Tuition and Financial Aid

The Carlson School of Management provides an excellent educational experience for a great value. Carlson School students enjoy strong student support services, a career center and education abroad office dedicated to business students, professional academic advisers, and on-site IT support. In 2008, we opened a new state-of-the art facility, Hanson Hall.

For information on financial aid, scholarships, and reciprocity, visit Cost, Aid, and Scholarships.


Your tuition amount is based on individual factors such as residency and enrollment levels. Degree-seeking undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota are subject to a flat-rate tuition charge based on 13-credits. For more information about tuition rates, please visit One Stop.

Tuition Surcharge

The Carlson School tuition surcharge supports the exceptional education and student services offered specifically to our students. Reviewed by the Board of Regents in 2012, the tuition surcharge was approved as a phased four-year plan. The surcharge will increase each year until it reaches a maximum of $1,000 per semester:

  • 2014-2015 school year - $750
  • 2015-2016 school year and beyond - $1,000

Thus far, funds collected have directly impacted the undergraduate student experience at the Carlson School. In 2012 the tuition surcharge allowed us to reduce the class size in the Immersion Core from 120 students to 90. For fall 2013, the surcharge allowed us to implement a required freshman course in business ethics.

An investment in a Carlson School of Management degree leads to strong outcomes - 79% of students graduate within four years and they have the lowest levels of debt among all undergraduate students on the University of Minnesota campus. Furthermore, students find job placement at a rate of 88% within three months of graduation with an average starting salary of $52,818.

In addition, the Carlson School is committed to fully funding the tuition surcharge for our neediest students, including Minnesota Pell-eligible and middle income students. We continue to raise additional money for scholarships from external sources to cover unmet student financial need, which includes and goes beyond the tuition surcharge.

Collegiate Fees

Each college at the University has their own fee structure. The collegiate fee at the Carlson School of Management supports the following programs and student services:

  • Business Career Center coaching and programmatic services
  • Academic advising services
  • Local and national business development for internship and placement opportunities
  • Technology support services

The Carlson School of Management collegiate fee per semester is:

  • $580 - All Carlson School undergraduate students, 9 or more credits
  • $290 - All Carlson School undergraduate students, less than 9 credits