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An estimate of the cost of attendance is established each year to assist students with planning for college expenses. While expenses vary depending on the level of enrollment and the lifestyle of the student, average costs are reflected in the estimated cost of attendance.  The estimated cost of attendance is used to award financial aid.

Students can estimate charges for tuition and room and board for one semester by utilizing OU's Cost Estimator. View OU's tuition chart for published tuition rates. View information about housing and meal plan rates.

2014-2015 Fall and Winter Semesters Cost of Attendance:

The following costs are an estimate for the 2014-2015 fall and winter semesters based on full-time enrollment for students living on campus*:

CLASS STANDING

TUITION1

BOOKS & 
SUPPLIES2

ON CAMPUS
ROOM & BOARD3

PERSONAL & MISC4

FALL/
WINTER 
TOTAL

In-State Residents
Freshmen/Sophomore $10,082 $1,054 $8,894  $1,724 $21,754
Junior/Senior/2nd Degree/Teacher Cert & Grad/Undergrad Preparatory coursework $11,692 $1,054 $8,894 $1,724 $23,364
Community College Partnerships $6,490 $1,054  $8,894  $1,724  $18,162
100% Online Freshmen/Sophomore $10,082 $1,054  $0  $0  $11,136
100% Online Junior/Senior/2nd Degree/Teacher Cert & Grad/Undergrad Preparatory coursework  $11,692 $1,054  $0  $0  $12,746
Graduate/ Professional/Graduate and Post Master's Certificate $11,880 $760 $8,894 $1,756 $23,290
100% Online Graduate/Professional/Graduate and Post Master's Certificate  $11,880  $760  $0  $0  $12,640 
Graduate Physical Therapy $22,284 $760 $8,894 $2,996 $34,934
Graduate Nurse Anesthesia* $13,600** $1,270 $8,894 $8,526 $32,290
Graduate Executive MBA* $15,800** $0 $8,894 $1,756 $26,450
Out-of-State Residents
Freshmen/Sophomore $22,678 $1,054 $8,894 $1,724 $34,350
Junior/Senior/2nd Degree/Undergrad Prep $24,318 $1,054 $8,894 $1,724
$35,990
Community College Partnerships $13,662  $1,054  $8,894  $1,724  $25,334 
100% Online Freshmen/Sophomore $10,082 $1,054 $0 $0 $11,136
100% Online Junior/Senior/2nd Degree/Teacher Cert & Grad/Undergrad Preparatory coursework  $11,692  $1,054  $0  $0  $12,746 
Graduate/Professional/Graduate and Post Masters Certificate $19,164 $760 $8,894 $1,756 $30,574
 100% Online Graduate/Professional/Graduate and Post Master's Certificate $11,880  $760  $0  $0  $12,640 
Graduate Physical Therapy $37,058 $760 $8,894 $2,996 $49,708
Graduate Nurse Anesthesia* $13,600** $1,270 $8,894 $8,526 $32,290
Graduate Executive MBA* $15,800** $0 $8,894 $1,756 $26,450
  1. Tuition estimate is for full-time enrollment. Tuition is charged per credit hour,**with the exception of tuition for Graduate Nurse Anesthesia and Graduate Executive MBA programs, for which tuition is charged per program.
  2. Book and supply expenses vary depending on student's course schedules. Students can purchase books through any book vendor including the Barnes and Noble at Oakland University Bookstore.
  3. Housing expenses vary depending on living arrangements. The off-campus housing budget is $7,164 for fall and winter semesters. For students living at home, the budget is $1,500.
  4. *Personal and miscellaneous expenses can include transportation, clothing, personal hygiene, telephone, meals not covered by a meal contract, etc. For students living off-campus or at home, the personal and miscellaneous expenses are the same as listed above, plus transportation expenses in the amount of:
    $2520  for Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, Community College Partnership, Graduate, Professional, Graduate and Post Master's Certificate students;
    $4200  for Graduate Physical Therapy students, and;
    $1344  for Graduate Executive MBA students



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New tuition rates are set by the OU Board of Trustees in mid to late summer. The board reserves the right to change any and all tuition rates when circumstances make such a change necessary. Tuition is assessed on the student's bill based on the student’s class standing, residency and the number of credits enrolled.

By registering for courses or contracting for on campus housing at Oakland University, students acknowledge that they have read and accept the Student Business Services Terms and Conditions found on this website.

