Tuition & Cost

Truman’s exceptional value has received national recognition from news sources such as Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Forbes Magazine, and The Princeton Review.

  • Boasting some of the lowest tuition and required fees in Missouri, full-time students taking 12-17 credit hours pay a flat fee.
  • Truman’s competitive out-of-state tuition is less than many surrounding state universities’ in-state tuition.
  • Our alumni have the lowest default rate on student loans of all public colleges and universities in Missouri.
  • Approximately half our seniors graduate without any federal student loan debt because of the many ways we help you fund your education.

Undergraduate Costs

Estimated Direct CostsIn-State CostOut-of-State Cost
^Tuition (2024-25)$9,500$18,228
Average Fees$1,102$1,102
Direct Costs Subtotal$10,602$19,330
Estimated Indirect Costs (Variable)In-State CostOut-of-State Cost
*Living Expenses (Housing & Food)$11,752$11,752
Personal Expenses$2,500$2,500
Books and Supplies$1,000$1,000
Indirect Costs Subtotal$16,682$16,682
In-State CostOut-of-State Cost
Total Estimated Cost of Attendance$27,284$36,012

^Our full-time undergraduate students taking 12-17 credit hours pay a flat tuition fee. The tuition number listed is what students are charged for the 2024-25 school year.
Note: There has been an increase in tuition each year over the past few years. Fall 2025 starting students will find it helpful to add a 5% increase for your most accurate estimate of your final tuition costs. Final tuition and fees are approved annually by the Board of Governors during their late spring or early summer sessions and may be subject to change.

*Housing and food estimate based on average housing expense and 21 meals per week meal plan. Please note, first-year students are required to live on-campus and have a meal plan according to Board of Governor’s policy unless they meet one of these four criteria. Students who plan to commute should submit a first-year residency waiver once admitted.

The cost of attendance is for full-time enrollment and will be adjusted for less-than-full-time enrollment or single-term enrollment.

An additional one-time Orientation and Truman Week fee of $350 is assessed for incoming freshmen and $150 for incoming transfer students.

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Graduate Studies Costs

See tuition and cost for graduate programs and financial information about our graduate studies.


Additional Points When Budgeting for Truman

  • Use your actual housing and meal rate when you know it. The Living Expenses (housing and food) estimate is based on an average on-campus room cost and the 21-meals per week meal plan.
  • Required fees include the activity fee, student government fee, student health fee, athletic fee, i-Tech fee, sustainability fee, and enrollment fee average.
  • For your first semester, incoming students are assessed an orientation fee. The fee is $350 for an incoming freshman, and $150 for a transfer student. This fee covers costs for your Orientation Session, along with costs for participation in Truman Week.
  • There may be additional charges for discretionary fees such as a parking sticker ($130/year), course overloads (more than 17 credit hours per semester), special course, lab or materials fees, etc.
  • Books and supplies are purchased separately and are not billed through the University. Costs vary but an amount should be estimated when determining a realistic budget for the year. Based on a national average, the maximum amount allowed for books and supplies in our annual cost of attendance is $1,000.
  • Personal Expenses and Transportation Costs vary from student to student, but some amount needs to be considered in your personal budget planning. Based on a national average, the amount allowed in our annual cost of attendance is $3,930.
  • Please contact the Office of Admission at (660) 785-4114 or with any questions!

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