Student Registration & Financial Services

Cost of Attendance, Tuition and Fees

St. Cloud State’s flat-rate tuition allows full-time undergraduate students taking 12-18 credits to pay one flat rate for their tuition. In that 12-18 credit band, students can take more credits without paying more tuition increasing their ability to graduate on time. Fees vary at different credit loads.

Benefits of More Credits for the Same Price

  • A 10-year study shows St. Cloud State students across all grade-point averages perform better and stay in school when they take 15 credits per semester.
  • Explore areas of academic interest with fewer financial consequences.
  • Graduate in four years by taking 15 or more credits per semester:
    • Less tuition cost.
    • Reduced housing and transportation costs.
    • More career earnings from entering the job market earlier.

Flat-rate tuition applies to:

  • New undergraduate students who enroll beginning Fall 2017 or after.
  • Returning students taking 15 or more credits. 
For tuition information for returning St. Cloud State students taking 12 to 14 credits, see the Tuition Details section below. 

Undergraduate Costs

The chart below shows estimated Fall 2018, Spring 2019, and Summer 2019 costs based on 12-18 credits per semester for a student living on campus with a Husky Anytime Meal Plan.

Minnesota and Reciprocity (WI, ND, Manitoba) Resident Per Semester Per Year
Tuition and fees $4,114 $8,228
Housing and meals $4,450 $8,900
Books and supplies $600 $1,200
Total: $9,164 $18,328
Non-Minnesota Resident Tuition and Fees Per Semester Per Year
South Dakota  $4,902 $9,804
Midwest Student Exchange Program (IL, IN, KS, MI, MO, NE) $5,888 $11,776
All other non-resident $8,231 $16,462

Costs are subject to change. Travel and miscellaneous costs are not included. The financial aid budget includes approximately $1,300/semester for residents and $1,630/semester for non-residents.

Graduate Costs

Resident and Non-resident Costs

Minnesota Resident and Reciprocity Per Semester Per Year
Tuition and fees* $3,869 $7,738
Housing and meals $4,450 $8,900
Books and supplies $600 $1,200
Miscellaneous/travel $1,876 $3,752
Total $10,795 $21,590
Non-Resident Per Semester Per Year
Tuition and fees* $5,661 $11,322
Housing and meals $4,450 $8,900
Books and supplies $600 $1,200
Miscellaneous/travel $1,876 $3,752
Total $12,587 $25,174

*Note: Based on estimated rates for the next academic year and subject to change without notice. Costs do not include estimates for all the available tuition rates or tuition rate and fee combinations. See the tuition details below to calculate the cost of tuition and fees for your graduate program.

Tuition Details

Returning St. Cloud State undergraduate students

There is a two-year mitigation plan for returning undergraduate students for the flat-rate tuition model. This applies to students who were enrolled in the Spring 2017 semester and who are also registered for the Fall 2017 semester. 

Students registered for 15-18 credits will pay flat-rate tuition rates listed above. Students taking 12 to 14 credits will pay a mitigated tuition rate of $241 per credit. 

Tuition per Credit (Undergraduate and Graduate)

Undergraduate Per credit
Resident and Reciprocity* (Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Manitoba) 241.00
South Dakota 294.53
MSEP Compact (IL, IN, KS, MI, MO, NE) 361.50
Non-Resident and Non-Reciprocity 520.75
Off-Campus Course + 35.59*
Online/Guided Study Courses + 88.39*
Interactive Television Courses / Off-Campus Continuing Education + 70.00*
Nursing + 27.15*
Non-General Education Art + 35.94*
Mass Communications + 32.33*
Graduate Per credit
Resident and Reciprocity (Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Manitoba) 383.41
MSEP Compact (IL, IN, KS, MI, MO, NE) 575.11
Non-Resident and Non-Reciprocity 582.49
Applied Behavior Analysis, M.S. (BACB Approved) 566.66
Off-Campus Course + 35.59*
Online/Guided Study Courses + 88.39*
Interactive Television Courses / Off-Campus Continuing Education + 70.00*
Nursing + 27.15*
Non-General Education Art + 35.94*
Mass Communications + 32.33*
Doctoral at St. Cloud Campus Per credit
Doctoral Programs - On-Campus and Online 601.24
St. Cloud State at Plymouth Per credit
Master of Engineering Management (MEM) 421.23
Medical Technology Quality; Regulatory Affairs Services; Applied Clinical Research 779.55
Master of Education Administration and Leadership 421.23
Doctoral programs 688.08
Master of Business Administration (MBA) Per credit
Master of Business Administration (MBA)- On-Campus and Online 604.09
Master of Business Administration (MBA) - St. Cloud State at Plymouth  825.48
Metropolitan State University, St. Paul  Per credit
Executive Master of Engineering Management (MEM) 597.66

* This additional amount is added to the base tuition for your residency status.

