Tuition and Cost to Attend Western Kentucky University

Annual Total Cost

The total cost for in-state Kentucky residents to go to Western Kentucky University is $17,042 for the 2013/2014 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't possess Kentucky residence can expect a one year cost of $30,568. The components to this cost are detailed below.

Undergraduate Tuition

Western Kentucky University tuition is $8,722 per year for in-state residents. This is 39% more expensive than the national average pubic four yearr tuition of $6,256. The fee is $7,628 and 47% cheaper than the average Kentucky tuition of $16,350 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 10th in Kentucky amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 39th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If you're attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $22,248 which represents a 155% premium.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $7,320 per year. If you elect to live off campus elsewhere in Bowling Green, you should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,000.

Other Fees

There is an additional fee of $0 which is charged in addition to tuition.

Cost Itemization

Costs and Tuition Detail for Western Kentucky University
Expenditure Price
Kentucky Resident Total Cost$17,042
Non-Resident Total Cost$30,568
   In-State Tuition$8,722
   Out-of-State Tution$22,248
   Room and Board$7,320
   Books and Supplies$1,000
   Other Fees$0

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2013-2014 and 2012-2013 IPEDS Survey and represent reported costs for the 2013-2014 and 2012-2013 academic years.

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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 $17,042 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out of pocket price you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported Western Kentucky University net price for in-state students receiving aid was $11,077* for the 2010/2011 academic year.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

75% of Western Kentucky University students recieved grant aid in 2010/2011 to help defray the cost of tuition. The average total aid amount was $5,849. 42 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2010/2011 was $4,046. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Western Kentucky University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Western Kentucky University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$11,077*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid75%
Average Total Grant Aid$5,849
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants42%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,046

Average Financial Aid Mix - $17,042 In-State Total Cost

Estimated coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $17,042. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.

5849
7013
4180

 34% - $5,849

Grants and Scholarships

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

 41% - $7,013

Federal Loans

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

 25% -  $4,180

Out of Pocket

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 2011-2012 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.


Cost of a Degree

When considering the cost to go to Western Kentucky University, 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 Kentucky 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 Kentucky University is $68,168 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 $11,077 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $44,308**

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 $85,210 or $55,385 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 2011-2012 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 Kentucky University.

Kentucky Resident Tuition Per Semester$4,361
Kentucky Resident Total Cost Per Semester$8,521
Non-Kentucky Resident Tuition Per Semester$11,124
Non-Kentucky Resident Total Cost Per Semester$15,284

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 Kentucky 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 Kentucky University
Price per credit hour for Kentucky residents$337
Cost for one class for Kentucky residents (3 credit hours)$1,011
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$834
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$2,502
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$3,336

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Student Loans

The secondry consideration after understanding the cost of college is figuring out how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assitance, but student loans end up financing a singificant portion of higher education in the U.S. 56% of Western Kentucky University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average Federal Loan aid amount of $7,013.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Western Kentucky University? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting finacial aid you receieve, 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 $44,308, 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 $55,515.13. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Western Kentucky University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 75% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $11,077. 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 Kentucky 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 Kentucky University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$462.63
Amount Borrowed$44,308.00
Interest Rate4.7%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$11,207.13
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$55,515.13

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Western Kentucky 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 condidering attending Western Kentucky 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 $55,515.13 would be needed to afford a $462.63 monthly payment in the example $44,308.00 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.

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Western Kentucky 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.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to Western Kentucky University in the future? In the past five years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $5,952 to $8,084. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 7.2%. 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 $68,168.00. 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 Kentucky University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2019$23,437$93,747
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2024$29,912$119,647
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2029 $38,176$152,704
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2032 $44,193$176,774

Tuition History

What was tuition at Western Kentucky 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 the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years if you enrolled. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1988 follows.

YearIn-StateOut-of-stateAnnual Increase
2010$7,200$17,784 3.9%
2009$6,930$17,088 8%
2008$6,416$15,470 7.8%
2007$5,952$14,400 12%
2006$5,316$12,732 15.7%
2005$4,596$11,184 25.9%
2004$3,650$8,498 17%
2003$3,120$7,992 9.7%
2002$2,844$7,424 12.2%
2001$2,534$6,834 6%
2000$2,390$6,430 5.8%
1999$2,260$6,100 5.6%
1998$2,140$5,740 8.6%
1997$1,970$5,510 3.1%
1996$1,910$5,270 6.1%
1995$1,801$4,961 5.7%
1994$1,704$4,704 10.4%
1993$1,544$4,224 7.2%
1992$1,440$4,040 9.1%
1991$1,320$3,680 13.8%
1990$1,160$3,280 1.8%
1989$1,140$3,220 4.6%
1988$1,090$2,992 5.8%
1987$1,030$2,910

Cost for Popular Majors

Below are the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Western Kentucky University ranked by degrees conferred during the 2010/2011 academic year along with their estimated total program cost. Please consult the school's website for further information as actual costs for specific program may vary. Price estimates assume graduation in normal time. Our methodology for estimating these costs is a two or four year multiple of the current one year tuition and living cost of $17,042. Associates degrees are assumed to be completed in two years and bachelors degrees are assumed to take four years.

