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The University of Minnesota offers extraordinary academic opportunities at a world-class research university, all for a great value.

What is "cost of attendance?"

When planning for college expenses, you will want to consider "cost of attendance," which is the sum of tuition and fees, 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. Actual costs may differ from the charts below depending on your program, coursework and personal spending choices.

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 2020-2021 academic year and are shared for planning purposes. Tuition has been approved with a “tuition freeze at 2019-2020 rates” by the Board of Regents. As is the case with most public colleges and universities, tuition and fees for each fall are estimated in the spring prior and finalized in July prior to classes starting. For expanded cost of attendance information, please visit the University's One Stop Website.

2020-2021 Cost of Attendance figures are as follows:

TC Undergraduates Commuter Resident1
Dorm or Apartment
(includes SD,ND, WI, Manitoba)
Dorm or Apartment
Tuition $13,318 $13,318 $31,616
Books & Supplies $1,000 $1,000 $1,000
Estimated Fees4 $1,824 $1,824 $1,824
Estimated Room & Board4 $3,328 $10,358 $10,358
Transportation $228 $228 $1,728
Personal/Misc $2,000 $2,000 $2,000
Loan Fee5 $214 $214 $214
Total $21,912 $28,942 $48,740
Surcharge for CSOM students
and CSE students3
$2,000 $2,000 $2,000
Total with Surcharge $23,912 $30,942 $50,740


  1. Resident definition: Students attending the U of M from Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, or Manitoba, Canada. Residents of Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Manitoba, Canada must apply for reciprocity status.
  2. Non-resident definition: Students attending the U of M, but are not from Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, or Manitoba, Canada.
  3. Students enrolled in the Carlson School of Management (CSOM) and College of Science and Engineering (CSE) will be charged an additional $1,000 per semester tuition surcharge to maintain innovative classrooms and laboratories.
  4. Final housing and fees are estimates and will be determined in the summer of 2021 by the Board of Regents.
  5. Students who choose to take out a federal direct student loan incur origination fees set up by the federal program. These fees are included in the cost of attendance as the average amount paid by students who borrowed in the previous year at our school. Students who choose not to borrow do not incur any loan fees.

If you submitted a FAFSA, you will be receiving an updated package this summer with the final tuition and fees cost breakdown. If you did not submit a FAFSA, please reference the One Stop Student Services website in late July for details on the final cost breakdown.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please reach out to the following...

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.

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.)

Residency and reciprocity

If there is uncertainty about whether you are considered a Minnesota resident, review the Residency, Reciprocity, and Tuition Exemption booklet. The booklet contains the University's official policy and an application for resident evaluation.

The University has reciprocity agreements with Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the province of Manitoba, Canada. If you are a resident of any of these states or provinces, you may qualify for reciprocity tuition rates that are lower than nonresident tuition rates and, in some cases, comparable to resident rates. You must apply for reciprocity.

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