Program Charges

University Charges for the Academic Year 2018–2019

Program charges are per semester (Fall and Spring) except for the following programs:

Undergraduate Tuition Per Semester

Financial Aid is available for those who qualify, including need based scholarship for the Full Time rate.

  • Full Time (12 or more credits) $ 8,000
  • Three Quarter Time (9 to 11.75 credits) $4,800
  • Half Time (6 to 8.75 credits) $ 2,700
  • Less than 6 credits per semester is $500 per credit.

Masters Degree Tuition Per Semester

  • 12 or more credits $14,000
  • 6 to 11.75 credits $ 4,800
  • Except $2,700 for 6-11.75 credits for these two programs:
    Maharishi Vedic Science
    Maharishi Ayur Veda and Integrative Medicine

Above tuition rates are for full-time enrollment (six or more credits). Tuition for less than six credits is $500 per credit. Student budget for loan eligibility and enrollment reporting is half-time for 4 to 5.75 credits, and 1/4 time for less than 4 credits. Work or practicum credit is included, based on credits issued.

PhD Tuition Per Semester

  • Entry Level $8,000
  • Candidate Level $4,000
  • Researcher Level $2,000

PhD enrollment is always full time, and charges per semester are not reduced for partial enrollment.

Housing and Meal Charges Per Semester

Semester LengthFull MealsHousingVastu Dorm
12 or more weeks in a semester$2,000$1,700$900 additional
6-11 weeks in a semester$1,000$850$450 additional

Less than six weeks in a semester is $210 per week for housing and meals.

All students who live on campus receive a bundled package of housing and three meals per day, six days per week, and two meals (brunch and dinner) on Sunday. Meal charges are not available without housing charges. Off-campus students may buy discounted meal passes at the bookstore.

Undergraduate students under 21 years of age are required to live the residence halls on campus. Exceptions include legally married students, those with dependents, and graduate students. Students with exceptional circumstances, such as living with their parents in Fairfield, may petition Student Life for an exception. Students under age 21 who have lived on campus for one year and have a GPA of 3.0+ may also petition Student Life for an exception.

Students Moving Off Campus During a Semester

Students who move out of the residence halls after they have registered will not be eligible for a reduction in housing charges for that semester, except when charges must be reduced due to University Withdrawal.

Enrollment That Mixes Courses From Differnt Programs or Program Tracks

Degree Program (UG, Masters, PhD) Enrollment may be only one degree program per term. A student may include courses from a different program level with appropriate approvals. For example, if an UG or PhD student adds a Master’s level courses in a term, the designated degree program for the term always remains the UG or PhD program, no matter how many Master’s course credits are taken that semester.


Professional Programs have two six-month terms. Fall starts mid-June and ends mid-December; Spring stats mid-December and ends mid-June.
All Other Programs: The two standard semester terms are 18 weeks as defined on the published academic calendar. January Intersession is attached to spring semester. Summer term is self sufficient.

Summer Term 2018
Credits are designated under the separate summer term for all purposes, including enrollment status, Satisfactory Academic Progress, and all other term based processes. Tuition is $500 per credit. Undergraduates will receive scholarship (and grants if available) to cover tuition. Housing and meals is $210 per week for on campus students while in class. Six credits are required for half time enrollment during the summer term.

January Session 2019
Credits earned for courses starting after the Winter Holiday break are session credits added onto, and part of, the standard spring semester. Tuition/Housing/Meals is charged in the same way all credits are charged for spring semester enrollment as a whole.

NOTE: Center Invincibility Course students pay the additional course fee and full accommodation rate no matter when the course takes place.

Other Charges

Student Fees: $265 per semester is allocated 36% to technology infrastructure, 33% to student wellness clinic, 19% to student activities, and  12% to student athletic facilities. Fees are not prorated for partial enrollment. Fees are not charged when enrollment is less than seven weeks in a semester, or if the entire semester is taken outside of Jefferson County.

Application Fees: All US citizens and Green Card holders are asked to submit, along with the online admissions application, a nonrefundable application processing fee of $25. International applicants are asked to submit a nonrefundable application processing fee of $50. Payment may be made by credit card or a bank draft.

International Students Health Insurance: International students are charged an estimated $1272 per semester for six months of required health insurance unless otherwise insured (proof of other insurance required within two weeks of initial semester registration). Health insurance is not prorated for partial enrollment, except for three-month increments (approximately $636) as long as no claims have been incurred. Insurance amounts listed on the Financial Aid Award Letter are estimated until the rates are finalized with the insurance provider.

Transcendental Meditation* Program Tuition: Undergraduate students and US graduate students will receive a scholarship from the David Lynch Foundation covering the tuition of the University’s Transcendental Meditation course. International graduate students will receive a loan for the $480 Transcendental Meditation course tuition. Prospective students who receive instruction in the Transcendental Meditation technique before enrollment, as part of their admissions process, may be eligible for a reimbursement of the cost of the instruction after they enroll at the University, from the David Lynch Foundation, through Admissions.