Area of Study Graduates Estimated Degree + Living Expense Cost
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 179 $68,168
4 year estimate
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 84 $34,084
2 year estimate
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 51 $68,168
4 year estimate
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree 47 $68,168
4 year estimate
Organizational Communication, General Bachelor's Degree 47 $68,168
4 year estimate
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 42 $68,168
4 year estimate
General Studies Associate's Degree 41 $34,084
2 year estimate
Advertising Bachelor's Degree 35 $68,168
4 year estimate
Information Technology Bachelor's Degree 33 $68,168
4 year estimate
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 32 $68,168
4 year estimate
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General Bachelor's Degree 31 $68,168
4 year estimate
Apparel and Textiles, General Bachelor's Degree 31 $68,168
4 year estimate
Health/Health Care Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 30 $68,168
4 year estimate
History, General Bachelor's Degree 30 $68,168
4 year estimate
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 26 $68,168
4 year estimate
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other Bachelor's Degree 24 $68,168
4 year estimate
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 24 $68,168
4 year estimate
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 21 $34,084
2 year estimate
Public Relations/Image Management Bachelor's Degree 21 $68,168
4 year estimate
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 20 $68,168
4 year estimate
Industrial Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 20 $68,168
4 year estimate
Community Health and Preventive Medicine Bachelor's Degree 19 $68,168
4 year estimate
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 18 $68,168
4 year estimate
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 17 $68,168
4 year estimate
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 17 $68,168
4 year estimate
Photojournalism Bachelor's Degree 17 $68,168
4 year estimate
Sports Studies Bachelor's Degree 15 $68,168
4 year estimate
Architectural Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 13 $68,168
4 year estimate
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist Associate's Degree 12 $34,084
2 year estimate
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 12 $68,168
4 year estimate
Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree 12 $68,168
4 year estimate
Social Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 12 $68,168
4 year estimate
Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree 11 $68,168
4 year estimate
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 10 $68,168
4 year estimate
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 10 $34,084
2 year estimate
Executive Assistant/Executive Secretary Associate's Degree 10 $34,084
2 year estimate
Technical Teacher Education Associate's Degree 10 $34,084
2 year estimate
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 10 $68,168
4 year estimate
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 10 $68,168
4 year estimate
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 9 $34,084
2 year estimate
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 9 $68,168
4 year estimate
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 9 $34,084
2 year estimate
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 8 $68,168
4 year estimate
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other Bachelor's Degree 7 $68,168
4 year estimate
Environmental Health Bachelor's Degree 7 $68,168
4 year estimate
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 6 $68,168
4 year estimate
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 6 $68,168
4 year estimate
HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS Bachelor's Degree 6 $68,168
4 year estimate
Business Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 6 $68,168
4 year estimate
Mass Communication/Media Studies Bachelor's Degree 6 $68,168
4 year estimate
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 5 $68,168
4 year estimate
Dance, General Bachelor's Degree 5 $68,168
4 year estimate
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist Bachelor's Degree 5 $68,168
4 year estimate
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies Bachelor's Degree 5 $68,168
4 year estimate
Meteorology Associate's Degree 5 $34,084
2 year estimate
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 4 $68,168
4 year estimate
Cultural Studies/Critical Theory and Analysis Bachelor's Degree 4 $68,168
4 year estimate
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels Bachelor's Degree 4 $68,168
4 year estimate
Management Science Bachelor's Degree 4 $68,168
4 year estimate
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 4 $68,168
4 year estimate
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 4 $68,168
4 year estimate
International Relations and Affairs Bachelor's Degree 3 $68,168
4 year estimate
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 $68,168
4 year estimate
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 3 $68,168
4 year estimate
Molecular Genetics Bachelor's Degree 3 $68,168
4 year estimate
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 3 $68,168
4 year estimate
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 3 $68,168
4 year estimate
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 $68,168
4 year estimate
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 2 $68,168
4 year estimate
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 2 $68,168
4 year estimate
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 2 $68,168
4 year estimate
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 2 $68,168
4 year estimate
Geography Bachelor's Degree 2 $68,168
4 year estimate
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD Associate's Degree 1 $34,084
2 year estimate
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) Associate's Degree 1 $34,084
2 year estimate
Music, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 $68,168
4 year estimate
Agriculture, General Bachelor's Degree 1 $68,168
4 year estimate
Agricultural Production Operations, General Associate's Degree 1 $34,084
2 year estimate
Biotechnology Bachelor's Degree 1 $68,168
4 year estimate
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 $68,168
4 year estimate
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General Bachelor's Degree 1 $68,168
4 year estimate
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 1 $68,168
4 year estimate
Hospitality Administration/Management, General Associate's Degree 1 $34,084
2 year estimate
International Business/Trade/Commerce Bachelor's Degree 1 $68,168
4 year estimate
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 1 $68,168
4 year estimate
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 1 $68,168
4 year estimate
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 $68,168
4 year estimate
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 1 $68,168
4 year estimate
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 1 $68,168
4 year estimate
Broadcast Journalism Bachelor's Degree 1 $68,168
4 year estimate
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 1 $68,168
4 year estimate
Geographic Information Science and Cartography Bachelor's Degree 1 $68,168
4 year estimate

About Western Kentucky University

Western Kentucky University is a four year public college located in Bowling Green, Kentucky.  Full time enrollment is 14,948 and part time is 5,967.  For the 2011/2012 school year, the school received 8,017 applicants. 7,355 were admitted and 3,385 enrolled.

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

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  • Bowling Green, Kentucky
  • 42101-1000

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