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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 2022

Questions & Answers

What do all these numbers mean?

All costs shown here are the average net cost paid by families in each income bracket for one year at the college in question. Net cost is the total cost of attendance for one year, minus government grants and institutional scholarships. Figures are based on data from the 2019-20 school year, which is the latest available as of January 2022.

What is “Total Cost” on the chart?

Total cost is the total cost of attendance for one year at 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 $18,225 and the average private school would be $24,128. 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 seem 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 the Scholarship Guide For Busy Parents to learn how your student can win scholarships)
  • Tax planning
  • Student work
Cost of Michigan Schools Explanation

Net Price:

Net prices is the total cost of attendance for one year, minus the average amount in government grants and institutional scholarships the school awards. 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 (2019-20)
Tuition and Fees $15,558
Room and Board $11,996
Books $1,048
Other Expenses $2,454
Total $31,056

Total Cost:

Total cost is the total cost of attendance for that particular institution for the 2019-20 school year. This is the latest data available as of January 2022. 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 $26,432 MI Private $48,776
$0 - $30k $8,813 $18,710
$30,001 – $48k $10,934 $19,756
$48,001 – $75k $14,611 $21,444
$75,001 – $110k $18,225 $24,128
$110,001+ $20,643 $27,440

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 $6,000-$10,000 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 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $12,960 $12,960
    Room and Board $10,328 $10,676
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $1,080 $1,780
    Total $25,368 $26,416
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,805 $11,251
    $30,001 - $48k $12,346 $12,856
    $48,001 - $75k $15,720 $16,369
    $75,001 - $110k $18,135 $18,884
    $110,001+ $18,725 $19,499
  • Eastern Michigan University

    Ypsilanti
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $13,758 $13,810
    Room and Board $10,370 $11,350
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $2,438 $2,142
    Total $27,566 $28,302
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,465 $12,798
    $30,001 - $48k $13,265 $13,619
    $48,001 - $75k $14,547 $14,935
    $75,001 - $110k $18,563 $19,059
    $110,001+ $19,673 $20,198
  • Ferris State University

    Big Rapids
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $12,068 $12,376
    Room and Board $10,042 $10,036
    Books $859 $816
    Other Expenses $682 $2,035
    Total $23,651 $25,263
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $6,577 $7,025
    $30,001 - $48k $9,859 $10,531
    $48,001 - $75k $13,230 $14,132
    $75,001 - $110k $16,753 $17,895
    $110,001+ $18,975 $20,268
  • Grand Valley State University

    Allendale
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $12,860 $13,244
    Room and Board $9,400 $9,732
    Books $740 $740
    Other Expenses $2,040 $2,040
    Total $25,040 $25,756
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,259 $10,552
    $30,001 - $48k $11,026 $11,341
    $48,001 - $75k $15,277 $15,714
    $75,001 - $110k $19,603 $20,164
    $110,001+ $21,248 $21,856
  • Henry Ford College

    Dearborn
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $5,020 $5,020
    Room and Board $0 $0
    Books $1,560 $1,584
    Other Expenses $0 $0
    Total $6,580 $6,604
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $2,310 $2,318
    $30,001 - $48k $3,019 $3,030
    $48,001 - $75k $5,971 $5,993
    $75,001 - $110k $9,181 $9,214
    $110,001+ $9,724 $9,759
  • Jackson College

    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $9,164 $9,318
    Room and Board $9,900 $10,000
    Books $1,800 $1,800
    Other Expenses $3,212 $3,212
    Total $24,076 $24,330
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,507 $9,607
    $30,001 - $48k $10,719 $10,832
    $48,001 - $75k $12,753 $12,888
    $75,001 - $110k $13,404 $13,545
    $110,001+ $14,059 $14,207
  • Lake Michigan College

    Benton Harbor
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $6,653 $6,743
    Room and Board $9,980 $9,980
    Books $1,800 $1,800
    Other Expenses $1,600 $1,600
    Total $20,033 $20,123
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $6,230 $6,258
    $30,001 - $48k $7,920 $7,956
    $48,001 - $75k $10,441 $10,488
    $75,001 - $110k $12,507 $12,563
    $110,001+ $11,981 $12,035
  • Lake Superior State University

