Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Eastern Michigan University tuition is $11,919 per year for in-state residents. This is 72% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $7,203. The cost is 36% cheaper than the average Michigan tuition of $19,309 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 23rd in Michigan amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 36th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $29,100 which represents a 144% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $100 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $12,019.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $9,854 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Ypsilanti should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

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

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $2,434 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $3,146 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Michigan residents to go to Eastern Michigan University is $25,307 for the 2018/2019 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Michigan residence can expect a one year cost of $42,488.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2018-2019 and 2017-2018 IPEDS survey response for Eastern Michigan University and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Eastern Michigan University
Estimated Budgets
Michigan Resident Total Budget $25,307
   In-State Tuition$11,919
   Other Fees$100
   Room and Board$9,854
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,434
   Books and Supplies$1,000
Non-Resident Total Budget $42,488
   Out-of-State Tuition$29,100
   Other Fees$100
   Room and Board$9,854
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,434
   Books and Supplies$1,000


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 $25,307 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 Eastern Michigan University net price for in-state students is $13,040* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

96% of Eastern Michigan University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $6,949. 47 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $4,492. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Eastern Michigan University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Eastern Michigan University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$13,040*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid96%
Average Total Grant Aid$6,949
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants47%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,492

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 published for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$11,036
$30,001 to $48,000$11,365
$48,001 to $75,000$13,018
$75,001 to $110,000$15,336

Average Financial Aid Mix - $25,307 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $25,307. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 30% - $6,949

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

Federal Loans

 28% - $6,293

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

Out of Pocket

 42% -  $9,631

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 Academic Year 2014-2015 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.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Public Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. Eastern Michigan University
Wayne State University5.9% less expensive
Oakland University0.4% more expensive
University of Toledo32.4% less expensive
Saginaw Valley State University21.3% less expensive
Western Michigan University7.5% less 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 Eastern 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 Eastern Michigan University is $101,228 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 $12,824 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $51,296**

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 $126,535 or $64,120 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 2014-2015 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 Eastern Michigan University.

Michigan Resident Tuition Per Semester$5,960
Michigan Resident Total Cost Per Semester$12,654
Non-Michigan Resident Tuition Per Semester$14,550
Non-Michigan Resident Total Cost Per Semester$21,244

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 Eastern 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 Eastern Michigan University
Price per credit hour for Michigan residents$397
Cost for one class for Michigan residents (3 credit hours)$1,191
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$970
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$2,910
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$3,880


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. 66% of Eastern Michigan University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $6,293. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $25,889.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Eastern Michigan 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 $51,296, 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 $63,646.57. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Eastern Michigan University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 96% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $12,824. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Eastern 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.

Eastern Michigan University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$530.39
Amount Borrowed$51,296.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$12,350.57
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$63,646.57

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Eastern 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 considering attending Eastern 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 $63,646.57 would be needed to afford a $530.39 monthly payment in the example $51,296.00 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 Eastern Michigan University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $7,701 to $11,919. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 11%. 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 $101,228.00. 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 Eastern Michigan University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$34,803$139,212
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$44,418$177,674
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $56,690$226,762
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $65,626$262,505

Tuition History

What was tuition at Eastern 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 in the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1987 follows.

