Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Western Illinois University tuition is $8,541 per year for in-state residents. This is 21% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $7,056. The cost is 66% cheaper than the average Illinois tuition of $24,843 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 3rd in Illinois amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 69th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $8,541 which represents a 0% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $4,356 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $12,897.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $9,630 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Macomb should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,200.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $2,108 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $3,768 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Illinois residents to go to Western Illinois University is $25,835 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Illinois residence can expect a one year cost of $25,835.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2017-2018 and 2016-2017 IPEDS survey response for Western Illinois University and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Western Illinois University
Estimated Budgets
Illinois Resident Total Budget $25,835
   In-State Tuition$8,541
   Other Fees$4,356
   Room and Board$9,630
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,108
   Books and Supplies$1,200
Non-Resident Total Budget $25,835
   Out-of-State Tuition$8,541
   Other Fees$4,356
   Room and Board$9,630
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,108
   Books and Supplies$1,200


What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $25,835 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported Western Illinois University net price for in-state students is $16,829* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

71% of Western Illinois University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $8,605. 48 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $4,543. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Western Illinois University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Western Illinois University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$16,829*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid71%
Average Total Grant Aid$8,605
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants48%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,543

Average Net Price for In-State Students by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last published for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$14,317
$30,001 to $48,000$16,245
$48,001 to $75,000$19,803
$75,001 to $110,000$22,768

Average Financial Aid Mix - $25,835 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $25,835. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 36% - $8,605

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, Western Illinois University or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 29% - $6,868

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 35% -  $8,254

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Public Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. Western Illinois University
Illinois State University30.1% more expensive
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville2.7% more expensive
University of Wisconsin Platteville24.9% less expensive
University of Wisconsin Whitewater23.7% less expensive
University of Central Missouri22.4% less expensive

Cost of a Degree

When considering ability to pay for college, the annual cost is often discussed but it's the "all in" multi-year degree cost which matters in the end. Let's take a look at what it could really cost for four years at Western Illinois University.

Estimated 4 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at Western Illinois University is $103,340 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 4 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $14,133 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $56,532**

If you end up on the "five year plan" and need an additional year to graduate, your five year cost could be as high as $129,175 or $70,665 using an average net price.

**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Estimated Cost Per Semester

Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at Western Illinois University.

Illinois Resident Tuition Per Semester$4,270
Illinois Resident Total Cost Per Semester$12,918
Non-Illinois Resident Tuition Per Semester$4,270
Non-Illinois Resident Total Cost Per Semester$12,918

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at Western Illinois University are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at Western Illinois University
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$288
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$864
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$1,152


Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 71% of Western Illinois University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $6,868. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $28,948.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Western Illinois University? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $56,532, 100% of the estimated average net price for a four year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $70,143.25. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Western Illinois University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 71% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $14,133. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Western Illinois University student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

Western Illinois University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$584.53
Amount Borrowed$56,532.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$13,611.25
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$70,143.25

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Western Illinois University? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending Western Illinois University, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $70,143.25 would be needed to afford a $584.53 monthly payment in the example $56,532.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to Western Illinois University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $8,012 to $8,541. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 1.3%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 4 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 4 year cost of $103,340.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for Western Illinois University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$35,529$142,117
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$45,345$181,381
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $57,873$231,493
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $66,996$267,982

Tuition History

What was tuition at Western Illinois University five, ten, fifteen or twenty years ago? Hop into our time machine and take a look. Pay attention to how aggressive the school has been with price increases in the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1987 follows.

YearIn-StateOut-of-stateAnnual Increase
2012$7,026$10,538 6.6%
2011$6,588$9,881 -31.5%
2010$9,617$13,006 8.5%
2009$8,862$12,090 9.7%
2008$8,079$11,027 9%
2007$7,411$10,130 7.4%
2006$6,899$9,383 11.6%
2005$6,183$10,721 14.5%
2004$5,402$9,317 11.5%
2003$4,846$8,311 13.2%
2002$4,282$7,264 8.1%
2001$3,962$6,775 3.3%
2000$3,835$6,565 20.4%
1999$3,185$7,553 4.9%
1998$3,036$7,275 8%
1997$2,810$6,890 4%
1996$2,702$6,638 3.6%
1995$2,607$6,411 2.3%
1994$2,548$6,244 3.8%
1993$2,454$6,150 9.5%
1992$2,241$5,577 5.7%
1991$2,121$5,289 3%
1990$2,060$5,228 15.7%
1989$1,780$4,468 12.1%
1988$1,588$3,888 4.7%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Western Illinois University to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.

Area of Study Graduates vs National Avg
General Studies Bachelor's Degree 271 24% cheaper
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 145 27% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 96 36% cheaper
Agriculture, General Bachelor's Degree 92 21% cheaper
Construction Management Bachelor's Degree 80 27% cheaper
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General Bachelor's Degree 70 24% cheaper
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 68 31% cheaper
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 61 28% cheaper
Graphic and Printing Equipment Operator, General Production Bachelor's Degree 41 5% cheaper
Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree 32 27% cheaper
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management Bachelor's Degree 28 29% cheaper
Radio and Television Bachelor's Degree 27 33% cheaper
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 23 35% cheaper
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other Bachelor's Degree 23 29% cheaper
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General Bachelor's Degree 18 28% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 18 28% cheaper
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree 17 36% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 17 37% cheaper
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General Bachelor's Degree 16 26% cheaper
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 15 36% cheaper
Meteorology Bachelor's Degree 15 32% cheaper
Athletic Training/Trainer Bachelor's Degree 13 31% cheaper
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 13 30% cheaper
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 12 37% cheaper
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other Bachelor's Degree 12 39% cheaper
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 11 40% cheaper
Educational/Instructional Technology Bachelor's Degree 11 9% costlier
Health/Health Care Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 10 21% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 10 39% cheaper
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Bachelor's Degree 9 4% cheaper
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 7 41% cheaper
Health Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 6 27% cheaper
Chemistry, Other Bachelor's Degree 5 38% cheaper
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 5 46% cheaper
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 5 38% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 5 38% cheaper
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 5 40% cheaper
Bilingual and Multilingual Education Bachelor's Degree 4 23% cheaper
Visual and Performing Arts, Other Bachelor's Degree 4 46% cheaper
Geography Bachelor's Degree 3 30% cheaper
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 3 46% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Bachelor's Degree 2 19% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 2 38% cheaper
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 2 37% cheaper
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 2 42% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 2 36% cheaper
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 2 43% cheaper
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist Bachelor's Degree 2 28% cheaper
Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 2 43% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 2 25% cheaper
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 2 43% cheaper
Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree 1 36% cheaper
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 44% cheaper
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 1 19% cheaper
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 1 29% cheaper
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 1 33% cheaper
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 1 34% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 1 37% cheaper
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 1 31% cheaper
African-American/Black Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 45% cheaper
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree 1 33% cheaper
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 1 35% cheaper
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 27% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 1 30% cheaper


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About Western Illinois University

Western Illinois University is a four year public college located in Macomb, Illinois.  Full time enrollment is 8,360 and part time is 2,013.

Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Western Illinois University
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Macomb, Illinois

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Western Illinois University is a public not for profit institution. Public schools often represent the best value for your education dollar, especially when students qualify for in-state tuition.

Western Illinois University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=149772 IPEDS survey data.