    Sault Ste Marie
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $12,255 $12,744
    Room and Board $10,230 $10,472
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $1,850 $1,850
    Total $25,535 $26,266
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $7,159 $7,364
    $30,001 - $48k $9,967 $10,252
    $48,001 - $75k $14,850 $15,275
    $75,001 - $110k $17,420 $17,919
    $110,001+ $19,000 $19,544
  • University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

    Ann Arbor
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $15,558 $15,948
    Room and Board $11,996 $12,034
    Books $1,048 $1,048
    Other Expenses $2,454 $2,454
    Total $31,056 $31,484
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $2,670 $2,707
    $30,001 - $48k $5,670 $5,748
    $48,001 - $75k $10,481 $10,625
    $75,001 - $110k $17,207 $17,444
    $110,001+ $26,491 $26,856
  • Michigan State University

    East Lansing
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $14,460 $14,460
    Room and Board $10,522 $10,522
    Books $1,108 $1,154
    Other Expenses $3,040 $3,094
    Total $29,130 $29,230
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $6,927 $6,951
    $30,001 - $48k $15,170 $15,222
    $48,001 - $75k $20,557 $20,628
    $75,001 - $110k $25,297 $25,384
    $110,001+ $27,534 $27,629
  • Michigan Technological University

    Houghton
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $15,960 $16,436
    Room and Board $11,004 $11,314
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $2,378 $2,399
    Total $30,542 $31,349
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $5,520 $5,666
    $30,001 - $48k $8,983 $9,220
    $48,001 - $75k $11,794 $12,106
    $75,001 - $110k $17,069 $17,520
    $110,001+ $22,086 $22,670
  • University of Michigan-Dearborn

    Dearborn
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $13,304 $13,552
    Room and Board $0 $0
    Books $1,300 $1,300
    Other Expenses $0 $0
    Total $14,604 $14,852
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,113 $9,268
    $30,001 - $48k $10,465 $10,643
    $48,001 - $75k $12,398 $12,609
    $75,001 - $110k $17,197 $17,489
    $110,001+ $18,226 $18,536
  • University of Michigan-Flint

    Flint
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $12,202 $12,744
    Room and Board $9,092 $10,650
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $2,016 $2,044
    Total $24,310 $26,438
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $7,797 $8,480
    $30,001 - $48k $8,952 $9,736
    $48,001 - $75k $13,218 $14,375
    $75,001 - $110k $15,778 $17,159
    $110,001+ $17,180 $18,684
  • Northern Michigan University

    Marquette
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $11,255 $12,402
    Room and Board $10,774 $11,072
    Books $760 $760
    Other Expenses $2,016 $2,048
    Total $24,805 $26,282
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,958 $9,491
    $30,001 - $48k $10,573 $11,203
    $48,001 - $75k $16,017 $16,971
    $75,001 - $110k $19,684 $20,856
    $110,001+ $21,644 $22,933
  • Northwestern Michigan College

    Traverse City
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $8,280 $8,280
    Room and Board $8,275 $8,275
    Books $540 $540
    Other Expenses $2,060 $2,060
    Total $19,155 $19,155
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $6,336 $6,336
    $30,001 - $48k $5,034 $5,034
    $48,001 - $75k $8,882 $8,882
    $75,001 - $110k $11,376 $11,376
    $110,001+ $12,468 $12,468
  • Oakland University

    Rochester Hills
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $13,346 $13,934
    Room and Board $10,806 $11,022
    Books $784 $798
    Other Expenses $2,434 $2,634
    Total $27,370 $28,388
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,949 $9,282
    $30,001 - $48k $8,839 $9,168
    $48,001 - $75k $12,008 $12,455
    $75,001 - $110k $16,142 $16,742
    $110,001+ $20,162 $20,912
  • Saginaw Valley State University

    University Center
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $10,814 $10,814
    Room and Board $10,411 $10,850
    Books $1,059 $1,076
    Other Expenses $1,189 $1,208
    Total $23,473 $23,948
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,424 $10,635
    $30,001 - $48k $11,674 $11,910
    $48,001 - $75k $14,265 $14,554
    $75,001 - $110k $16,786 $17,126
    $110,001+ $17,896 $18,258
  • Schoolcraft College

