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Net Price of Michigan Colleges by Income

Cost of Michigan Colleges Zoom In

Source: National Center for Educational Statistics. This is the most recent data available as of January 2020

Questions & Answers

  • What do all these numbers mean?

    All costs are the average net cost paid by families in each income bracket. Net cost is the total cost of attendance minus government grants and institutional scholarships. Loans of any kind are not included. Figures are based on data from the 2017-18 school year, which is the latest available as of January 2020.

  • What is “Total Cost” on the chart?

    Total cost is the total cost of attendance for that particular college. It includes:

    • Tuition and fees (in-state tuition for public schools)
    • Room and board (on campus)
    • Books and supplies
    • Other expenses (travel and personal)

    There are detailed chart below for each school that shows these expenses. Click here to go to the individual cost breakdown for schools.

  • How can I use this information?

    This information is useful for building a realistic college budget. It's a good place to start until you better understand your specific circumstances. For example, let's say your income is $100,000 per year. This chart shows that the average state school would run $18,116 and the average private school would be $24,382. You can also get information on specific Michigan schools in the chart above or the tables below.

  • Will my family pay the amount on this chart?

    Probably not. The numbers are averages. You may be below average or above average. However, there are two key points we can learn from this data:

    1. Families with higher incomes ($75,000-$110,000 and $110,000+) will most likely pay close to full price at the public schools.
    2. Private colleges have a higher list price but offer more discounts. This brings their net price much closer to the cost of state-funded schools.

  • Where did this information come from?

    As part of federal financial aid, colleges are required to provide detailed cost information to the U.S. government. This data is made available to the public through the National Center for Education Statistics. For more details, click here.

  • What about athletes, merit aid or minority students?

    Athletes, high achieving students, and those with minority status are averaged in with everyone else. Within each income bracket, there are families that pay more than average and families that pay less than average.

  • The costs on this chart seemed large, how can families afford to pay it?

    For many families paying for college is not easy, but in the end they figure out. Most families will pay their net cost of college with some combination of:

    • college savings and investments
    • payments from current income
    • loans
    • outside scholarships (check out our Scholarship Guide For Busy Parents, which describes how you and your student can win scholarships for college and save money!)
    • tax planning
    • student work
Cost of Michigan Schools Explanation

Net Price:

Net price is the total cost of attendance minus the average amount of government grants and institutional scholarships awarded. This is an average, so you may pay above the average or below the average. Your exact net price is likely to be different and sometimes drastically different.

Most families will pay the net price with some combination of savings and investments, current income and various loans. Some students will also receive scholarships from sources other than the federal or state government or the college. Any scholarships and grants from these outside sources are not included in the data. However, government grants and institutional scholarships are included in the averages.

Total Cost at University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (2017-18)
Tuition and Fees $14,826
Room and Board $11,198
Books $1,048
Other Expenses $2,454
Total $29,526

Total Cost:

Total cost is the total cost of attendance for that particular institution for the 2017-18 school year. This is the latest data available as of January 2020. Total costs include:

  • Tuition and fees (in-state tuition for public schools)
  • Room and board (on campus)
  • Books and supplies
  • Other expenses (travel and personal)

College Total Cost
Family Income MI Public $25,001 MI Private $46,884
$0 - $30k $9,266 $18,129
$30,001 – $48k $10,971 $19,454
$48,001 – $75k $14,358 $21,081
$75,001 – $110k $18,116 $24,382
$110,001+ $20,183 $27,324

Public vs. Private Averages

This table shows the average total cost of attendance for the Michigan public and private colleges we have included in our analysis. The costs include a breakdown of the average net price paid by family income. Notice that the average private college is $7,000-$9,000 more than the average public school, depending on your income bracket. It is important to stress that these are averages. Most families will not be average, and their individual circumstances could be drastically different. I encourage all families to work with their preferred colleges to get information specific to their family.

Below are similar charts for each individual private and public college in Michigan. Click a school to view its complete chart.

