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Fall 2015, Winter 2016 and Summer 2016 Tuition Rates
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 as follows: 

Undergraduate Students
BASE TUITION RATES apply to courses in the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education and Human Services.
  • Lower-division rates apply to freshmen and sophomores with fewer than 56 credits, and non-matriculating (non-degree seeking) students.
  • Upper-division rates apply to juniors and seniors with 56 or more credits, students who have earned undergraduate degrees and are admitted to OU for a second undergraduate degree program, all students with post-bachelor admission status, and guest students from other colleges.
  • Out of state tuition rates apply to non-Michigan residents and are also based on upper- and lower-division status.

 COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES COURSES
Lower Division $383.75
Upper Division $445.00
 SCHOOL OF EDUCATION AND HUMAN SERVICES COURSES
Lower Division $383.75
Upper Division $445.00
 OUT OF STATE* 
Lower Division $795.75
Upper Division $853.25
All rates are per credit hour. 
 *Some online programs are approved for in-state tuition. Visit oakland.edu/online/costs for a list.


DIFFERENTIAL TUITION RATES apply to courses offered by the School of Health Sciences, School of Business Administration, School of Nursing and the School of Engineering and Computer Science, regardless of major.
  • Course numbers determine tuition rates in the academic units with differential tuition: courses 001-299 and courses 300 and above
 SCHOOL OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION COURSES
001-299 level courses $403.75
300+ courses $475.00
 SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER SCIENCE COURSES
001-299 level courses $413.75
300+ courses $485.00
 SCHOOL OF HEALTH SCIENCES COURSES
001-299 level courses $393.75
300+ courses $465.00
 SCHOOL OF NURSING COURSES
001-299 level courses $408.75
300+ courses $480.00
All rates are per credit hour. 

To help you understand your bill, view a list of subject codes for each school and college. 

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. 

Graduate Students
Graduate students pay tuition at either in-state or out-of-state rates. Graduate student rates apply to students admitted with special graduate, certification, master’s, post-master’s, second graduate degree or doctoral status.

 GRADUATE COURSES
 In-state $655.00
 Out-of-state* $1,027.00
All rates are per credit hour. 
*Some online programs are approved for in-state tuition. Visit oakland.edu/online/costs for a list.

Some programs follow alternate tuition structures. For more information, please visit their websites: 

Additional Information
  • Competency credits are $55/credit hour.
  • Audited courses will be charged at regular tuition rates. 

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-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

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.




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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 & 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  $10082  $1054  $8894   $1724  $21754
Junior/Senior/2nd Degree/Teacher Cert &
Grad/Undergrad Preparatory coursework
 $11692  $1054  $8894    $1724 $23364 
Community College Partnerships  $6490  $1054   $8894   $1724 $18162 
100% Online Freshmen/Sophomore $10082***   $1054   $0  $0 $11136 
100%Online Junior/Senior/2nd Degree/Teacher
Cert & Grad/Undergrad Preparatory coursework
$11692***   $1054   $0  $0 $12746 
Graduate/Professional/Graduate and Post Master's
Certificate
$11880   $760  $8894  $1756 $23290 
100% Online Graduate/Professional/Graduate and
Post Master's Certificate
$11880***   $760  $0 $0 $12640 
Graduate Physical Therapy $22284   $760  $8894  $2996 $34934 
Graduate Nurse Anesthesia* $13600**   $1270  $8894  $8526 $32290 
Graduate Executive MBA* $15800**   $0  $8894  $1756 $26450 
Out-of-State Residents 
Freshmen/Sophomore   $22678   $1054   $8894   $1724 $34350 
Junior/Senior/2nd Degree/Teacher Cert &
Grad/Undergrad Preparatory coursework
 $24318  $1054   $8894   $1724 $35990 
Community College Partnerships  $13662  $1054   $8894   $1724 $25334 
100% Online Freshmen/Sophomore  $22678***  $1054   $0  $0 $23732 
100%Online Junior/Senior/2nd Degree/Teacher
Cert & Grad/Undergrad Preparatory coursework
 $24318***  $1054   $0  $0 $25372 
Graduate/Professional/Graduate and Post Master's
Certificate
 $19164  $760  $8894   $1756 $30574 
100% Online Graduate/Professional/Graduate and
Post Master's Certificate
 $19164***  $760  $0  $0 $19924 
Graduate Physical Therapy  $37058  $760  $8894  $2996 $49708 
Graduate Nurse Anesthesia*  $13600**  $1270  $8894  $8526 $32290 
Graduate Executive MBA*  $15800**  $0  $8894  $1756 $26450
  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.  ***View a list of online programs that qualify for in-state tuition here.  
  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

