Paying for College

A Miami University education is an investment that pays dividends for a lifetime. There are a number of financing options, and the One Stop is here to help you choose the right one for you and your family.

Educating yourself about funding opportunities and managing your financial aid are key to securing financial wellness. We’re ready to help answer any questions you may have.

Cost of Attendance

The cost of attendance (COA) is the estimated total cost of attending Miami for one academic year. The COA is calculated based on direct (billed to you by Miami) and indirect (not billed by Miami) costs. These costs vary depending on your residency, your student status, and the campus you attend. Visit our Explanation of Fees page for more information.

Miami’s Tuition Promise guarantees that tuition (instructional fee and general fee), housing and food, special purpose fees, and course fees will be frozen for all first-time undergraduate students and their families. This will make them completely predictable for four years. Learn more about our Tuition Promise in our brochure.

The cost of attendance for the incoming class is finalized by the Miami University Board of Trustees in June. Therefore, your financial aid offer will be an estimate.

You can review our Tuition Promise brochure, as well as the costs associated with your education based on your education level, below:

Miami’s Tuition Promise Brochure

Cover of Miami's Tuition Promise Brochure


Apply for Financial Aid

To apply for state/federal financial aid, including grants, scholarships, loans, and federal work-study funds, all eligible students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually by Miami’s priority deadline using Miami’s Federal School Code of 003077.

Visit our Outside Scholarships page for information about using free online scholarship searches and researching scholarships available in your local area. Some outside scholarships are awarded by high schools, clubs, or community groups.

Parents of dependent students and graduate students can apply for Federal Direct PLUS Loans at After completing the application, a Master Promissory Note must also be completed at

Funding Opportunities

Your financial aid offer may be a combination of gift and self-help aid, such as scholarships, loans, grants, and federal work-study funds. Visit our Financial Aid Offer page to learn about our awarding process and the financial aid offer notification.

Visit the pages below for more information about specific scholarships:

Manage Your Financial Aid

After receiving your financial aid offer, you will need to complete steps to finalize your financial aid. You must adhere to Miami’s deadlines when finalizing your financial aid because missing requirements will delay payment of your financial aid and could disrupt your enrollment. Visit our Dates and Deadlines page for more information.

Visit the below pages for more details on managing your financial aid:

Pay Your Bill

It is important to review and understand your bill and to ensure it is satisfied by the due date. Visit the below pages for more details on finalizing your aid and billing information:

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