2021 Tuition, Fees, and Living Costs Analysis

UndergraduateGraduatePer Credit HourEarning After Graduation
For the academic year 2020-2021, the undergraduate tuition & fees at Michigan State University is $14,460 for Michigan residents and $39,766 for out-of-state students.
The undergraduate 2021-2022 estimated tuition & fees for MSU is $13,442 for Michigan residents and $39,157 for out-of-state students.
The 2021 undergraduate tuition has been decreased by -7.04% for Michigan residents and decreased by -1.53% for out-of-state rates from the previous year.The Living costs increased by 0.40% from the previous year for both on-campus and off-campus stay. Its in-state undergraduate tuition and fees are a little bit higher than the average amount ($12,017) and its out-of-state undergraduate tuition and fees are a little bit higher than the average amount of similar schools' tuition ($32,019 - Public Research University (very high research activity)).
2020-2021 Undergraduate Tuition & Fees
YearIn-StateOut-of-StateOn Campus Room & Board, Other Expenses
2019-2020$15,555 $40,384$13,562
2020-2021$14,460$39,766$13,616
Change % 2020-2021-7.04%-1.53%0.40%
2021-2022$13,442$39,157$13,670
***Updated with 2021 tuition data from NCES (National Center for Education Statistics) . The estimated 2021-2022 costs are based on the costs change rate of last year.
For Graduate School, in-state tuition and fees are $18,858 and out-of-state tuition and fees are $37,056 for the academic year 2020-2021.
The graduate 2021-2022 estimated tuition & fees at MSU is $18,858 for Michigan residents and $37,056 for out-of-state students.
The graduate tuition has been stayed same from the previous for both in-state and out-of-state rates. Its in-state graduate tuition and fees are higher than the average amount ($13,733) and its out-of-state graduate tuition and fees are higher than the average amount of similar schools' tuition ($28,141 - Public Research University (very high research activity)).
2020-2021 Graduate Tuition & Fees
YearIn-StateOut-of-StateOn Campus Room & Board, Other Expenses
2019-2020$18,858 $37,056$13,562
2020-2021$18,858$37,056$13,616
Change % 2020-20210.00%0.00%0.40%
2021-2022$18,858$37,056$13,670
***Updated with 2021 tuition data from NCES (National Center for Education Statistics) . The estimated 2021-2022 costs are based on the costs change rate of last year.
The below table describes the cost per credit hour for part-time students and/or full-time students who take additional courses more than regular credit hours at MSU.
Per Credit Hour Charge (2019-2020)
YearIn-StateOut-of-State
Undergraduate2018-2019$519$1,346
2019-2020$519$1,346
2020-2021$519$1,346
Graduate2018-2019$756$1,485
2019-2020$786$1,544
2020-2021$817$1,605
The next table summarizes the average earning by years after graduation from the school. After 6 years of graduation, the mean earning is $45,200 and, after 10 years of graduation, the mean earning is $63,200 for Michigan State University graduates.
Mean Earning After Graduation By Time
TotalMaleFemale
6 Years After Graduation$45,200$50,900$40,500
7 Years After Graduation$47,300--
8 Years After Graduation$52,700--
9 Years After Graduation$54,300--
10 Years After Graduation$63,200$72,300$55,400

Tuition & Fees for 4 Years

Tuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid

How Much is the tuition for 4 years at MSU?

