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Net Price of Missouri Colleges by Income

Cost of Missouri 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 $15,682 and the average private school would be $22,117. You can also get information on specific Missouri 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 Missouri 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 Missouri-Columbia (2017-18)
Tuition and Fees $9,787
Room and Board $10,676
Books $1,372
Other Expenses $4,776
Total $26,611

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 MO Public $21,207 MO Private $42,346
$0 - $30k $10,042 $17,045
$30,001 – $48k $10,688 $16,993
$48,001 – $75k $13,218 $18,687
$75,001 – $110k $15,682 $22,117
$110,001+ $16,603 $26,308

Public vs. Private Averages

This table shows the average total cost of attendance for the Missouri 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 Missouri. Click a school to view its complete chart.

Public MO Schools Cost Breakdown

  • University of Central Missouri

    Warrensburg
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $7,520 $7,673
    Room and Board $8,644 $8,830
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $2,400 $2,450
    Total $19,564 $19,953
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,807 $11,022
    $30,001 - $48k $11,328 $11,553
    $48,001 - $75k $13,929 $14,206
    $75,001 - $110k $15,638 $15,949
    $110,001+ $15,850 $16,165
  • Harris-Stowe State University

    Saint Louis
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $5,340 $5,388
    Room and Board $9,250 $9,491
    Books $800 $1,000
    Other Expenses $5,766 $5,899
    Total $21,156 $21,778
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,655 $10,968
    $30,001 - $48k $10,420 $10,726
    $48,001 - $75k $12,773 $13,149
    $75,001 - $110k $14,888 $15,326
    $110,001+ $17,724 $18,245
  • Lincoln University

    Jefferson City
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $7,632 $7,632
    Room and Board $6,770 $7,068
    Books $1,000 $2,000
    Other Expenses $3,052 $3,052
    Total $18,454 $19,752
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,282 $11,005
    $30,001 - $48k $10,911 $11,678
    $48,001 - $75k $13,427 $14,371
    $75,001 - $110k $14,517 $15,538
    $110,001+ $11,528 $12,339
  • Missouri Southern State University

    Joplin
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $6,067 $6,503
    Room and Board $6,901 $7,004
    Books $824 $831
    Other Expenses $3,328 $3,328
    Total $17,120 $17,666
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,118 $8,377
    $30,001 - $48k $8,432 $8,701
    $48,001 - $75k $10,946 $11,295
    $75,001 - $110k $12,750 $13,157
    $110,001+ $12,501 $12,900
  • Missouri Western State University

    Saint Joseph
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $7,570 $7,960
    Room and Board $8,730 $8,950
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $2,665 $2,665
    Total $19,965 $20,575
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,528 $8,789
    $30,001 - $48k $8,536 $8,797
    $48,001 - $75k $11,330 $11,676
    $75,001 - $110k $13,368 $13,776
    $110,001+ $15,184 $15,648
  • University of Missouri-Columbia

    Columbia
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $9,787 $9,972
    Room and Board $10,676 $10,786
    Books $1,372 $1,232
    Other Expenses $4,776 $4,776
    Total $26,611 $26,766
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,236 $13,313
    $30,001 - $48k $14,246 $14,329
    $48,001 - $75k $16,343 $16,438
    $75,001 - $110k $20,314 $20,432
    $110,001+ $23,592 $23,729
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City

    Kansas City
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $8,011 $8,178
    Room and Board $11,026 $11,498
    Books $1,002 $926
    Other Expenses $3,490 $3,514
    Total $23,529 $24,116
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,459 $11,745
    $30,001 - $48k $12,310 $12,617
    $48,001 - $75k $14,689 $15,055
    $75,001 - $110k $17,119 $17,546
    $110,001+ $17,909 $18,356
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology

    Rolla
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $9,246 $9,440
    Room and Board $10,094 $10,274
    Books $822 $838
    Other Expenses $1,850 $1,888
    Total $22,012 $22,440
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,937 $10,130
    $30,001 - $48k $11,375 $11,596
    $48,001 - $75k $14,235 $14,512
    $75,001 - $110k $15,904 $16,213
    $110,001+ $17,233 $17,568
  • University of Missouri-St Louis

