2018-2019 Cost of Attendance

The following cost of attendance example is based on the following assumptions:

  • All tuition charges are for full time, flat rate undergraduate students.
  • On Campus Dorm room and board awards are based on students who live on campus in a double occupancy room and choose the Patriot  meal plan.
  • On Campus Apartment room and board awards are based on students who live in an apartment on campus and choose the Patriot meal plan.
  • Commuter - a student that resides at home with parents/relatives
  • Off Campus - a student that lives in an apartment or their own home


  On Campus Dorm   On Campus Apartment   Commuter   Off Campus  
Tuition [1] $29,060 $29,060 $29,060 $29,060
Room & Board $11,400 $14,750 $0 $6,650
Books $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500
Transportation $1,300 $1,300 $2,260 $2,260
Miscellaneous $2,000 $2,000 $3,640 $3,640
University Service Fee $940 $940 $940 $940
Student Recreation Fee $250 $250 $250 $250
New Student Orientation Fee [2] $200 $0 $200 $0
Residence Hall Assoc Fee [3] $10 $10 $0 $0
Student Government Assoc Fee [4] $40 $40 $40 $40
Loan Fees [5] $72 $72 $72 $72
Total $46,772 $49,922 $37,962 $44,412


Tuition and Fees:

The tuition for all budgets is based on actual amounts determined by each student's major. Please refer to the Tuition & Fees Schedules for costs.

[1]Special Major Flat Rate Tuition is $31,970 for Biology, Engineering, Environmental Science, Media Arts, Nuclear Medicine Technology, and Nursing.

[2]New Student Orientation Fee is a one time fee charged to new undergraduate students who enter during the Fall 2017 semester.

[3]Residence Hall Association Fee is a $10 a year fee charged to all resident students to help defray the costs associated with educations, cultural, and developmental programs and services in the Residence Halls.

[4]Student Government Association Fee is charged to all traditional, undergraduate students each semester.  The fee is $40 a year for full time students and $20 a year for part time students.  The fee is used to defray the costs of social, leadership, cultural, and professional development programs sponsored by the Student Government Association and is also used to provide funding to student clubs and organizations recognized by the Association.

[5]Loan Fees is the origination fee that is paid prior to the loan posting to a student's account. This fee is collected by the Federal Direct Lending program. The amount listed is the average fees for a dependent student receiving subsidized and unsubsidized loans.

Room and Board:

Housing costs can vary significantly based on the living arrangements you select. The university residence halls offer a variety of room fees and meal plan rates. In the above example, double occupancy room rates and the Patriot meal plan are used.

Since commuters are living with parents/relatives we assume no charges are being paid. Off campus rates are determined from the national average calculated by The College Board.


Costs for books and supplies vary by program, course load, and classes selected. The figure used is based on the average book sales calculated by the RMU Bookstore.


Transportation for resident students is determined based on transportation requirements for trips to home, semester breaks, and holidays. Commuter students' costs are determined based on the national rate provided by The College Board. Off campus figures are determined based on the national rate provided by The College Board.


This category represents every other student expense - clothes, personal hygiene, student insurances, entertainment, etc. as determined by The College Board's national average.