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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 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 $18,307 and the average private school would be $23,295. 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 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 Minnesota 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 Minnesota-Twin Cities (2017-18)
Tuition and Fees $14,417
Room and Board $9,852
Books $1,000
Other Expenses $2,200
Total $27,469

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 MN Public $23,492 MN Private $51,551
$0 - $30k $9,431 $16,490
$30,001 – $48k $10,364 $16,509
$48,001 – $75k $13,419 $18,637
$75,001 – $110k $18,307 $23,295
$110,001+ $20,551 $29,390

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 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $8,677 $8,696
    Room and Board $8,162 $8,408
    Books $890 $890
    Other Expenses $3,000 $3,000
    Total $20,729 $20,994
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,520 $10,654
    $30,001 - $48k $11,640 $11,789
    $48,001 - $75k $14,254 $14,436
    $75,001 - $110k $17,923 $18,152
    $110,001+ $19,034 $19,277
  • Minnesota State University-Mankato

    Mankato
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $8,164 $8,184
    Room and Board $9,096 $9,352
    Books $1,022 $1,002
    Other Expenses $1,944 $1,944
    Total $20,226 $20,482
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,604 $11,751
    $30,001 - $48k $12,170 $12,324
    $48,001 - $75k $14,919 $15,108
    $75,001 - $110k $18,145 $18,375
    $110,001+ $19,358 $19,603
  • Metropolitan State University

    Saint Paul
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $7,859 $7,879
    Room and Board $9,820 $10,325
    Books $1,500 $1,500
    Other Expenses $8,366 $9,154
    Total $27,545 $28,858
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,297 $14,979
    $30,001 - $48k $14,870 $15,579
    $48,001 - $75k $16,045 $16,810
    $75,001 - $110k $20,132 $21,092
    $110,001+ $0 $0
  • University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

    Minneapolis
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $14,417 $14,760
    Room and Board $9,852 $9,910
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $2,200 $2,228
    Total $27,469 $27,898
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $7,688 $7,808
    $30,001 - $48k $8,898 $9,037
    $48,001 - $75k $12,965 $13,167
    $75,001 - $110k $19,558 $19,863
    $110,001+ $24,720 $25,106
  • University of Minnesota-Crookston

    Crookston
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $11,814 $11,822
    Room and Board $8,560 $8,800
    Books $1,200 $1,000
    Other Expenses $2,292 $1,938
    Total $23,866 $23,560
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $4,968 $4,904
    $30,001 - $48k $5,857 $5,782
    $48,001 - $75k $10,735 $10,597
    $75,001 - $110k $15,174 $14,979
    $110,001+ $18,282 $18,048
  • University of Minnesota-Duluth

    Duluth
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $13,344 $13,366
    Room and Board $7,608 $7,760
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $2,272 $2,288
    Total $24,424 $24,614
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $7,712 $7,772
    $30,001 - $48k $9,390 $9,463
    $48,001 - $75k $12,978 $13,079
    $75,001 - $110k $19,632 $19,785
    $110,001+ $23,098 $23,278
  • University of Minnesota-Morris

    Morris
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $13,072 $13,314
    Room and Board $8,150 $8,342
    Books $900 $900
    Other Expenses $1,800 $1,700
    Total $23,922 $24,256
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $4,040 $4,096
    $30,001 - $48k $4,725 $4,791
    $48,001 - $75k $7,163 $7,263
    $75,001 - $110k $14,818 $15,025
    $110,001+ $17,929 $18,179
  • Minnesota State University Moorhead

    Moorhead
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $8,468 $8,496
    Room and Board $9,008 $9,008
    Books $800 $1,000
    Other Expenses $3,470 $3,492
    Total $21,746 $21,996
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,163 $12,303
    $30,001 - $48k $13,703 $13,861
    $48,001 - $75k $15,360 $15,537
    $75,001 - $110k $19,217 $19,438
    $110,001+ $20,345 $20,579
  • Southwest Minnesota State University

    Marshall
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $8,610 $8,612
    Room and Board $7,810 $8,016
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $3,156 $3,156
    Total $20,776 $20,984
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,082 $11,193
    $30,001 - $48k $11,858 $11,977
    $48,001 - $75k $13,826 $13,964
    $75,001 - $110k $17,205 $17,377
    $110,001+ $17,784 $17,962
  • Winona State University