2015 Summer Semester Cost of Attendance

The following costs are an estimate for the 2015 summer semester based on full-time enrollment for students living on campus:

CLASS STANDING TUITION1 BOOKS & SUPPLIES2  ON CAMPUS
ROOM & BOARD3 
PERSONAL AND MISC4  SUMMER TOTAL 
In-State Residents
Freshmen/Sophomore $5568 $5309 $10877
Junior/Senior/2nd Degree/Teacher Cert & Grad/Undergrad Preparatory coursework $6373 $5309   $11682 
Community College Partnership  $3772  $5309  $9081 
100% Online Freshmen/Sophomore  $5568***  $0  $5568 
100% Online Junior/Senior/2nd Degree/Teacher Cert and Grad/Undergrad Preparatory coursework  $6373***  $0  $6373 
Graduate/Professional/Graduate and Post Masters Certificate  $6320  $5309  $11629 
100% Online Graduate/Professional/Graduate and Post Masters Certificate  $6320  $0  $6320 
Graduate Physical Therapy  $6115  $5309  $11424 
Graduate Nurse-Anesthesia*  $7435  $5309  $12744 
Graduate Executive MBA*  $7900  $5309  $13209 
 Out-of-State Residents
Freshmen/Sophomore  $11866  $5309  $17175 
Junior/Senior/2nd Degree/Teacher Cert & Grad/Undergrad Preparatory coursework  $12686  $5309  $17995 
Community College Partnership  $7358  $5309  $12667 
100% Online Freshmen/Sophomore  $11866 $0  $11866 
100% Online Junior/Senior/2nd Degree/Teacher Cert and Grad/Undergrad Preparatory coursework  $12686  $0  $12686 
Graduate/Professional/Graduate and Post Masters Certificate  $9962  $5309  $15721 
100% Online Graduate/Professional/Graduate and Post Masters Certificate  $9962  $0  $9962 
Graduate Physical Therapy  $9623  $5309  $14932 
Graduate Nurse-Anesthesia*  $7435  $5309  $12744 
Graduate Executive MBA*  $7900  $5309  $13209 

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.  ***View a list of online programs that qualify for in-state tuition here.  
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.  
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, the combined budget for Housing and Personal & Miscellaneous expenses is $5,704 for the 16 week summer semester. For students living at home, the budget is $2,872.
5. Cost of attendance varies for students attending sessions that are less than the 16 week semester (2-8 week sessions).


