Cost of Attendance

It is important the students and parents understand the cost of attending a University can be more than just tuition and fees.

Resident students preparing to live on campus should realize the cost of living on campus and that it is a full year commitment. For more information regarding living on campus we suggest visiting the Residence Life's website and also looking at the Resident Student Handbook.

Commuter students will see that we have a meal plan (board charge) in their cost of attendance. Some commuter students opt to have a meal plan for the time they spend on campus. In a commuter student's miscellaneous charges, they may want to account for a parking pass. It is important to note that this money will not be reimbursed to you until your refund is issued.

Students living off campus should be aware that they have an estimated board amount because even if they do not have a meal plan, they still need to pay for food. If a student living off campus is planning to use their refund to assist in paying for rent, they should be aware that refunds are not issued until the end of the add/drop period.

Indirect costs (Books, travel, and miscellaneous) are costs that should be kept in mind when planning. You may need a new laptop, software, etc. that will qualify for miscellaneous charges. If you are not a commuter student, travel can be considered going home for holidays and breaks.

If you have enough aid to pay your Direct Costs and would like to use the remaining balance to purchase books from the University Bookstore, you can move your aid to your Red Hawk Dollars. You can go to the Auxiliary Services Office in the Student Center Suite 1 (Right next to the Computer Lab) to turn in that form. Please note that students should be aware that if they do not have enough money to do this, it will become a charge on their account. Charges that are not paid can result in holds and late fees. Questions regarding Red Hawk Dollars should be directed to Auxiliary Services.

Any funds not moved to Red Hawk Dollars will be sent to the student as a refund check approximately two weeks after the add/drop period has ended and depending on when your financial aid has disbursed. Students are encouraged to use direct deposit to avoid lost checks. You can sign up for direct deposit via NEST. If you do not sign up for direct deposit, checks will be mailed to the current mailing address on NESTChecks cannot be picked up in the office. Refunds also cannot be issued prior to aid disbursing. Questions and concerns regarding direct deposit and your physical check, please contact the Student Accounts office.


 Undergraduate Cost of Attendance 2017-2018



In State
On- Campus
12-18 credits

In State
(Not with Parents)
12-18 credits

In State
Off- Campus
(Living with Parents)
12-18 credits

Out of State
On Campus
12-18 credits

Direct Costs

Direct Costs and actual charges incurred byt the student to attend Montclair State University 
$10,808 $10,808 $10,808 $18,920
Fees  $1,646 $1,646 $1,646 $1,646

Tuition and Fees 

$12,454 $12,454 $12,454 $20,566
Loan Fee $72 $72 $72 $72
Housing (Average Cost) $10,008 $0 $0 $10,008
Meal Plan (Average Cost) $4,450 $0 $0 $4,450

Housing and Meal Plan

$14,458 $0 $0 $14,458

Indirect Costs

Indirect Costs are expenses you may incur while attending Montclair State University, theses are not charged to the student by MSU and are only used for budgetary purposes to allow for maximum financial aid eligibility. 
Housing and Meals Estimated $0 $12,142 $4,450 $0
Books Estimated $1,300 $1,300 $1,300 $1,300
Travel Estimated $1,160 $3,530 $3,530 $3,530
Miscellaneous Estimated $2,110 $5,688 $2,110 $5,688

Estimated Total of Direct and Indirect Costs

      $31,554         $35,186           $23,916       $43,298

Financial Planning Tools

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  • Loans- information regarding the various loan programs
  • Payment Plan – information regarding the payment plan through the Student Accounts office.