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Cost of Attendance

Cost of attendance (COA) is defined as the estimated cost of a student's educational expenses for that period of enrollment. The estimate generally includes tuition and fees, room and board, books/supplies, personal expenses and transportation expenses.

The amounts provided are based on a student being enrolled full-time during each semester of the academic year. This is defined as a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester for undergraduate students and a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester for graduate students.

The amounts listed on this page are intended to help you in planning your own budget, but your actual expenses will vary depending on your lifestyle and individual circumstances.

Please use our Net Price Calculator to calculate an estimate of your college costs.


Cost of Attendance for the 2017-2018 Academic Year

2017-2018 Cost of Attendance for Full-Time Students: Evening, Online, or Nationwide

AHE Undergraduate Students
  1 semester 2 semesters 3 semesters
Tuition  3,420 6,840 10,260
Books  621
1,242 1,863
Room & Board  3,872 7,744 11,616
Transportation  1,312 2,624 3,936
Personal  2,128 4,256 6,384
Loan Fees  16 32 48
Cost of Attendance  11,369 22,738 34,107

Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Terms

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.

AHE Undergraduate Students Living with Parents
  1 semester 2 semesters
3 semesters
Tuition  3,420 6,840 10,260
Books  621 1,242 1,863
Room & Board  0 0
Transportation  1,312 2,624 3,936
Personal  2,128 4,256 6,384
Loan Fees  16 32 48
Cost of Attendance  7,497 14,994
22,491

Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Terms

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.

AHE Undergraduate Military Students
  1 semester
2 semesters
3 semesters
Tuition  3,420 6,840 10,260
Books  621 1,242 1,863
Board  1,008 2,016 3,024
Transportation  1,312 2,624 3,936
Personal  2,128 4,256 6,384
Loan Fees  16 32 48
Cost of Attendance  8,505 17,010 25,515

Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Terms

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.

2017-2018 Cost of Attendance for Full-Time Residential Campus Students in Columbia, MO

Day Campus Student Living On Campus
   1 semester 2 semesters 3 semesters
 Tuition  10,968 21,936 25,356
 Books 621 1,242 1,863
 Room 2,159 4,318 10,966
 Board 1,388
2,776 0
 Transportation 880 1,760 3,072
 Personal 1,072 2,144 4,272
 Loan Fees  16  32  48
 Cost of Attendance  17,104 34,208 45,577

Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Terms

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.

Day Campus Student Living Off Campus
   1 semester 2 semesters 3 semesters
 Tuition 10,968 21,936 25,356
 Books 621 1,242 1,863
 Room & Board 3,872 7,744 11,616
 Transportation 1,312 2,624 3,936
 Personal 1,600 3,200 5,328
 Loan Fees  16  32  48
 Cost of Attendance 18,389 36,778 48,147

Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Terms

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.

Day Campus Student Living With Parents
   1 semester 2 semesters 3 semesters
 Fixed Tuition  10,968 21,936 25,356
 Books 621 1,242 1,863
 Room & Board  0  0  0
 Transportation 1,312 2,624 3,936
 Personal 1,600 3,200 5,328
 Loan Fees  16  32  48
 Cost of Attendance 14,517 29,034 36,531

Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Terms

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.

2017-2018 Cost of Attendance for Graduate Students

 Graduate Students
   1 semester 2 semesters 3 semesters
 Tuition  4,275 8,550 12,825
 Books 310.50 621 931.50
 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 11,961.50 23,923 35,884.50

Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Terms

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.

Graduate Students Living With Parents
1 semester 2 semesters 3 semesters
Tuition 4,275 8,550 12,825
Books 310.50 621 931.50
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 8,089.50 16,179 24,268.50

Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Terms

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.

Graduate Military Students
   1 semester 2 semesters 3 semesters
 Tuition 4,275 8,550 12,825
 Books 310.50 621 931.50
 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 9,097.50 18,195 27,292.50

Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Terms

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.

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.

Cost of Attendance for the 2016-2017 Academic Year

2016-2017 Cost of Attendance for Full-Time Undergraduate Students: Evening, Online, or Nationwide

 AHE Undergraduate Students
   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  16 32 48
 Cost of Attendance  10,470 20,940 31,410

Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Terms

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.

 AHE Undergraduate Students Living With Parents
   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  16  32  48
 Cost of Attendance  6,566  13,132  19,698

Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Terms

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.

 AHE Undergraduate Military Students
   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  16  32  48
 Cost of Attendance  7,238  14,476  21,714

Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Terms

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.

2016-2017 Cost of Attendance for Full-Time Residential Campus Student in Columbia, MO

Day Campus Student Living on Campus
  1 semester  2 semesters 3 semesters
Fixed Rate Tuition  10,468  20,936 23,576
Books  582 1,164 1,746
Room 2,004 4,008 10,206
Board 1,147  2,294 0
Transportation 864
1,728 3,024
Personal 1,024 2,048 4,080
Loan Fees 16  32 48
Cost of Attendance  16,105
32,210 42,680

Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Terms

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.

Day Campus Student Living Off Campus
  1 semester  2 semesters 3 semesters
Fixed Rate Tuition  10,468  20,936 23,576
Books  582 1,164 1,746
Room & Board  3,904 7,808 11,712
Transportation  1,296 2,592 3,888
Personal  1,520 3,040 5,072
Loan Fees  16  32 48
Cost of Attendance  17,786
35,572 46,042

Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Terms

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.

Day Campus Student Living with Parents
  1 semester  2 semesters 3 semesters
Tuition  10,468 20,936 23,576
Books  582 1,164 1,746
Room & Board  0 0
Transportation  1,296 2,592 3,888
Personal  1,520 3,040 5,072
Loan Fees  16  32 48
Cost of Attendance  13,882 27,764 34,330

Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Terms

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.

2016-2017 Cost of Attendance for Graduate Students

Graduate Students 
  1 semester 2 semesters
3 semesters
Tuition  2,232 4,464 6,696
Books  291 582 873
Room & Board  3,904 7,808 11,712
Transportation  1,296 2,592 3,888
Personal  2,032 4,064 6,096
Loan Fees  64 128 192
Cost of Attendance  9,819 19,638 29,457

Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Terms

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.

 

Graduate Students Living with Parents

1 semester 2 semesters 3 semesters
Tuition 2,232 4,464 6,696
Books 291 582 873
Room & Board 0 0 0
Transportation 1,296 2,592 3,888
Personal 2,032 4,064 6,096
Loan Fees 64 128 192
Cost of Attendance 5,915 11,830 17,745

Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Terms

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.

Graduate Military Students 
  1 semester 2 semesters 3 semesters
Tuition  2,232 4,464 6,696
Books  291 582 873
Board  672 1,344 2,016
Transportation  1,296 2,592 3,888
Personal  2,032 4,064 6,096
Loan Fees  64 128 192
Cost of Attendance  6,587 13,174 19,761

Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Terms

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.

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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