Public MI Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Central Michigan University

    Mount Pleasant
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $12,510 $12,960
    Room and Board $9,736 $10,076
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $830 $853
    Total $24,076 $24,889
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,375 $11,759
    $30,001 - $48k $12,680 $13,108
    $48,001 - $75k $15,699 $16,229
    $75,001 - $110k $17,682 $18,279
    $110,001+ $18,096 $18,707
  • Eastern Michigan University

    Ypsilanti
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $12,019 $12,508
    Room and Board $9,854 $10,248
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $2,434 $2,440
    Total $25,307 $26,196
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,260 $13,726
    $30,001 - $48k $13,584 $14,061
    $48,001 - $75k $15,164 $15,697
    $75,001 - $110k $18,534 $19,185
    $110,001+ $19,196 $19,870
  • Ferris State University

    Big Rapids
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $11,628 $11,788
    Room and Board $9,894 $9,894
    Books $914 $840
    Other Expenses $1,120 $672
    Total $23,556 $23,194
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,013 $8,874
    $30,001 - $48k $10,960 $10,792
    $48,001 - $75k $13,967 $13,752
    $75,001 - $110k $16,310 $16,059
    $110,001+ $18,710 $18,422
  • Grand Valley State University

    Allendale
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $11,994 $12,484
    Room and Board $9,150 $9,364
    Books $700 $700
    Other Expenses $2,400 $2,400
    Total $24,244 $24,948
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,703 $13,072
    $30,001 - $48k $13,959 $14,364
    $48,001 - $75k $16,219 $16,690
    $75,001 - $110k $20,038 $20,620
    $110,001+ $21,987 $22,625
  • Henry Ford College

    Dearborn
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $4,694 $4,876
    Room and Board $0 $0
    Books $1,488 $1,512
    Other Expenses $0 $0
    Total $0 $0
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $2,982 $0
    $30,001 - $48k $3,851 $0
    $48,001 - $75k $6,482 $0
    $75,001 - $110k $8,824 $0
    $110,001+ $9,487 $0
  • Jackson College

    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $8,288 $8,742
    Room and Board $7,960 $8,300
    Books $1,728 $1,750
    Other Expenses $3,016 $3,124
    Total $20,992 $21,916
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $7,371 $7,695
    $30,001 - $48k $8,286 $8,651
    $48,001 - $75k $11,728 $12,244
    $75,001 - $110k $14,548 $15,188
    $110,001+ $14,939 $15,597
  • Lake Michigan College

    Benton Harbor
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $6,105 $6,345
    Room and Board $10,000 $9,980
    Books $1,800 $1,800
    Other Expenses $1,400 $1,600
    Total $19,305 $19,725
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $6,009 $6,140
    $30,001 - $48k $6,108 $6,241
    $48,001 - $75k $10,251 $10,474
    $75,001 - $110k $11,151 $11,394
    $110,001+ $11,239 $11,484
  • Lake Superior State University

    Sault Ste Marie
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $11,427 $11,895
    Room and Board $9,594 $9,882
    Books $1,100 $1,100
    Other Expenses $1,600 $1,600
    Total $23,721 $24,477
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $5,119 $5,282
    $30,001 - $48k $6,844 $7,062
    $48,001 - $75k $12,071 $12,456
    $75,001 - $110k $15,113 $15,595
    $110,001+ $16,948 $17,488
  • University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

    Ann Arbor
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $14,826 $15,262
    Room and Board $11,198 $11,534
    Books $1,048 $1,048
    Other Expenses $2,454 $2,454
    Total $29,526 $30,298
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $3,962 $4,066
    $30,001 - $48k $6,257 $6,421
    $48,001 - $75k $10,956 $11,242
    $75,001 - $110k $16,883 $17,324
    $110,001+ $25,040 $25,695
  • Michigan State University

