Last year, Michigan Tech raised tuition. We want students and their families to understand why. This video and webpage detail our expenses, funding sources, and reasons why a Michigan Tech education costs what it does.

Making Sense of Tuition


This site is intended to provide facts about the current university budget, tuition structure, and investments the university makes in the student experience at Michigan Tech.

Guiding Principles

Objective: Tuition should support Michigan Tech’s standing as a national technological university.

  1. Undergraduate resident engineering tuition, non-resident tuition, and graduate tuition should be comparable to those of our major competitors among national technological universities.
  2. Tuition and fee increases minus any state appropriation increase minus any financial aid increase should not exceed the Higher Education Price Index.
  3. Increase financial aid supported through endowed scholarships.
  4. Utilize financial aid to address access and affordability for students, and the achievement of institutional enrollment goals.

Tuition Structure

Plateau Tuition

  • Motivates capable students to increase their per-semester class load thus decreasing their time to graduation.
  • A flat rate provides financial incentive for students to pursue second credentials such as a certificate, second major, or a minor.
  • This structure provides additional incentive for students to remain at the University to pursue a five year Master’s Degree.
  • Plateau tuition encourages students currently transferring in online courses (where Michigan Tech has no control over quality of content and instruction) to take those courses at Michigan Tech.
  • Plateau tuition may remove the financial disincentive to explore other academic interest, allowing students to pursue courses of interest that may lie outside their immediate major course path.
  • Plateau structure simplifies the add/drop process as well as the payment/refund function for both the student and the University.

Differential Tuition

  • Setting a common first two years tuition corresponds with the fact that most students take core foundational courses during their freshmen and sophomore years
  • Establishing a lower and upper division differential better reflects the educational costs associated with students in their junior and senior years (upper division tuition rates begin once a student has reached 60 credits)
  • Differential tuition allows the institution, over time, to align the tuition structure with competitors
  • This structure is consistent with the state’s doctoral and research intensive institutions including UM-AA, MSU, GVSU, WSU, and WMU

Tuition 2012-16

Historical Tuition Rates 2012 to 2016

Annual amounts based on 15 credits/semester or plateau.

  Resident Undergraduate Non-Resident Undergraduate  
Year FTIAC/Lower Division Sophomore Level/Upper Division FTIAC/Lower Division Sophomore Level/Upper Division Fees Include per Semester
Non Engr/CS $13,095 $13,095 $27,000 $27,000  
Engr/Comp Science $13,095 $14,555 $27,000 $28,460 730 Engr/CS Fee
Non Engr/CS $13,470 $13,470 $28,350 $28,350 Plateau
Engr/Comp Science $13,470 $14,980 $28,350 $29,860 Plateau and 755 Engr/CS
Tier 1 $13,740 $14,040 $29,220 $29,520 Plateau/Tier Fee 150
Tier 2 $13,740 $14,340 $29,220 $29,820 Plateau/Tier Fee 300
Tier 3 $13,740 $15,540 $29,220 $31,020 Plateau/Tier Fee 900
Tier 1 $13,986 $14,644 $29,950 $30,996 Plateau/Upper Division
Tier 2 $13,986 $14,956 $29,950 $31,311 Plateau/Upper Division
Tier 3 $13,986 $16,220 $29,950 $32,571 Plateau/Upper Division
Tier 1 $14,334 $15,654 $30,668 $33,134 Plateau/Upper Division
Tier 2 $14,334 $15,988 $30,668 $33,472 Plateau/Upper Division
Tier 3 $14,334 $17,167 $30,668 $34,812 Plateau/Upper Division
This table shows the various undergraduate tuition rates from 2012 to 2016. 2012 shows the 15 credit rate + the engineering and computer science fee that was charged to all sophomore, juniors and seniors. 2013 shows the first year of the plateau tuition rate. 2014 shows the beginning of the upper division tuition differential.
Per student undergraduate tuition revenue and financial aid averages chart based on fall and spring semesters tuition revenue and average fall/spring enrollment.
Five years showing the average tuition paid (orange) per student and the average scholarships and need based gift paid for by the university (blue) per student. Over those five years, average tuition paid increased 5.4%, versus the two inflation indicators of Consumer Price Index of 7.0% and the Higher Education Price Index of 8.6%. In addition, over those five years, the average financial aid gift per student paid for by Michigan Tech increased by 27.5%.