Student Fees and Explanation

All Student Tuition and Fee rate structures are authorized by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities under Board Policy 5.11, and all colleges and universities are required to charge tuition and fees consistent with Minnesota statutes and policies. The Student Fee Allocation Committee, comprised of 9 students elected through Student Government, make an annual recommendation to the President of the University as to what the student fee structure should be each year. The technology fee is recommended by a separate student government committee.

Student Fees Flat Fee Per Credit Credit Limit
Health Services 65.00
Student Activity 9.78 12
Athletics 4.58 12
Facility Assessment 4.80 12
Student Union 10.05 12
Technology 9.62 None
Students United .47 None
Total 65.00 39.30
Total Fees
Total fees per credit (1-12 credits) 65.00 (health services flat fee) + 39.30 per credit
Total fees per credit (after 12 credits) 10.09 per credit
Additional Undergraduate Fees
Orientation fee (includes Advising and Registration Day fee) 75.00
Respect and Responsibility Workshop fee 8.00

Explanation of Student Fees

Health Services Fee: Allocated for the Heath Services operating budget which allows the University to offer on-campus medical and pharmacy services to all students.

Student Activity Fee: In addition to being allocated to the Senate Finance Committee (SFC) in order to provide the budget allocation to all student organizations including KVSC, UTVS, and Student Government Association, it is also allocated to these seven director managed areas on campus:

  • Campus Recreation/Sport Facilities
  • Lindgren Child Care Center
  • Department of Campus Involvement (DCI)
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender (LGBT)
  • Multicultural Student Services (MSS)
  • Veterans Center
  • Women’s Center

Athletics Fee: In addition to being allocated for the Athletics operating budget, this fee allows each and every student free access to all Intercollegiate Athletic Events (pursuant to referendum passed in 1995).

Facilities Assessment Fee: Allows for payments for debt on the following facilities: fitness center, the stadium/dome, and the Atwood addition.

Student Union Fee: Allocated for the Atwood Memorial Center (AMC) operating budget. AMC is a student-owned facility providing needed services and meeting areas for students.

Technology Fee: Allows for the funding of technology initiatives to benefit students across campus.

MSUSA Fee: Statewide student association fee. MSUSA is the state-wide student organization comprised of SCSU students, along with 6 other state universities. MSUSA lobbies our state and federal legislatures for funding of higher education institutions.

St. Cloud State applies Minnesota State Colleges and Universities policy 5.11 and procedure 5.11.1 in instituting tuition and fee amounts.

Senior Citizen Rate Information

Minnesota residents that are age 62 or older are charged a $20 per credit administrative fee plus minimal standard fees to attend "for credit" courses. If course is taken “for audit”, on a space available basis, there is no administrative fee per credit.

The provisions of Minnesota Statute 135A.52 indicate senior citizen rates apply “when space is available after all tuition-paying students have been accommodated.” Doctoral credits are not eligible for senior citizen rates when doctoral cohort enrollment caps are reached and a wait list is generated with tuition-paying students who have not been accommodated.

Residency and Reciprocity


Students may prove their eligibility for in-state tuition by demonstrating domicile in Minnesota. Students have the burden of proving domicile for in-state tuition purposes.

Definition: A domicile is a person's true, fixed and permanent living place. Domicile is the place to which a person intends to return after temporary absences. A person may have only one domicile at a time.

Do I qualify for resident tuition? To determine if you qualify for MN resident tuition, download the Resident Tuition Classification Request (pdf) form and review the conditions on the left side. If you meet one of the conditions, fill out the application and submit it (along with the proper documentation) to the Records and Registration Office.

How do I apply for instate tuition? Please download the Resident Tuition Classification Request (pdf) and return it to the Office of Records & Registration, 118 Administrative Services Building, 720 Fourth Avenue South, St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498. Please include appropriate documentation as indicated on the request form.

If you have any questions about the residency application, please contact the Office of Records & Registration at (320) 308-2111 or

Related Resources

Minnesota State Policy on Minnesota Residency Requirements

Minnesota Prosperity (Dream) Act


Students may be eligible to pay reciprocity tuition rates at St Cloud State University if they are residents of a state in which MN has a reciprocity agreement:

  • North Dakota – For the application and more information visit the North Dakota University System website (701) 328-2960
  • South Dakota – All students from South Dakota are granted automatic reciprocity. It is the student’s responsibility to verify the tuition charged is correct.
  • Wisconsin – For the application and more information visit the Wisconsin Higher Education Board website (608) 267-2206

St. Cloud State University also has a reciprocity agreement for people who are residents of the following province:

  • Manitoba – All students from Manitoba are granted automatic reciprocity. It is the student’s responsibility to verify the tuition charged is correct.

If you have any questions regarding the reciprocity agreement, including on how to apply, please contact your home state.

If you have further questions about the reciprocity application, please contact the Office of Records & Registration at (320) 308-2111 or

Other tuition reduction options

  • Students from Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, and Nebraska may also be eligible for tuition reduction using the Midwest Student Exchange Program.
  • All students granted a graduate assistantship at St. Cloud State University pay resident tuition.

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