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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 at the Missouri Academy. Each academic year is divided into three terms. For the 2017-2018 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 24, 2017 through August 18, 2018; (2) Tuition and Fees; (3) Housing Costs; (4) Meal plan; (5) Miscellaneous Expenses and Personal Costs; and (6) 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 on July 21-22, 2017 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 24 - August 18) as well as their food and lodging. Any scholarships awarded to students by the Missouri Academy will start on August 25, 2017. 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 21, 2017 to August 18, 2017
    Cost of food & transportation  $824
    Cost of lodging $617
    Cost of the English course $1,550
    Health Insurance (for summer) $112
    Program Fee $18
    Total Costs $3,121
  2. Tuition/Fees (include most textbooks):

    • The tuition rate of in-state Missouri residents is $305.96 per credit hour; the rate for non-Missouri students (or out-of-state students) for 2017-2018 academic year is $516.64 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 $18,857 for the 2017-2018 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 Cost (Room):

    • The room rate for the 2017-2018 academic year is estimated at $5,683 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. Meal Plan (Board):

    • All students are required to purchase their own meal plan (board). The Silver Meal Plan is estimated to be $3,974 for the 2017-2018 academic year. Two other meal plans are available:  the Platinum and Gold Plans - both more expensive than the Silver Meal Plan.
  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:

      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 $1,200 per student per calendar year.

The Health Fee is built into the $516.64 per credit hour tuition/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.

[All costs are based on the 2016-2017 academic year. Costs for the 2017-2018 academic year will be finalized by the Northwest Missouri State University Board of Regents in April 2017. It is likely that there will be some increase (1-3%) in costs.]