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Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees are established by the Board of Trustees and are subject to possible change. Contact the Student Account Services and University Billing Office at 989-774-3618 for updated information, or see for updates and for frequently asked questions about the upper/lower tuition model.

Tuition and fees for Registration are to be paid in full when billed. Any past due financial obligations must be paid prior to the time of registration. Registration will not be allowed until such obligations are met.

CMU has a convenient and affordable tuition payment plan. The payment plan is an interest-free way to help you pay for college. You can enroll online for this option, which allows you to have more flexibility with tuition payments. For more information, ask a Student Service Court Advisor located in Bovee University Center 119 or see Fees are payable by check, money order, online by electronic check, American Express, Discover, Mastercard, or Visa. Students receive electronic statements from the CMU Student Account Services and University Billing office. Students are responsible for accessing their e-mail messages for monthly account balances and payment due dates on

Tuition Rates* for Main Campus Courses

Level of Courses 20-21 Rates Per Credit Hour*
U.S. Residents Non-U.S. Residents
Undergraduate students:
New, Incoming, Lower Level 417.00 789.00
New, Incoming, Upper Level 434.00 815.00
Continuing Students 430.00 789.00
Master’s/Specialist: 637.00 850.00
Doctoral: 726.00 940.00

*Tuition rates for incoming freshmen and transfer students are set prior to the start of the academic year by the Board of Trustees.

Global Campus Tuition (20-21)

The President or designee may vary these tuition rates and fees according to cohorts, programs, locations, or terms of contracts. See


Undergraduate Courses:  
 New, Incoming Students (lower level)  
   Standard  $417
 Military 299
   State of Michigan or Federal Employee 354
New, Incoming Students (upper level)  
   Standard 434
   Military 299
   State of Michigan or Federal Employee 369
Continuing Students  
   Standard 430
   Military Rate 299
   State of Michigan or Federal Employee 365
Graduate Courses:  
  Standard $637


  Federal or State of Michigan Employee 541
  Educational & Professional Development 475
  Disney - US Students 295
  ERP Certificate using SAP Software 662
  MBA Courses, online or on campus 662
  MBA Courses, Active Military 656
  MS - Information Systems, online or on campus 662
  MS-IS and MBA ERP fee for "S" designated courses   50
  MEV, online or on campus 662
  MS in Nutrition & Dietetics 637
  Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) 637
     Military Rate 380
  Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) 727
  Doctor of Health Administration (DHA) 850
     Military Rate 800
  Doctor of Educational Technology (DET) 726


1  Lower level = less than 56 credit hours; Upper level = 56 or more credit hours
2  Military Rates are applicable to programs that do not exceed the standard undergraduate rates. 


Application Fees

  • Undergraduate: $40.00 to be submitted with the application.
  • Graduate: $50.00 to be submitted with the application. 
  • Rematriculation: $35 to be submitted with the application form.

New Student Orientation Fee

A $175.00 New Student Orientation Fee is assessed to newly-admitted undergraduate students for new student advisement and orientation. Note: Global Campus (online or satellite) students are not charged a fee for completing the online orientation.

Student Services Support Fee

The CMU Student Services Support Fee of $225.00 includes mandatory assessments for student-facing services and initiatives designed and offered to promote student success for all CMU students (main campus, online, and satellite campuses). The fee applies to all students/programs except the following: individuals eligible for active duty military rate; College of Medicine students (based on current pricing structure; not on a per credit hour basis-CMED students enrolled in additional courses or certificates are required to pay the student services fee); Disney College Program students; high school/dual enrollment students; senior citizens auditing courses; individuals enrolled in non-credit Education and Professional Development (E&PD) courses and study abroad students who directly enroll at host institutions.

The most current University Fee Listing may be accessed at: University Fee Listing for Website 7.1.2020.pdf.

Late Registration Fee

An additional fee of $100.00 will be charged to all students registering on or after the first day of classes for the semester or session.

Non-Payment Tuition Charge

Payment for tuition must be received by the stated due date or the student will be assessed a $100.00 Non-Payment Tuition Charge in addition to a $30 monthly late fee.

Returned Check Fee

A $25.00 handling fee is charged for checks returned by the bank (i.e., insufficient funds, account closed) which were presented to the university. Students may be involuntarily withdrawn from all classes if returned checks intended to cover tuition and/or past-due balances are not repaid as directed in the Notice of Returned Check letter. This letter will be mailed/e-mailed from the university upon receipt of a returned check.

In addition, if payment is not received within 5 business days, CMU may pursue legal action, seek criminal prosecution and/or assign the account to a collection agency.

Auditing Course Fee

Students who attend classes but do not desire credit pay the same fees and are governed by the same regulations as students desiring credit. See Auditing Courses for more information about auditing courses.

Special Course Fees

Many courses are approved for special course fees that must be paid in addition to tuition to cover costs of materials and services supplied to students. All courses with special fees will have the amount identified next to the course in the special fees column of each Course Search & Registration.

