Miami's Tuition Promise
Providing the predictability and assurance families need to plan financially for a college education
We understand that choosing a college or university is one of the most important decisions students and families will ever make. Miami is committed to providing the greatest return on families' educational investment. Now, we're making this important decision easier.
Miami’s Tuition Promise will provide all first-time undergraduate students and their families the certainty that tuition, housing and meals, special purpose fees, and course fees will be frozen over the four years of a student’s Miami experience. By holding tuition and fees constant, Miami’s Tuition Promise provides the confidence students and families need to plan financially for a college education. Stability in costs also ensures that a student’s renewable scholarships and financial aid dollars will retain their value over the entire four-year period.
Making a high-quality, transformative college experience more financially predictable and accessible is a priority for Miami University. Our Tuition Promise is just one important step in that direction. It’s our pledge to you—our promise.
For Oxford Tuition Promise purposes, a first-time student is any undergraduate, degree-seeking student enrolled at Miami University’s Oxford campus for the first time on or after fall 2016.
For Regional Tuition Promise purposes, a first-time student is any undergraduate, degree-seeking student enrolled at Miami University’s Regional campus for the first time on or after fall 2018.
First-time students are identified as a cohort (group) based on the semester in which they first enroll as degree-seeking students.
Students enrolled at Miami’s Oxford campus prior to summer term 2016 and who are enrolled in fall term 2016 and later are considered returning students for purposes of assessing tuition and other fees and are not covered by the Miami Tuition Promise.
Students enrolled at Miami’s Regional campuses prior to summer term 2018 and who are enrolled in fall term 2018 and later are considered returning students for purposes of assessing tuition and other fees and are not covered by the Miami Tuition Promise.
Tuition (Instructional Fee and General Fee)
For Oxford students, these are campus-based fees charged to all students for non-instructional services and programs on campus, such as orientation, health, education and services, recreation, athletics, transportation, access to technology, the Armstrong Student Center, other student-life facilities, and student activities.
For Regional campus students, these are campus-based fees charged to all students for non-instructional services and programs on campus.
Housing and Meals
Housing and meals are the guaranteed rates for housing and meal plan options. Students pay a guaranteed fee based on their selected housing and meal plan.
Additional Tuition Promise Guaranteed Fees
Special Purpose Fees: Special purpose fees are additional per-semester charges that vary by college within the University and support specialized academic programs and instruction in that specific college (e.g., the College of Engineering and Computing major fees and the Architecture, Interior Design and Music major fees in the College of Creative Arts).
Course Fees: Course fees are per-credit-hour charges for certain courses or course-related costs and vary based on the course (e.g., the eCampus fees, laboratory fees).
Orientation, alcohol.edu, and graduation fees are included in the guaranteed matriculation fee.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Miami's Tuition Promise?
Miami’s Tuition Promise provides transparency and predictability about the cost of attending Miami University’s Oxford and Regional campuses. Note that the Miami's Oxford and Regional campuses have different fee structures. If you entered Miami's Regional campus for the first time during or after Fall 2018, you are assigned to a Miami Tuition Promise cohort. Fees for this cohort are set simultaneously for the Oxford and Regional campuses. Miami's Oxford and Regional campuses have different fee structures for each cohort. Thus, students will pay according to appropriate cohort rate at the campus in which they are registered. The Tuition Promise began with First-Time Students enrolling on the Oxford campus in fall 2016 and in fall 2018 on Miami's Regional campuses.
How long does the Tuition Promise last?
For undergraduate first-time students, the four academic years of the Tuition Promise include eight consecutive semesters, four winter and four summer terms. The four-academic year period is guaranteed regardless of enrollment status (full- or part-time or not enrolled). Tuition is set by the Board of Trustees each academic year and guaranteed for eight consecutive semesters for each entering cohort. Winter and summer terms are charged separately based on the guaranteed cohort per-credit-hour rate.
Who qualifies for Miami's Tuition Promise?
Miami's Tuition Promise applies to undergraduate first-time students—both Ohio and non-Ohio resident first-year, transfer (see #22), or international students who enroll in a degree-seeking program on Miami’s Oxford or Regional campuses.
What is included in Miami's Tuition Promise?
The program covers tuition (instructional and general fee), housing and meals, special purpose fees, and course fees. General fees are charged to all students for non-instructional services and programs on campus, such as student life facilities, programs, and transportation. Special purpose fees help defray the cost of some specialized academic programs, and course fees may offset the cost of instructional materials and/or other costs used by the student in the course.
What costs are not included as part of Miami's Tuition Promise?
Other fees and charges incurred by students for items such as vehicle registration, textbook purchases or rentals, library and parking fees and fines, are excluded from the guarantee program and may be subject to price changes. Miami University will seek to limit increases to these costs.
What is Tuition for Ohio residents and non-Ohio residents under Miami's Tuition Promise?
Please visit MiamiOH.edu/fees for the most current information regarding tuition and fees.
How will this affect scholarships?
All Miami University four-year renewable scholarships will retain their full value with the Tuition Promise since both the cost and the scholarship amounts will stay the same for four years.
Are Housing and Meals included?
Yes. Housing and meals fees are also fixed for each cohort. Students pay a fee based on the housing and meal plan selected. If a student chooses a different residential or meal plan option after enrolling, the cost will be adjusted based on the rates set at the time of initial enrollment.