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Cost of attendance

Cost of attendance (COA) is the estimated cost of a student’s educational expenses for a period of enrollment. The estimate is used to determine financial aid. It general includes tuition and fees, room and board, books/supplies, personal expenses and transportation costs.

This amounts listed on this page are intended to help you plan your budget, however your actual expenses will vary depending on your circumstances. The amounts are based on a student being enrolled full time during each semester of the academic year. For undergraduate students, this is defined as a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester; for graduate students, the minimum is 6 credit hours per semester.

Use our Net Price Calculators to calculate an estimate of your college costs.

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Direct Costs  Direct costs are paid directly to the College, which include tuition, fees and any institutional charges. Room and Board are direct costs for students living in on-campus housing. 
Indirect Costs  Indirect costs are not directly owed to the College, which include books, supplies, travel and miscellaneous personal expenses. These costs are an estimate and will vary depending on a student's individual circumstances. 
Tuition and Fees  The estimated average cost of tuition and fees based on full-time enrollment for a typical student. 
Room and Board  The estimated cost to live on or off campus. 
Books and Supplies  The estimated cost of books and supplies for a typical student. 
Transportation and Personal  Expenses
The estimated cost of transportation, personal and other miscellaneous expenses a typical student has over a specific enrollment period.  

Visit our Net Price Calculator to explore an estimate of your costs and financial aid eligibility.


Undergraduate cost of attendance 2018-2019

Undergraduate students are categorized in two ways: Students earning an associate or bachelor’s degree online, at a nationwide venue or through evening classes in Columbia, MO; and students earning an associate or bachelor’s degree on our traditional campus in Columbia, MO.

Online, nationwide, evening full-time students

The cost of attendance for students taking online classes, in-seat classes at one of our nationwide venues or evening classes in Columbia, MO, will vary greatly depending on your circumstances. The following housing, transportation and personal expense amounts are estimates and are not intended to represent your actual budget.

Online, nationwide, evening students

Students taking at least 12 credit hours per semester online, at a nationwide location or in the evening in Columbia, MO.

Undergraduate cost of attendance 2018-2019

   1 semester  2 semesters  3 semesters
Tuition 4,200 8,400 12,600
Books 240 480 720
Room & board 4,080 8,160 12,240
Transportation 1,376 2,752 4,128
Personal 2,224 4,448 6,672
Loan Fees 64 32 48
Cost of Attendance 12,136 24,272 36,408

Online, nationwide, evening students: military

Military students taking at least 12 credit hours per semester online, at a nationwide location or in the evening in Columbia, MO.

Undergraduate cost of attendance 2018-2019

   1 semester  2 semesters  3 semesters
Tuition 4,200 8,400 12,600
Books 240 480 720
Room & board 1,056
2,112 3,168
Transportation 1,376 2,752 4,128
Personal 2,224 4,448 6,672
Loan Fees 16 32 48
Cost of Attendance 9,112
18,224
27,336

Online, nationwide, evening students: living with parents

Students who live with their parents taking at least 12 credit hours per semester online, at a nationwide location or in the evening in Columbia, MO.

   1 semester  2 semesters  3 semesters
Tuition 4,200 8,400 12,600
Books 240 480 720
Room & board 0
0 0
Transportation 1,376 2,752 4,128
Personal 2,224 4,448 6,672
Loan Fees 16 32 48
Cost of Attendance 8,056
16,112
24,168

Traditional full-time students

The cost of attendance for students taking day classes at our Columbia campus will vary depending on whether they live on campus. The following amounts include current housing and meal plan rates plus estimates of transportation and personal expenses. They are not intended to represent what you will actually pay.

VIEW FIXED RATE OF PRIOR YEARS

Full-time traditional students: living on campus

Students taking at least 12 credit hours per semester during the day in Columbia, MO, while living on campus.

Undergraduate cost of attendance 2018-2019

   1 semester  2 semesters  3 semesters
Tuition 11,352 22,704 26,904
Books 632 1,264 1,504
Room
2,337 4,674 11,888
Board 1,567
3,134  
Transportation 1,040
2,080 3,456
Personal 1,248 2,496 4,720
Loan Fees 16 32 48
Cost of Attendance 18,192
36,384 48,520

Full-time traditional students: living off campus

Students taking at least 12 credit hours per semester during the day in Columbia, MO, while living off campus.

