Graduate Admissions

Housing and Expenses

Semester Academic Year
On Campus Off Campus On Campus Off Campus
Housing and Food $3,800 $4,200 $7,620 $8,400
Personal Miscellaneous $960 $1,050 $1,920 $2,100
Educational Totals
(MN Resident, 12 standard rate credits & fees)
$4,941 $4,941 $9,882 $9,882
Health Insurance (Mandatory for international students) $678 $678 $1,356 $1,356
ESTIMATED TOTAL COST (Domestic) $9,701 $10,191
$19,422 $20,382
ESTIMATED TOTAL COST (International)  $10,379 $10,869 $20,778 $21,738
Note: Costs are based on estimated rates for the next academic year. Costs are subject to change without notice.

Summary of Graduate Expenses

For Partnered Students
If your partner will be attending the University, double the educational costs and add 75 percent of the living expenses listed in your total expenses. If your partner will not be a student, only add 75 percent of the living expenses. For children: Add $3,000 for each child. If both parents will be students, add an additional $2,100 for each child under six years of age for day care expenses.

Non-Payment of Monies Due to the University
The student must honor all financial and other obligations to the University. Students who have financial obligations to the University will not be permitted to register, receive grade reports, or receive or have official transcripts issued until such obligations are satisfactorily met.

Academic Year
SCSU operates on the semester system.  Fall semester generally starts toward the end of August.   Spring semester usually starts in early to mid-January.  There are also a variety of summer terms starting from mid-May to late July. Summer term credits may be applied toward fulfillment of graduate program requirements and are subject to the same regulations as credits earned during the academic year.

Health Insurance

International Students

International students are required to purchase the Minnesota State University Health Insurance Plan as a condition of admission and continued enrollment. Exemption is only by an acceptable affidavit from the student's embassy. The full $1,356 health insurance payment is required in the first semester.

United States Students

There are two Minnesota Health Care Programs Minnesota State Colleges and Universities students may qualify for due to their income status, they are Medical Assistance (MA) or MinnesotaCare.  Students currently enrolled in Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare programs will automatically be moved to MNsure as part of their renewal process.  If a student is not currently enrolled in one of these programs and would like to know if they qualify for either of them, their eligibility status will automatically be reviewed when they apply for coverage through MNsure.  Additional information regarding Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare can be found at

Housing Resources