    East Lansing
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $14,460 $14,460
    Room and Board $10,026 $10,322
    Books $1,084 $1,108
    Other Expenses $2,908 $2,972
    Total $28,478 $28,862
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $6,446 $6,533
    $30,001 - $48k $14,743 $14,942
    $48,001 - $75k $20,481 $20,757
    $75,001 - $110k $25,162 $25,501
    $110,001+ $27,210 $27,577
  • Michigan Technological University

    Houghton
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $15,074 $15,646
    Room and Board $10,477 $10,756
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $2,349 $2,367
    Total $29,100 $29,969
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,263 $8,510
    $30,001 - $48k $9,869 $10,164
    $48,001 - $75k $12,348 $12,717
    $75,001 - $110k $17,076 $17,586
    $110,001+ $22,791 $23,472
  • University of Michigan-Dearborn

    Dearborn
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $12,472 $12,930
    Room and Board $0 $0
    Books $1,300 $1,300
    Other Expenses $0 $0
    Total $0 $0
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $6,634 $0
    $30,001 - $48k $8,377 $0
    $48,001 - $75k $11,798 $0
    $75,001 - $110k $13,459 $0
    $110,001+ $15,206 $0
  • University of Michigan-Flint

    Flint
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $11,190 $11,304
    Room and Board $8,386 $8,769
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $3,950 $3,928
    Total $24,526 $25,001
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,488 $8,652
    $30,001 - $48k $9,659 $9,846
    $48,001 - $75k $13,526 $13,788
    $75,001 - $110k $17,542 $17,882
    $110,001+ $18,003 $18,352
  • Northern Michigan University

    Marquette
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $10,240 $10,729
    Room and Board $10,328 $10,666
    Books $800 $800
    Other Expenses $1,920 $1,992
    Total $23,288 $24,187
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,955 $9,301
    $30,001 - $48k $10,967 $11,390
    $48,001 - $75k $15,822 $16,433
    $75,001 - $110k $19,235 $19,978
    $110,001+ $20,553 $21,346
  • Northwestern Michigan College

    Traverse City
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $7,463 $7,604
    Room and Board $9,475 $9,475
    Books $1,500 $1,500
    Other Expenses $3,754 $3,754
    Total $22,192 $22,333
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,297 $8,350
    $30,001 - $48k $7,515 $7,563
    $48,001 - $75k $11,326 $11,398
    $75,001 - $110k $13,310 $13,395
    $110,001+ $14,214 $14,304
  • Oakland University

    Rochester Hills
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $11,970 $12,606
    Room and Board $9,910 $10,100
    Books $764 $784
    Other Expenses $2,034 $2,034
    Total $24,678 $25,524
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $7,176 $7,422
    $30,001 - $48k $7,304 $7,554
    $48,001 - $75k $9,637 $9,967
    $75,001 - $110k $15,129 $15,648
    $110,001+ $17,872 $18,485
  • Saginaw Valley State University

    University Center
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $9,819 $10,308
    Room and Board $9,465 $9,749
    Books $1,428 $1,035
    Other Expenses $1,137 $1,162
    Total $21,849 $22,254
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,274 $12,502
    $30,001 - $48k $12,821 $13,059
    $48,001 - $75k $15,453 $15,739
    $75,001 - $110k $17,368 $17,690
    $110,001+ $17,865 $18,196
  • Schoolcraft College

    Livonia
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $4,942 $5,176
    Room and Board $0 $0
    Books $1,456 $1,482
    Other Expenses $0 $0
    Total $0 $0
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $6,923 $0
    $30,001 - $48k $7,648 $0
    $48,001 - $75k $8,391 $0
    $75,001 - $110k $9,418 $0
    $110,001+ $9,965 $0
  • Wayne State University

    Detroit
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $12,979 $13,097
    Room and Board $10,102 $10,550
    Books $1,196 $1,212
    Other Expenses $2,262 $2,298
    Total $26,539 $27,157
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,607 $11,877
    $30,001 - $48k $11,996 $12,275
    $48,001 - $75k $13,432 $13,745
    $75,001 - $110k $18,758 $19,195
    $110,001+ $19,911 $20,375
  • Western Michigan University

