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 a few weeks before the start of your classes (enrollment period).

Actual costs may differ depending on your academic program, coursework, and personal spending choices.

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.

Cost of attendance 2024-25: On-campus

The standard cost of attendance (COA) is based on full-time enrollment for the academic year (fall and spring terms). Your actual costs will depend on personal lifestyle choices, as well as your academic program and coursework.

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.

Incoming Freshmen, the Net Price Calculator may also be helpful in determining your eligibility for need-based aid.

Expense CategoryResident & non-residentLiving with parent
Loan fees$84$84


Cost of attendance 2024-25: Online

Expense CategoryFull-time (12+ credits)Three-quarter-time (9-11 credits)Half-time (6-8 credits)Less than half-time (1-5 credits)
Loan fees$84$84$84$0

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.

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. 

Housing and food

The estimated housing and food 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 a parking pass, plus the approximate cost of driving seven miles per day to class. The University does not include the cost of a personal vehicle in its estimated 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, contact our office at 218-281-8550 or [email protected]. With appropriate documentation, your budget will be reviewed and your financial aid eligibility will be re-evaluated.