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.

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 for the total cost of attendance.

2019 – 2020 Undergraduate Full-Time Students

Cost Category Full-Time On-Campus Full-Time with Parent Full-Time Off-Campus
Tuition $40,407 $40,407 $40,407
Technology Fee $1,260 $1,260 $1,260
Infrastructure Fee $495 $495 $495
Books and Supplies $1,000 $1,000 $1,000
Room and Board $9,768 $3,642 $9,768
Personal Expenses $1,500 $1,500 $1,500
Transportation $702 $702 $3,354
Total $55,132 $49,006 $57,964

2019 – 2020 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 $18,991 $18,991 $18,991
Technology Fee $327 $327 $327
Infrastructure Fee $0 $0 $0
Books and Supplies $750 $750 $750
Room and Board $9,768 $3,642 $9,768
Personal Expenses $1,500 $1,500 $1,500
Transportation $702 $702 $3,354
Total $32,038 $25,912 $34,690

 

Cost Category half-Time (6 – 8 credits) On-Campus half-Time (6 – 8 credits) with parent half-Time (6 – 8 credits) Off-Campus
Tuition $12,526 $12,526 $12,526
Technology Fee $226 $226 $226
Infrastructure Fee $0 $0 $0
Books and Supplies $500 $500 $500
Room and Board $9,768 $3,642 $9,768
Personal Expenses $1,500 $1,500 $1,500
Transportation $702 $702 $3,354
Total $25,222 $19,096 $27,874

 

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 $6,465 $6,465 $6,465
Technology Fee $113 $113 $113
Infrastructure Fee $0 $0 $0
Books and Supplies $250 $250 $250
Room and Board $0 $0 $0
Personal Expenses $1,500 $1,500 $1,500
Transportation $0 $0 $0
Total $8,328 $8,328 $8,328

2019 – 2020 Graduate Students

Cost Category Full-time ( 6 or more Credits) part-time (3 – 5 Credits) Less than Half-Time
(< 3 credits)
Tuition $15,120 $7,560 $3,780
Technology Fee $225 $112 $38
Infrastructure Fee $0 $0 $0
Books and Supplies $1,000 $500 $250
Room and Board $9,768 $9,768 $0
Personal Expenses $1,500 $1,500 $1,500
Transportation $3,354 $3,354 $0
Total $30,967 $22,794 $5,568

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.

As a reminder, these budgets are estimations. 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.