UPDATE: Students applying for fall 2021 and fall 2022 undergraduate admission at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus are not required to submit an ACT or SAT score. Learn more.

Great Value: Costs, Aid and Scholarships

Imagine the fantastic academic training you will receive to help you achieve your dreams. Imagine being a student at a world-class research university. Imagine the incredible opportunities you will find in a dynamic metropolitan area. Imagine the exhilarating atmosphere you will experience at a Big Ten campus. And imagine earning a prestigious degree from one of the nation's top public universities, all for a great value. You'll find all of this at the University of Minnesota.

Please note: Calculations reflect tuition and fees for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Using the University's Net Price Calculator, you can get a sense of the types of need-based aid for which you may be eligible. This calculator is intended to assist you in your college planning. Please note: residents of MN, WI, ND, and SD will see only need-based funding on their Net Price Calculator results. Residents from outside of these students will see need-based funding as well as the amount of merit-based aid they might receive with our National Scholarship. The University also awards a number of merit-based scholarships, which are not factored into the Net Cost Calculator. Merit-based scholarships are awarded based on an overall assessment of a complete freshman admission application. Please visit our scholarships page for more information on these merit-based awards.

Cost of Attendance Calculator for Future Transfer Students

Transfer students may wish to use this tool to estimate their individual cost of attendance.

Cost of Attendance

Find out the cost of attendance, including tuition, housing, and books.

Residency & Reciprocity

Find information about financial aid or tuition discount programs for students from your home state.

Financial Aid Basics

At the University of Minnesota, 75 percent of enrolled students receive some form of financial aid, such as loans, grants, scholarships, or work study funds. Most families use a variety of resources to pay for a college education. To assist you with your college planning, this page provides information about financial aid basics.


Last year, the U of M awarded over $50 million in academic scholarships. See our scholarship list and additional details.

Raise.Me Micro-Scholarship Program

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities partners with Raise.Me to offer two micro-scholarship programs. Students at select Minnesota high schools can earn scholarships for their achievements in high school. In addition, a program is offered for new freshmen enrolling in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.

U Promise Scholarship and Promise Plus Free Tuition Program

The U Promise Scholarship and Promise Plus Free Tuition Programs are part of the University of Minnesota's unparalleled commitment to the success of our students and make a U of M education possible for Minnesota resident students across the University's five system campuses. Under both programs, eligible Minnesota resident undergraduate students meeting the family income levels outlined and who enroll at the U of M will be guaranteed funds to support their collegiate aspirations.

Minnesota Dream Act: Resources for Undocumented Students from Minnesota

Learn more about how undocumented Minnesota high school graduates meeting certain criteria can benefit from the Dream Act to receive in-state tuition rates and be considered for financial aid from the state of Minnesota and the University of Minnesota. The Minnesota Dream Act, which is also known as The Prosperity Act, was passed into Minnesota law in May 2013 and then adopted as an official University of Minnesota policy in July 2013 by Board of Regents resolution.

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