Tuition and Cost to Attend University of Missouri Columbia

Annual Total Cost

The total list price cost for in-state Missouri residents to go to University of Missouri Columbia was $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. The components to this cost are detailed below.

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 you're attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $22,569 which represents a 175% premium.

The school charges an additional "other" fee 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 year. If you elect to live off campus elsewhere in Columbia, you should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

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

Cost Itemization

Costs and Tuition Detail for University of Missouri Columbia
Expenditure Price
Missouri Resident Total Cost$19,647
Non-Resident Total Cost$33,996
   In-State Tuition$8,220
   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 price 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 receiving aid was $15,759* for the 2010/2011 academic year.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

61% of University of Missouri Columbia students received grant aid in 2010/2011 to help defray the cost of tuition. 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$15,759*
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 Financial Aid Mix - $19,647 In-State Total Cost

Estimated 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.

6475
6603
6569

 33% - $6,475

Grants and Scholarships

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

 34% - $6,603

Federal Loans

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

 33% -  $6,569

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.


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 97th on our national Best Value Colleges ranking as a provider of a very high value education compared to actual overall price paid.

Cost of a Degree

When considering the cost to go to University of Missouri Columbia, 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

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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.

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.

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 2019$27,019$108,077
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2024$34,484$137,936
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2029 $44,011$176,046
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2032 $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%
1987$1,492$4,312

Cost for Popular Majors

Below are the most popular undergraduate areas of study at University of Missouri Columbia 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 $19,647. 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
Business/Commerce, General Bachelor's Degree 721 $78,588
4 year estimate
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 510 $78,588
4 year estimate
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 278 $78,588
4 year estimate
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 231 $78,588
4 year estimate
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 193 $78,588
4 year estimate
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 139 $78,588
4 year estimate
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 136 $78,588
4 year estimate
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 135 $78,588
4 year estimate
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 117 $78,588
4 year estimate
General Studies Bachelor's Degree 116 $78,588
4 year estimate
HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS Bachelor's Degree 111 $78,588
4 year estimate
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 111 $78,588
4 year estimate
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 101 $78,588
4 year estimate
Area Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 100 $78,588
4 year estimate
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 98 $78,588
4 year estimate
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 97 $78,588
4 year estimate
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 91 $78,588
4 year estimate
Secondary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 91 $78,588
4 year estimate
History, General Bachelor's Degree 87 $78,588
4 year estimate
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 81 $78,588
4 year estimate
Animal Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 77 $78,588
4 year estimate
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 75 $78,588
4 year estimate
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 59 $78,588
4 year estimate
Agricultural Business and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 55 $78,588
4 year estimate
Apparel and Textiles, General Bachelor's Degree 55 $78,588
4 year estimate
Family Resource Management Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 53 $78,588
4 year estimate
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 51 $78,588
4 year estimate
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 48 $78,588
4 year estimate
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 48 $78,588
4 year estimate
Human Development and Family Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 44 $78,588
4 year estimate
Information Technology Bachelor's Degree 43 $78,588
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Housing and Human Environments, General Bachelor's Degree 42 $78,588
4 year estimate
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 42 $78,588
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Agricultural Engineering Bachelor's Degree 40 $78,588
4 year estimate
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 38 $78,588
4 year estimate
Natural Resources/Conservation, General Bachelor's Degree 36 $78,588
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Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 36 $78,588
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Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 33 $78,588
4 year estimate
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 33 $78,588
4 year estimate
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 32 $78,588
4 year estimate
Industrial Engineering Bachelor's Degree 29 $78,588
4 year estimate
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist Bachelor's Degree 28 $78,588
4 year estimate
Occupational Therapy/Therapist Bachelor's Degree 28 $78,588
4 year estimate
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies Bachelor's Degree 27 $78,588
4 year estimate
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree 24 $78,588
4 year estimate
Agricultural Mechanization, General Bachelor's Degree 24 $78,588
4 year estimate
Forestry, General Bachelor's Degree 22 $78,588
4 year estimate
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General Bachelor's Degree 22 $78,588
4 year estimate
Archeology Bachelor's Degree 22 $78,588
4 year estimate
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 21 $78,588
4 year estimate
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 21 $78,588
4 year estimate
Agricultural Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 21 $78,588
4 year estimate
Agriculture, General Bachelor's Degree 20 $78,588
4 year estimate
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Bachelor's Degree 20 $78,588
4 year estimate
Plant Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 20 $78,588
4 year estimate
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 19 $78,588
4 year estimate
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 19 $78,588
4 year estimate
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 18 $78,588
4 year estimate
Food Science Bachelor's Degree 15 $78,588
4 year estimate
Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree 15 $78,588
4 year estimate
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 15 $78,588
4 year estimate
Physical Therapy/Therapist Bachelor's Degree 14 $78,588
4 year estimate
Geography Bachelor's Degree 14 $78,588
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Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 13 $78,588
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Music, General Bachelor's Degree 12 $78,588
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Agricultural Economics Bachelor's Degree 11 $78,588
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Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 11 $78,588
4 year estimate
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 11 $78,588
4 year estimate
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 10 $78,588
4 year estimate
Statistics, General Bachelor's Degree 10 $78,588
4 year estimate
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician Bachelor's Degree 9 $78,588
4 year estimate
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions, Other Bachelor's Degree 8 $78,588
4 year estimate
Agricultural Communication/Journalism Bachelor's Degree 7 $78,588
4 year estimate
Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 7 $78,588
4 year estimate
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 4 $78,588
4 year estimate
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 4 $78,588
4 year estimate
Film/Cinema/Video Studies Bachelor's Degree 3 $78,588
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Russian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 $78,588
4 year estimate
Education, General Bachelor's Degree 2 $78,588
4 year estimate

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.

Learn more about getting in to University of Missouri Columbia at CollegeSimply.

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