Budgeting for college starts with an estimate of what the total cost will be for one academic year. MSOE and other schools factor in not only direct costs billed to the student (tuition, room and board, technology and infrastructure fees) but also estimates indirect costs (books and supplies, personal expenses, and transportation) that a family could incur while sending a student to college.

A student's Financial Aid for a given year cannot exceed the cost of attendance listed below.

MSOE establishes standard expenses that represent typical costs for students during the academic year. These costs are based on a number of variables such as enrollment status, student dependency status, and living arrangements (whether on or off campus or with parents).

Although it is impossible to estimate your unique expenses, these budgets approximate the average direct and indirect costs for the majority of students. Below are example cost of attendance builds that are standard across undergraduate and graduate student populations. You may use these categories, in conjunction with the expense planner, to assist you in planning.

2020 - 2021  Cost of Attendance Figures

2020 – 2021 Undergraduate Full-Time Students

Cost Category Full-Time On-Campus Full-Time with Parent Full-Time Off-Campus
Full Time Tuition $41,820 $41,820 $41,820
Technology Fee $1,260 $1,260 $1,260
Infrastructure Fee $495 $495 $495
Books and Supplies $1,000 $1,000 $1,000
Housing $6,339 $6,339
Meals $4,140 $3,786 $3,786
Personal Expenses $1,537 $1,537 $1,537
Transportation $272 $1,350 $3,915
Total* $56,863 $51,248 $60,152

2020 – 2021 Undergraduate Part-Time Students

Cost Category Three-Quarters Time (9 – 11 credits) On-Campus Three-Quarters Time (9 – 11 credits) with parent Three-Quarters Time (9 – 11 credits) Off-Campus
Tuition $19,656 $19,656 $19,656
Technology Fee $327 $327 $327
Infrastructure Fee $0 $0 $0
Books and Supplies $750 $750 $750
Personal Expenses $1,539 $1,539 $1,539
Housing $6,339 $6,339
Meals $4,140 $3,786 $3,786
Transportation $272 $1,350 $3,915
Total* $33,023 $27,408 $36,312

 

Cost Category half-Time (6 – 8 credits) On-Campus half-Time (6 – 8 credits) with parent half-Time (6 – 8 credits) Off-Campus
Tuition $12,963 $12,963 $12,963
Technology Fee $228 $228 $228
Infrastructure Fee $0 $0 $0
Books and Supplies $498 $498 $498
Personal Expenses $1,539 $1,539 $1,539
Housing $6,339 $6,339
Meals $4,140 $3,786 $3,786
Transportation $272 $1,350 $3,915
Total* $25,979 $20,364 $29,268

 

Cost Category Less than Half-Time (< 6 credits) On-Campus Less than Half-Time
(< 6 credits) with parent
Less than Half-Time
(< 6 credits) Off-Campus
Tuition $6,690 $6,690 $6,690
Technology Fee $114 $114 $114
Infrastructure Fee $0 $0 $0
Books and Supplies $250 $250 $250
Room and Board $0 $0 $0
Personal Expenses $0 $0 $0
Transportation $0 $0 $0
Total* $7,054 $7,054 $7,054


2020 – 2021 Graduate Students

Cost Category Full-time ( 6 or more Credits) part-time (3 – 5 Credits) Less than Half-Time
(< 3 credits)
Tuition $15,570 $7,785 $3,893
Technology Fee $225 $112 $38
Infrastructure Fee $0 $0 $0
Books and Supplies $1,000 $500 $250
Room and Board $10,125 $10,125 $0
Personal Expenses $1,537 $1,537 $1,537
Transportation $3,915 $3,915 $3,915
Total* $32,372 $23,974 $9,633

Please note that the above examples are if a student stays at the same housing and enrollment level for the entire academic year. A student’s status is set on Friday of Week 1, the census date, each academic term. Budgets do not include summer periods of enrollment.

The maximum financial aid a student can accept cannot exceed their given budget or cost of attendance. Please contact our office if you have concerns or if your family situation is not accurately reflected in these figures.

*As a reminder, these budgets are estimations based on standard enrollment figures, silver meal plan, and double rooms. These totals may not reflect your exact cost. For information on the direct costs per credit and what will show up on your bill, please visit the Tuition and Fees webpage and the Room and Board webpage.