Cost of attendance

The University prepares cost of attendance (COA) figures in order to calculate financial aid eligibility for students. If you do not receive financial aid, you may use the following figures to estimate enrollment costs. Your specific tuition and fees charges will appear in your University student account in the My Finances tab of MyU approximately four (4) weeks before the start of your classes (enrollment period).

Actual costs may differ depending on your academic program, coursework, and personal spending choices. If you are a freshman, the Net Price Calculator may also be helpful in determining your eligibility for need-based aid.

The total amount of financial aid offered to a student, including all scholarships and grants, cannot exceed the cost of attendance at the University of Minnesota for that aid year. Financial aid offers (e.g., loans, work study, scholarships, or grants) may be reduced for students whose total aid exceeds the cost of attendance. Additional information is available.

Read more about the financial advantages of four-year graduation or three-year graduation for transfer students:

2022-23 COA figures are based on the cost of enrolling in 13 or more credits per semester. If you take fewer than 13 credits, you will be charged on a per-credit basis.

Expense category Resident & non-resident
Tuition & fees $13,464
Books & supplies $1,000
Room & board $12,882
Transportation $160
Personal/misc. $2,000
Loan fees $146
Total $29,652

Cost of attendance expense categories

Cost of attendance is based on five expense categories.

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Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees are determined by the University Board of Regents each July. Tuition figures are based on the University’s 13-credit policy

Books and supplies

This figure is based on how much a typical full-time student would need to spend on books, paper, and other academic supplies in order to complete an average credit load. 

Room and board

The estimated room and board figures vary based on living situation (e.g., in a University residence hall or at home with family).


This figure is based on the cost of using public transportation for a typical student. The University does not include a personal vehicle in its estimated cost figure.

Personal and miscellaneous expenses

The figures for this category include things like toiletries, laundry, and clothing.

If you have expenses that are not taken into account in the standard budget, you may submit a Cost of Attendance Appeal form (see Forms). Your budget will be reviewed and your financial aid eligibility will be re-evaluated.

Residency and reciprocity

If there is uncertainty about whether you are considered a Minnesota resident, review the Residency, Reciprocity, and Tuition Exemption handbook. The handbook contains the University's official policy and an application for resident evaluation.

The University has reciprocity agreements with the states of Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the province of Manitoba, Canada. If you are a resident of any of these states or provinces, you may qualify for reciprocity tuition rates that are lower than nonresident tuition rates and, in some cases, comparable to resident rates.