Tuition and Fees

Student Expenses
     St. Louis
     First Class/Dual Credit
     Other Fees
Payment Regulations
Refund Policy
Student Accounts
Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018

Student Expenses

Central Methodist University is a private, not-for-profit, gift-supported institution, deriving no direct income from taxes or other public funds. Tuition and fees cover only part of the instructional costs each year, and the remainder of the operating budget is income from the Endowment Fund, as well as gifts of alumni, (business) corporations, The United Methodist Church, and other friends of the University.

The Board of Trustees of Central Methodist University reserves the right to change the fees listed in this catalog without notice should the situation warrant a change. However, such changes will not occur during the current year in which a student is in attendance.


Per Credit Hour
Undergraduate—All locations except St. Louis $220
Undergraduate—Online $260
Accelerated Nursing Program—Columbia  $540
LETI-University of Missouri Columbia, Police Academy $300

St. Louis Area

Per Credit Hour
Undergraduate—Business, Psychology, RN-BSN** $285
Undergraduate - Child Development and Education $285
Undergraduate-Hybrid $260
Hybrid Graduate Courses $290
Master of Education-Education courses $260
Master of Science in Clinical Counseling  $380


Per Credit Hour
Master of Clinical Counseling $380
Master of Athletic Training $380
Master of Education $260
Master of Education—Online $290
Master of Education—St. Louis $285
Master of Education—Math Courses $380
Master of Music Education $260
Master of Science in Mathematics $380
Master of Education-English courses $380
Master of Science in Nursing $380
MOREnet Courses (graduate credit) $75
Master of Science in IT Management $450
Continuing Education Credits (CEC)

2 Graduate Credits: $765
3 Graduate Credits: $1,075
3 Continuing Ed units: $295
4.5 Continuing Ed units: $370

First Class at CMU—Dual Credit

Per Credit Hour
Dual Credit $80
Dual Credit Online $100

† All College of Graduate and Extended Studies rates are subject to the following fees: Student Service Fee: $20 per credit hour, Graduation Fee: $75, Return Check Fee: $30.

Other Fees (Not all fees are applicable to all students.)

Athletic Training Additional Fees
Portfolio Fee $120
Sports Medicine/Athletic Training Fee $75
Liability Insurance for Clinical Rotations (yearly) $40
CMU Student AT Association Fee/Professional Memberships $30/$90
Acceptance Fee (non-refundable) $250
Travel Exp. to/from clinical sites, drug and criminal background testing Varies
Clinical Counseling Software Fee
Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination
Proctor Fee
Off-site Testing fee
$75 payable to Pearson VUE
$20 at testing sites
$150 payable to Pearson VUE
Credit by Examination $35
Duplicate Diploma $25
Education Majors Background Check** $14.00 per transaction
Graduation Fee $75
Late Payment Fee $100
Master of Science in Nursing Certifying Exam Fee (NU522)—
Clinical Nurse Leader Exam (optional)
$350 if administerd at CMU, $425 at testing center
Nursing ABSN Health Prof. Program Fees
Nursing Foliotek $120
Payment Plan Enrollment Fee $25-$50
Private Music Lessons (per lesson, max $250) $125
Re-issued Payroll or Refund Check $30
Returned Check Fee $30
Science Laboratory Fee (per course, max $100) $50
Security Check & FBA Fingerprint Screening for Education majors** $41.75
Student Services Fee (per credit hour) $20
Student Teaching Certificate (for Student Teaching) $50
Student Teaching Fees $35 per credit hour
Student Teaching Mileage Fee (only for those students  teaching outside the 60-mile radius) $500
Transcript Fees Mailing: $7.50
Electronic Exchange: $7.50
Electronic PDF: $9.25
Fax Unofficial: $7.50
Priority Mail: Add $25
VESi Software Fee (ED6** courses)** $145 begining Summer 2020
Wire Transfer Payment Fee** Domestic: $30
International: $75

**Subject to changes initiated by the vendor

Payment Regulations

Fees and expenses are due and payable on or before the first day of classes; students will not be admitted to classes until arrangements concerning their settlement have been made at the Business Office. Financial arrangements not honored may result in suspension from classes until satisfactory arrangements are made. Outstanding balances will incur interest charges at a 12% annual rate. In addition, up to a $100 late fee may be assessed each term if arrangements are not made before classes begin.

