Cost of Living

Mississippi State University is classified as a "comprehensive doctoral research university with very high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation. Additionally, MSU is one of the most affordable U.S. institutions for a graduate education. This can mean smaller loans, less need for funding, and more money for other things. Less financial burden now translates into more financial freedom after you graduate.

We've used the Student Cost-Of-Living Tool to compare the cost of living in the Starkville, MS area to other Southeastern Conference Universities.

The cost of living in Starkville is 83% of the US norm for a student. That is, it is 17% lower than average, or $7,757. If you are comparing funding awards or financial aid packages, consider how far funding will go in each city.

Comparison School City Cost-of-living as compared to US norm Amount needed to match $7,757 in Starkville
University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL 102% $9,534
Auburn University Auburn, AL 99% $9,253
University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR 98% $9,159
University of Florida Gainesville, FL 116% $10,841
University of Georgia Athens, GA 104% $9,720
University of Kentucky Lexington, KY 101% $9,439
Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, LA 113% $10,561
University of Mississippi Oxford, MS 93% $8,692
University of Missouri Columbia, MO 88% $8,224
University of South Carolina Columbia, SC 104% $9,720
University of Tennessee Knoxville, MS 99% $9,253
Texas A&M University College Station, TX 89% $8,900
Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN 106% $10,600

Source: Economic Research Institute
Updated: 7/26/2013