Student Finances

Tuition Model FAQ

In May 2022, the University of Missouri Board of Curators voted to approve a new tuition structure to simplify students’ bills and consolidate course fees in to three tuition tiers, based on students’ primary programs of study. MU will implement a flat rate for full-time students who take a course load of 12-18 hours per semester, incentivizing students to take at least 15 hours each semester. Students should continue to work with their academic advisers to create course schedules most appropriate to their learning needs and programs of study.


What is the new tuition model?

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


What is plateaued tuition?

Plateau tuition means undergraduate students will pay a single, flat rate of tuition when taking 12 to 18 hours of classes a semester. This plan encourages undergraduate students to take an average of 15 credit hours per semester, which allows them to finish in 4 years. If students want to do more than that, they will be able to take an additional 3 credits at no extra cost per semester.


How are the tiers determined for tuition pricing?

Tuition tiers will correspond to the cost of delivering the degree, factoring in the cost of specialized facilities, equipment and faculty.


How does this help students graduate sooner?

By keeping tuition flat for course loads between 12 and 18 hours, undergraduate students will have the option to take additional credits at no additional cost, giving them 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 undergraduate students and their families a simplified bill. Fees for Student Health, Student Activity and Recreation Center will remain.


Is the financial aid structure going to change, too?

Students are at the center of our financial aid strategy, and we will continue to prioritize affordability as we adapt aid packages alongside the new model. New financial aid information will be available in early to mid-spring 2023.


What if I haven’t declared a major?

Undergraduate students who have not yet declared a major will be placed in the middle tier.