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Net Price of Minnesota Colleges by Income

Cost of Minnesota 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 $18,061 and the average private school would be $23,048. You can also get information on specific Minnesota 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 Minnesota 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 Minnesota-Twin Cities (2019-20)
Tuition and Fees $15,027
Room and Board $10,358
Books $1,000
Other Expenses $2,434
Total $28,819

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 MN Public $22,617 MN Private $54,922
$0 - $30k $9,505 $16,679
$30,001 – $48k $10,158 $16,645
$48,001 – $75k $12,970 $18,787
$75,001 – $110k $18,061 $23,048
$110,001+ $21,191 $29,699

Public vs. Private Averages

This table shows the average total cost of attendance for the Minnesota 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 $5,000-$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 Minnesota. Click a school to view its complete chart.

Public MN Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Bemidji State University

    Bemidji
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $8,940 $9,076
    Room and Board $8,660 $8,920
    Books $890 $890
    Other Expenses $3,000 $3,000
    Total $21,490 $21,886
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,178 $10,366
    $30,001 - $48k $10,377 $10,568
    $48,001 - $75k $14,520 $14,788
    $75,001 - $110k $18,078 $18,411
    $110,001+ $19,860 $20,226
  • Minnesota State University-Mankato

    Mankato
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $8,438 $8,566
    Room and Board $9,854 $10,078
    Books $1,042 $1,042
    Other Expenses $1,944 $1,978
    Total $21,278 $21,664
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,692 $11,904
    $30,001 - $48k $12,263 $12,485
    $48,001 - $75k $14,995 $15,267
    $75,001 - $110k $18,728 $19,068
    $110,001+ $20,386 $20,756
  • Metropolitan State University

    Saint Paul
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $8,114 $8,249
    Room and Board $0 $0
    Books $1,500 $1,500
    Other Expenses $0 $0
    Total $9,614 $9,749
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,794 $15,002
    $30,001 - $48k $15,185 $15,398
    $48,001 - $75k $16,515 $16,747
    $75,001 - $110k $20,923 $21,217
    $110,001+ $22,739 $23,058
  • University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

    Minneapolis
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $15,027 $15,027
    Room and Board $10,358 $10,358
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $2,434 $2,442
    Total $28,819 $28,827
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $7,698 $7,700
    $30,001 - $48k $8,609 $8,611
    $48,001 - $75k $12,911 $12,915
    $75,001 - $110k $18,938 $18,943
    $110,001+ $25,369 $25,376
  • University of Minnesota-Crookston

    Crookston
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $12,116 $12,014
    Room and Board $9,020 $9,076
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $2,106 $2,122
    Total $24,242 $24,212
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $5,893 $5,886
    $30,001 - $48k $7,808 $7,798
    $48,001 - $75k $9,084 $9,073
    $75,001 - $110k $14,750 $14,732
    $110,001+ $18,962 $18,939
  • University of Minnesota-Duluth

    Duluth
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $13,680 $13,576
    Room and Board $8,374 $8,470
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $2,320 $2,272
    Total $25,574 $25,518
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $7,843 $7,826
    $30,001 - $48k $8,697 $8,678
    $48,001 - $75k $13,364 $13,335
    $75,001 - $110k $19,107 $19,065
    $110,001+ $23,970 $23,918
  • University of Minnesota-Morris

    Morris
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $13,578 $13,578
    Room and Board $8,452 $8,632
    Books $800 $800
    Other Expenses $1,850 $1,850
    Total $24,680 $24,860
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $3,941 $3,970
    $30,001 - $48k $2,230 $2,246
    $48,001 - $75k $6,691 $6,740
    $75,001 - $110k $14,448 $14,553
    $110,001+ $18,267 $18,400
  • Minnesota State University Moorhead

    Moorhead
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $8,954 $8,980
    Room and Board $9,560 $9,656
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $3,486 $3,360
    Total $23,000 $22,996
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,675 $12,673
    $30,001 - $48k $14,194 $14,192
    $48,001 - $75k $15,809 $15,806
    $75,001 - $110k $20,019 $20,016
    $110,001+ $21,064 $21,060
  • Southwest Minnesota State University

    Marshall
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $8,874 $9,058
    Room and Board $8,278 $8,642
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $2,930 $2,930
    Total $21,282 $21,830
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,578 $10,850
    $30,001 - $48k $10,945 $11,227
    $48,001 - $75k $12,156 $12,469
    $75,001 - $110k $16,682 $17,112
    $110,001+ $18,155 $18,622
  • Winona State University