Global Campus Classes. For information regarding fees for Global Campus Programs and Educational and Professional Development, please contact the Global Campus office at 989-774-3865.

Field Trips. Expenses involving field trips in a class may be prorated among members of the class.

Excess Materials. Students using materials in excess of those furnished by the departments of Chemistry, Human Environmental Studies, Engineering Technology, and Journalism will be charged for the cost of those materials.

Flight Training. Students enrolled in flight training courses will be charged for aircraft and instructor time at rates established by the flight school.

Study Abroad Administrative Fee. CMU students enrolling in a study or internship program abroad pay a $150 administrative fee to the Office of Global Engagement. Students not currently enrolled at CMU pay a $300 administrative fee.

Competency Test Fee - General Education Program

A schedule showing the fee for each test that may be used to meet the competency requirements for the General Education Program is maintained in the Computer-Based Testing Center at

Credit by Examination Fee

The fee is $40 per credit hour. For more information, see Credit by Examination in the Undergraduate or Graduate Studies Bulletin.

Graduation Fee

  • Undergraduate - No application fee.
  • Graduate - Application for graduation fee is $50.00 (per degree).

Transcript Fees

In addition to a $15 per order fee, the National Student Clearinghouse has processing fees depending on the method of delivery. Transcripts of students with financial obligations to the university are not released until the obligation is paid.

Diplomas - Replacement Charge and Hold

$25.00 - Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Specialist’s degrees

$35.00 - Doctoral degrees and Graduate Certificates

Diplomas of students with financial obligations to the university are not released until the obligation is paid.

Library Fees

Overdue reserve material:

  • Two-hour reserve materials: $1.00 first hour, 25 cents each successive hour.
  • Other reserve materials: $1.00 first day, 50 cents each successive day.

Housing Fees

Residence Halls. Various contracts are available depending on individual meal plans. Information regarding the plans, payment due dates, etc., can be found at

University Apartments. Various contracts are available depending on the individual unit and number of bedrooms.

Housing Application and Penalty Fees

  • Meal Plan Changes (Assessed to cover costs): $15.00
  • Housing Contract Breakage - Contract breakage fees will be assessed according to the Cancellation of Housing Agreement section of this Bulletin.
  • Lost Key Fee and Lock Change Fee
    • University Apartments: $33.00-50.00; $20 for US Mailbox key; $20.00 for Graduate Housing fob
    • Residence Halls: $50.00 - $100.00

Student Photo Identification Card

Students receive their photo identification card from the CentralCard office in the Bovee University Center Room 205. The first card is issued to the student at no charge. There will be a fee assessed for a replacement ID card due to loss or damage. Banking Services using the ID card are also available. For additional information, contact the Campus ID Office at 989-774-3484 or by visit the website at

Transfer of Campus ID Card. For your protection, the only person authorized to use your card is you. There is a $25 misuse fee if someone else is caught using your identification card.

Health Services Fees

University Health Services charges fees for the services provided. Payment is not required on the date of the visit. Courtesy insurance billing is provided if the student presents proof of current coverage (insurance card or photocopy of it) and authorizes us to do so. University Health Services participates with a number of health insurance and prescription drug plans. Some fees are subject to change without notice. For current charges for specific services contact the Health Services Business Office, Foust 201D, 989-774-1897.

All charges incurred at University Health Services are billed directly by University Health Services and are NOT part of your Student Account Services and University billing statement.  However, if the account becomes uncollectible, and the patient has an active account through University Billing, the charge will be transferred to that account, and at which time, will be subject to the CMU's delinquency policy.  Please contact the University Health Services Business Office at 989-774-1897 if you have billing questions.

Vehicle Registration Fee

  • Commuter: $175.00 per academic year
  • Resident: $150.00 per academic year

For Spring Semester, the charge is one-half the annual fee. For Summer Semester, the charge is one-fifth the annual fee. Further information can be found online at the Parking Services website.

Bicycle Registration

  • Bicycles must be registered and a free license affixed. Unregistered bicycles may be cited and impounded.
  • Register online at Parking Services. We also accept City of Mount Pleasant and Union Township licenses.
  • It is recommended to use a U-bolt style lock. The bicycle must be locked to a bike rack.

Approximate Expenses for Two Semesters

The following fees are presented below for planning purposes only, and are subject to possible changes. For graduate expenses consult the current Graduate Bulletin. Note: Financial aid does not cover the new student orientation fee.

Expenses* Michigan Residents Non-Michigan Residents
Tuition $12,150.00 $23,670.00
Room and Board 9,406.00 9,406.00
Books and Supplies 1,000.00 1,000.00
Personal/Travel 938.00 1,542.00
Total $23,494.00 $35,618.00

*Figures Based on 16-17 rates; 30 credit hours and a standard, on-campus residence hall with the unlimited meal plan.