New Tuition Structure

Beginning in Fall 2023

A new tuition structure, approved by the University of Missouri Board of Curators in May 2022, goes into effect during the Fall 2023 academic year. 

This new tuition structure makes the costs of a college education more predictable and transparent for you and your family by allowing you to more accurately estimate and plan for college expenses. The new structure consolidates base tuition, supplemental course fees and the information technology fee into one flat rate based on your major. This removes the uncertainty of the current model where your tuition and fees are based on the type of course enrolled.

If you are an undergraduate student, the new model gives you the option of taking 12 to 18 hours per semester at a single flat rate. By removing the financial barrier of enrolling in additional courses within the flat rate, you can enroll in full course loads (15 hours vs 12 hours) and graduate on time. This structure also allows you to take exploratory courses at no additional cost. If you are enrolled in a graduate program, you will continue to be assessed on a per credit hour basis.

Who Does It Apply To?

Starting in the Fall 2023 semester, the new tuition rates will apply to you if you enroll in any of our on-campus degree programs. This includes undergraduate and graduate tuition, resident or non-resident, freshman or transfer students. This excludes online degree programs.

Tuition Rate Estimates

The University of Missouri Board of Curators will determine tuition rates for the Fall 2023 semester in spring of 2023. The numbers detailed below are estimates.

Look through our basic cost estimate tables below to help estimate your total cost of attendance with the new tuition model starting in fall of 2023. 

Estimated Costs for Undergraduate Students

  • Missouri Residents
  • Non-Missouri Residents

Missouri Residents

Cost Tier Enrolled Between 12 to 18 Hours
(Flat Total Amount)
Freshmen* $6,500 per semester
Tier 1
Economics / Education / Humanities / Psychology
$6,500 per semester
Tier 2
Math / Business / Information Science and Technology / Laboratory Sciences 
$7,500 per semester
Tier 3
Engineering and Computing
$8,500 per semester

  View Tiered Programs

Non-Missouri Residents

Cost Tier Enrolled Between 12 to 18 Hours
(Flat Total Amount)
Freshmen* $14,300 per semester
Tier 1
Economics / Education / Humanities / Psychology
$14,300 per semester
Tier 2
Math / Business / Information Science and Technology / Laboratory Sciences 
$15,300 per semester
Tier 3
Engineering and Computing
$16,300 per semester

  View Tiered Programs

As you can see from the above table, if you take 12 to 18 credit hours you will be assessed a flat amount per semester. Credit hours outside of that range will be assessed at 1/12 of the flat rate. Student activity fees will continue to be assessed separately.

*If you have fewer than 30 earned or in-progress credit hours, you will be considered a freshman and assessed tuition under the Tier 1 rate. Credits transferred into S&T are counted toward the number of earned credits. However, all first-time college students, regardless of the number of transfer credits, will be assessed the freshman rate their first semester. If you are transferring to S&T from another college or university, you are not eligible for the freshman rate.

Examples using Missouri resident rates

  • Example 1: A freshman engineering major taking 15 credit hours would be assessed $6,500 per semester.
  • Example 2: A junior engineering major taking 18 credit hours in a semester would be assessed $8,500 per semester.
  • Example 3: A sophomore chemistry major taking 19 credit hours in a semester would be assessed the plateau rate of $7,500 plus $625 for the additional credit hour above 18 hours, or $8,125 in total.
  • Example 4: A junior majoring in engineering and math taking 18 credit hours in a semester would be assessed $8,500 per semester.

Estimated Costs for Graduate Students Coming Soon...

Committed to Your Success

Missouri S&T’s commitment to student success extends beyond the transparency of the new tuition structure. As a Missouri S&T student, several student success initiatives are available to you, including:

  • Early advisor intervention with periodic grade checks throughout the semester
  • Enhanced tutoring through the Student Success Center, Learning Enhancement Across Disciplines (LEAD) and other programs
  • Targeted peer mentoring
  • Discounted summer coursework
  • Increased Academic Advising touchpoints
  • Accelerated course retakes between semesters to improve grades
  • Course redesign for freshman-level courses with high retakes

 

Affordable Tuition, Exceptional Outcomes, Great Return on Investment

Missouri S&T offers approximately $46 million in institutional scholarships each year. S&T’s affordable tuition, generous financial assistance and strong demand for our graduates all combine to make S&T one of the nation’s best investments for a university education. (See our rankings.)

Learn more about applying for scholarships, grants and other financial assistance.

Questions? Check the FAQ or contact Missouri S&T’s Office of Student Financial Assistance at sfa@mst.edu or call 573-341-4282.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

In May 2022, the University of Missouri Board of Curators voted to approve a new tuition structure to simplify your bills and consolidate course fees into three tuition tiers, based on your primary programs of study. Under this structure, Missouri S&T will implement a flat rate in each tier for full-time students who take a course load of 12-18 hours per semester to encourage taking at least 15 hours each semester. As a Missouri S&T student, you should continue to work with your academic advisor to create a course schedule most appropriate for your learning needs and programs of study.

What is the new tuition structure?

The new tuition structure will make tuition more transparent and predictable and will simplify your student bills. Undergraduate students will pay a flat tuition rate according to your major for course loads ranging from 12 to 18 hours.

What is plateaued tuition?

Plateaued tuition means as an undergraduate student you will pay a single, flat rate of tuition when taking 12 to 18 hours of classes a semester. This plan can help you take an average of 15 credit hours per semester. If you want to take more than 15 credit hours, you may take an additional 3 credits at no extra cost per semester.

How are the tiers determined for tuition pricing?

Tuition tiers correspond to the market and cost of delivering the degree, factoring in the cost of specialized facilities, equipment and faculty. Rates will be approved by the Board of Curators in May 2023. An estimate of rates is used above.

How does this help students graduate sooner?

By keeping tuition flat for course loads between 12 and 18 hours as an undergraduate, you will be able to take additional credits at no additional cost, giving you the opportunity to graduate faster.

Will I still pay course fees?

No. Under the new model, course fees will be rolled into tuition pricing, giving you and your family a simplified bill. Fees for Health Service and Activity/Facility will remain.

Is the financial aid structure going to change, too?

No. Missouri S&T will continue to prioritize affordability as we adapt aid packages alongside the new model. If you are an enrolled student, you will not see a change in non-waiver scholarship offers. Official financial aid information will be shared with you in March 2023.

What if I haven’t declared a major?

If you have not declared a major, you will be placed in the third tier.

What if I cannot take 15 or more credit hours each semester?

Sometimes work, family, finances or health concerns may require you to adjust your college plans and prevent you from taking 15 hours per semester. In these situations, we encourage you to consider the cost of an additional semester of coursework and work with your academic advisor on adjusting your schedule. Additionally, Missouri S&T will be offering summer courses at a discounted rate in the new model and increasing the number of online offerings to make it more convenient for you to pick up courses during the summer.

How can I get more information if I have additional questions?

For more information about the new tuition structure, please contact the Missouri S&T Office of Student Financial Assistance at sfa@mst.edu.