Where do your tuition dollars go? Let's take a look.

​At Central Michigan University, we work to keep quality education as affordable as possible. We do this by being frugal with spending and focusing on using our funds in ways that best impact students’ learning and experience. This has allowed us to have the lowest cumulative tuition increase of all public universities in Michigan from 2009-2018.

We also have increased financial aid by 87 percent since 2010. We distribute roughly $309 million in financial aid to CMU students, more than $50 million of that in scholarships alone.

But what happens to your tuition dollars and how are they used?

First, tuition is placed into the university’s general fund, where it is lumped together with other sources of revenue, such as state appropriations, academic departmental income and more.

From there, it is used to help fund a variety of university expenditures. Here's the breakdown.

For each $100 in tuition at CMU:

$35 funds the more than 1,000 faculty and instructors who lead the way in CMU’s academic offerings and advancing your learning every day.

"CMU has a very positive, uplifting community with incredible faculty who really care about your success." – Taylor Ripke, student

$24 funds staff who support your journey — from those in your residence halls and library, to those in student service court and advising and support offices, and to those who coordinate student activities.

"My favorite thing about CMU is that there are always people around you to serve as positive influences and resources." - Micah Ward, student

$13 provides the scholarship opportunities we mentioned above, including those for students who otherwise couldn’t afford a university degree.

"My Centralis scholarship allowed me to study abroad twice now, and as a first-generation college student I don’t think I would have been able to afford those kinds of opportunities if I hadn’t had the scholarship." – Emileigh Stoll, student

$13 goes toward university supplies, such as computers, telephones, furniture and other supplies in offices, labs and classrooms, and other facilities across campus.

$8 funds activities and services to enhance your college experience, including health services (such as the campus clinic), IT support, athletics and university recreation.

$5 funds the upkeep and construction of our 127 campus buildings; utility costs; and maintenance on items such as water lines, parking lots and sidewalks.

$2 pays the more than 5,000 student employees who earn hands-on experience on campus each year and the temporary employees who help keep CMU up and running.

"Working on campus has helped tremendously with the additional cost of college while being away from home. (Student Employment Services) is very understanding that we are students first, and they work around your classwork and extracurricular activities on campus.” – Aaron Martin-Green, student

As we try to be as efficient with our funds, we encourage our students to do the same. College is expensive, and learning how to manage your costs during your college journey can go a long way.

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A good way to be good with your money is knowing how to budget and save, understanding credit and how it works, and having a plan for paying student loans.

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