    Livonia
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $5,384 $5,364
    Room and Board $0 $0
    Books $1,510 $1,545
    Other Expenses $0 $0
    Total $6,894 $6,909
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $6,054 $6,067
    $30,001 - $48k $6,776 $6,791
    $48,001 - $75k $7,907 $7,924
    $75,001 - $110k $9,657 $9,678
    $110,001+ $9,694 $9,715
  • Wayne State University

    Detroit
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $13,517 $13,517
    Room and Board $10,382 $10,694
    Books $1,246 $1,246
    Other Expenses $2,341 $4,068
    Total $27,486 $29,525
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,060 $11,880
    $30,001 - $48k $11,414 $12,261
    $48,001 - $75k $13,612 $14,622
    $75,001 - $110k $17,814 $19,135
    $110,001+ $19,796 $21,265
  • Western Michigan University

    Kalamazoo
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $13,017 $13,017
    Room and Board $10,567 $10,567
    Books $987 $987
    Other Expenses $2,500 $2,500
    Total $27,071 $27,071
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,112 $13,112
    $30,001 - $48k $15,552 $15,552
    $48,001 - $75k $20,840 $20,840
    $75,001 - $110k $23,726 $23,726
    $110,001+ $25,176 $25,176

Private MI Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Adrian College

    Adrian
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $37,809 $38,730
    Room and Board $11,720 $12,130
    Books $1,900 $1,800
    Other Expenses $3,400 $3,400
    Total $54,829 $56,060
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $22,070 $22,566
    $30,001 - $48k $22,406 $22,909
    $48,001 - $75k $23,512 $24,040
    $75,001 - $110k $25,583 $26,157
    $110,001+ $28,367 $29,004
  • Albion College

    Albion
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $48,275 $50,775
    Room and Board $12,380 $12,380
    Books $700 $700
    Other Expenses $800 $800
    Total $62,155 $64,655
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,452 $10,872
    $30,001 - $48k $12,732 $13,244
    $48,001 - $75k $14,717 $15,309
    $75,001 - $110k $20,128 $20,938
    $110,001+ $27,565 $28,674
  • Alma College

    Alma
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $41,398 $42,622
    Room and Board $11,384 $11,790
    Books $800 $850
    Other Expenses $2,238 $2,410
    Total $55,820 $57,672
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $19,666 $20,318
    $30,001 - $48k $18,565 $19,181
    $48,001 - $75k $22,136 $22,870
    $75,001 - $110k $22,815 $23,572
    $110,001+ $26,198 $27,067
  • Andrews University

    Berrien Springs
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $30,158 $31,008
    Room and Board $9,300 $9,540
    Books $1,100 $1,100
    Other Expenses $1,100 $1,100
    Total $41,658 $42,748
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $19,916 $20,437
    $30,001 - $48k $17,509 $17,967
    $48,001 - $75k $22,344 $22,929
    $75,001 - $110k $24,576 $25,219
    $110,001+ $26,483 $27,176
  • Aquinas College

    Grand Rapids
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $33,854 $35,086
    Room and Board $9,598 $9,876
    Books $930 $948
    Other Expenses $1,782 $1,818
    Total $46,164 $47,728
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,825 $13,260
    $30,001 - $48k $16,735 $17,302
    $48,001 - $75k $15,306 $15,825
    $75,001 - $110k $18,691 $19,324
    $110,001+ $22,510 $23,273
  • Baker College

    Flint
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $9,920 $10,160
    Room and Board $5,900 $6,300
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $4,800 $4,800
    Total $21,620 $22,260
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,253 $11,586
    $30,001 - $48k $11,075 $11,403
    $48,001 - $75k $12,281 $12,645
    $75,001 - $110k $15,759 $16,226
    $110,001+ $16,503 $16,992
  • Calvin College

    Grand Rapids
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $36,300 $37,806
    Room and Board $10,600 $10,800
    Books $1,300 $1,300
    Other Expenses $2,700 $2,700
    Total $50,900 $52,606
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $22,080 $22,820
    $30,001 - $48k $22,475 $23,228
    $48,001 - $75k $22,329 $23,077
    $75,001 - $110k $24,891 $25,725
    $110,001+ $29,486 $30,474
  • Davenport University

