We are living proof that high quality doesn’t have to mean high cost.

Our tuition rates are lower than the national average—and combined with our abundant real-world learning opportunities, Southeast is a smart investment in any student’s future.

Look at other four-year colleges in the Midwest and the nation, and you'll see Southeast is below average on cost while surpassing others on academics, opportunities, and student services.

Access is a core value at Southeast, and providing a high quality, affordable education goes a long way in adhering to it.


Affordability at Southeast from SEMissouriState

A High Quality, Affordable Education

  • 70%

    Students are eligible for the Copper Dome Scholarship.

    Copper Dome Scholarships are available to beginning freshmen and can range from $1,000 to $5,000. The best part? The value of the scholarship increases annually for students who meet certain renewal requirements.

  • $18K

    Estimated total cost for a Missouri resident.

    Go ahead and compare that number to other colleges and universities. Missouri residents, on average, can attend a year at Southeast for around $18,000 — that includes tuition, fees, textbook rentals, housing, and a meal plan.

  • $20M

    Awarded in academic and need-based scholarships.

    When you apply to Southeast, we review your application for most of our scholarships automatically, and award Academic scholarships at the time of admission. Each year we award around $20 million in scholarships to deserving students.

  • $360

    Average annual cost of textbooks through the rental program.

    While average textbook costs can climb above $1,000 at other colleges and universities, the textbook rental program keeps your average annual costs around $360.

Cost and Fees

What you’ll pay as a Southeast student depends on a number of factors — such as whether you’re a Missouri resident, whether you’ll live on campus, or whether you’ll learn in the classroom or online. Use our cost calculators to enter your specific situation and estimate how affordable Southeast would be for you.


Scholarships are a great way to pay for college without incurring debt. They're a form of financial aid that does not require repayment. Think of it as an investment in you.

Will to Do Award

We created the Will To Do Award because about 40 percent of our students receive Pell grants, but we understand that it isn’t always enough to pay for college. And, we think everyone should have access to an education.

Student, Business Administration

"What set SEMO apart when making my college decision was the affordability. Not only is the tuition one of the lowest around the area, but they also offer a multitude of scholarships. Because of this, I have been able to work towards my education debt and stress free."

Dallas Richardson

Dallas Richardson

Student Financial Services

We know your education and your future are top priorities, and at Southeast we’re doing whatever it takes to make a quality education financially possible. We understand you may be coming to the process with questions. We’re here to help and happy to guide you through it.

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