Cost & Aid

Estimated Cost of Attendance

The University of Minnesota determines the estimated cost of attendance (COA) for full-time study at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs based on the maximum allowable costs calculated for the expenses of the current academic year (9 months). The COA includes tuition and fees, student health benefit plan, estimated books and supplies, room and board, estimated transportation costs, and other miscellaneous expenses. These useful guides* reflect the typical living expenses in the Twin Cities metro area. Learn more.

The Humphrey School is committed to providing students a great education at a great value. To encourage students to complete their degree full-time in two years, tuition banding is established for the MDP, MHR, MPP, MS–STEP, and MURP degree programs. All credits per semester within the band cost the same (6–15 credits for MHR, MPP, MURP, MS-STEP, 6–16 credits for MDP). Credits above or below the band are charged per credit at the resident/non-resident rate.

Residency and Reciprocity

Minnesota residents pay in-state tuition rates, which are lower than tuition rates assessed to non-Minnesota residents. Qualified students who are residents of Manitoba, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin benefit from long-standing reciprocity agreements, paying tuition rates equal to in-state rates. Tuition reciprocity is not automatic. Students must apply and qualify for reciprocity through the higher education office in their states of residence. Please follow the appropriate link for more information:

In general, students may gain in-state tuition benefits if they have lived in the state of Minnesota for one full calendar year without attending a college or university being the main purpose for living in the state (i.e., full-time enrollment in an academic program/institution). Students who leave the state of Minnesota for more than one calendar year for any purpose other than to attend a college or university may lose their in-state tuition benefit. For more information about the University’s reciprocity policies, download a detailed brochure on residency, reciprocity and tuition exemptions.

* Please note, when using the calculator, there is a difference between Graduate School tuition rates and the Humphrey School. For 2015-16 Academic Year, the difference between is $2,200 (resident) and $1,798 (non-resident) per year.

Estimated Costs: MPP, MURP, MS-STEP, MDP, MHR

2015-2016 Academic Year (annual estimated)

Resident

Non-Resident

Tuition Banding Cost (6-15 credits per semester for MPP, MURP, MS-STEP, MHR*, 6-16 credits per semester for MDP)

*MHR is new for 2016-2017, tuition band includes 6-15 credits per semester.

$18,044

($1,503.67 per credit)

$26,306

($2,192.17 per credit)

Fees1 (estimated)

$1,608.74

$1,608.74

Books/Supplies2

$1,000

$1,000

Room and Board3

$11,466

$11,466

Transportation4

$1,000

$1,000

Personal/Miscellaneous5

$2,000

$2,000

Total 9 month estimated Cost of Attendance (COA)6

$35,118.74

$43,380.74

 

Per Semester

Annual

Student Health Benefit Plan7

$999

$1,998

1 The fee figure is based on full-time enrollment (6+ credits per semester) for the academic year (fall & spring semesters). It includes student services fee, Humphrey School collegiate fee, capital enhancement fee, Counsel of Graduate Students fee or graduate & professional student assembly fee, stadium fee, and a transportation fee. A detailed tuition and fee PDF for 2015-2016 is available online. Fees subject to change. Fees may vary based on credits enrolled per semester. International students may be subject to additional fees. Some courses may be subject to Course Fees.

2This figure is based on average course load and book costs. It is meant to represent the academic supplies required to be an effective student.

3Room and board figures vary based on typical living situations (in a campus University residence hall or at home with family, for example) and research on average living expenses in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

4The cost of a UPass (a Metro transit bus pass) is the basis for this figure. The approximate cost of a round-trip plane ticket is also included for non-resident, non-reciprocity students. The University does not include a personal vehicle or personal vehicle maintenance in your estimated cost budget.

5All of the other expenses that you typically incur in order to live and function productively are included in the personal and miscellaneous expenses category, including toiletries and clothing, for example.

6Total Standard COA is based on full-time enrollment (6+ credits each semester) for the academic year (fall & spring semesters). Students receiving merit based aid may be required to enroll in a minimum of 10+ credits each semester to stay on track to graduate within the designated two years.

7 University of Minnesota students are required to have health insurance. If a student is not enrolled in a plan through another carrier, students will be required to enroll in the University’s Student Health Benefit Plan. If a student has coverage from another carrier, this fee may be waived. Health insurance is not included in the standard COA, but students may appeal to increase the allowance to include the cost of health insurance.

This is not a bill. This is only an estimate. Amounts are subject to change without notice. Actual expenses may vary due to your personal choices and your degree program. It is necessary that you budget and manage your funds appropriately.

 

Estimated Costs: MPA

2015-2016 Academic Year

(per semester estimates)

Resident

Non-Resident

Tuition1

$1,269.98 per credit

$1,991.90 per credit

Fees2(6 or more credits per semester)

$804.37

$804.37

Fees2 (fewer than 6 credits per semester)

$248.86

$248.86

Books (estimated)

$500

$500

 

Per Semester

Annual

Student Health Benefit Plan3

$999

$1,998

1The MPA program consists of 30 credits and students are assessed tuition charges on a per-credit basis. Tuition rates are subject to change on an annual basis. A detailed tuition and fee PDF for 2015-2016 is available online. 

2The fee figure is based on full-time enrollment (6+ credits) each term for the academic year (fall & spring semesters) and includes the required student services fee. Humphrey School collegiate fee ($250 at 6+ credits/semester, $125 at fewer than 6 credits per semester), capital enhancement fee, graduate & professional student assembly fee, stadium fee and a transportation fee. Fees may vary based on credits enrolled per semester.

3University of Minnesota students are required to have health insurance. If a student is not enrolled in a plan through another carrier, students will be required to enroll in the University’s Student Health Benefit Plan. If a student has coverage from another carrier, this fee may be waived. Student Health Benefit Plan fees are only assessed if enrolled in 6 or more credits per semester. Health insurance is not included in the standard COA, but students may appeal to increase the allowance to include the cost of health insurance. Most financial aid awards for MPA students are calculated to include living expenses which most MPA students pay through personal funds. Please consult a financial aid counselor at the University’s OneStop Student Services for more details.

This is not a bill. This is only an estimate. Amounts are subject to change without notice. Actual expenses may vary due to your personal choices and your degree program. It is necessary that you budget and manage your funds appropriately.