Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Michigan State University tuition is $14,460 per year for in-state residents. This is 101% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $7,203. The cost is 25% cheaper than the average Michigan tuition of $19,309 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 28th in Michigan amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 31st most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $39,766 which represents a 175% premium.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $10,322 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in East Lansing should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,108.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $2,972 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $2,972 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Michigan residents to go to Michigan State is $28,862 for the 2018/2019 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Michigan residence can expect a one year cost of $54,168.

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

Costs and Tuition for Michigan State University
Estimated Budgets
Michigan Resident Total Budget $28,862
   In-State Tuition$14,460
   Other Fees$0
   Room and Board$10,322
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,972
   Books and Supplies$1,108
Non-Resident Total Budget $54,168
   Out-of-State Tuition$39,766
   Other Fees$0
   Room and Board$10,322
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,972
   Books and Supplies$1,108


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 $28,862 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 Michigan State net price for in-state students is $16,684* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

51% of Michigan State University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $10,911. 19 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 $4,799. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Michigan State University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Michigan State University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$16,684*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid51%
Average Total Grant Aid$10,911
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants19%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,799

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$7,058
$30,001 to $48,000$13,116
$48,001 to $75,000$19,564
$75,001 to $110,000$24,075

Average Financial Aid Mix - $28,862 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $28,862. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 42% - $10,911

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

Federal Loans

 20% - $5,097

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

Out of Pocket

 38% -  $9,882

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.

Is it Worth the Cost?

To make a comparative assessment if Michigan State 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 67/100 for Michigan State University. Considering an average net price paid of $12,366, this leads to an overall value ranking of 75/100. This places the school 67th 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. Michigan State University
Ball State University36.1% less expensive
University of Cincinnati Main Campus35.5% less expensive
Indiana University Bloomington35.4% less expensive
SUNY College at Brockport52.5% less expensive
University of Wisconsin La Crosse47.5% 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 Michigan 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 Michigan State is $115,448 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 $12,366 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $49,464**

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 $144,310 or $61,830 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 Michigan State University.

Michigan Resident Tuition Per Semester$7,230
Michigan Resident Total Cost Per Semester$14,431
Non-Michigan Resident Tuition Per Semester$19,883
Non-Michigan Resident Total Cost Per Semester$27,084

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 Michigan 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 Michigan State University
Price per credit hour for Michigan residents$519
Cost for one class for Michigan residents (3 credit hours)$1,557
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$1,346
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$4,038
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$5,384


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. 41% of Michigan State University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,097. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $25,821.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Michigan 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 $49,464, 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 $61,373.48. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Michigan State University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 51% 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 could 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.

Michigan State University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$511.45
Amount Borrowed$49,464.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$11,909.48
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$61,373.48

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Michigan State? 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 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 the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $61,373.48 would be needed to afford a $511.45 monthly payment in the example $49,464.00 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 Michigan State University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $12,622 to $14,460. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 2.9%. 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 $115,448.00. 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 Michigan State University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$39,692$158,768
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$50,658$202,633
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $64,654$258,616
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $74,845$299,381

