Tuition and Cost to Attend University of Missouri-Columbia

Annual Total Cost

The total list price for in-state Missouri residents to go to University of Missouri-Columbia is $19,647 for the 2013/2014 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't possess Missouri residence can expect a one year cost of $33,996.

Undergraduate Tuition

University of Missouri Columbia tuition is $8,220 per year for in-state residents. This is 31% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $6,256. The cost is $7,040 and 46% cheaper than the average Missouri tuition of $15,260 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 18th in Missouri amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 59th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $22,569 which represents a 175% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $1,195 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $9,415.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $9,286 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Columbia should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $946.

Costs and Tuition for University of Missouri Columbia
Expenditure Price
Missouri Resident Total Cost $19,647
   In-State Tuition$8,220
   Other Fees$1,195
   Room and Board$9,286
   Books and Supplies$946
Non-Resident Total Cost $33,996
   Out-of-State Tuition$22,569
   Other Fees$1,195
   Room and Board$9,286
   Books and Supplies$946

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 $19,647 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 University of Missouri-Columbia net price for in-state students $16,505* for the 2011/2012 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

61% of University of Missouri Columbia students received grant aid in 2010/2011. The average total aid amount was $6,475. 22 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 $4,059. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend University of Missouri Columbia, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for University of Missouri Columbia
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$16,505*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid61%
Average Total Grant Aid$6,475
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants22%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,059

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$12,242
$30,001 to $48,000$13,399
$48,001 to $75,000$16,149
$75,001 to $110,000$18,635

Average Financial Aid Mix - $19,647 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $19,647. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 33% - $6,475

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

Federal Loans

 34% - $6,603

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

Out of Pocket

 33% -  $6,569

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.

Is it Worth the Cost?

To make a comparative assessment if University of Missouri-Columbia is worth the price, measures of it's relative value for tuition dollar can be examined. We've calculated an academic national percentile rating of 61/100 for University of Missouri Columbia. Considering an average net price paid of $15,759, this leads to an overall value ranking of 74/100. This places the school 100th on our national Best Value Colleges ranking as a provider of a very high value education compared to actual overall price paid.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Public Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. University of Missouri Columbia
Missouri University of Science and Technology0% less expensive
University of Missouri St Louis15.3% more expensive
University of Iowa18.8% less expensive
Iowa State University19.1% less expensive
Northern Illinois University10.7% more expensive

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 University of Missouri Columbia.

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 University of Missouri-Columbia is $78,588 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 $15,759 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $63,036**

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 $98,235 or $78,795 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 University of Missouri Columbia.

Missouri Resident Tuition Per Semester$4,110
Missouri Resident Total Cost Per Semester$9,824
Non-Missouri Resident Tuition Per Semester$11,284
Non-Missouri Resident Total Cost Per Semester$16,998

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 University of Missouri Columbia 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 University of Missouri Columbia
Price per credit hour for Missouri residents$262
Cost for one class for Missouri residents (3 credit hours)$786
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$688
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$2,064
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$2,752

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. 51% of University of Missouri Columbia students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $6,603. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $24,661.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for University of Missouri Columbia? 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 $63,036, 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 $78,980.13. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at University of Missouri Columbia. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 61% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $15,759. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our University of Missouri Columbia 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.

University of Missouri Columbia Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$658.17
Amount Borrowed$63,036.00
Interest Rate4.7%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$15,944.13
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$78,980.13

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend University of Missouri-Columbia? 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 University of Missouri Columbia, 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 $78,980.13 would be needed to afford a $658.17 monthly payment in the example $63,036.00 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 University of Missouri Columbia in the future? In the past five years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $7,308 to $8,989. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 4.6%. 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 $78,588.00. 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 University of Missouri Columbia.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2020$27,019$108,077
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2025$34,484$137,936
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2030 $44,011$176,046
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2033 $50,949$203,795

