Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

University of Central Missouri tuition is $6,630 per year for in-state residents. This is 6% cheaper than the national average public four year tuition of $7,203. The cost is 60% cheaper than the average Missouri tuition of $17,024 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 9th in Missouri amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 60th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $13,260 which represents a 100% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $890 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $7,520.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $8,644 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Warrensburg 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 $2,400 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $2,400 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Missouri residents to go to Central is $19,564 for the 2018/2019 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Missouri residence can expect a one year cost of $26,194.

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

Costs and Tuition for University of Central Missouri
Estimated Budgets
Missouri Resident Total Budget $19,564
   In-State Tuition$6,630
   Other Fees$890
   Room and Board$8,644
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,400
   Books and Supplies$1,000
Non-Resident Total Budget $26,194
   Out-of-State Tuition$13,260
   Other Fees$890
   Room and Board$8,644
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,400
   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 $19,564 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 Central net price for in-state students is $13,606* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

85% of University of Central Missouri students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $4,661. 41 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 $4,224. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend University of Central Missouri, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for University of Central Missouri
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$13,606*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid85%
Average Total Grant Aid$4,661
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants41%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,224

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$11,498
$30,001 to $48,000$12,822
$48,001 to $75,000$15,823
$75,001 to $110,000$17,977

Average Financial Aid Mix - $19,564 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $19,564. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 27% - $4,661

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

Federal Loans

 36% - $6,117

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

Out of Pocket

 37% -  $6,386

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. University of Central Missouri
Northwest Missouri State University32.1% less expensive
Western Illinois University28.8% more expensive
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville32.3% more expensive
Wichita State University1.3% less expensive
University of Nebraska at Omaha10.2% 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 University of Central Missouri.

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 Central is $78,256 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 $10,153 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $40,612**

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 $97,820 or $50,765 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 University of Central Missouri.

Missouri Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,315
Missouri Resident Total Cost Per Semester$9,782
Non-Missouri Resident Tuition Per Semester$6,630
Non-Missouri Resident Total Cost Per Semester$13,097

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 Central Missouri 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 Central Missouri
Price per credit hour for Missouri residents$251
Cost for one class for Missouri residents (3 credit hours)$753
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$472
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$1,416
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$1,888


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. 69% of University of Central Missouri students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $6,117. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $26,872.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for University of Central Missouri? 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 $40,612, 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 $50,390.18. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at University of Central Missouri. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 85% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $10,153. 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 Central Missouri 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 Central Missouri Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$419.92
Amount Borrowed$40,612.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$9,778.18
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$50,390.18

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Central? 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 Central Missouri, 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 $50,390.18 would be needed to afford a $419.92 monthly payment in the example $40,612.00 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 Central Missouri in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $6,288 to $6,630. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 1.1%. 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 $78,256.00. 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 Central Missouri.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$26,905$107,620
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$34,338$137,354
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $43,826$175,302
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $50,734$202,934