There are several payment plans available for the handling of student accounts. The total cost may be paid at the beginning of each semester. For more information about the payment plans, please write the Student Receivable Cashier, Central Methodist University, 411 Central Methodist Square, Fayette, MO 65248, or call (660) 248-6670.

Refunds and Withdrawal

When the completed withdrawal form is filed, the University will adjust tuition in accordance with the following refund schedule:

Fall and Spring semesters (16-week)


Withdrawal first and second weeks

90% of tuition

Withdrawal third and fourth weeks

50% of tuition

Withdrawal fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth weeks

25% of tuition

After eighth week


14 Week Course


Withdrawal through Friday of 2nd week of class

90% of tuition

Withdrawal through Wednesday of 4th week of class

50% of tuition

Withdrawal through end of 7th week

25% of tuition

After eighth week


8 Week Course


Withdrawal first week

90% of tuition

Withdrawal second week

50% of tuition

Withdrawal third and fourth week

25% of tuition

After fourth week


4 Week Course


Withdrawal first through second day of class

90% of tuition

Withdrawal third through fifth day of class

50% of tuition

Withdrawal sixth through tenth day of class

25% of tuition

Withdrawal after 10th day of class


3 Week Course


Withdrawal first through second day of class

90% of tuition

Withdrawal third through fourth day of class

50% of tuition

Withdrawal fifth through eighth day of class

25% of tuition



Absence from class does not constitute withdrawal from the class or from Central Methodist University. Students who leave school without completing the withdrawal process will forfeit their claim to honorable dismissal and will receive a grade of "F" for all courses in progress. And honorable dismissal will be granted to all students who desire to withdraw from the University if they are in good academic standing, are not subject to discipline, have made satisfactory arrangements for settling their financial account, and file the completed withdrawal form. Students who withdraw from the University will receive grades for the courses in which they are registered according to the grading policies published in this catalog.

The University reserves the right to withdraw any student from one or more classes or from the University for academic misconduct, excessive absence, disruptive behavior, or other sufficient cause. Students who do not officially withdrawal or are administratively withdrawn from CMU may forfeit eligibility for a tuition refund. When students earn a zero grade point average (0.0 GPA) for a payment period, they are not eligible for a tuition refund despite the possibility that they may be subject to federal funds returns (See Return to Title IV Funds).

Student Accounts

Payments can be made in one of two ways:

Enroll in a payment plan through Enterprise:

  1. Log onto your myCMU account.
  2. Select "Student" tab along the top.
  3. Select "Billing and Payments."
  4. Select "Select Sign Up for a Payment Plan."


Remittances should be addressed to the Cashier, Central Methodist University, 411 CMU Square, Fayette, MO 65248. For questions, call 660-248-6670.

Outstanding Accounts: Students who have outstanding accounts may not be allowed to take final examinations, to pre-register for the next semester, to have transcripts issued, to participate in commencement, or to receive diplomas until appropriate financial arrangements have been made with the Business Office. Past due accounts may be turned over to a collection agency with all related legal and collection fees also due from the student.

Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018

In compliance with Section 103 of the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018, Central Methodist University will not impose the following penalties to covered individuals* due to the delayed disbursement of funding from the Department of Veteran Affairs:

  • preventing nor delaying the student’s enrollment,
  • the assessment of late fees,
  • the denial of access to any resources available to other students who have satisfied their tuition and fees bills to the institution, including but not limited to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities,
  • or require the student to secure alternative or additional funding

To qualify for this provision, such students are required to:

  • Produce a Certificate of Eligibility**;
  • Complete the Request for Certification Form
  • Provide additional information needed to properly certify the enrollment as required by the Primary School Certifying Official.

This provision ends on the earlier of the following dates:

  • The date on which payment from the VA is made to the institution
  • 90 days after the date the institution certified tuition and fees following the receipt of the Certificate of Eligibility

*Covered individual is defined as any individual who is entitled to educational assistance under Chapter 31, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, or Chapter 33, Post 9/11 G.I. Bill®

**Certificate of Eligibility is defined as a Certificate of Eligibility, a Statement of Benefits, or a VAF 28-1905