2015-2016 Fall & Winter Semesters Cost of Attendance

The following costs are an estimate for the 2015-2016 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  $10400  $912  $9250   $1724  $22286
Junior/Senior/2nd Degree/Teacher Cert &
Grad/Undergrad Preparatory coursework
 $12062  $912  $9250    $1724 $23948
Community College Partnerships  $6516  $912   $9250   $1724 $18432
100% Online Freshmen/Sophomore $10400***   $912   $0  $0 $11312
100%Online Junior/Senior/2nd Degree/Teacher
Cert & Grad/Undergrad Preparatory coursework
$12062***   $912   $0  $0 $12974
Graduate/Professional/Graduate and Post Master's
Certificate
$12330   $692  $9250  $1756 $24028
100% Online Graduate/Professional/Graduate and
Post Master's Certificate
$12330***   $692  $0 $0 $13022
Graduate Physical Therapy $22534   $692  $9250  $2996 $35472
Graduate Nurse Anesthesia* $13600**   $1270 $9250  $8526 $32646
Graduate Executive MBA* $15800**   $0 $9250  $1756 $26806
Out-of-State Residents 
Freshmen/Sophomore   $23396   $912   $9250   $1724 $35282
Junior/Senior/2nd Degree/Teacher Cert &
Grad/Undergrad Preparatory coursework
$25086  $912  $9250   $1724 $36972
Community College Partnerships $13886  $912  $9250   $1724 $25772
100% Online Freshmen/Sophomore  $23396***  $912   $0  $0 $24308
100%Online Junior/Senior/2nd Degree/Teacher
Cert & Grad/Undergrad Preparatory coursework
 $25086***  $912   $0  $0 $25998
Graduate/Professional/Graduate and Post Master's
Certificate
 $19874  $692 $9250   $1756 $31572
100% Online Graduate/Professional/Graduate and
Post Master's Certificate
 $19874***  $692  $0  $0 $20566
Graduate Physical Therapy  $36326  $692 $9250  $2996 $49264 
Graduate Nurse Anesthesia*  $13600**  $1270 $9250  $8526 $32646 
Graduate Executive MBA*  $15800**  $0  $9250  $1756 $26806

  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.  ***View a list of online programs that qualify for in-state tuition here.  
  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 $6204 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:
    $2588  for Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, Community College Partnership, Graduate, Professional, Graduate and Post Master's Certificate students, and;
    $4312  for Graduate Physical Therapy students, and;
    $920    for Graduate Executive MBA students. and;
    $4312  for Graduate Nurse Anesthesia students.



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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
$9,250 per student for fall and winter semester
$2,906 per student for summer semester

Single-room rate (when space permits)
$10,062 per student for fall and winter semester
$3,140 per student for summer semester

Oak View

Freshman double-room rate
$9,724 per student for fall and winter semester
$3,406 per student for summer semester

Upperclassman single-bedroom suite rate
$10,088 per student for fall and winter semester
$3,530 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
$7,696 per student for fall and winter semester
$3,650 per student for summer semester

Three-bedroom unit rate
$7,696 per student for fall and winter semester
$3,650 per student for summer semester

Two-bedroom unit rate
$8,086 per student for fall and winter semester
$4,056 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

$8,008 per student for fall and winter semester
$4,056 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
$7,103 per student for fall and winter semester
$1,939 per student for summer semester

Double-room rate
$6,292 per student for fall and winter semester
$1,707 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
$14,328


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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.
  • 35 Meal Block Cost: $246
  • 50 Meal Block Cost: $330
  • 75 Meal Block Cost: $472


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 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. Under this plan, the number of meals remaining carry over from week to week until the end of the semester. 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 $1,479.

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. (Students living in on-campus housing will incur room and meal plan charges when applicable.) Oakland offers the sixth lowest all-in cost to students for the 2014-15 academic year. The total cost to attend, in fact, is about 28 percent less than the state's highest all-in price and $728 less than the average.


2014-15 COST COMPARISON CHART

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

UM-Ann Arbor $14,336 $1,518 $15,854
Michigan Tech $14,040 $1,473 $15,513
Michigan State $14,006 $323 $14,329
Wayne $12,412 $1,062 $13,474
Western $11,198 $1,236 $12,434
UM-Dearborn $10,952 $943 $11,895
Central $11,550 $253 $11,803
Ferris $11,310 $376 $11,686
Grand Valley $11,028 $540 $11,568
Oakland $11,460 $11,460
Eastern $9,663 $1,525 $11,188
UM-Flint $10,204 $726 $10,930
Lake Superior $10,279 $593 $10,872
Saginaw Valley $8,691 $1,428 $10,119
Northern $9,324 $375 $9,699
AVERAGE  $11,364 $825 $12,188

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. 


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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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