Tuition History

What was tuition at Central 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$6,105$13,050 4.2%
2011$5,859$11,718 -11%
2010$6,585$13,170 21.7%
2009$5,413$10,100 6.1%
2008$5,104$9,597 -12.5%
2007$5,835$11,250 31.4%
2006$4,440$8,544 3.9%
2005$4,272$8,208 7.2%
2004$3,984$7,680 21.2%
2003$3,288$6,295 -6.3%
2002$3,510$6,960 9.3%
2001$3,210$6,360 8.1%
2000$2,970$5,940 8.8%
1999$2,730$5,460 3.4%
1998$2,640$5,280 4.8%
1997$2,520$5,040 2.4%
1996$2,460$4,920 6.5%
1995$2,310$4,620 6.9%
1994$2,160$4,320 5.9%
1993$2,040$3,990 9.7%
1992$1,860$3,570 10.7%
1991$1,680$3,060 54.1%
1990$1,090$2,990 -22.1%
1989$1,400$2,586 6.9%
1988$1,310$2,432 4.5%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at University of Central Missouri 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
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Bachelor's Degree 128 18% cheaper
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 113 26% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 84 27% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 73 24% cheaper
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 62 35% cheaper
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 61 30% cheaper
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other Bachelor's Degree 60 38% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 60 35% cheaper
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 55 24% cheaper
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 51 28% cheaper
Education, Other Bachelor's Degree 50 30% cheaper
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 45 30% cheaper
Child Development Bachelor's Degree 44 22% cheaper
Commercial and Advertising Art Bachelor's Degree 43 31% cheaper
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 35 27% cheaper
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 31 18% cheaper
Quality Control and Safety Technologies/Technicians, Other Bachelor's Degree 30 6% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 29 37% cheaper
Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree 25 26% cheaper
Dietetics/Dietitian Bachelor's Degree 23 28% cheaper
Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 23 11% cheaper
Construction Management Bachelor's Degree 23 26% cheaper
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other Bachelor's Degree 23 37% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 22 36% cheaper
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree 22 27% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 21 29% cheaper
Photography Bachelor's Degree 18 42% cheaper
Social Studies Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 18 30% cheaper
Industrial Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 17 12% cheaper
Interior Design Bachelor's Degree 17 32% cheaper
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 16 23% cheaper
Radio and Television Bachelor's Degree 16 32% cheaper
Secondary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 16 28% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 15 38% cheaper
Hospitality Administration/Management, General Bachelor's Degree 15 27% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 15 35% cheaper
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 15 36% cheaper
Art Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 15 28% cheaper
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 15 37% cheaper
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 14 31% cheaper
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 13 18% cheaper
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 12 34% cheaper
Printing Management Bachelor's Degree 11 11% cheaper
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other Bachelor's Degree 11 26% cheaper
Actuarial Science Bachelor's Degree 10 38% cheaper
English/Language Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 10 25% cheaper
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 10 39% cheaper
Automotive Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 9 18% cheaper
Geography Bachelor's Degree 8 29% cheaper
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 8 39% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 8 37% cheaper
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 7 37% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 7 36% cheaper
Fashion Merchandising Bachelor's Degree 7 30% cheaper
Mathematics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 7 26% cheaper
Agricultural Business and Management, Other Bachelor's Degree 7 36% cheaper
Tourism and Travel Services Management Bachelor's Degree 7 31% cheaper
Biology Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 6 22% cheaper
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 6 32% cheaper
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 6 41% cheaper
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations Bachelor's Degree 5 13% cheaper
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies Bachelor's Degree 5 35% cheaper
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 5 38% cheaper
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations Bachelor's Degree 5 22% cheaper
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 5 15% cheaper
Spanish Language Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 4 28% cheaper
Athletic Training/Trainer Bachelor's Degree 4 30% cheaper
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other Bachelor's Degree 4 28% cheaper
Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 4 16% cheaper
Organizational Communication, General Bachelor's Degree 3 34% cheaper
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 3 40% cheaper
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist Bachelor's Degree 3 27% cheaper
Anthropology, Other Bachelor's Degree 3 41% cheaper
Agricultural Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 2 21% cheaper
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew Bachelor's Degree 2 23% cheaper
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 2 38% cheaper
Hazardous Materials Management and Waste Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 2 14% cheaper
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 2 16% cheaper
French Language Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 2 23% cheaper
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 2 42% cheaper
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 1 47% cheaper
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 45% cheaper
Forensic Science and Technology Bachelor's Degree 1 32% cheaper
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 1 25% cheaper
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General Bachelor's Degree 1 25% cheaper
International/Global Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 40% cheaper


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About University of Central Missouri

University of Central Missouri is a four year public college located in Warrensburg, Missouri.  Full time enrollment is 9,695 and part time is 4,293. Learn more about getting accepted at University of Central Missouri at CollegeSimply.

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

University of Central Missouri
202 Administration Building
Warrensburg, Missouri

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

University of Central Missouri 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 Central Missouri cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=176965 IPEDS survey data.