Undergraduate cost of attendance 2018-2019

   1 semester  2 semesters  3 semesters
Tuition 11,352 22,704 26,904
Books 632 1,264 1,504
Room & board
4,080
8,160 12,240
Transportation 1,376
2,752 4,128
Personal 1,664 3,328 5,552
Loan Fees 16 32 48
Cost of Attendance 19,120
38,240 50,376

Full time traditional students: living with parents

Students taking at least 12 credit hours per semester during the day in Columbia, MO, while living with parents.

Undergraduate cost of attendance 2018-2019

   1 semester  2 semesters  3 semesters
Tuition 11,352 22,704 26,904
Books 632 1,264 1,504
Room & board
0
0 0
Transportation 1,376
2,752 4,128
Personal 1,664 3,328 5,552
Loan Fees 16 32 48
Cost of Attendance 15,040
30,080 38,136
 

Graduate cost of attendance 2018-2019

Graduate students include anyone pursuing a master’s degree online or in-seat at any of our locations.

Graduate students

Graduate students taking at least 6 credit hours per semester online or in seat.

Undergraduate cost of attendance 2018-2019

   1 semester  2 semesters  3 semesters
Tuition 4,872 9,744 14,616
Books 120 240 360
Room & board 4,080 8,160 12,240
Transportation 1,376 2,752 4,128
Personal 2,224 4,448 6,672
Loan Fees 64 128 192
Cost of Attendance 12,736 25,472 38,208

Graduate students: military

Military graduate students taking at least 6 credit hours per semester online or in seat.

Undergraduate cost of attendance 2018-2019

   1 semester  2 semesters  3 semesters
Tuition 4,872 9,744 14,616
Books 120 240 360
Room & board 1,056
2,112 3,168
Transportation 1,376 2,752 4,128
Personal 2,224 4,448 6,672
Loan Fees 64 128 192
Cost of Attendance 9,712 17,312 25,968

Graduate students: living with parents

Graduate students taking at least 6 credit hours per semester online or in seat while living with parents.

Undergraduate cost of attendance 2018-2019

   1 semester  2 semesters  3 semesters
Tuition 4,872 9,744 14,616
Books 120 240 360
Room & board 0
0 0
Transportation 1,376 2,752 4,128
Personal 2,224 4,448 6,672
Loan Fees 64 128 192
Cost of Attendance 8,656 17,312 25,968
 


Undergraduate cost of attendance 2017-2018

Undergraduate students are categorized in two ways: Students earning an associate or bachelor’s degree online, at a nationwide venue or through evening classes in Columbia, MO; and students earning an associate or bachelor’s degree on our traditional campus in Columbia, MO.

Online, nationwide, evening full-time students

The cost of attendance for students taking online classes, in-seat classes at one of our nationwide venues or evening classes in Columbia, MO, will vary greatly depending on your circumstances. The following housing, transportation and personal expense amounts are estimates and are not intended to represent your actual budget.

Online, nationwide, evening students

Students taking at least 12 credit hours per semester online, at a nationwide location or in the evening in Columbia, MO.

Undergraduate cost of attendance 2017-2018

   1 semester  2 semesters  3 semesters
Tuition 2,640 5,280 7,920
Books 582 1,164 1,746
Room & board 3,904 7,808 11,712
Transportation 1,296 2,592 3,888
Personal 2,032 4,064 6,096
Loan Fees 64 32 48
Cost of Attendance 10,470 20,940 31,410

Online, nationwide, evening students: military

Military students taking at least 12 credit hours per semester online, at a nationwide location or in the evening in Columbia, MO.

Undergraduate cost of attendance 2017-2018

   1 semester  2 semesters  3 semesters
Tuition 2,640 5,280 7,920
Books 582 1,164 1,746
Room & board 672
1,344 2,016
Transportation 1,296 2,592 3,888
Personal 2,032 4,064 6,096
Loan Fees 64 32 48
Cost of Attendance 7,238 14,476 21,714

Online, nationwide, evening students: living with parents

Students who live with their parents taking at least 12 credit hours per semester online, at a nationwide location or in the evening in Columbia, MO.