Tuition History

What was tuition at University of Missouri-Columbia 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$8,501$19,592 0.4%
2009$8,467$19,558 4.6%
2008$8,098$18,754 10.8%
2007$7,308$16,890 5%
2006$6,960$16,085 -2%
2005$7,100$16,547 8.3%
2004$6,558$16,005 18.1%
2003$5,552$14,705 13.6%
2002$4,887$13,332 3.4%
2001$4,726$12,895 3.2%
2000$4,581$12,495 3.2%
1999$4,439$12,107 3.7%
1998$4,280$11,723 3.9%
1997$4,121$11,342 9.3%
1996$3,771$10,395 9.5%
1995$3,444$9,471 10.2%
1994$3,125$8,564 11.1%
1993$2,812$7,672 15.6%
1992$2,432$6,660 16.8%
1991$2,082$5,865 14.6%
1990$1,816$5,188 7.5%
1989$1,690$4,843 6.3%
1988$1,590$4,352 6.6%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at University of Missouri Columbia 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
Business/Commerce, General Bachelor's Degree 721 2% costlier
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 510 1% cheaper
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 278 4% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 231 5% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 193 6% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 139 8% cheaper
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 136 3% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 135 5% cheaper
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 117 3% costlier
General Studies Bachelor's Degree 116 13% costlier
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 111 9% cheaper
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 101 8% cheaper
Area Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 100 24% cheaper
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 98 7% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 97 7% cheaper
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 91 2% cheaper
Secondary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 91 4% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 87 6% cheaper
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 81 3% costlier
Animal Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 77 6% costlier
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 75 9% cheaper
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 59 17% cheaper
Agricultural Business and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 55 13% costlier
Apparel and Textiles, General Bachelor's Degree 55 2% costlier
Family Resource Management Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 53 6% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 51 11% cheaper
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 48 2% cheaper
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 48 9% cheaper
Human Development and Family Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 44 2% costlier
Information Technology Bachelor's Degree 43 11% costlier
Housing and Human Environments, General Bachelor's Degree 42 11% costlier
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 42 6% costlier
Agricultural Engineering Bachelor's Degree 40 6% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 38 4% costlier
Natural Resources/Conservation, General Bachelor's Degree 36 4% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 36 8% cheaper
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 33 14% cheaper
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 33 14% cheaper
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 32 15% cheaper
Industrial Engineering Bachelor's Degree 29 4% cheaper
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist Bachelor's Degree 28 3% costlier
Occupational Therapy/Therapist Bachelor's Degree 28 9% cheaper
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies Bachelor's Degree 27 9% costlier
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree 24 1% cheaper
Agricultural Mechanization, General Bachelor's Degree 24 15% costlier
Forestry, General Bachelor's Degree 22 2% costlier
Archeology Bachelor's Degree 22 28% cheaper
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General Bachelor's Degree 22 4% cheaper
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 21 11% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 21 6% cheaper
Agricultural Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 21 15% costlier
Agriculture, General Bachelor's Degree 20 17% costlier
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Bachelor's Degree 20 10% costlier
Plant Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 20 3% cheaper
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 19 27% cheaper
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 19 9% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 18 15% cheaper
Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree 15 7% costlier
Food Science Bachelor's Degree 15 1% cheaper
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 15 18% cheaper
Physical Therapy/Therapist Bachelor's Degree 14 7% cheaper
Geography Bachelor's Degree 14 3% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 13 12% cheaper
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 12 7% cheaper
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 11 9% cheaper
Agricultural Economics Bachelor's Degree 11 3% costlier
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 11 19% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 10 9% cheaper
Statistics, General Bachelor's Degree 10 15% cheaper
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician Bachelor's Degree 9 16% costlier
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions, Other Bachelor's Degree 8 18% cheaper
Agricultural Communication/Journalism Bachelor's Degree 7 12% costlier
Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 7 22% cheaper
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 4 16% cheaper
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 4 7% cheaper
Film/Cinema/Video Studies Bachelor's Degree 3 23% cheaper
Russian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 26% cheaper
Education, General Bachelor's Degree 2 10% cheaper


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About University of Missouri Columbia

University of Missouri Columbia is a four year public college located in Columbia, Missouri.  Full time enrollment is 29,432 and part time is 4,330.  For the 2011/2012 school year, the school received 20,564 applicants. 16,752 were admitted and 6,501 enrolled.

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

University of Missouri Columbia
105 Jesse Hall
Columbia, Missouri

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

University of Missouri Columbia 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.

University of Missouri Columbia cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education IPEDS survey data.


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