YearIn-StateOut-of-stateAnnual Increase
2012$7,409$21,821 3.7%
2011$7,148$21,053 -14.7%
2010$8,378$22,283 3.8%
2009$8,069$21,464 7.7%
2008$7,490$19,925 8%
2007$6,935$18,290 6%
2006$6,541$17,896 13.5%
2005$5,762$15,769 2.4%
2004$5,626$15,045 11.9%
2003$5,027$13,760 9.2%
2002$4,602$12,230 21.8%
2001$3,777$9,380 0.6%
2000$3,753$8,822 3%
1999$3,645$8,698 3.3%
1998$3,529$8,419 3.8%
1997$3,399$8,088 2.6%
1996$3,314$7,840 3.9%
1995$3,190$7,468 13.8%
1994$2,804$6,810 13.5%
1993$2,471$6,175 5.3%
1992$2,347$5,749 13.5%
1991$2,068$5,075 4.7%
1990$1,975$4,772 8.5%
1989$1,820$4,338 9.9%
1988$1,656$3,920 6.1%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Eastern Michigan 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
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 170 18% costlier
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 100 18% costlier
Criminology Bachelor's Degree 96 5% costlier
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation Bachelor's Degree 76 37% costlier
English/Language Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 74 21% costlier
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 60 1% costlier
Health/Health Care Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 56 29% costlier
Reading Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 52 20% costlier
Engineering/Industrial Management Bachelor's Degree 41 8% costlier
Construction Management Bachelor's Degree 40 20% costlier
Hospitality Administration/Management, General Bachelor's Degree 35 18% costlier
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 32 16% costlier
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree 31 10% costlier
International Business/Trade/Commerce Bachelor's Degree 26 3% costlier
Dietetics/Dietitian Bachelor's Degree 26 17% costlier
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 26 21% costlier
Occupational Therapy/Therapist Bachelor's Degree 24 1% costlier
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 22 12% costlier
Science, Technology and Society Bachelor's Degree 22 25% cheaper
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances Bachelor's Degree 21 7% costlier
Office Management and Supervision Bachelor's Degree 20 33% costlier
Interior Design Bachelor's Degree 20 10% costlier
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations Bachelor's Degree 19 26% costlier
Industrial Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 19 42% costlier
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 17 20% costlier
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Bachelor's Degree 17 37% costlier
Social Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 16 11% costlier
General Merchandising, Sales, and Related Marketing Operations, Other Bachelor's Degree 16 13% costlier
Fashion Merchandising Bachelor's Degree 15 13% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 13 5% costlier
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 13 1% costlier
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 13 33% costlier
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 13 6% costlier
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy Bachelor's Degree 13 26% costlier
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning Bachelor's Degree 12 4% costlier
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Speech or Language Impairments Bachelor's Degree 12 16% costlier
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 12 23% costlier
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies Bachelor's Degree 12 6% costlier
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist Bachelor's Degree 11 19% costlier
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 9 7% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 9 4% costlier
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other Bachelor's Degree 9 20% costlier
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 9 14% cheaper
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew Bachelor's Degree 9 25% costlier
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 9 3% costlier
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 9 9% cheaper
Actuarial Science Bachelor's Degree 8 1% costlier
Art Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 8 17% costlier
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General Bachelor's Degree 8 18% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 8 6% cheaper
International Relations and Affairs Bachelor's Degree 7 10% cheaper
Spanish Language Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 7 17% costlier
Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 7 14% cheaper
Music Therapy/Therapist Bachelor's Degree 7 0% costlier
Biological and Physical Sciences Bachelor's Degree 6 5% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 6 4% costlier
Athletic Training/Trainer Bachelor's Degree 6 13% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 6 6% costlier
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 6 33% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 5 5% cheaper
History Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 5 23% costlier
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management Bachelor's Degree 5 17% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 4 1% cheaper
Business Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 4 39% costlier
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness Bachelor's Degree 4 13% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 4 3% costlier
Geography Bachelor's Degree 4 15% costlier
Mathematics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 4 20% costlier
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 3 8% costlier
Public Administration Bachelor's Degree 3 24% costlier
Social Studies Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 3 14% costlier
Creative Writing Bachelor's Degree 3 8% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 3 2% costlier
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 8% cheaper
Accounting and Related Services, Other Bachelor's Degree 3 2% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 3 2% costlier
Biology Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 3 27% costlier
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 3 6% cheaper
Dance, General Bachelor's Degree 3 6% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 2 0% costlier
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 2 33% costlier
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 2 24% costlier
African-American/Black Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 10% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 2 23% costlier
Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 2 38% costlier
Public Relations/Image Management Bachelor's Degree 2 8% costlier
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects Bachelor's Degree 2 4% costlier
Toxicology Bachelor's Degree 2 11% cheaper
Film/Cinema/Video Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 16% cheaper
Business/Commerce, General Bachelor's Degree 2 13% costlier
Writing, General Bachelor's Degree 2 3% costlier
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 11% cheaper
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other Bachelor's Degree 2 12% costlier
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing Bachelor's Degree 2 10% costlier
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Orthopedic and Other Physical Health Impairments Bachelor's Degree 2 6% costlier
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree 1 18% costlier
Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree 1 6% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 1 15% costlier
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 1 14% costlier
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 37% costlier
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 1% cheaper
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics Bachelor's Degree 1 13% cheaper
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 1 3% costlier
Japanese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 19% cheaper
Chemistry Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 19% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 1 5% costlier
Fine and Studio Arts Management Bachelor's Degree 1 1% cheaper
German Language Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 13% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 3% cheaper
Area Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 16% cheaper
Physics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 17% costlier
Social Science Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 34% costlier
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 1 10% costlier
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 10% cheaper
French Language Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 25% costlier
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 1 14% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 1 17% costlier
Communications Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 1 18% costlier


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About Eastern Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University is a four year public college located in Ypsilanti, Michigan.  Full time enrollment is 13,882 and part time is 7,364. Learn more about getting accepted at Eastern Michigan University at CollegeSimply.

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

Eastern Michigan University
202 Welch Hall
Ypsilanti, Michigan

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Eastern 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.

Eastern Michigan University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=169798 IPEDS survey data.