Western Carolina University tuition is $3,971 per year for in-state residents. This is 44% cheaper than the national average public four year tuition of $7,056. The cost is 78% cheaper than the average North Carolina tuition of $18,281 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 8th in North Carolina amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 60th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $14,364 which represents a 262% premium.
The school charges an additional fees of $2,926 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $6,897.
On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $9,553 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Cullowhee should budget at least this amount.
The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $2,332.
If living on-campus, students should budget for $2,670 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $2,670 in other miscellaneous living expenses.
The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state North Carolina residents to go to Western Carolina University is $21,452 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have North Carolina residence can expect a one year cost of $31,845.
Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2017-2018 and 2016-2017 IPEDS survey response for Western Carolina University and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.
|North Carolina Resident Total Budget||$21,452|
|Room and Board||$9,553|
|On-Campus Other Budget||$2,670|
|Books and Supplies||$2,332|
|Non-Resident Total Budget||$31,845|
|Room and Board||$9,553|
|On-Campus Other Budget||$2,670|
|Books and Supplies||$2,332|
Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $21,452 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.
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 Carolina University net price for in-state students is $12,916* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.
70% of Western Carolina University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $5,755. 39 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 $4,060. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Western Carolina University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
|Financial Aid Summary|
|Average Annual Net Price||$12,916*|
|Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid||70%|
|Average Total Grant Aid||$5,755|
|Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants||39%|
|Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid||$4,060|
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||$9,009|
|$30,001 to $48,000||$10,838|
|$48,001 to $75,000||$14,000|
|$75,001 to $110,000||$17,217|
CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $21,452. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.
Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, Western Carolina University or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.
Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.
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.
|School||Cost vs. Western Carolina University|
|University of North Carolina at Asheville||3.8% more expensive|
|The University of Tennessee||179.8% more expensive|
|North Georgia College & State University||2.2% less expensive|
|Georgia State University||75.9% more expensive|
|University of North Carolina at Charlotte||4% less expensive|
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 Carolina University.
At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at Western Carolina University is $85,808 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 $9,128 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $36,512**
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 $107,260 or $45,640 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.
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 Carolina University.
|North Carolina Resident Tuition Per Semester||$1,986|
|North Carolina Resident Total Cost Per Semester||$10,726|
|Non-North Carolina Resident Tuition Per Semester||$7,182|
|Non-North Carolina Resident Total Cost Per Semester||$15,922|
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 Carolina University are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.
|Price per credit hour for North Carolina residents||$277|
|Cost for one class for North Carolina residents (3 credit hours)||$831|
|Price per credit hour for out of state residents||$676|
|Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)||$2,028|
|Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)||$2,704|
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. 61% of Western Carolina University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,658. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $20,273.
How much are student loan payments for Western Carolina 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 $36,512, 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 $45,303.02. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Western Carolina University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 70% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $9,128. 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 Carolina 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.
|Monthly Loan Payment||$377.53|
|Number of Monthly Payments||120|
|Total Interest Cost||$8,791.02|
|Sum of All Payments over 10 years||$45,303.02|
Can I afford to attend Western Carolina 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 Carolina 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 $45,303.02 would be needed to afford a $377.53 monthly payment in the example $36,512.00 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.
What will it cost to send your child to Western Carolina University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $3,397 to $3,971. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 3.4%. 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 $85,808.00. 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 Carolina University.
|Annual||4 Year Degree|
|Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024||$29,502||$118,006|
|Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029||$37,652||$150,609|
|Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034||$48,055||$192,219|
|Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037||$55,629||$222,518|
We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Western Carolina 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|
|Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree||144||6% cheaper|
|Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree||136||11% cheaper|
|Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Bachelor's Degree||103||6% cheaper|
|Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree||80||10% cheaper|
|Construction Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree||74||5% cheaper|
|Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree||54||21% cheaper|
|Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree||51||8% cheaper|
|ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES AND ENGINEERING-RELATED FIELDS Bachelor's Degree||40||3% cheaper|
|Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree||40||20% cheaper|
|Social Work Bachelor's Degree||37||12% cheaper|
|Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree||35||21% cheaper|
|Accounting Bachelor's Degree||34||14% cheaper|
|English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree||34||21% cheaper|
|Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree||33||12% cheaper|
|History, General Bachelor's Degree||32||22% cheaper|
|Anthropology Bachelor's Degree||32||29% cheaper|
|Hospitality Administration/Management, General Bachelor's Degree||30||12% cheaper|
|Public Administration Bachelor's Degree||29||7% cheaper|
|Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree||29||0% costlier|
|Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree||29||26% cheaper|
|Sport and Fitness Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree||29||15% cheaper|
|Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree||27||23% cheaper|
|Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy Bachelor's Degree||25||5% cheaper|
|Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree||25||13% cheaper|
|Dietetics/Dietitian Bachelor's Degree||25||12% cheaper|
|Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies Bachelor's Degree||23||21% cheaper|
|Interior Design Bachelor's Degree||23||18% cheaper|
|Sociology Bachelor's Degree||22||23% cheaper|
|Communication Sciences and Disorders, General Bachelor's Degree||21||12% cheaper|
|Finance, General Bachelor's Degree||19||14% cheaper|
|Marketing, Other Bachelor's Degree||19||20% cheaper|
|Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General Bachelor's Degree||18||6% cheaper|
|Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator Bachelor's Degree||17||0% cheaper|
|Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree||17||24% cheaper|
|Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree||16||9% cheaper|
|Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||16||26% cheaper|
|Environmental Health Bachelor's Degree||16||12% cheaper|
|Philosophy Bachelor's Degree||15||30% cheaper|
|Social Studies Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||15||15% cheaper|
|Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree||13||22% cheaper|
|Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) Bachelor's Degree||13||13% cheaper|
|Natural Resources Management and Policy Bachelor's Degree||12||17% cheaper|
|Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree||12||25% cheaper|
|English/Language Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||12||9% cheaper|
|Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree||12||1% cheaper|
|Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree||12||11% cheaper|
|Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree||11||20% cheaper|
|Forensic Chemistry Bachelor's Degree||10||18% cheaper|
|Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other Bachelor's Degree||10||23% cheaper|
|Music, General Bachelor's Degree||9||23% cheaper|
|Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||8||16% cheaper|
|Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree||7||23% cheaper|
|Computer Science Bachelor's Degree||7||24% cheaper|
|Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree||6||26% cheaper|
|Art Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||6||12% cheaper|
|Athletic Training/Trainer Bachelor's Degree||6||15% cheaper|
|Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree||6||19% cheaper|
|Mathematics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||4||10% cheaper|
|Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||4||7% cheaper|
|International Business/Trade/Commerce Bachelor's Degree||3||23% cheaper|
|Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree||2||24% cheaper|
|German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||2||32% cheaper|
|Spanish Language Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||1||12% cheaper|
|International/Global Studies Bachelor's Degree||1||28% cheaper|
|Forensic Science and Technology Bachelor's Degree||1||17% cheaper|
Use the calculators below to formulate a college savings plan for Western Carolina University or model a student loan.
Western Carolina University is a four year public college located in Cullowhee, North Carolina. Full time enrollment is 8,567 and part time is 2,238.
Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.Address
Western Carolina 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 Carolina University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=200004 IPEDS survey data.