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Missouri Academy

For International Students

The following information provides you with financial detail that will help you plan for your study in the United States at Northwest Missouri State University and the Missouri Academy. Each academic year is divided into three terms. For the 2014-2015 academic year, the terms are:

There are six categories of expenses associated with enrolling at the Missouri Academy; (1) Costs associated with the Introduction to College Writing course. This is a required preparatory course for international students taken from July 21, 2014 through August 15, 2014; (2) Tuition and Fees; (3) Housing Costs; (4) Meal plan; (5) Miscellaneous Expenses and Personal Costs; and (5) Health Insurance. Expenses for these categories are described below:


  1. Costs for the Introduction to College Writing Course: (English 110)

    International students will be expected to arrive in Maryville on Friday, July 18, 2014 to participate in the Cultural Transition Program (CTP). They will stay in North Complex (the Missouri Academy residence hall). Students are expected to pay for the cost of the college writing course (July 21 - August 15) as well as their food and lodging. Any scholarships awarded to students by the Missouri Academy will start on August 24, 2014. International students are expected to enroll in this introductory college writing course during their first year ONLY - they do not need to take this course again at the beginning of their second year.

    Estimated Costs from July 19 to August 15, 2014
    Cost of food & transportation  $824
    Cost of lodging $568
    Tuition for the writing course $1,383
    Health Insurance (for summer) $110
    Program Fee $18
    Total Costs $2,903
  2. Tuition and Fees: (include most textbooks)

    • The tuition rate of in-state Missouri residents is $266.25 per credit hour; the rate for non-Missouri students (or out-of-state students) for 2014-2015 academic year is $474.64 per credit hour.
    • Missouri Academy students take about 36.5 credit hours during their first year. Thus, the total tuition/fees for out-of-state students is approximately $17,324 for the 2014-2015 academic year. All students are also assessed a Missouri Academy Program fee at the rate of $6 per credit hour - that will be about $219 for the first year
    • Limited merit-based scholarships are available. Students receiving this scholarship must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 to keep the scholarship. All students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75 to remain in the program.
  3. Housing (Room) Costs:

    • The room rate for the 2014-2015 academic year is estimated at $5,360 and is based on double-occupancy
    • Limited merit-based scholarships are available. Students receiving this scholarship must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 to keep the scholarship. All students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75 to remain in the program.
  4. Board (Food) Costs:

    • The board rate for the 2014-2015 academic year is estimated at $3,694 for the year for the Silver (Base) meal plan. There are two other meal plans: the Gold and Platinum (both more expensive). Please refer to the website http://www.campusdish.com/en-US/CSMW/NorthwestMissouri/ for a more detailed description of the meal plans and the campus dining experience.
  5. Miscellaneous Expenses/Personal Costs

    Students are responsible for transportation and personal expenses. Personal expenses while at the Missouri Academy are approximately $1,700-$2,200 per academic year. Below are estimates of only of miscellaneous/personal expenses including:


Figures are estimates and subject to change.

TI-84 Calculator $110
Shuttle Charges -- One-way or Two $60 per shuttle
Northwest Bookstore -- Pens, pencils, paper, etc. $45
Printouts, photocopies, faxes -- as needed $90 ($10 x 9 months)
Telephone, long distance -- as needed $90 ($10 x 9 months)
Laundry -- Machines in North Complex Free
Student Club/Wings -- Zoo trips, Opera tickets, T-shirts etc. $75 per year
Personal items, toiletries, laundry soap, movies, eating out, etc. $270 ($30 x 9 months)
Missouri Academy Yearbook (optional) $65 per year
Missouri Academy Prom (optional) $40 + dress/tux, flowers, etc.
Graduation announcements, senior rings (optional) $200 (varies greatly! -- 2nd year only)
Approximate Total (per year): $1,700 - $2,200

6. Health Insurance

ALL students at Northwest Missouri State University and the Missouri Academy must have Health Insurance to cover the extremely high cost of medical care in the United States. International students who attend the Missouri Academy must purchase a health insurance policy through Northwest Missouri State University. Costs for insurance plans offered through Northwest Missouri State University start at approximately $924 per student per calendar year.

The Health Fee is built into the $460.93 per credit hour Tuition and Fees rate. The purpose of the Health Fee is to cover the costs of routine visits to the University Health Center Services (located on campus) for minor health issues. In most cases, it is suggested that students use the Health Center on campus as their initial step in receiving health care. The Health Center is set up to handle routine infections, illnesses and injuries. The Health Fee does not cover any medicines that may be prescribed or tests that may be run. Prescriptions will need to be filled at a pharmacy in Maryville, at the expense of the student or his/her Health Insurance. Tests run by the Health Center will be billed to student accounts. In the event that the Health Center refers a student for further care with local medical doctors/physicians or to the hospital emergency room, these costs are also at the expense of the student or his/her Health Insurance.