Middle Tennessee State University

Murfreesboro, TN, USA

Tuition, Cost & Aid

Affordability and Cost

Average Net Price Average net price for full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates paying the in-state or in-district tuition rate who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution. Other sources of grant aid are excluded. Aid awarded anytime during the full aid year is included.

Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state or local government, or institutional grant and scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies and the weighted average room and board and other expenses.
$12,416
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Average Net Price By Family Income
Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$8,863
$30k - $48k
$10,751
$48k - $75k
$15,084
$75k - $110k
$16,779
$110k+
$16,932
Tuition
In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
$8,858
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
$27,098
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
$8,698
Books and Supplies
$1,260
Tuition Payment Plan
Yes
Financial Aid: visit page
Financial Aid Email: fin_aid@mtsu.edu

Aid & Grants

0
100
65%
Need Met
Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
40%
Average Aid Per Year
$8,607
Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
40%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$4,976
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$5,310
Students receiving state aid
78%
Average State Grant Aid Per Year
$4,807
Students receiving federal aid
49%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$4,976
Total Needs Based Scholarships/Grants Total amount of grant or scholarship aid awarded to all undergraduates from the federal government, state/local government, the institution, and other sources known to the institution.
$46,287,130
Total Non-Need-Based Scholarships/Grants
$59,929,315

Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
52%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$5,597
Students receiving federal loans
51%
Average Federal Loans Per Year
$5,131
Average Other Loans Per Year
$10,355
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
$14,250
Loan Default Rate
9%
US National: 7%
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.
$229

What Students Are Saying

3.62 Average Rating
Tuiton for MTSU is affordable for what you get. Along with the classes, tuition allows you to have a membership to the recreation center, access to the KUC's movie theater, and so much more!
Jessica from Lewisburg, TN
It's a very cheap school compared to a whole lot of other universities and MTSU is just as good. Most professors really care about your time here as well as all of the student services. You do pay a couple thousand dollars.. but you truly get a lot out of it!
Kelsey from Murfreesboro, TN
Definitely. Well-equipped labs, a clean campus, a huge library, a huge rec center, world-recognized teachers and a quality education don't run cheap, but MTSU charges one of the lowest tuitions in the state.
Akram from Nashville, TN
MTSU has a pretty low in-state tuition, but it's a pretty top-notch education. I think I'm learning just as much as I would if I attended one of the more known state schools, like UTK, which cost a lot more. MTSU has tons of great professors and facilities, and you really get your money's worth when it comes to education and other things that are offered to you. (The rec center and parking are included in tuition prices!) Our out-of-state rates aren't outrageous either.
Emma from Knoxville, TN
The price is great! Plus there are lots of scholarships to help you out if you need them.
Shannon from Murfreesboro, TN
MTSU is not an expensive school. And if you're from the state of Tennessee, you may be eligible to knock off a chunk of the (in-state) tuition through the TN Lottery scholarship. The tuition pays for the neccessary funds of the courses--it is a reasonable amount, considering the prices of other schools.
Rachel from Murfreesboro, TN
It's one of the cheapest schools in TN for sure! They only school that I looked at that was cheaper was Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville. My music theory teacher gave us a chart to compare the music theory class at MTSU (which is about $16 per lecture) and the same music theory class at Vanderbilt (which is about $75 per lecture if I remember right... It could've been more). You can see the obvious difference for the same classes. Plus music students from MTSU have gone on to North Texas University (one of THE music schools in the nation!!!) and have been exempted from theory there because of the amazing (and cheap!) theory teachers at MTSU!
Megan from Manchester, TN
The academics are some of the best in the country seeing as we're ranked #47 in public colleges for 2010-2011. I feel that there is so much offered that is free here, but cost at other colleges. Free printing and other services on campus, who could not love that?
Jordan from Murfreesboro, TN