Non-Dischargeable Educational Benefits: Oakland University (“university”) may provide, extend or advance funds, credits and/or other financial accommodations to students, to be applied towards their tuition and/or charges, with the understanding that students will re-pay those amounts. All such amounts, other than scholarships, fellowships, stipends and/or tuition waivers, are loans and/or educational benefits which students must repay to the university together with late payment charges as established by the university. In consideration for allowing students to attend classes, students agree to repay the university for those loans and/or educational benefits and acknowledge that their re-payment obligation is not dischargeable in bankruptcy.

Transfer Credit and Tuition: For information on transfer credit and tuition please visit the Transferring Credit section of the Office of the Registrar's website.

Some programs do not follow the standard per credit hour tuition rates. For more information, please visit their websites.  


Non-resident students are required to pay non-resident tuition rates according to university policy referenced in university catalogs. Students classified as non-residents who believe they qualify for resident status should apply for reclassification 30 days before the beginning of a semester by completing an Application for Reclassification of Residence Status

Many online programs and veterans qualify for in-state tuition rates. 



Fall 2014, Winter 2015 & Summer 2015 Tuition Rates
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UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Lower Division: all non-matriculating (non-degree seeking) students, all OU freshmen and sophomores with less than 56 credits

In-state: $353.75/credit hour
Out-of-state: $795.75/credit hour

Upper Division: guest students from other colleges, all OU undergraduate students who have earned undergraduate degrees and who have been admitted to a second OU undergraduate degree program, all OU undergraduates with 56 or more undergraduate credits, and all students with post bachelor admission status

In-state: $410.25/credit hour
Out-of-state: $ 853.25/credit hour

GRADUATE STUDENTS

All students admitted with Special Graduate, Certification, Master's, Post-Master's, Second Graduate Degree or Doctoral status

In-state:  $637.25/credit hour
Out-of-state: $ 1,027.00/credit hour

Regular tuition rates apply to all audited courses.

COMPETENCY CREDIT: 
$55.00/credit hour

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Residence Halls
Residence hall students must select a meal plan, which is included in the total cost for room and board.

Hamlin, Vandenberg, Hill, Van Wagoner, and Fitzgerald

Double-room rate
$8,895 per student for fall and winter semester
$2,795 per student for summer semester

Single-room rate (when space permits)
$9,675 per student for fall and winter semester
$3,020 per student for summer semester

Oak View

Freshman double-room rate
$9,350 per student for fall and winter semester
$3,275 per student for summer semester

Upperclassman single-bedroom suite rate
$9,700 per student for fall and winter semester
$3,395 per student for summer semester

Ann V. Nicholson student apartment complex
Apartment costs include all utilities. Residents are not required to select a meal plan, but many choose to purchase a voluntary plan for convenience.

Four-bedroom unit rate
$7,400 per student for fall and winter semester
$3,510 per student for summer semester

Three-bedroom unit rate
$7,400 per student for fall and winter semester
$3,510 per student for summer semester

Two-bedroom unit rate
$7,775 per student for fall and winter semester
$3,900 per student for summer semester

George T. Matthews student apartment complex
Apartment costs include all utilities. Residents are not required to select a meal plan but many choose to for convenience.

Two-occupant rate

$7,700 per student for fall and winter semester
$3,900 per student for summer semester


Greek Cottages
Cottage costs include all utilities. Residents are not required to select a meal plan but many choose to for convenience.

Single-room rate
$6,830 per student for fall and winter semester
$1,864 per student for summer semester

Double-room rate
$6,050 per student for fall and winter semester
$1,641 per student for summer semester

OUWB School of Medicine
Apartment costs include all utilities. Residents are not required to select a meal plan but many choose to for convenience.

Full academic year rate
$13,777


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For students who live in the residence halls, a meal plan is included in the price of room and board. These plans give students the opportunity to eat at any of the dining facilities on campus. Arrangements also can be made for box lunches and sick trays.

Students are permitted a maximum of four meals per day. These plans also include three transfer meals per week in the Pioneer Food Court and declining balance points (meal dollars) to be used to purchase food at any food facility on campus. Note that one declining balance point equals one meal dollar. Unused declining balance dollars roll over from fall to winter semesters, but Chartwells will retain any declining balance dollars not used by the end of winter semester.

Residence Hall Meal Plans


Meal Plans
meals Per Semester (Vandenberg Dining Center)
meal transfers per week (Pioneer Food Court) Meal dollars per semester for food purchases elsewhere on campus
Average meals per week
Block 285
Plus 50
285 3
50 18
Block 210
Plus 100
210 3 100 13
Block 150
Plus 250
150 3 250 9


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Residents of the student apartments, as well as faculty, staff and students who do not live in the residence halls, may purchase a voluntary meal plan. These plans are also ideal for apartment residents who want to eat on campus without having to carry cash.



