Cost of Attendance

Usually the cost of attendance (COA) refers to the total amount of education expenses (tuition, books and supplies, housing and dining, personal expenses, transportation expenses, etc.). Learn more.

Estimate Your Expenses

For more specific information about the tuition and fees component of the cost of attendance, please see the Cashier’s Office website at Information about current residence hall rates and amenities, including dining plan rates, can be found at

Cost of attendance

Investing in higher education is a major financial decision, and many students need to look beyond their own resources for assistance. At MU’s Office of Student Financial Aid, our goal is to help students and their families secure the resources necessary to fund a Mizzou education. We can help you calculate the cost of your education, whether you're an undergraduate or graduate student. We’ll point you to resources to help you plan for higher-education costs. You can also use our net price calculator.

The cost of attending Mizzou is different for each student, depending on variables such as degree program, housing choices, special course fees and individual needs. Budgets used by MU Student Financial Aid in determining eligibility for financial aid include:

1. Direct university charges:

  • tuition
  • non-resident tuition
  • on-campus housing and dining

2. Estimates of indirect expenses:

  • books and supplies
  • off-campus housing and dining
  • personal expenses
  • transportation expenses

MU uses average budgets in the initial determination of need. Because we use averages, the figures used by Student Financial Aid may vary slightly from other published figures.