New differential tuition model: what you need to know

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On June 7, 2023

Missouri S&T recently implemented a new differential tuition structure to provide students with enhanced flexibility and affordability.

In the 2023-24 academic year, S&T’s tuition model will reflect a single rate based on the student’s chosen program of study. Previously, the tuition was a standard credit-hour rate with course fees that were based on the type of course that was chosen. For example, students taking an engineering class and a history class paid different rates for each class. This structure created confusion as tuition and fees would change significantly during a student’s academic career.

  • What is the differential tuition structure?

Missouri S&T’s differential tuition structure is a new approach to pricing tuition based on area of study and gives students the option of taking 12 to 18 hours per semester at a single flat rate. The purpose of this structure is to incentivize timely degree completion, encourage full-time enrollment, and help students make more informed decisions about their academic plans.

  • How does the differential tuition structure work?

The differential tuition structure at Missouri S&T consists of four tiers. For students in their freshman year and majoring in Tier 1 areas including economics, education, humanities and psychology, the rate will be $6,500 per semester. Tier 2 areas including math, business, information science and technology, and laboratory sciences will be billed at $7,500 per semester. Tier 3 areas including engineering and computing will be billed at $8,500 per semester. Credit hours outside of the 12- to 18-credit-hour range will be assessed at 1/12 of the flat rate for the area of study.

Student activity fees will be assessed separately.

Missouri S&T’s new differential tuition structure introduces a flexible and cost-effective approach to higher education. By implementing this system, the university aims to support students in achieving their academic goals while managing the financial aspect of their education.

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