    Saint Louis
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $9,590 $9,792
    Room and Board $10,140 $10,140
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $4,042 $3,962
    Total $24,772 $24,894
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $7,565 $7,602
    $30,001 - $48k $9,420 $9,466
    $48,001 - $75k $11,165 $11,220
    $75,001 - $110k $15,928 $16,006
    $110,001+ $16,551 $16,633
  • Truman State University

    Kirksville
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $7,656 $7,749
    Room and Board $8,638 $8,780
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $3,800 $3,800
    Total $21,094 $21,329
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,230 $8,322
    $30,001 - $48k $8,893 $8,992
    $48,001 - $75k $11,418 $11,545
    $75,001 - $110k $14,525 $14,687
    $110,001+ $15,966 $16,144
  • Northwest Missouri State University

    Maryville
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $7,657 $7,844
    Room and Board $8,714 $8,932
    Books $400 $400
    Other Expenses $2,575 $2,575
    Total $19,346 $19,751
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,285 $9,479
    $30,001 - $48k $9,757 $9,961
    $48,001 - $75k $11,997 $12,248
    $75,001 - $110k $14,622 $14,928
    $110,001+ $15,744 $16,074
  • Southeast Missouri State University

    Cape Girardeau
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $7,185 $7,418
    Room and Board $8,715 $8,935
    Books $514 $624
    Other Expenses $4,590 $4,593
    Total $21,004 $21,570
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,049 $10,320
    $30,001 - $48k $10,443 $10,724
    $48,001 - $75k $13,410 $13,771
    $75,001 - $110k $16,051 $16,484
    $110,001+ $17,102 $17,563
  • Missouri State University-Springfield

    Springfield
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $7,306 $7,376
    Room and Board $8,537 $8,755
    Books $1,100 $1,250
    Other Expenses $4,119 $4,401
    Total $21,062 $21,782
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,401 $12,825
    $30,001 - $48k $12,878 $13,318
    $48,001 - $75k $16,170 $16,723
    $75,001 - $110k $18,248 $18,872
    $110,001+ $18,953 $19,601

Private MO Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Avila University

    Kansas City
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $28,020 $19,900
    Room and Board $8,546 $8,564
    Books $1,056 $1,072
    Other Expenses $2,034 $2,062
    Total $39,656 $31,598
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $19,603 $15,620
    $30,001 - $48k $15,306 $12,196
    $48,001 - $75k $17,058 $13,592
    $75,001 - $110k $20,667 $16,468
    $110,001+ $21,297 $16,970
  • Columbia College

    Columbia
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $21,936 $22,704
    Room and Board $7,094 $7,808
    Books $1,242 $1,264
    Other Expenses $3,936 $4,576
    Total $34,208 $36,352
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $25,162 $26,739
    $30,001 - $48k $23,933 $25,433
    $48,001 - $75k $22,778 $24,206
    $75,001 - $110k $24,151 $25,665
    $110,001+ $22,174 $23,564
  • Cottey College

    Nevada
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $20,200 $21,160
    Room and Board $7,400 $7,700
    Books $1,100 $1,100
    Other Expenses $2,440 $2,576
    Total $31,140 $32,536
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,143 $17,912
    $30,001 - $48k $18,047 $18,856
    $48,001 - $75k $18,169 $18,984
    $75,001 - $110k $19,948 $20,842
    $110,001+ $23,461 $24,513
  • Culver-Stockton College

    Canton
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $26,040 $26,680
    Room and Board $8,310 $8,520
    Books $1,100 $1,100
    Other Expenses $3,400 $3,500
    Total $38,850 $39,800
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $16,398 $16,799
    $30,001 - $48k $17,507 $17,935
    $48,001 - $75k $20,554 $21,057
    $75,001 - $110k $22,071 $22,611
    $110,001+ $24,754 $25,359
  • Drury University