    Kalamazoo
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $11,943 $12,483
    Room and Board $9,848 $10,143
    Books $958 $968
    Other Expenses $2,390 $2,415
    Total $25,139 $26,009
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,977 $13,426
    $30,001 - $48k $14,631 $15,137
    $48,001 - $75k $18,869 $19,522
    $75,001 - $110k $22,357 $23,131
    $110,001+ $23,629 $24,447

Private MI Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Adrian College

    Adrian
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $36,010 $37,087
    Room and Board $10,988 $11,318
    Books $1,800 $1,800
    Other Expenses $3,276 $3,276
    Total $52,074 $53,481
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $24,242 $24,897
    $30,001 - $48k $24,287 $24,943
    $48,001 - $75k $24,355 $25,013
    $75,001 - $110k $27,715 $28,464
    $110,001+ $28,358 $29,124
  • Albion College

    Albion
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $43,050 $45,590
    Room and Board $12,210 $12,380
    Books $700 $700
    Other Expenses $790 $800
    Total $56,750 $59,470
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,747 $10,214
    $30,001 - $48k $10,890 $11,412
    $48,001 - $75k $12,859 $13,475
    $75,001 - $110k $20,799 $21,796
    $110,001+ $26,757 $28,039
  • Alma College

    Alma
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $38,768 $40,258
    Room and Board $10,642 $10,998
    Books $800 $800
    Other Expenses $2,265 $2,214
    Total $52,475 $54,270
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $18,192 $18,814
    $30,001 - $48k $18,082 $18,701
    $48,001 - $75k $19,711 $20,385
    $75,001 - $110k $22,857 $23,639
    $110,001+ $26,231 $27,128
  • Andrews University

    Berrien Springs
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $28,436 $29,288
    Room and Board $9,078 $9,078
    Books $1,100 $1,100
    Other Expenses $1,100 $1,100
    Total $39,714 $40,566
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $16,373 $16,724
    $30,001 - $48k $17,179 $17,548
    $48,001 - $75k $17,878 $18,262
    $75,001 - $110k $22,684 $23,171
    $110,001+ $24,580 $25,107
  • Aquinas College

    Grand Rapids
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $31,244 $32,574
    Room and Board $9,070 $9,332
    Books $904 $920
    Other Expenses $1,734 $1,762
    Total $42,952 $44,588
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,486 $14,000
    $30,001 - $48k $14,548 $15,102
    $48,001 - $75k $14,729 $15,290
    $75,001 - $110k $18,983 $19,706
    $110,001+ $22,134 $22,977
  • Baker College

    Flint
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $9,360 $9,800
    Room and Board $5,400 $5,400
    Books $1,800 $1,000
    Other Expenses $4,800 $4,800
    Total $21,360 $21,000
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,564 $10,386
    $30,001 - $48k $11,014 $10,828
    $48,001 - $75k $15,000 $14,747
    $75,001 - $110k $15,929 $15,661
    $110,001+ $15,363 $15,104
  • Calvin College

    Grand Rapids
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $33,100 $34,600
    Room and Board $9,990 $10,400
    Books $1,100 $1,200
    Other Expenses $2,600 $2,700
    Total $46,790 $48,900
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $20,797 $21,735
    $30,001 - $48k $20,314 $21,230
    $48,001 - $75k $23,129 $24,172
    $75,001 - $110k $25,123 $26,256
    $110,001+ $29,029 $30,338
  • Davenport University

    Grand Rapids
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $17,558 $18,414
    Room and Board $9,902 $9,928
    Books $904 $904
    Other Expenses $2,318 $2,318
    Total $30,682 $31,564
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,364 $17,863
    $30,001 - $48k $20,323 $20,907
    $48,001 - $75k $23,692 $24,373
    $75,001 - $110k $22,547 $23,195
    $110,001+ $26,937 $27,711
  • University of Detroit Mercy