For the students who were admitted in Fall 2021, the estimated tuition for 4 years is $55,588 for Michigan residents and $158,420 for out-of-state students.
Since the tuition & fees at Michigan State University have decreased over the last 4 years, the estimated tuition & fees are less than current costs in the table below. The actual costs may differ from the estimation based on the school or university system's tuition policy.
The estimation excludes the book, supplies, and living costs before receiving any financial aid. See the other tabs for estimating 4-year total costs of attendance and after financial aid. The next table shows the estimated 4-years tuition & fees for the next 5 admission years. The estimation is based on 4-years changes in tuition & fees at the school.
4 Years of Tuition & Fees
ResidencyFreshmenSophomoreJuniorSenior4 Years Total
Class of 2025 (Admission Fall 2021)In-State$14,231$14,006$13,785$13,566$55,588
Out-of-State$39,702$39,637$39,573$39,509$158,420
Class of 2026 (Admission Fall 2022)In-State$14,006$13,785$13,566$13,352$54,709
Out-of-State$39,637$39,573$39,509$39,445$158,163
Class of 2027 (Admission Fall 2023)In-State$13,785$13,566$13,352$13,141$53,844
Out-of-State$39,573$39,509$39,445$39,381$157,907
Class of 2028 (Admission Fall 2024)In-State$13,566$13,352$13,141$12,933$52,992
Out-of-State$39,509$39,445$39,381$39,317$157,650
Class of 2029 (Admission Fall 2025)In-State$13,352$13,141$12,933$12,728$52,153
Out-of-State$39,445$39,381$39,317$39,253$157,395
The table shows the 4-years estimation of total costs of attendance (COA). It includes the tuition & fees, books & supplies costs, room & board charges, and other living expenses.
For the students who were admitted in Fall 2021, the estimated 4-years COA is $116,573 for Michigan residents and $219,404 for out-of-state students.
The next table shows the 4-year COA estimation for the next 5 admission years at Michigan State University.
4 Years of Costs of Attendance
ResidencyFreshmenSophomoreJuniorSenior4 Years Total
Class of 2025 (Admission Fall 2021)In-State$29,189$29,155$29,108$29,067$116,573
Out-of-State$54,660$54,786$54,914$55,045$219,404
Class of 2026 (Admission Fall 2022)In-State$29,155$29,126$29,085$29,049$116,469
Out-of-State$54,786$54,914$55,045$55,179$219,924
Class of 2027 (Admission Fall 2023)In-State$29,126$29,103$29,068$29,038$116,390
Out-of-State$54,914$55,045$55,179$55,315$220,453
Class of 2028 (Admission Fall 2024)In-State$29,103$29,086$29,056$29,032$116,335
Out-of-State$55,045$55,179$55,315$55,454$220,993
Class of 2029 (Admission Fall 2025)In-State$29,086$29,075$29,051$29,033$116,303
Out-of-State$55,179$55,315$55,454$55,596$221,544
Last year, 53% of enrolled undergraduate students have received grants or scholarship aid. It includes any financial aid from the federal government, state, local, institute, and other sources known by the institution. It excludes federal/private student loans.
After receiving the financial aid, the net price for 4 years of attending the school is $70,317 for Michigan residents and $173,148 for out-of-state students.
The next table shows the 4-year COA estimation with financial aid for the next 5 admission years at Michigan State University.
4 Years Costs of attendance after Financial Aid
ResidencyFreshmenSophomoreJuniorSenior4 Years Total
Class of 2025 (Admission Fall 2021)In-State$17,625$17,591$17,544$17,503$70,317
Out-of-State$43,096$43,222$43,350$43,481$173,148
Class of 2026 (Admission Fall 2022)In-State$17,591$17,562$17,521$17,485$70,213
Out-of-State$43,222$43,350$43,481$43,615$173,668
Class of 2027 (Admission Fall 2023)In-State$17,562$17,539$17,504$17,474$70,134
Out-of-State$43,350$43,481$43,615$43,751$174,197
Class of 2028 (Admission Fall 2024)In-State$17,539$17,522$17,492$17,468$70,079
Out-of-State$43,481$43,615$43,751$43,890$174,737
Class of 2029 (Admission Fall 2025)In-State$17,522$17,511$17,487$17,469$70,047
Out-of-State$43,615$43,751$43,890$44,032$175,288

2021 Tuition, Fees, and Living Cost Tables and Charts

Next tables and charts illustrate the 2021 tuition, fees, books & supplies, and living costs in detail. We provide the previous 5 years' costs so that you can check the increased amounts of each cost item and estimate future year costs. In addition, you can check the financial aid amount including grant, scholarship, and federal student loans for the last five years. Use the left menu to explore the tuition and college costs information at Michigan State University.
Tuition & Fees | Financial Aid
Michigan State University 2021 Costs of Attendance
In-StateOut-of-State
Tuition and FeesBook & SuppliesLiving Costs Tuition & FeesBook & SuppliesLiving Costs
Undergraduate$14,460$1,154$13,616$39,766$1,154 $13,616
Graduate$18,858 $1,154$13,616$37,056 $1,154$13,616


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