    Winona
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $9,666 $9,780
    Room and Board $9,098 $9,310
    Books $900 $900
    Other Expenses $2,640 $2,640
    Total $22,304 $22,630
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,721 $11,892
    $30,001 - $48k $12,963 $13,152
    $48,001 - $75k $15,289 $15,512
    $75,001 - $110k $18,902 $19,178
    $110,001+ $20,853 $21,158
  • University of Minnesota-Rochester

    Rochester
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $12,944 $12,850
    Room and Board $10,194 $10,914
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $2,366 $2,374
    Total $26,504 $27,138
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $7,537 $7,717
    $30,001 - $48k $8,469 $8,672
    $48,001 - $75k $11,340 $11,611
    $75,001 - $110k $18,096 $18,529
    $110,001+ $23,472 $24,033

Private MN Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Augsburg College

    Minneapolis
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $39,955 $40,005
    Room and Board $10,556 $10,886
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $2,500 $2,500
    Total $54,211 $54,591
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $20,989 $21,136
    $30,001 - $48k $20,943 $21,090
    $48,001 - $75k $23,244 $23,407
    $75,001 - $110k $25,949 $26,131
    $110,001+ $30,107 $30,318
  • Bethany Lutheran College

    Mankato
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $28,080 $28,380
    Room and Board $8,090 $8,090
    Books $800 $800
    Other Expenses $1,850 $1,850
    Total $38,820 $39,120
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,858 $10,942
    $30,001 - $48k $11,998 $12,091
    $48,001 - $75k $12,642 $12,740
    $75,001 - $110k $17,752 $17,889
    $110,001+ $21,590 $21,757
  • Bethel University

    Saint Paul
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $38,460 $39,030
    Room and Board $10,780 $10,960
    Books $1,270 $1,290
    Other Expenses $2,690 $2,710
    Total $53,200 $53,990
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $21,313 $21,629
    $30,001 - $48k $21,256 $21,572
    $48,001 - $75k $23,564 $23,914
    $75,001 - $110k $27,129 $27,532
    $110,001+ $33,052 $33,543
  • Carleton College

    Northfield
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $57,111 $59,352
    Room and Board $14,658 $15,147
    Books $866 $901
    Other Expenses $1,640 $1,700
    Total $74,275 $77,100
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $6,208 $6,444
    $30,001 - $48k $13,410 $13,920
    $48,001 - $75k $15,991 $16,599
    $75,001 - $110k $22,868 $23,738
    $110,001+ $39,882 $41,399
  • Concordia College at Moorhead

    Moorhead
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $41,566 $43,266
    Room and Board $8,610 $8,890
    Books $800 $800
    Other Expenses $3,070 $3,070
    Total $54,046 $56,026
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $19,155 $19,857
    $30,001 - $48k $17,354 $17,990
    $48,001 - $75k $18,992 $19,688
    $75,001 - $110k $22,230 $23,044
    $110,001+ $27,602 $28,613
  • Concordia University-Saint Paul

    Saint Paul
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $22,800 $23,400
    Room and Board $9,200 $9,600
    Books $2,000 $2,000
    Other Expenses $2,000 $2,000
    Total $36,000 $37,000
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,421 $14,822
    $30,001 - $48k $13,031 $13,393
    $48,001 - $75k $14,980 $15,396
    $75,001 - $110k $17,205 $17,683
    $110,001+ $19,543 $20,086
  • Martin Luther College

    New Ulm
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $15,870 $16,420
    Room and Board $6,260 $6,480
    Books $800 $800
    Other Expenses $4,300 $4,300
    Total $27,230 $28,000
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $23,663 $24,332
    $30,001 - $48k $24,585 $25,280
    $48,001 - $75k $18,610 $19,136
    $75,001 - $110k $22,448 $23,083
    $110,001+ $25,070 $25,779
  • Gustavus Adolphus College

    Saint Peter
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $47,040 $48,789
    Room and Board $10,160 $10,430
    Books $900 $900
    Other Expenses $1,170 $1,180
    Total $59,270 $61,299
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,735 $16,274
    $30,001 - $48k $16,445 $17,008
    $48,001 - $75k $20,188 $20,879
    $75,001 - $110k $25,710 $26,590
    $110,001+ $30,859 $31,915
  • Hamline University

    Saint Paul
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $42,774 $45,145
    Room and Board $10,592 $10,810
    Books $690 $690
    Other Expenses $1,200 $1,200
    Total $55,256 $57,845
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $16,522 $17,296
    $30,001 - $48k $17,386 $18,201
    $48,001 - $75k $19,028 $19,920
    $75,001 - $110k $22,133 $23,170
    $110,001+ $27,729 $29,028
  • Macalester College

