Undergraduate Residential and Commuter Cost and Aid

Let’s look at the cost of an MBU education, and some of the ways we work with you to make MBU affordable for you and your family.

Undergraduate Residential and Commuter

Academic Year 2023–24

ResidentialCommuter
Tuition$32,732$32,732
May term$0, included in tuition$0, included in tuition
Technology and
Credentialing Fee
$150$150
Student Organization
Fee
$275$275
Food and Housing
Expenses 
$10,630
Total Estimated Direct
Cost (Billed Expense)
$43,787$33,157

Academic Year 2024–25

ResidentialCommuter
Tuition$33,727$33,727
May term$0, included in tuition$0, included in tuition
Technology and
Credentialing Fee
$150$150
Student Organization
Fee
$275$275
Food and Housing
Expenses 
$11,411
Total Estimated Direct
Cost (Billed Expense)
$45,563$34,152

That “sticker price” can be intimidating. But very few MBU students pay full tuition. The average annual cost paid by MBU students is $21,315. And MBU works with students to ensure that relevant coursework, as well as work and life experiences, count toward your degree, further minimizing tuition costs. That’s why US News & World Report ranked MBU as a best value school in the south, and one of the top schools in the U.S. for boosting social mobility. 

Indirect Costs

Students should also anticipate additional indirect costs such as books, supplies, travel, recreation, and personal items. These expenses are not billed by MBU but are considered when determining financial aid awards. 

Estimates for these expenses for fall and spring are included below but vary from student to student:

Books and Supplies:$900
Transportation: $400
Personal Expenses:$1,730
Loan Fees (if federal loans are borrowed):$270
Living off Campus (if not living on campus)$8,000
Total Estimated Indirect Costs:$11,300