TM-Sidhi* Course: Students may receive four academic credits from MIU for the TM-Sidhi course taught by the Maharishi Foundation in coordination with MIU through a contractual agreement. The David Lynch Foundation has announced a scholarship to reduce the cost of the course from $2,500 to $1,250 for Maharishi International University students. An additional scholarship of $750, reducing the tuition to $500, is also available to students who meet specific criteria specified by the Maharishi Foundation. There is an additional cost of $950 for the final two weeks in residence.

Enrollment Status and Grade Level Progression

Students with federal aid have their enrollment status, academic program, length of program, and grade level reported monthly to the National Student Loan Data Service. For undergraduates, 32 credits is designated for grade level progression (33-64 credits is second year grade level).

Other Estimated Costs of Attendance

Day Programs
Books, Equipment and Supplies — $1,000 per year
Personal Expenses and Transportation — $3,800 per year
Off Campus Housing and Meals — $7,400 per year

Evening Weekend and OnLine Programs
Book and Supplies — $200 to $500 per academic year
Personal Expenses and Transportation — $2,000 per year
Off Campus Housing and Meals — $6,000/yr

These other estimated costs of attendance are generally applicable to full time students. Half time student estimated costs are generally 50% of the amounts listed above.


Semester payment is due by August 1 for fall semester and by January 15 for spring semester. Payment may also be made in four installments per semester for an additional $60 per semester. See the payment page.

Payment Procedure

Payment may be made by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, e-check from domestic accounts and peer-Transfer from foreign accounts. Go to the payment page.

Other Points Regarding Charges

Students with a remaining balance due to the University should pay it before leaving the University. In case students are requested to withdraw from the University because of poor academic standing or disciplinary reasons, reductions in charges are the same as for other withdrawals from the University. An appeals process for review of specific situations is available by filing a Financial Review Board petition form, available at the Enrollment Center.


Study Abroad and Courses Delivered by Other Institutions Under Contractual Agreement

U.S. Students in day programs eligible for federal aid will be assisted in obtaining federal aid to attend eligible study-abroad programs. Only $500 of University tuition will be charged when the other institution grants academic credit via approved transcript. University tuition (see first page) is charged for any other course taken away from Fairfield, including Internships, Fieldwork, Thesis, Projects, MVS Special Studies, and other studies, even when the source of coursework is not primarily taught by University faculty.

Non-Degree / Guest Students

Special students who are not seeking a degree may take courses, upon application approval, at the rate of $500 per credit , with housing and meals for $210 per week (financial aid, including scholarship, will not be available). A maximum of two courses (8 credits) can be transferred to a degree program. A student who withdraws after the first day of the course will be charged a minimum of 50% of the course fee, and after 25% of the course, there is no refund.



Information for Recipients of Grants

In the event that available state funds are insufficient to pay the full amount of each approved Iowa Tuition Grant, the Iowa College Student Aid Commission has the authority to administratively reduce the award. State awards may include Federal LEAP/GAP funds.

Military Deployment

Maharishi International University will offer not less than the following options to a student who is a member, or the spouse of a member if the member has a dependent child, of the national guard or reserve forces of the United States and who is ordered to national guard duty or federal active duty:

(a) Withdraw from the student’s entire registration and receive a full refund of tuition and
mandatory fees.
(b) Make arrangements with the student’s instructors for course grades, or for
incompletes that shall be completed by the student at a later date. If such arrangements are made, the student’s registration shall remain intact and tuition and mandatory fees shall be assessed for the courses in full.
(c) Make arrangements with only some of the student’s instructors for grades, or for
incompletes that shall be completed by the student at a later date. If such arrangements are made, the registration for those courses shall remain intact and tuition and mandatory fees shall be assessed for those courses. Any course for which arrangements cannot be made for grades or incompletes shall be considered dropped and the tuition and mandatory fees for the course refunded.

University Scholarship

The University reserves the right to increase or decrease University Scholarship at any time, for any reason, for any individual. Such a change in scholarship level (up or down) may be reviewed by petition from the student.



Maharishi International University and its educational programs, and benefits are available to all people without distinction as to sex, age, race, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, handicap, veteran’s status, or sexual orientation. Institutions of higher education are required by law (Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1963, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990) to provide this broad access to their educational programs and to serve society in a way that treats, with equal dignity, the diversity of individuals and groups which comprise our society. Inquiries concerning Title IX, Section 504, and the Americans with Disabilities Act should be directed to the General Counselor’s Office, Maharishi International University, Fairfield, Iowa, 52557, (641) 472-1175.

Important Notice

In compliance with Iowa Code Annotated Title VII 3 261B, please see for course titles, descriptions, academic policies, credit earned and degrees, as well as accreditation information, in combination with the charges and refund policies herein. Maharishi International University reserves the right to change, without prior notice, its charges and policies.

Information in this document is in accord with federal regulations as of March 1, 2018