    Detroit
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $41,158 $28,000
    Room and Board $9,452 $9,736
    Books $1,250 $1,230
    Other Expenses $5,518 $2,260
    Total $57,378 $41,226
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,859 $11,395
    $30,001 - $48k $17,561 $12,618
    $48,001 - $75k $20,761 $14,917
    $75,001 - $110k $21,784 $15,652
    $110,001+ $24,880 $17,876
  • Kettering University

    Flint
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $42,490 $43,490
    Room and Board $8,040 $8,240
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $7,497 $7,497
    Total $59,227 $60,427
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $30,195 $30,807
    $30,001 - $48k $34,815 $35,520
    $48,001 - $75k $36,026 $36,756
    $75,001 - $110k $39,911 $40,720
    $110,001+ $41,339 $42,177
  • Hope College

    Holland
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $32,780 $34,010
    Room and Board $10,000 $10,310
    Books $930 $950
    Other Expenses $1,700 $1,730
    Total $45,410 $47,000
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,816 $16,370
    $30,001 - $48k $16,575 $17,155
    $48,001 - $75k $20,645 $21,368
    $75,001 - $110k $25,945 $26,853
    $110,001+ $32,608 $33,750
  • Kalamazoo College

    Kalamazoo
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $46,840 $48,666
    Room and Board $9,390 $9,756
    Books $825 $825
    Other Expenses $2,212 $2,284
    Total $59,267 $61,531
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,564 $15,120
    $30,001 - $48k $20,391 $21,170
    $48,001 - $75k $18,975 $19,700
    $75,001 - $110k $25,217 $26,180
    $110,001+ $30,603 $31,772
  • Lawrence Technological University

    Southfield
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $32,190 $33,570
    Room and Board $9,500 $9,950
    Books $1,476 $1,506
    Other Expenses $4,316 $4,402
    Total $47,482 $49,428
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $28,279 $29,438
    $30,001 - $48k $28,556 $29,726
    $48,001 - $75k $28,669 $29,844
    $75,001 - $110k $30,597 $31,851
    $110,001+ $31,388 $32,674
  • Madonna University

    Livonia
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $20,700 $21,900
    Room and Board $9,750 $9,950
    Books $1,296 $1,320
    Other Expenses $2,440 $2,500
    Total $34,186 $35,670
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,250 $12,782
    $30,001 - $48k $14,442 $15,069
    $48,001 - $75k $16,371 $17,082
    $75,001 - $110k $18,357 $19,154
    $110,001+ $18,887 $19,707
  • Northwood University

    Midland
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $26,080 $27,060
    Room and Board $10,170 $10,480
    Books $1,230 $1,220
    Other Expenses $2,896 $2,910
    Total $40,376 $41,670
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,460 $18,020
    $30,001 - $48k $18,688 $19,287
    $48,001 - $75k $20,656 $21,318
    $75,001 - $110k $24,766 $25,560
    $110,001+ $25,691 $26,514
  • Siena Heights University

    Adrian
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $25,932 $27,124
    Room and Board $10,390 $10,620
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $1,580 $1,634
    Total $38,902 $40,378
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,799 $18,474
    $30,001 - $48k $18,247 $18,939
    $48,001 - $75k $20,781 $21,569
    $75,001 - $110k $22,388 $23,237
    $110,001+ $23,406 $24,294
  • Spring Arbor University

    Spring Arbor
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $27,750 $28,810
    Room and Board $9,640 $10,010
    Books $800 $800
    Other Expenses $1,780 $1,780
    Total $39,970 $41,400
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $16,974 $17,581
    $30,001 - $48k $15,605 $16,163
    $48,001 - $75k $17,634 $18,265
    $75,001 - $110k $20,819 $21,564
    $110,001+ $22,724 $23,537
 

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