    Winona
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $9,379 $9,425
    Room and Board $8,730 $9,010
    Books $900 $900
    Other Expenses $2,760 $2,640
    Total $21,769 $21,975
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,598 $12,717
    $30,001 - $48k $12,185 $12,300
    $48,001 - $75k $15,603 $15,751
    $75,001 - $110k $18,781 $18,959
    $110,001+ $20,542 $20,736
  • University of Minnesota-Rochester

    Rochester
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $13,352 $13,352
    Room and Board $9,388 $9,710
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $2,200 $2,160
    Total $25,940 $26,222
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $7,069 $7,146
    $30,001 - $48k $8,712 $8,807
    $48,001 - $75k $13,764 $13,914
    $75,001 - $110k $20,793 $21,019
    $110,001+ $24,419 $24,684

Private MN Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Augsburg College

    Minneapolis
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $37,600 $38,800
    Room and Board $9,940 $10,280
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $2,500 $2,500
    Total $51,240 $52,780
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $19,943 $20,542
    $30,001 - $48k $19,149 $19,725
    $48,001 - $75k $20,827 $21,453
    $75,001 - $110k $25,114 $25,869
    $110,001+ $30,987 $31,918
  • Bethany Lutheran College

    Mankato
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $26,830 $27,780
    Room and Board $8,040 $8,040
    Books $800 $800
    Other Expenses $1,600 $1,750
    Total $37,270 $38,370
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,009 $13,393
    $30,001 - $48k $12,332 $12,696
    $48,001 - $75k $12,996 $13,380
    $75,001 - $110k $20,063 $20,655
    $110,001+ $23,411 $24,102
  • Bethel University

    Saint Paul
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $36,210 $37,300
    Room and Board $10,340 $10,520
    Books $1,214 $1,240
    Other Expenses $2,586 $2,640
    Total $50,350 $51,700
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $18,177 $18,664
    $30,001 - $48k $18,602 $19,101
    $48,001 - $75k $20,863 $21,422
    $75,001 - $110k $26,079 $26,778
    $110,001+ $31,479 $32,323
  • Carleton College

    Northfield
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $52,782 $54,759
    Room and Board $13,632 $14,085
    Books $823 $853
    Other Expenses $1,598 $1,628
    Total $68,835 $71,325
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,935 $11,331
    $30,001 - $48k $10,204 $10,573
    $48,001 - $75k $15,015 $15,558
    $75,001 - $110k $24,263 $25,141
    $110,001+ $41,270 $42,763
  • Concordia College at Moorhead

    Moorhead
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $38,378 $39,878
    Room and Board $8,040 $8,850
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $2,070 $2,070
    Total $49,488 $51,798
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $18,465 $19,327
    $30,001 - $48k $18,399 $19,258
    $48,001 - $75k $20,831 $21,803
    $75,001 - $110k $21,655 $22,666
    $110,001+ $26,835 $28,088
  • Concordia University-Saint Paul

    Saint Paul
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $21,750 $22,275
    Room and Board $8,750 $9,000
    Books $2,000 $2,000
    Other Expenses $2,000 $2,000
    Total $34,500 $35,275
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,735 $14,044
    $30,001 - $48k $14,581 $14,909
    $48,001 - $75k $16,042 $16,402
    $75,001 - $110k $18,504 $18,920
    $110,001+ $21,082 $21,556
  • Martin Luther College

    New Ulm
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $14,680 $15,410
    Room and Board $5,790 $6,080
    Books $800 $800
    Other Expenses $4,300 $4,300
    Total $25,570 $26,590
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,018 $15,617
    $30,001 - $48k $15,489 $16,107
    $48,001 - $75k $16,656 $17,320
    $75,001 - $110k $20,795 $21,625
    $110,001+ $23,809 $24,759
  • Gustavus Adolphus College

    Saint Peter
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $44,080 $45,400
    Room and Board $9,670 $9,910
    Books $900 $900
    Other Expenses $1,150 $1,160
    Total $55,800 $57,370
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,931 $15,351
    $30,001 - $48k $14,958 $15,379
    $48,001 - $75k $16,503 $16,967
    $75,001 - $110k $23,240 $23,894
    $110,001+ $28,515 $29,317
  • Hamline University

    Saint Paul
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $40,332 $41,290
    Room and Board $10,156 $10,358
    Books $490 $690
    Other Expenses $1,200 $1,200
    Total $52,178 $53,538
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,790 $18,254
    $30,001 - $48k $17,909 $18,376
    $48,001 - $75k $18,729 $19,217
    $75,001 - $110k $21,978 $22,551
    $110,001+ $25,086 $25,740
  • Macalester College

