Missouri Southern State University
Joplin, MO, 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.
$9,140
Calculate your net cost
Average Net Price By Family Income
Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$7,334
$30k - $48k
$7,705
$48k - $75k
$10,308
$75k - $110k
$11,678
$110k+
$12,430
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.
$6,667
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.
$13,334
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.
$7,004
Books and Supplies
$831
Tuition Payment Plan
Yes
Financial Aid: visit page
Financial Aid Email: [email protected]

Aid & Grants

0
100
45%
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.
44%
Average Aid Per Year
$5,368
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.
44%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$4,250
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$2,685
Students receiving state aid
40%
Average State Grant Aid Per Year
$2,012
Students receiving federal aid
53%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$4,250
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.
$14,832,749
Total Non-Need-Based Scholarships/Grants
$5,649,847

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.
55%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$5,083
Students receiving federal loans
55%
Average Federal Loans Per Year
$4,909
Average Other Loans Per Year
$5,921
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.
$9,750
Loan Default Rate
14%
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.
$208

What Students Are Saying

3.54 Average Rating
I think it is one of the least expensive schools in Missouri. The idea of coming out of school with little to no debt compared to other universities is very enticing.
Brian from Joplin, MO
GREAT value from MSSU.
Jake from Joplin, MO
this school when it comes to tuition is best. mssu has the lowest tuition rate compared to other 4-year universities. there is also a new book rental store where you can rent your books for ten dollars pure credit hour. for example: if there is a book that cost $120 dollars to buy you can rent it for $30 dollars. how cool is that!
Austin from Seneca, MO
Much cheaper than any other 4 year college in the 4 states.
Gabrielle from Joplin, MO
Missouri Southern is the most affordable university in the area. The only cheaper place in the area to receive a college education is a local community college, where many students feel that their education is not as high-quality as Missouri Southern's.
AshLeigh from Stella, MO
This is a small town university - few students, dry campus, small town values. I feel that I am getting a great education in a great atmosphere.
MSSU student
MSSU is definitely a bargain compared to others in the state. Some classes are not amazing, but for the real academics one can be pretty confident in landing a competent teacher.
Andrea from Neosho, MO
MSSU is really low priced and you get a great education and have the opportunity to grow in many different ways. You can get involved in various clubs and activities which bring in potential employers to help for after graduation. There's also student work that you can get to make some money and be able to put what you're learning into practice before you graduate! Some student worker positions can even allow you to see other areas of your field that will help you to grow and be more marketable after graduation.
Megan from Joplin, MO