    Springfield
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $27,015 $28,515
    Room and Board $8,036 $8,036
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $3,200 $3,200
    Total $39,451 $40,951
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,483 $16,072
    $30,001 - $48k $16,870 $17,511
    $48,001 - $75k $15,794 $16,395
    $75,001 - $110k $20,473 $21,251
    $110,001+ $22,677 $23,539
  • Evangel University

    Springfield
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $22,745 $23,421
    Room and Board $8,196 $8,522
    Books $1,188 $1,188
    Other Expenses $3,836 $4,243
    Total $35,965 $37,374
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $20,139 $20,928
    $30,001 - $48k $19,178 $19,929
    $48,001 - $75k $22,095 $22,961
    $75,001 - $110k $23,006 $23,907
    $110,001+ $24,865 $25,839
  • Fontbonne University

    Saint Louis
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $25,460 $26,340
    Room and Board $9,506 $9,846
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $4,796 $4,796
    Total $40,762 $41,982
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,661 $18,190
    $30,001 - $48k $17,545 $18,070
    $48,001 - $75k $17,905 $18,441
    $75,001 - $110k $23,423 $24,124
    $110,001+ $24,770 $25,511
  • Hannibal-LaGrange University

    Hannibal
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $21,810 $22,750
    Room and Board $8,108 $8,108
    Books $1,070 $636
    Other Expenses $5,020 $3,206
    Total $36,008 $34,700
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $21,331 $20,556
    $30,001 - $48k $19,200 $18,503
    $48,001 - $75k $19,650 $18,936
    $75,001 - $110k $21,342 $20,567
    $110,001+ $23,542 $22,687
  • Lindenwood University

    Saint Charles
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $16,960 $17,600
    Room and Board $8,800 $9,000
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $3,600 $2,700
    Total $30,560 $30,500
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $16,188 $16,156
    $30,001 - $48k $15,719 $15,688
    $48,001 - $75k $16,816 $16,783
    $75,001 - $110k $18,809 $18,772
    $110,001+ $21,057 $21,016
  • Maryville University of Saint Louis

    Saint Louis
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $28,470 $28,470
    Room and Board $12,156 $10,088
    Books $0 $0
    Other Expenses $7,518 $7,518
    Total $48,144 $46,076
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $19,337 $18,506
    $30,001 - $48k $20,893 $19,996
    $48,001 - $75k $23,641 $22,626
    $75,001 - $110k $29,065 $27,817
    $110,001+ $29,642 $28,369
  • Missouri Baptist University

    Saint Louis
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $26,020 $27,124
    Room and Board $11,105 $10,000
    Books $1,298 $1,298
    Other Expenses $2,762 $2,763
    Total $41,185 $41,185
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $18,936 $18,936
    $30,001 - $48k $18,857 $18,857
    $48,001 - $75k $19,644 $19,644
    $75,001 - $110k $21,857 $21,857
    $110,001+ $23,476 $23,476
  • Missouri Valley College

    Marshall
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $20,200 $20,600
    Room and Board $8,750 $9,150
    Books $2,830 $2,890
    Other Expenses $2,050 $2,090
    Total $33,830 $34,730
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,324 $17,785
    $30,001 - $48k $18,045 $18,525
    $48,001 - $75k $19,489 $20,007
    $75,001 - $110k $22,580 $23,181
    $110,001+ $23,299 $23,919
  • College of the Ozarks

    Point Lookout
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $19,130 $19,360
    Room and Board $7,100 $7,400
    Books $1,000 $1,100
    Other Expenses $2,309 $2,360
    Total $29,539 $30,220
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,152 $10,386
    $30,001 - $48k $7,490 $7,663
    $48,001 - $75k $9,595 $9,816
    $75,001 - $110k $9,322 $9,537
    $110,001+ $9,883 $10,111
  • Park University

    Parkville
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $10,774 $11,572
    Room and Board $7,672 $7,672
    Books $1,690 $1,755
    Other Expenses $3,346 $3,500
    Total $23,482 $24,499
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,295 $15,957
    $30,001 - $48k $14,191 $14,806
    $48,001 - $75k $18,268 $19,059
    $75,001 - $110k $17,489 $18,246
    $110,001+ $18,118 $18,903
  • Rockhurst University

