resident Total Cost (Off Campus Housing)$19,526
   In-State Tuition$6,329
   Other Fees$313
   Off-Campus Housing Estimate$11,384
   Books and Supplies$1,500
Minnesota Resident Total Cost (Living with Parents)$8,142
   In-State Tuition$6,329
   Other Fees$313
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   Books and Supplies$1,500
Non-Resident Total Cost (Off Campus Housing)$26,111
   Out-of-State Tuition$12,914
   Other Fees$313
   Off-Campus Housing Estimate$11,384
   Books and Supplies$1,500

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 $19,526 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported Metropolitan State University net price for in-state students $14,641* for the 2011/2012 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

43% of Metropolitan State University students received grant aid in 2010/2011. The average total aid amount was $3,502. 36 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 $3,170. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Metropolitan State University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Metropolitan State University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$14,641*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid43%
Average Total Grant Aid$3,502
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants36%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$3,170

Average Net Price for In-State Students by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last reported for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$13,946
$30,001 to $48,000$13,521
$48,001 to $75,000$17,234
$75,001 to $110,000$16,731
$110,000+$19,546

Average Financial Aid Mix - $19,526 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $19,526. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.

18%
42%
40%

Grants and Scholarships

 18% - $3,502

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, Metropolitan State University or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 42% - $8,118

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

Out of Pocket

 40% -  $7,906

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 ability to pay for college, 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 Metropolitan State 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 Metropolitan State University is $78,104 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 $13,302 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $53,208**

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 $97,630 or $66,510 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 Metropolitan State University.

Minnesota Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,164
Minnesota Resident Total Cost Per Semester$9,763
Non-Minnesota Resident Tuition Per Semester$6,457
Non-Minnesota Resident Total Cost Per Semester$13,056

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 Metropolitan State 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 Metropolitan State University
Price per credit hour for Minnesota residents$201
Cost for one class for Minnesota residents (3 credit hours)$603
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$410
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$1,230
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$1,640



Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 49% of Metropolitan State University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $8,118.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Metropolitan State University? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, 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 $53,208, 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 $66,666.27. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Metropolitan State University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 43% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $13,302. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Metropolitan 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.

Metropolitan State University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$555.55
Amount Borrowed$53,208.00
Interest Rate4.7%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$13,458.27
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$66,666.27

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Metropolitan State 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 considering attending Metropolitan 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 the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $66,666.27 would be needed to afford a $555.55 monthly payment in the example $53,208.00 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.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to Metropolitan State University in the future? In the past five years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $5,082 to $6,341. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 5%. 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 $78,104.00. 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 Metropolitan State University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2019$26,853$107,411
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2024$34,272$137,087
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2029 $43,740$174,962
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2032 $50,635$202,540

Tuition History

What was tuition at Metropolitan State 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$5,627$11,173 2.8%
2009$5,473$10,633 4%
2008$5,262$10,302 3.5%
2007$5,082$9,912 8.6%
2006$4,681$9,111 6.6%
2005$4,392$8,532 14%
2004$3,852$8,232 14.7%
2003$3,357$7,151 7.9%
2002$3,111$6,834 5.7%
2001$2,942$6,462 3.8%
2000$2,835$6,037 -1.2%
1999$2,868$6,153 3.4%
1998$2,773$5,948 7.9%
1997$2,570$5,656 3.3%
1996$2,488$5,397 7.2%
1995$2,320$4,933 4.9%
1994$2,212$4,504 8.8%
1993$2,033$4,022 8.1%
1992$1,881$3,521 7.1%
1991$1,757$3,005 7.3%
1990$1,637$2,719 13.7%
1989$1,440$2,318 2.9%
1988$1,400$2,256 2.1%
1987$1,371$2,220

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Metropolitan State University to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.

Area of Study Graduates vs National Avg
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 241 29% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 156 19% cheaper
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 105 27% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 38 27% cheaper
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree 32 27% cheaper
Information Science/Studies Bachelor's Degree 30 23% cheaper
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling Bachelor's Degree 30 9% cheaper
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance Bachelor's Degree 26 7% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 24 27% cheaper
Communication, General Bachelor's Degree 23 25% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 21 28% cheaper
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 20 30% cheaper
Playwriting and Screenwriting Bachelor's Degree 14 43% cheaper
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 13 34% cheaper
English/Language Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 11 16% cheaper
International Business/Trade/Commerce Bachelor's Degree 10 28% cheaper
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing Bachelor's Degree 10 24% cheaper
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 10 16% cheaper
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 10 17% cheaper
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist Bachelor's Degree 9 21% cheaper
Developmental and Child Psychology Bachelor's Degree 9 31% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Bachelor's Degree 8 13% cheaper
Applied Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 6 34% cheaper
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 6 35% cheaper
Mathematics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 6 17% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 5 15% cheaper
Biology Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 4 12% cheaper
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General Bachelor's Degree 3 16% cheaper
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 3 38% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 3 30% cheaper
Ethnic Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 39% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Police Science Bachelor's Degree 2 14% cheaper
Social Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 2 23% cheaper
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management Bachelor's Degree 2 13% cheaper
Human Services, General Bachelor's Degree 1 17% cheaper
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 1 19% cheaper
Social Studies Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 21% cheaper
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 1 20% cheaper
Operations Management and Supervision Bachelor's Degree 1 11% cheaper
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 1 21% cheaper
Public Administration Bachelor's Degree 1 15% cheaper
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 1 20% cheaper
Advertising Bachelor's Degree 1 24% cheaper
Creative Writing Bachelor's Degree 1 36% cheaper
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 1 21% cheaper

Calculators

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About Metropolitan State University

Metropolitan State University is a four year public college located in Saint Paul, Minnesota.  Full time enrollment is 2,780 and part time is 5,405.  For the 2011/2012 school year, the school received 280 applicants. 280 were admitted and 94 enrolled.

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

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Metropolitan State University
700 E Seventh St
Saint Paul, Minnesota
55106-5000

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