Affordability - MUS Strategic Plan
Promote postsecondary education affordability
Goal 1: Access & Affordability
System Initiatives: Tuition Freeze:
- Freeze on tuition for 14 out of 15 years at all two- year colleges (FY08 – FY17, FY20-FY22).
- Regional 4-year campuses (Tech, MSUN, MSUN, and UMW) tuition frozen for 11 out of 15 years since
- MSU and UM, tuition frozen during 9 of the past 15 years.
Regional Comparison 2020-21:
(avg. academic year tuition and fees for full-time resident students)
MSU/UM = $7,392
Regional Peers = $9,745
MSUB, UMW, MSUN = $5,897
Regional Peers = $7,797
Special Focus (MT Tech) = $7,397
Regional Peers = $11,247
MUS 2-yr Colleges = $3,907
Regional Peers = $4,314
Campuses in the MUS are taking a coordinated and collaborative approach toward decreasing student loan debt. Assisted by grant funds obtained by OCHE, efforts to educate and communicate to students and parents the various resources available for paying for college, as well as improving students' abilities to manage their own finances are now occurring on all MUS campus.
Decrease average loan amounts and the percentage of students borrowing
Decrease tuition as a percentage of median household income
Increase the amount of state support as a percentage of total personal income relative to peer states and historical levels