    Saint Paul
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $56,292 $58,478
    Room and Board $12,592 $13,084
    Books $1,191 $1,213
    Other Expenses $978 $996
    Total $71,053 $73,771
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,926 $14,459
    $30,001 - $48k $10,543 $10,946
    $48,001 - $75k $15,953 $16,563
    $75,001 - $110k $23,609 $24,512
    $110,001+ $43,202 $44,855
  • North Central University

    Minneapolis
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $25,090 $26,280
    Room and Board $7,780 $8,180
    Books $1,550 $1,600
    Other Expenses $3,224 $3,300
    Total $37,644 $39,360
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $21,748 $22,739
    $30,001 - $48k $19,476 $20,364
    $48,001 - $75k $19,901 $20,808
    $75,001 - $110k $24,373 $25,484
    $110,001+ $27,396 $28,645
  • University of Northwestern-St Paul

    Saint Paul
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $32,210 $33,200
    Room and Board $9,660 $10,000
    Books $500 $500
    Other Expenses $2,060 $2,060
    Total $44,430 $45,760
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $19,084 $19,655
    $30,001 - $48k $18,896 $19,462
    $48,001 - $75k $18,229 $18,775
    $75,001 - $110k $21,529 $22,173
    $110,001+ $27,205 $28,019
  • College of Saint Benedict

    Saint Joseph
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $46,460 $48,444
    Room and Board $11,068 $11,346
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $1,500 $1,500
    Total $60,028 $62,290
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,105 $17,750
    $30,001 - $48k $17,510 $18,170
    $48,001 - $75k $19,835 $20,582
    $75,001 - $110k $26,039 $27,020
    $110,001+ $31,620 $32,812
  • Saint Johns University

    Collegeville
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $46,546 $48,166
    Room and Board $10,526 $11,362
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $1,500 $1,500
    Total $59,572 $62,028
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,314 $15,945
    $30,001 - $48k $16,058 $16,720
    $48,001 - $75k $19,658 $20,468
    $75,001 - $110k $25,639 $26,696
    $110,001+ $30,928 $32,203
  • Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

    Winona
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $36,670 $38,280
    Room and Board $9,350 $9,630
    Books $1,600 $1,600
    Other Expenses $1,700 $1,900
    Total $49,320 $51,410
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,801 $16,471
    $30,001 - $48k $16,493 $17,192
    $48,001 - $75k $18,683 $19,475
    $75,001 - $110k $20,611 $21,484
    $110,001+ $24,841 $25,894
  • St Olaf College

    Northfield
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $49,710 $51,450
    Room and Board $11,270 $11,660
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $900 $900
    Total $62,880 $65,010
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,112 $11,488
    $30,001 - $48k $11,138 $11,515
    $48,001 - $75k $15,453 $15,976
    $75,001 - $110k $21,334 $22,057
    $110,001+ $35,383 $36,582
  • Crown College

    Saint Bonifacius
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $26,970 $27,980
    Room and Board $8,930 $9,200
    Books $1,316 $1,316
    Other Expenses $4,562 $4,770
    Total $41,778 $43,266
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $22,179 $22,969
    $30,001 - $48k $25,533 $26,442
    $48,001 - $75k $23,498 $24,335
    $75,001 - $110k $26,499 $27,443
    $110,001+ $29,417 $30,465
  • The College of Saint Scholastica

    Duluth
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $38,282 $39,410
    Room and Board $10,088 $10,340
    Books $1,150 $1,150
    Other Expenses $2,346 $2,384
    Total $51,866 $53,284
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,810 $18,297
    $30,001 - $48k $16,932 $17,395
    $48,001 - $75k $19,092 $19,614
    $75,001 - $110k $24,059 $24,717
    $110,001+ $26,903 $27,639
  • University of St Thomas

    Saint Paul
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $45,780 $47,383
    Room and Board $11,162 $11,580
    Books $1,000 $1,050
    Other Expenses $2,516 $2,463
    Total $60,458 $62,476
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $32,436 $33,519
    $30,001 - $48k $27,782 $28,709
    $48,001 - $75k $28,771 $29,731
    $75,001 - $110k $30,108 $31,113
    $110,001+ $32,282 $33,360
  • St Catherine University

    Saint Paul
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $40,984 $42,594
    Room and Board $9,300 $9,100
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $2,350 $2,350
    Total $53,634 $55,044
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,391 $14,769
    $30,001 - $48k $15,209 $15,609
    $48,001 - $75k $15,942 $16,361
    $75,001 - $110k $20,503 $21,042
    $110,001+ $23,382 $23,997
 

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