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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 estimated for the 2020-2021 academic year and are shared for planning purposes. 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 Estimated Cost of Attendance figures are as follows:

TC Undergraduates Commuter Resident Dorm
or Apartment
Dorm or
Tuition & Fees $15,542 $15,542 $35,978
Books & Supplies $1,000 $1,000 $1,000
Room & Board $3,328 $10,854 $10,854
Transportation $228 $228 $1,728
Personal/Misc $2,000 $2,000 $2,000
Total $22,098 $29,624 $51,560
Surcharge for CSOM students
and proposed for CSE students*
$2,000 $2,000 $2,000
Total with Surcharge $24,098 $31,624 $53,560

* Students enrolled in the Carlson School of Management (CSOM) and College of Science and Engineering (CSE) students will be charged an additional $1,000 per semester tuition surcharge to maintain innovative classrooms and laboratories.

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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