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Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Tuition for Washington University in St Louis is $50,650 for the 2017/2018 academic year. This is 82% more expensive than the national average private non-profit four year college tuition of $27,755. Washington University in St Louis is one of the 100 most expensive colleges in the America, coming in 66th on our Expensive 100 Ranking. The cost is 202% more expensive than the average Missouri tuition of $16,783 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 68th in Missouri amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the most expensive 4 year college in the state. Price does not vary by residence.

The school charges an additional fees of $883 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $51,533.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $16,006 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Saint Louis should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $992.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $3,444 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $3,444 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The annual tuition and living expense budget to go to WUSTL was $71,975 for the 2017/2018 academic year. The cost is the same for all students regardless of Missouri residence status as there is no in-state discount.

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

Costs and Tuition for Washington University in St Louis
Estimated Budgets
Missouri Resident Total Budget $71,975
   In-State Tuition$50,650
   Other Fees$883
   Room and Board$16,006
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,444
   Books and Supplies$992
Non-Resident Total Budget $71,975
   Out-of-State Tuition$50,650
   Other Fees$883
   Room and Board$16,006
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,444
   Books and Supplies$992

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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 $71,975 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 WUSTL net price for in-state students is $33,374* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

51% of Washington University in St Louis students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $30,381. 6 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 $4,016. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Washington University in St Louis, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Washington University in St Louis
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$33,374*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid51%
Average Total Grant Aid$30,381
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants6%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,016

Average Net Price 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$11,100
$30,001 to $48,000$12,227
$48,001 to $75,000$16,047
$75,001 to $110,000$28,458
$110,000+$42,350

Average Financial Aid Mix - $71,975 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $71,975. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.

44%
8%
48%

Grants and Scholarships

 44% - $30,381

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

Federal Loans

 8% - $5,410

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

Out of Pocket

 48% -  $32,740

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


*Reported Average Annual Net Price for 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.

Is it Worth the Cost?

To make a comparative assessment if WUSTL is worth the price, measures of it's relative value for tuition dollar can be examined. We've calculated an academic national percentile rating of 98/100 for Washington University in St Louis. Considering an average net price paid of $32,870, this leads to an overall value ranking of 65/100. This places the school 138th on our national Best Value Colleges ranking as a provider of a very high value education compared to actual overall price paid.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Private Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. Washington University in St Louis
Grinnell College1.3% less expensive
Vanderbilt University8.2% less expensive
University of Chicago5.2% more expensive
Northwestern University3.1% more expensive
University of Notre Dame0.7% more 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 Washington University in St Louis.

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 WUSTL is $287,900 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 $32,870 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $131,480**

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 $359,875 or $164,350 using an average net price.

**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for 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 Washington University in St Louis.

Missouri Resident Tuition Per Semester$25,325
Missouri Resident Total Cost Per Semester$35,988

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 Washington University in St Louis 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 Washington University in St Louis
Price per credit hour$2,110
Cost for one class (3 credit hours)$6,330
Cost for one class (4 credit hours)$8,440

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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. 23% of Washington University in St Louis students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,410.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Washington University in St Louis? 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 $131,480, 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 $163,136.53. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Washington University in St Louis. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 51% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $32,870. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Washington University in St Louis 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.

Washington University in St Louis Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$1,359.47
Amount Borrowed$131,480.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$31,656.53
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$163,136.53

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend WUSTL ? 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 Washington University in St Louis, 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 $163,136.53 would be needed to afford a $1,359.47 monthly payment in the example $131,480.00 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 Washington University in St Louis in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $42,500 to $50,650. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 3.8%. 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 4 year cost of $287,900.00. 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 Washington University in St Louis.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$98,982$395,930
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$126,329$505,318
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $161,232$644,928
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $186,646$746,584

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Washington University in St Louis 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
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 75 41% costlier
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 58 70% costlier
Architecture Bachelor's Degree 41 51% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 34 98% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 31 61% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 31 78% costlier
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 31 57% costlier
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 27 59% costlier
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 24 93% costlier
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Other Bachelor's Degree 22 35% costlier
Design and Visual Communications, General Bachelor's Degree 21 82% costlier
Neuroscience Bachelor's Degree 21 25% costlier
Systems Engineering Bachelor's Degree 20 84% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 19 75% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 18 73% costlier
Printmaking Bachelor's Degree 14 50% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 14 67% costlier
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 14 94% costlier
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 12 71% costlier
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 11 70% costlier
General Literature Bachelor's Degree 11 51% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 10 78% costlier
Environmental Studies Bachelor's Degree 9 47% costlier
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 9 52% costlier
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 8 71% costlier
Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree 8 80% costlier
Health/Health Care Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 8 119% costlier
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 8 70% costlier
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General Bachelor's Degree 7 106% costlier
Education, General Bachelor's Degree 7 68% costlier
Area Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 7 42% costlier
International Business/Trade/Commerce Bachelor's Degree 7 74% costlier
Photography Bachelor's Degree 7 60% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 7 76% costlier
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies Bachelor's Degree 7 80% costlier
Fashion/Apparel Design Bachelor's Degree 6 59% costlier
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 6 46% costlier
Sculpture Bachelor's Degree 6 52% costlier
Architectural Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 5 71% costlier
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other Bachelor's Degree 5 76% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 5 79% costlier
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 5 56% costlier
American/United States Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 5 39% costlier
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Associate's Degree 4 288% costlier
African-American/Black Studies Bachelor's Degree 4 53% costlier
Film/Cinema/Video Studies Bachelor's Degree 4 42% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 4 69% costlier
Urban Studies/Affairs Bachelor's Degree 4 54% costlier
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 4 36% costlier
Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other Bachelor's Degree 4 110% costlier
Painting Bachelor's Degree 4 62% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 4 64% costlier
Industrial and Organizational Psychology Bachelor's Degree 3 60% costlier
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other Bachelor's Degree 3 112% costlier
Humanities/Humanistic Studies Bachelor's Degree 3 69% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 3 59% costlier
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 3 51% costlier
Chinese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 34% costlier
Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 3 69% costlier
Dance, General Bachelor's Degree 3 59% costlier
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 2 103% costlier
Italian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 38% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 2 73% costlier
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering Bachelor's Degree 2 58% costlier
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 2 74% costlier
Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 2 45% costlier
International Relations and Affairs Bachelor's Degree 2 53% costlier
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 1 25% costlier
Philosophy, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 32% costlier
HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS Bachelor's Degree 1 89% costlier
Environmental Biology Bachelor's Degree 1 62% costlier
Comparative Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 29% costlier
East Asian Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 26% costlier
Arabic Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 59% costlier
Japanese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 37% costlier
Social Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 53% costlier
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 1 74% costlier
Latin American Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 36% costlier
Ancient Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 1 27% costlier
Iranian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 1 42% costlier
Archeology Bachelor's Degree 1 35% costlier
Information Science/Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 84% costlier
Chemistry, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 72% costlier
European Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 1 31% costlier
Applied Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 60% costlier
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics Bachelor's Degree 1 47% costlier
Near and Middle Eastern Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 20% costlier

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About Washington University in St Louis

Washington University in St Louis is a four year private college located in Saint Louis, Missouri.  Full time enrollment is 12,959 and part time is 2,088.

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

Address
Washington University in St Louis
One Brookings Drive
Saint Louis, Missouri
63130-4899

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Washington University in St Louis is a private not for profit institution.

Washington University in St Louis cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=179867 IPEDS survey data.