Tuition History

What was tuition at Michigan State 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$12,769$31,639 9.4%
2011$11,670$29,569 2.5%
2010$11,383$27,781 6.5%
2009$10,690$26,084 7.8%
2008$9,912$23,714 11.5%
2007$8,887$21,476 9.6%
2006$8,108$19,808 10.3%
2005$7,352$18,148 4.4%
2004$7,044$16,948 9.9%
2003$6,412$15,423 8.5%
2002$5,911$14,214 8.8%
2001$5,432$13,056 -2.8%
2000$5,589$12,992 14.2%
1999$4,896$12,126 2.2%
1998$4,789$11,854 2.9%
1997$4,655$11,720 3%
1996$4,521$11,377 2.5%
1995$4,409$10,994 3.5%
1994$4,260$10,620 9.9%
1993$3,876$9,648 11.6%
1992$3,474$8,694 7.1%
1991$3,245$8,116 7.2%
1990$3,027$7,494 7.9%
1989$2,805$6,934 10.2%
1988$2,546$6,144 21.2%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Michigan 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
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 374 34% costlier
Social Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 344 41% costlier
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 314 36% costlier
Advertising Bachelor's Degree 313 39% costlier
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 280 46% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 273 34% costlier
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management Bachelor's Degree 243 49% costlier
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 239 46% costlier
Hospitality Administration/Management, General Bachelor's Degree 226 50% costlier
Education, General Bachelor's Degree 226 27% costlier
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 191 51% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 181 57% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 170 21% costlier
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree 162 41% costlier
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Bachelor's Degree 160 70% costlier
Packaging Science Bachelor's Degree 155 23% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 151 49% costlier
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia Bachelor's Degree 140 26% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 138 35% costlier
International Relations and Affairs Bachelor's Degree 136 15% costlier
Zoology/Animal Biology Bachelor's Degree 133 37% costlier
Animal Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 120 48% costlier
Physiology, General Bachelor's Degree 119 29% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 115 30% costlier
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist Bachelor's Degree 112 52% costlier
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 110 40% costlier
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 102 28% costlier
International/Global Studies Bachelor's Degree 100 23% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 95 32% costlier
Dietetics/Dietitian Bachelor's Degree 93 49% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 90 32% costlier
Pre-Law Studies Bachelor's Degree 88 38% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 82 47% costlier
Family and Community Services Bachelor's Degree 79 81% costlier
Nutrition Sciences Bachelor's Degree 78 21% costlier
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree 78 40% costlier
Merchandising and Buying Operations Bachelor's Degree 75 7% costlier
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 70 18% costlier
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 69 28% costlier
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Bachelor's Degree 66 8% costlier
Communications Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 64 51% costlier
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 63 38% costlier
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 62 20% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 62 32% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 61 30% costlier
Microbiology, General Bachelor's Degree 60 37% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 58 26% costlier
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities Bachelor's Degree 57 47% costlier
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 49 28% costlier
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 49 29% costlier
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 45 50% costlier
Humanities/Humanistic Studies Bachelor's Degree 44 27% costlier
Molecular Genetics Bachelor's Degree 43 19% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 43 23% costlier
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 40 61% costlier
Interior Design Bachelor's Degree 39 40% costlier
Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 35 19% costlier
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management Bachelor's Degree 32 61% costlier
Agricultural Business and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 31 58% costlier
Fashion/Apparel Design Bachelor's Degree 30 19% costlier
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing Bachelor's Degree 29 40% costlier
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning Bachelor's Degree 29 32% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 29 28% costlier
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General Bachelor's Degree 27 55% costlier
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 27 28% costlier
Music Pedagogy Bachelor's Degree 27 32% costlier
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 26 31% costlier
Agricultural Engineering Bachelor's Degree 25 30% costlier
Horticultural Science Bachelor's Degree 24 47% costlier
Environmental Studies Bachelor's Degree 24 11% costlier
Radio and Television Bachelor's Degree 24 41% costlier
Food Science Bachelor's Degree 22 38% costlier
Landscape Architecture Bachelor's Degree 22 33% costlier
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant Bachelor's Degree 22 50% costlier
Soil Science and Agronomy, General Bachelor's Degree 21 38% costlier
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 21 10% costlier
Environmental Biology Bachelor's Degree 20 22% costlier
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General Bachelor's Degree 18 60% costlier
Child Development Bachelor's Degree 18 60% costlier
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 17 36% costlier
Athletic Training/Trainer Bachelor's Degree 17 44% costlier
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 17 16% costlier
Public Administration Bachelor's Degree 15 59% costlier
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness Bachelor's Degree 15 44% costlier
Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 15 9% costlier
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 14 17% costlier
Natural Resource Economics Bachelor's Degree 14 19% costlier
Astrophysics Bachelor's Degree 13 6% cheaper
Chinese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 13 1% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 13 20% costlier
Materials Engineering Bachelor's Degree 12 13% costlier
Japanese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 12 3% costlier
Geographic Information Science and Cartography Bachelor's Degree 11 66% costlier
Art Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 11 49% costlier
Forestry, General Bachelor's Degree 9 47% costlier
Geography Bachelor's Degree 9 47% costlier
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other Bachelor's Degree 7 6% costlier
Pre-Veterinary Studies Bachelor's Degree 7 36% costlier
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 7 15% costlier
Information Science/Studies Bachelor's Degree 6 38% costlier
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 5 14% costlier
Chemical Physics Bachelor's Degree 5 7% cheaper
Botany/Plant Biology Bachelor's Degree 5 34% costlier
Russian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 4 3% costlier
Music Therapy/Therapist Bachelor's Degree 4 28% costlier
Jazz/Jazz Studies Bachelor's Degree 4 17% costlier
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 4 31% costlier
Entomology Bachelor's Degree 4 20% costlier
Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology Bachelor's Degree 3 8% cheaper
Statistics, General Bachelor's Degree 3 20% costlier
Agricultural Communication/Journalism Bachelor's Degree 2 53% costlier
American/United States Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 1 4% costlier
Arabic Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 20% costlier
Computational Mathematics Bachelor's Degree 1 3% cheaper
Biological and Physical Sciences Bachelor's Degree 1 34% costlier
Plant Pathology/Phytopathology Bachelor's Degree 1 26% costlier
Physical Sciences Bachelor's Degree 1 34% costlier
Music Theory and Composition Bachelor's Degree 1 16% costlier
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 14% costlier
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 1 27% costlier


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About Michigan State University

Michigan State University is a four year public college located in East Lansing, Michigan.  Full time enrollment is 43,863 and part time is 6,488. Learn more about getting accepted at Michigan State University at CollegeSimply.

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

Michigan State University

East Lansing, Michigan

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Michigan State 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.

Michigan State University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=171100 IPEDS survey data.