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.
Objective: Tuition should support Michigan Tech’s standing as a national technological university.
- Undergraduate resident engineering tuition, non-resident tuition, and graduate tuition should be comparable to those of our major competitors among national technological universities.
- Tuition and fee increases minus any state appropriation increase minus any financial aid increase should not exceed the Higher Education Price Index.
- Increase financial aid supported through endowed scholarships.
- Utilize financial aid to address access and affordability for students, and the achievement of institutional enrollment goals.
- 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.
- 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
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|
|Engr/Comp Science||$13,095||$14,555||$27,000||$28,460||730 Engr/CS Fee|
|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.|