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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 generally includes tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, personal expenses and transportation costs.

The 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.

View glossary of terms (more).

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 2020-2021

Undergraduate students are categorized in two ways:

  • Students earning an associate or bachelor’s degree online or at a venue nationwide, including in the evening in Columbia, MO
  • Students earning an associate or bachelor’s degree on our traditional campus in Columbia, MO

2020-2021: Online, nationwide, evening full-time students

The cost of attendance for students taking classes online or at a venue nationwide 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 2020-2021

   1 semester  2 semesters  3 semesters
Tuition 4,440 8,880 13,320
Books 240 480 720
Room & board 4,352 8,704 13,056
Transportation 1,424 2,848 4,272
Personal 2,592 5,184 7,776
Loan Fees 16 32 48
Cost of Attendance 13,064 26,128 39,192

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 2020-2021

   1 semester  2 semesters  3 semesters
Tuition 4,440 8,880 13,320
Books 240 480 720
Room & board 1,136 2,272 3,408
Transportation 1,424 2,848 4,272
Personal 2,592 5,184 7,776
Loan Fees 16 32 48
Cost of Attendance 9,848 19,696 29,544

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 2019-2020

   1 semester  2 semesters  3 semesters
Tuition 4,440 8,880 13,320
Books 240 480 720
Room & board 0 0 0
Transportation 1,424 2,848 4,272
Personal 2,592 5,184 7,776
Loan Fees 16 32 48
Cost of Attendance 8,712 17,424 26,136
 

2020-2021: Traditional full-time students

The cost of attendance for traditional students taking 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 2020-2021

   1 semester  2 semesters  3 semesters
Tuition 12,160 24,320 28,760
Books 619 1,238 1,478
Room
2,550 5,100 12,752
Board 1,750
3,400  
Transportation 960
1,920 3,344
Personal 1,312 2,624 5,216
Loan Fees 16 32 48
Cost of Attendance 19,367
38,634 51,598

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 2020-2021

   1 semester  2 semesters  3 semesters
Tuition 12,160 24,320 28,760
Books 619 1,238 1,478
Room & board
4,300 8,500 12,752
Transportation 960 1,920 3,344
Personal 1,312 2,624 5,216
Loan Fees 16 32 48
Cost of Attendance 19,367
38,634 51,598

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 2020-2021

   1 semester  2 semesters  3 semesters
Tuition 12,160 24,320 28,760
Books 619 1,238 1,478
Room & board
0 0 0
Transportation 960 1,920 3,344
Personal 1,312 2,624 5,216
Loan Fees 16 32 48
Cost of Attendance 15,067
30,134 38,846

Graduate cost of attendance 2020-2021

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.

Graduate cost of attendance 2020-2021

   1 semester  2 semesters  3 semesters
Tuition 4,860 9,720 14,580
Books 120 240 360
Room & board 4,352 8,704 13,056
Transportation 1,424 2,848 4,272
Personal 2,592 5,184 7,776
Loan Fees 48 96 144
Cost of Attendance 13,396 26,762 40,188

Graduate students: military

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

Graduate cost of attendance 2019-2020

   1 semester  2 semesters  3 semesters
Tuition 4,860 9,720 14,580
Books 120 240 360
Room & board 1,136 2,272 3,408
Transportation 1,424 2,848 4,272
Personal 2,592 5,184 7,776
Loan Fees 48 96 144
Cost of Attendance 10,180 20,360 30,540

Graduate students: living with parents

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

Graduate cost of attendance 2020-2021

   1 semester  2 semesters  3 semesters
Tuition 4,860 9,720 14,580
Books 120 240 360
Room & board 0 0 0
Transportation 1,424 2,848 4,272
Personal 2,592 5,184 7,776
Loan Fees 48 96 144
Cost of Attendance 9,044 18,088 27,132

Undergraduate cost of attendance 2019-2020

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.

2019-2020: Online, nationwide, evening full-time students

The cost of attendance for students taking online classes or in seat classes at one of our venues nationwide 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 2019-2020

   1 semester  2 semesters  3 semesters
Tuition 4,056 8,112 12,168
Books 240 480 720
Room & board 4,192 8,384 12,576
Transportation 1,376 2,752 4,128
Personal 2,496 4,992 7,488
Loan Fees 16 32 48
Cost of Attendance 12,376 24,752 37,128

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 2019-2020

   1 semester  2 semesters  3 semesters
Tuition 4,056 8,112 12,168
Books 240 480 720
Room & board 1,056
2,112 3,168
Transportation 1,376 2,752 4,128
Personal 2,496 4,992 7,488
Loan Fees 16 32 48
Cost of Attendance 9,240
18,480
27,720

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 2019-2020

   1 semester  2 semesters  3 semesters
Tuition 4,056 8,112 12,168
Books 240 480 720
Room & board 0
0 0
Transportation 1,376 2,752 4,128
Personal 2,496 4,992 7,488
Loan Fees 16 32 48
Cost of Attendance 8,184
16,368
24,552

2019-2020: Traditional full-time students

The cost of attendance for traditional students taking 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

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 2019-2020

   1 semester  2 semesters  3 semesters
Tuition 11,749 23,498 27,554
Books 636 1,272 1,512
Room
2,450 4,900 12,592
Board 1,750
3,500  
Transportation 912
1,824 3,200
Personal 1,264 2,528 5,024
Loan Fees 16 32 48
Cost of Attendance 18,777
37,554 49,930

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 2019-2020

   1 semester  2 semesters  3 semesters
Tuition 11,749 23,498 27,554
Books 636 1,272 1,512
Room & board
4,192
8,384 12,576
Transportation 1,376
2,752 4,128
Personal 1,872 3,744 6,240
Loan Fees 16 32 48
Cost of Attendance 19,841
39,682 52,058

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 2019-2020

   1 semester  2 semesters  3 semesters
Tuition 11,749 23,498 27,554
Books 632 1, 1,512
Room & board
0
0 0
Transportation 1,376
2,752 4,128
Personal 1,872 3,744 6,240
Loan Fees 16 32 48
Cost of Attendance 15,679
31,298 39,482

Graduate cost of attendance 2019-2020

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.

Graduate cost of attendance 2019-2020

   1 semester  2 semesters  3 semesters
Tuition 4,524 9,048 13,572
Books 120 240 360
Room & board 4,192 8,384 12,576
Transportation 1,376 2,752 4,128
Personal 2,496 4,992 7,488
Loan Fees 64 128 192
Cost of Attendance 12,772 25,544 38,316

Graduate students: military

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

Graduate cost of attendance 2019-2020

   1 semester  2 semesters  3 semesters
Tuition 4,524 9,048 13,572
Books 120 240 360
Room & board 1,056
2,752 4,128
Transportation 1,376 2,752 4,128
Personal 2,496 4,992 7,488
Loan Fees 64 128 192
Cost of Attendance 9,636 19,272 28,908

Graduate students: living with parents

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

Graduate cost of attendance 2019-2020

   1 semester  2 semesters  3 semesters
Tuition 4,524 9,048 13,572
Books 120 240 360
Room & board 0
0 0
Transportation 1,376 2,752 4,128
Personal 2,496 4,992 7,488
Loan Fees 64 128 192
Cost of Attendance 8,580 17,160 25,740

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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