    Kansas City
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $36,590 $37,590
    Room and Board $9,360 $9,570
    Books $1,530 $1,530
    Other Expenses $4,151 $4,341
    Total $51,631 $53,031
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $16,965 $17,425
    $30,001 - $48k $17,684 $18,164
    $48,001 - $75k $20,867 $21,433
    $75,001 - $110k $22,274 $22,878
    $110,001+ $24,630 $25,298
  • Saint Louis University

    Saint Louis
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $42,166 $43,884
    Room and Board $10,996 $12,290
    Books $1,000 $1,200
    Other Expenses $3,052 $3,644
    Total $57,214 $61,018
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $20,324 $21,675
    $30,001 - $48k $20,685 $22,060
    $48,001 - $75k $22,703 $24,212
    $75,001 - $110k $26,946 $28,738
    $110,001+ $33,053 $35,251
  • Southwest Baptist University

    Bolivar
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $23,358 $24,078
    Room and Board $7,600 $7,720
    Books $1,500 $1,500
    Other Expenses $2,000 $2,000
    Total $34,458 $35,298
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $16,984 $17,398
    $30,001 - $48k $12,824 $13,137
    $48,001 - $75k $14,253 $14,600
    $75,001 - $110k $19,396 $19,869
    $110,001+ $21,201 $21,718
  • Stephens College

    Columbia
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $30,344 $30,950
    Room and Board $10,424 $10,071
    Books $2,000 $2,000
    Other Expenses $2,380 $2,380
    Total $45,148 $45,401
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $21,423 $21,543
    $30,001 - $48k $20,882 $20,999
    $48,001 - $75k $20,937 $21,054
    $75,001 - $110k $24,665 $24,803
    $110,001+ $31,260 $31,435
  • Washington University in St Louis

    Saint Louis
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $51,533 $53,399
    Room and Board $16,006 $16,440
    Books $992 $1,010
    Other Expenses $3,444 $3,512
    Total $71,975 $74,361
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $5,724 $5,914
    $30,001 - $48k $6,194 $6,399
    $48,001 - $75k $12,089 $12,490
    $75,001 - $110k $23,806 $24,595
    $110,001+ $44,365 $45,836
  • Webster University

    Saint Louis
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $27,100 $27,900
    Room and Board $11,050 $11,050
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $5,812 $5,812
    Total $44,962 $45,762
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $18,413 $18,741
    $30,001 - $48k $20,068 $20,425
    $48,001 - $75k $21,051 $21,426
    $75,001 - $110k $24,314 $24,747
    $110,001+ $27,020 $27,501
  • Westminster College

    Fulton
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $25,940 $27,600
    Room and Board $9,810 $10,140
    Books $1,100 $1,100
    Other Expenses $3,660 $3,790
    Total $40,510 $42,630
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,772 $18,702
    $30,001 - $48k $17,743 $18,672
    $48,001 - $75k $18,240 $19,195
    $75,001 - $110k $22,623 $23,807
    $110,001+ $26,422 $27,805
  • William Jewell College

    Liberty
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $33,620 $34,400
    Room and Board $9,640 $9,930
    Books $800 $800
    Other Expenses $3,868 $3,868
    Total $47,928 $48,998
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $16,395 $16,761
    $30,001 - $48k $15,738 $16,089
    $48,001 - $75k $19,125 $19,552
    $75,001 - $110k $24,554 $25,102
    $110,001+ $26,732 $27,329
  • William Woods University

    Fulton
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $23,260 $24,110
    Room and Board $9,400 $9,700
    Books $1,200 $1,300
    Other Expenses $5,000 $5,900
    Total $38,860 $41,010
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $20,660 $21,803
    $30,001 - $48k $20,959 $22,119
    $48,001 - $75k $19,341 $20,411
    $75,001 - $110k $21,499 $22,688
    $110,001+ $22,781 $24,041
 

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