MSU, WSU boost tuition, room and board. Here's how much it will cost to attend those schools, in comparison to UM

Kim Kozlowski
The Detroit News

Costs for full-time, in-state undergraduates to attend one of the state's three largest universities and live on campus in 2022-23 will range between $26,000 and $30,000. 

Michigan State University and Wayne State University approved increases in tuition Friday that increased the annual cost for a full-time, in-state undergraduate student living on campus. Tuition, and room and board at both schools will total about $26,000 annually.

By comparison, full-time, incoming resident students living on the Ann Arbor campus at the University of Michigan will pay nearly $30,000, following increases by the board last week.

School officials at the universities said that financial aid or scholarships would help defray or even eliminate the tuition increase for students from low-income families.

The 3% tuition hike at MSU brings annual tuition costs for freshmen to $15,192 in 2022-23, not including fees, up from $14,750 in 2021-22. 

Room and board costs for a student living in a double room with basic meal plan increased 3% in April, pushing annual costs to $10,990, up from $10,676 in 2021-22. 

At WSU, the  4.5% increase will push tuition costs for full-time resident undergraduate students to $14,675 for tuition and fees, up from $14,043 in 2021-22. 

Room and board at WSU will go up about 4% to $11,420 for a typical first-year plan, up from $10,992.

WSU Governor Dana Thompson casted the sole vote against increasing tuition and housing at the university in Detroit.

"It is not a sustainable trajectory to increase tuition on our students," Thompson said, adding that increased costs diminish WSU as a place of social mobility.

Governor Mark Gaffney, chair of the board, said that it's never easy to increase tuition. But the university is working to balance its budget and also to try to make sure "students can still afford to come here."

Gaffney said more than half of Wayne State students will not see a tuition increase because they receive Pell Grants, and university financial aid increased by $5 million to about $100 million. Tuition increases in previous years were modest and there was no increase in 2020, he added.

"We never like to make these kind of tough decisions," Gaffney said. "We are pleased we have a scholarship program to help."

MSU's 2022-23 housing cost will not affect second-year students, who now are required to live on campus for two years, a policy announced by MSU in 2020 and went into effect in fall 2021. Instead, the $10,676 cost will be locked in for students entering their sophomore year and living on campus, said MSU spokesman Dan Olsen.

Olsen added that the budget includes a nearly $12 million boost in financial aid that will result in no out-of-pocket increase for students with family incomes of less than $75,000 a year.

The tuition and financial aid increases were part of MSU's budget, totaling $3.2 billion.

The increase for students attending MSU was set last June when trustees set rates for three years — 2021-22, 2022-23 and 2023-24 — to help students and families plan and give MSU's financial aid office more information on the cost of attendance, Olsen said.

“College affordability is on the minds of many students and families across the country right now,” MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. said in a statement. “As costs continue to rise from years of declining state funding, MSU is taking a measured approach to ensuring continued investments in student success resources while also working to ensure access to a world-class, affordable Michigan State degree.”

During the meeting, Stanley said he was proud that the budget included a 5% merit base increase this year for nonunion academic faculty and staff, and a 1.5% merit pay for some staff members.

Board members, who participated in a retreat this week, made few public comments after approving MSU's overall budget of nearly $1.6 billion.

Dan Kelly, vice chair of the board, was among the few who spoke and said that approving a budget is among the most important things the board does.

"I'm happy with this budget, and I support it," said Kelly.

Last week, UM approved a 3.4% tuition hike that brings annual costs to $16,736. Annual housing rates for students living in a double room with a basic meal plan rose 4.6% to $13,171. 

About 4,000 undergraduate students, or one in four, on the  Ann Arbor campus won't pay tuition, and the majority will not see an increase in tuition due to needs-based financial aid, which officials say will increase 5%, or about $12.8 million, more than last school year.