Undergraduate cost of attendance 2017-2018

   1 semester  2 semesters  3 semesters
Tuition 2,640 5,280 7,920
Books 582 1,164 1,746
Room & board 0 0 0
Transportation 1,296 2,592 3,888
Personal 2,032 4,064 6,096
Loan Fees 64 32 48
Cost of Attendance 6,566 13,132 19,698

Traditional full-time students

The cost of attendance for students taking day classes at our Columbia campus will vary depending on whether they live on campus. The following amounts include current housing and meal plan rates plus estimates of transportation and personal expenses. They are not intended to represent what you will actually pay.

VIEW FIXED RATE OF PRIOR ACADEMIC YEARS

Traditional students: living on campus

Students taking at least 12 credit hours per semester during the day in Columbia, MO, while living on campus.

Undergraduate cost of attendance 2017-2018

   1 semester  2 semesters  3 semesters
Tuition 10,968 21,936 26,136
Books 632 1,264 1,504
Room
2,337 4,674 11,888
Board 1,567 3,134  
Transportation 1,040
2,080 3,456
Personal 1,248 2,496 4,720
Loan Fees 16 32 48
Cost of Attendance 17,808
35,616 47,752

Traditional students: living off campus

Students taking at least 12 credit hours per semester during the day in Columbia, MO, while living off campus.

Undergraduate cost of attendance 2017-2018

   1 semester  2 semesters  3 semesters
Tuition 10,968 21,936 26,136
Books 632 1,264 1,504
Room & board
4,080 8,160 12,240
Transportation 1,376
2,752 4,128
Personal 1,664 3,328 5,552
Loan Fees 16 32 48
Cost of Attendance 18,736 37,472 49,608

Traditional students: living with parents

Students taking at least 12 credit hours per semester during the day in Columbia, MO, while living with parents.

Undergraduate cost of attendance 2017-2018

   1 semester  2 semesters  3 semesters
Tuition 10,968 21,936 26,136
Books 632 1,264 1,504
Room & board
0 0 0
Transportation 1,376
2,752 4,128
Personal 1,664 3,328 5,552
Loan Fees 16 32 48
Cost of Attendance 14,656 29,312 37,368
 

Graduate cost of attendance 2017-2018

Graduate students include anyone pursuing a master’s degree online or in-seat at any of our locations.

Graduate students

Graduate students taking at least 6 credit hours per semester online or in seat.

Undergraduate cost of attendance 2017-2018

   1 semester  2 semesters  3 semesters
Tuition 4,275 8,550 12,825
Books 310.5 621 931.5
Room & board 3,872 7,744 11,616
Transportation 1,312 2,624 3,936
Personal 2,128 4,256 6,384
Loan Fees 64 128 192
Cost of Attendance 11,961.5 23,923
35,884.5

Graduate students: military

Military graduate students taking at least 6 credit hours per semester online or in seat.

Undergraduate cost of attendance 2017-2018

   1 semester  2 semesters  3 semesters
Tuition 4,275 8,550 12,825
Books 310.5 621 931.5
Room & board 1,008
2,016 3,024
Transportation 1,312 2,624 3,936
Personal 2,128 4,256 6,384
Loan Fees 64 128 192
Cost of Attendance 9,097.5 18,195 27,292.5

Graduate students: living with parents

Graduate students taking at least 6 credit hours per semester online or in seat while living with parents.

Undergraduate cost of attendance 2017-2018

   1 semester  2 semesters  3 semesters
Tuition 4,275 8,550 12,825
Books 310.5 621 931.5
Room & board 0
0 0
Transportation 1,312 2,624 3,936
Personal 2,128 4,256 6,384
Loan Fees 64 128 192
Cost of Attendance 8,089.5 16,179 24,268.5

Why is the cost of attendance different for military students?

Effective July 1, 2010 the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) implemented a change that affects military students. Specifically, the HEOA, section 471 HEA Section 472(3) states:

The HEOA specifies that, for students living in housing located on a military base or housing for which they receive a basic allowance under Title 37 of the U.S.C - Pay and Allowances of the Uniformed Services, the room and board allowance shall include an allowance based on the expenses reasonably incurred for board only.

Because the housing allowance is not required to be reported on the FAFSA, the housing allowance must be excluded as part of the cost of attendance. (The cost of attendance is an estimate of a student's educational expenses for the period of enrollment). All monies awarded (to include loans, grants, scholarships and military tuition assistance) cannot exceed the estimated cost of attendance for a session. Effectively, the removal of your BAH lowers a student's cost of attendance figure.

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