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.


Undergraduate Tuition and Fees

per credit hour

Note: Some fees are based on vendor quotes and are subject to change.

Accelerated BSN Tuition (per credit hour)


Associate of Arts Tuition (Columbia, MO only) (per credit hour)


CMU First Class (Dual Credit) Tuition


Credit by Examination (per course)


Student Services Fee


Undergraduate Online Tuition


Undergraduate Online Service Fee (per course): Only for CLAS students taking 12-18 hours


Undergraduate Tuition


Special Fees & Charges

per transaction

Note: Some fees are based on vendor quotes and are subject to change.

Application fee (Undergraduate)


Background Check (Education Majors) (Per transaction)


Art fee (per credit hour for AR116, AR121, AR130, AR186, and AR188)


Foliotek Fee (NU300)


Graduation fee (required of all graduates for cap, gown, and diploma, even if not participating in commencement):  


Malpractice Insurance (Nursing majors)


Returned Check fee


Science Lab fee (per course)


Security Check and FBI Screening (Education majors)


Student Teaching fee (per credit hour): Payable the semester of student teaching. Courses for which the fee is charged are ED461, 1 hour; ED462, 8-10 hours; and ED 463, 1 hour. The fee covers administrative expenses, fees for the cooperating teacher, and MoPTA.


Transcript (Requests to Registrar can be submitted online or in person and must be signed)

  • FAX
  • Priority mail
  • Priority service

$7.25 per release

  • $7.50
  • Add $20.00
  • Add $15.00


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) 248-6272.


Refunds and Withdrawal

A student who wishes to withdraw from the University must obtain a withdrawal form from the regional site coordinator. It is the student's responsibility to see that this withdrawal form is completed and filed with the regional site coordinator. When the completed withdrawal form— together with the student ID card—is filed with the regional site coordinator, the University will adjust tuition in accordance with the following refund schedule:

16-Week Term


Withdrawal 1st and 2nd weeks

90% of tuition

Withdrawal 3rd and 4th weeks

50% of tuition

Withdrawal 5th through 8th weeks

25% of tuition

After 8th week


8-Week Term


Withdrawal during 1st week

90% of tuition

Withdrawal during 2nd week

50% of tuition

Withdrawal 3rd through 4th weeks

25% of tuition

Withdrawal after 4th week


4-Week Summer Term


Withdrawal by close of business on Wed. in 1st week

90% of tuition

Withdrawal by close of business on Fri. in 1st week

50% of tuition

Withdrawal during 2nd week

25% of tuition

Withdrawal after 2nd week



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.

Student Accounts

Payments can be made in one of two ways:

Enroll in a payment plan through e-Cashier:

  1. Log onto your myCMU account.
  2. Select "Student" tab along the top.
  3. Select "Billing and Payments."
  4. Select "e-Cashier Payment Plan."


Remittances should be addressed to the Cashier, Central Methodist University, 411 CMU Square, Fayette, MO 65248. For questions, call 660-248-6272.

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.