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What is "cost of attendance?"

When planning for college expenses, you will want to consider "cost of attendance," which is the sum of tuition, housing, and personal expenses (which range from textbooks to travel to toothpaste). When you apply for financial aid, the University will use this "cost of attendance" figure when calculating your financial aid package. This ensures you are aware of all financial aid resources available to you to assist with college expenses. Get more information about financial aid.

What are the tuition and fees at the U of M?

The tuition and fees listed below cover one academic year (two semesters) of enrollment. The figures below are for the 2016-17 academic year and are shared for planning purposes. As is the case with most public colleges and universities, tuition and fees for fall 2017 will be estimated in spring 2017 and finalized in July 2017.

Tuition and fees for new students (2016-2017 academic year)
Minnesota residents - $14,224North Dakota, South Dakota, Manitoba, Wisconsin residents - $14,224Nonresidents - $23,888

The exact cost of attendance varies slightly from student to student based on the college of enrollment and courses taken. There is an additional surcharge of $1,000 per semester for students enrolled in the Carlson School of Management. If you are an international student, please visit the Costs, Scholarships, and Visas for International Students page. Fees and charges are subject to change without notice as necessitated by University or legislative action.

What is the cost to live on campus?

The estimated room and board costs for 2016-17 are $9,058 for double occupancy and 14 meals per week.

How should I plan for personal expenses?

Every college student has personal expenses that should be taken into account when planning finances. Our financial aid office estimated the following for the 2016-17 academic year. Many students keep their expenses under these amounts by spending responsibly.

  • Transportation expenses: $1,700 for nonresident students, $200 for Minnesota residents
  • Books and supplies: $1,000
  • Personal and miscellaneous expenses such as clothing and entertainment: $2,000

Free credits after 13

Each semester, every credit after 13 is free of charge, keeping costs down for families and helping students achieve graduation in four years. (Students typically take 15-16 credits each semester, or 120 credits over four years.)

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