    Saint Paul
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $52,464 $54,344
    Room and Board $11,672 $12,156
    Books $1,145 $1,168
    Other Expenses $999 $959
    Total $66,280 $68,627
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,466 $11,872
    $30,001 - $48k $14,704 $15,225
    $48,001 - $75k $17,682 $18,308
    $75,001 - $110k $26,313 $27,245
    $110,001+ $39,102 $40,487
  • North Central University

    Minneapolis
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $23,480 $24,240
    Room and Board $7,130 $7,400
    Books $1,250 $1,550
    Other Expenses $3,064 $3,264
    Total $34,924 $36,454
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,617 $18,389
    $30,001 - $48k $18,660 $19,477
    $48,001 - $75k $19,772 $20,638
    $75,001 - $110k $21,498 $22,440
    $110,001+ $26,035 $27,176
  • University of Northwestern-St Paul

    Saint Paul
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $30,794 $31,540
    Room and Board $9,270 $9,460
    Books $600 $600
    Other Expenses $2,740 $2,740
    Total $43,404 $44,340
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $19,083 $19,495
    $30,001 - $48k $17,506 $17,884
    $48,001 - $75k $19,624 $20,047
    $75,001 - $110k $23,678 $24,189
    $110,001+ $28,311 $28,922
  • College of Saint Benedict

    Saint Joseph
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $43,738 $45,264
    Room and Board $10,742 $10,904
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $1,900 $1,500
    Total $57,380 $58,668
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $18,299 $18,710
    $30,001 - $48k $18,301 $18,712
    $48,001 - $75k $21,828 $22,318
    $75,001 - $110k $26,023 $26,607
    $110,001+ $32,173 $32,895
  • Saint Johns University

    Collegeville
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $43,356 $44,990
    Room and Board $10,116 $10,319
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $1,900 $1,500
    Total $56,372 $57,809
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,380 $15,772
    $30,001 - $48k $17,198 $17,636
    $48,001 - $75k $20,747 $21,276
    $75,001 - $110k $25,143 $25,784
    $110,001+ $30,838 $31,624
  • Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

    Winona
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $33,560 $35,110
    Room and Board $8,880 $9,080
    Books $1,300 $1,500
    Other Expenses $1,560 $1,600
    Total $45,300 $47,290
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,494 $16,175
    $30,001 - $48k $13,374 $13,962
    $48,001 - $75k $18,009 $18,800
    $75,001 - $110k $20,862 $21,778
    $110,001+ $25,229 $26,337
  • St Olaf College

    Northfield
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $46,000 $47,840
    Room and Board $10,430 $10,850
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $900 $900
    Total $58,330 $60,590
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,458 $10,863
    $30,001 - $48k $10,894 $11,316
    $48,001 - $75k $15,155 $15,742
    $75,001 - $110k $20,709 $21,511
    $110,001+ $33,877 $35,190
  • Crown College

    Saint Bonifacius
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $25,430 $26,200
    Room and Board $8,490 $8,740
    Books $1,300 $1,290
    Other Expenses $4,506 $4,532
    Total $39,726 $40,762
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $23,577 $24,192
    $30,001 - $48k $21,606 $22,169
    $48,001 - $75k $21,640 $22,204
    $75,001 - $110k $25,343 $26,004
    $110,001+ $28,133 $28,867
  • The College of Saint Scholastica

    Duluth
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $36,212 $37,212
    Room and Board $9,522 $9,710
    Books $1,150 $1,150
    Other Expenses $2,220 $2,280
    Total $49,104 $50,352
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,272 $17,711
    $30,001 - $48k $20,069 $20,579
    $48,001 - $75k $21,027 $21,561
    $75,001 - $110k $23,666 $24,267
    $110,001+ $28,245 $28,963
  • University of St Thomas

    Saint Paul
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $41,133 $42,736
    Room and Board $10,054 $10,412
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $2,460 $2,516
    Total $54,647 $56,664
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $27,757 $28,782
    $30,001 - $48k $25,252 $26,184
    $48,001 - $75k $26,336 $27,308
    $75,001 - $110k $27,800 $28,826
    $110,001+ $31,500 $32,663
  • St Catherine University

    Saint Paul
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $38,170 $39,554
    Room and Board $9,196 $9,260
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $2,350 $2,350
    Total $50,716 $52,164
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,029 $17,515
    $30,001 - $48k $17,911 $18,422
    $48,001 - $75k $16,717 $17,194
    $75,001 - $110k $22,779 $23,429
    $110,001+ $23,133 $23,793
 

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