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Tuition and Fees 2013-14 

Tuition and Mandatory Fee Schedule 
Effective Fall Semester 2013 

Tuition and Mandatory Fees  Undergraduate
Full-Time Rate
(12-18 Credit Hours)
 Per Credit Hour

Graduate        $535
(Approved by MSU Board of Regent 6-6-13; Approved by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education on 6-20-13) 

Some courses may require additional fees. Click here to view a list of course fees.

Biggest changes 

  • 1 rate for 12-18 hours
  • NO Internet fee
  • 1 rate for graduate students 

New Tuition Model

  • Simplifies billing for our students
  • Fewer tuition rates
  • Reduces or eliminates necessity to adjust student’s bill when course schedule changes occur
  • Reduces or eliminates necessity to adjust scholarship awards and tuition waivers that are directly associated with tuition charges (i.e. Honors, Commonwealth, Non-Resident Tuition Scholarship)
  • Less confusing for current students to interpret their bill
  • Less confusing price structure for prospective students
  • Maintains a financial incentive for full-time enrollment and provides a financial incentive for enrollment above 12 credit hours thus encouraging students to stay on track to graduate in four years. Standard credit hour requirement for a baccalaureate degree is 120 credit hours. A student must successfully complete an average of 15 credit hours per fall/spring term to earn 120 credit hours in a four year period.
  • Allows more flexibility for students to enroll in online courses by eliminating separate rates for internet and hybrid delivery courses. The previous tuition model included internet and hybrid delivery rates at 1.35 times the resident rate.
  • Reduces or eliminates inconsistency in tuition charges between semesters with different credit hour enrollments and different combinations of internet and face-to-face course delivery modes for full-time students (enrolled in 12-18 credit hours)
  • Simplifies the graduate tuition structure by having only one rate for all graduate students. The new rate is more competitive for online courses and for non-resident graduate students. The rate was determined by blending the current graduate resident rate and the graduate internet rate. The non-resident rate previously set at 2.5 times the resident rate was eliminated in the proposed model. (73% of graduate credit hour generation in Fall 2012 was from online courses)


  1. Full-time status is achieved for undergraduate students when enrolled in at least 12 credit hours per semester.
  2. Undergraduate students enrolled in more than 18 credit hours will be charged the Full-Time Rate plus the additional Per Credit Hour Rate for each credit hour above 18.
  3. The Full-Time Rate does not apply to graduate students. All graduate students are charged on a per credit hour basis.
  4. Resident and Non-resident graduate students will be charged at the same per credit hour rate.
  5. Per credit hour rates also apply to students enrolled in a summer term.
  6. Non-resident undergraduate students enrolled exclusively in internet courses and/or enrolled exclusively at a regional campus center will be assessed tuition and fees at the undergraduate resident rate. Academic courses delivered with at least 50% of the instruction online are categorized as Internet courses.


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