    Grand Rapids
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $19,338 $20,260
    Room and Board $10,068 $10,268
    Books $904 $1,008
    Other Expenses $2,870 $2,870
    Total $33,180 $34,406
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,734 $18,389
    $30,001 - $48k $22,260 $23,083
    $48,001 - $75k $21,874 $22,682
    $75,001 - $110k $25,120 $26,048
    $110,001+ $24,991 $25,914
  • University of Detroit Mercy

    Detroit
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $28,840 $29,562
    Room and Board $9,990 $10,240
    Books $1,240 $1,256
    Other Expenses $2,578 $2,630
    Total $42,648 $43,688
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,056 $13,374
    $30,001 - $48k $12,694 $13,004
    $48,001 - $75k $15,476 $15,853
    $75,001 - $110k $18,259 $18,704
    $110,001+ $21,422 $21,944
  • Kettering University

    Flint
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $44,380 $44,380
    Room and Board $8,400 $8,400
    Books $1,100 $1,100
    Other Expenses $4,200 $4,200
    Total $58,080 $58,080
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $24,706 $24,706
    $30,001 - $48k $30,263 $30,263
    $48,001 - $75k $30,405 $30,405
    $75,001 - $110k $34,702 $34,702
    $110,001+ $37,590 $37,590
  • Hope College

    Holland
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $35,330 $36,650
    Room and Board $10,630 $10,940
    Books $980 $1,000
    Other Expenses $1,740 $1,770
    Total $48,680 $50,360
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,553 $18,159
    $30,001 - $48k $18,994 $19,650
    $48,001 - $75k $22,669 $23,451
    $75,001 - $110k $24,947 $25,808
    $110,001+ $33,816 $34,983
  • Kalamazoo College

    Kalamazoo
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $50,562 $52,530
    Room and Board $10,134 $10,530
    Books $825 $825
    Other Expenses $2,287 $2,383
    Total $63,808 $66,268
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,814 $18,501
    $30,001 - $48k $17,846 $18,534
    $48,001 - $75k $20,760 $21,560
    $75,001 - $110k $25,847 $26,843
    $110,001+ $29,905 $31,058
  • Lawrence Technological University

    Southfield
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $35,280 $36,630
    Room and Board $10,540 $10,900
    Books $1,536 $1,567
    Other Expenses $4,490 $4,579
    Total $51,846 $53,676
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $32,402 $33,546
    $30,001 - $48k $32,466 $33,612
    $48,001 - $75k $33,641 $34,828
    $75,001 - $110k $33,333 $34,510
    $110,001+ $34,285 $35,495
  • Madonna University

    Livonia
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $23,100 $24,000
    Room and Board $11,450 $11,450
    Books $1,360 $1,384
    Other Expenses $2,690 $2,626
    Total $38,600 $39,460
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,673 $16,022
    $30,001 - $48k $13,079 $13,370
    $48,001 - $75k $17,548 $17,939
    $75,001 - $110k $19,249 $19,678
    $110,001+ $21,946 $22,435
  • Northwood University

    Midland
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $28,080 $29,480
    Room and Board $10,790 $11,110
    Books $1,240 $1,240
    Other Expenses $2,920 $3,000
    Total $43,030 $44,830
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,303 $15,943
    $30,001 - $48k $15,273 $15,912
    $48,001 - $75k $19,573 $20,392
    $75,001 - $110k $22,367 $23,303
    $110,001+ $24,003 $25,007
  • Siena Heights University

    Adrian
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $27,152 $27,642
    Room and Board $10,990 $11,430
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $1,664 $1,664
    Total $40,806 $41,736
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $18,163 $18,577
    $30,001 - $48k $19,719 $20,168
    $48,001 - $75k $21,296 $21,781
    $75,001 - $110k $22,504 $23,017
    $110,001+ $23,194 $23,723
  • Spring Arbor University

    Spring Arbor
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $29,630 $30,472
    Room and Board $10,260 $10,456
    Books $800 $800
    Other Expenses $1,780 $1,780
    Total $42,470 $43,508
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $16,544 $16,948
    $30,001 - $48k $18,596 $19,051
    $48,001 - $75k $17,650 $18,081
    $75,001 - $110k $21,271 $21,791
    $110,001+ $23,847 $24,430
 

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