Declining Balance

With this plan, you can eat at any dining establishment on campus while the cost of each meal is deducted from your remaining balance.

OU offers $250, $500 and $700 plans during fall and winter semesters. Unused declining balance dollars do not roll over from fall to winter semesters. Chartwells will retain any declining balance dollars not used by the end of the semester.


Block Meal Plans


This plan allows you to eat a certain number of meals at the Vandenberg Dining Center during any given semester. Under this plan, the number of meals remaining carry over from week to week until the end of the semester.
  • 35 Meal Block Cost: $237
  • 50 Meal Block Cost: $317
  • 75 Meal Block Cost: $454


Block Meal + Declining Balance Plans

This is a combination plan that offers you a certain number of meals at the Vandenberg Dining Center, as well as a number of meal dollars which can be used for food purchases elsewhere on campus. There are three plans you may choose from, and you will find them described below. Unused declining balance dollars do not roll over from fall to winter semesters. Chartwells will retain any declining balance dollars not used by the end of the semester. Each of the three plans costs $1,422.50.

Meal Plans
meals Per Semester (Vandenberg Dining Center)
meal transfers per week (Pioneer Food Court) Meal dollars per semester for food purchases elsewhere on campus
Average meals per week
Block 285
Plus 50
285 3
50 18
Block 210
Plus 100
210 3 100 13
Block 150
Plus 250
150 3 250 9



SpiritCash


OU SpiritCash is a debit account that can be opened in OU’s ID Card Office. Once you open a SpiritCash account, you can use it to purchase food at any dining location on campus.

Each time you make a purchase using SpiritCash, the amount spent is subtracted from your balance. SpiritCash carries over each semester. Additional SpiritCash can be added to your account at any time.

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When it comes to the total cost to attend college, Oakland University remains a bargain compared to Michigan's other public research universities, partly because Oakland is the only school that has no fees (no registration fee, recreation fee, health fee, course fee, program fee, technology fee, etc.)

To keep education costs easy to understand and affordable, OU students simply pay tuition*.  Oakland offers the sixth lowest all-in cost to students for the 2013-14 academic year. The total cost to attend, in fact, is nearly one-third less than the state's highest all-in price and $709 less than the average.


2013-14 COST COMPARISON CHART

STATE 
UNIVERSITY  
TUITION & 
MANDATORY
FEES 
OTHER 
FEES*
ALL-IN 
COST

UM-Ann Arbor  $13,977 $1,375 $15,352
Michigan Tech  $13,728 $1,610 $15,338
Michigan State $13,625 $301 $13,926
Wayne  $11,967 $1,107 $13,074 
Western  $10,851 $1,107 $11,958
Central  $11,220 $253 $11,473
Ferris  $11,025 $376 $11,401
UM-Dearborn  $10,614 $711 $11,325 
Grand Valley  $10,716 $544 $11,260
OAKLAND U  $11,108 —  $11,108
Eastern $9,364 $1,484 $10,848
Lake Superior   $9,991  $658  $10,649
UM-Flint  $9,907 $662 $10,569
Saginaw Valley  $8,423 $1,152 $9,575
Northern  $9,037 $365  $9,402
AVERAGE  $11,037 $780 $11,817

* Students living in on-campus housing will incur room and meal plan charges when applicable.

Figures produced by the Oakland University Office of Finance and Administration based on data published by HEIDI, the Presidents Council — State Universities of Michigan, and state university websites. 


Download a print-friendly version of the 2013-14 All-In Price Comparison Chart

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By answering a few simple questions, prospective students can obtain an estimate for the full-time cost of attendance and financial assistance at Oakland. About 80% of full-time students attending OU for the first time receive financial assistance from federal, state, OU and external sources. See for yourself just how affordable it is to attend OU.

When using our calculator, you will need the following information about yourself and your parent(s), if applicable:
  • Financial income
  • Taxes paid
  • Assets
Remember, the net price calculator is not an application for admission to Oakland University or for financial aid. To apply for admission and scholarships at OU, complete the free application. To apply for federal financial aid and OU grants, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 

Disclaimer:  The estimate provided using this net price calculator does not represent a final determination, or actual award of financial assistance.  The cost of attendance and financial aid availability may change. This estimate shall not be binding on the Secretary of Education, Oakland University or the State of Michigan.  Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be eligible for, and receive an actual financial aid award that includes federal grants, institutional grants, and loans. The information and results will not be recorded or stored.

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