The total sticker academic price and living expense for in-state Pennsylvania residents to go to WCU is $23,442 for the 2015/2016 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Pennsylvania residence can expect a one year cost of $34,032.
West Chester University of Pennsylvania tuition is $7,060 per year for in-state residents. This is 7% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $6,614. The cost is 72% cheaper than the average Pennsylvania tuition of $24,881 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 8th in Pennsylvania amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 127th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $17,650 which represents a 150% premium.
The school charges an additional fees of $2,402 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $9,462.
On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $12,780 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in West Chester should budget at least this amount.
The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,200.
All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2015-2016 and 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey and represent reported costs for the 2015-2016 and 2014-2015 academic years.
|Pennsylvania Resident Total Cost||$23,442|
|Room and Board||$12,780|
|Books and Supplies||$1,200|
|Non-Resident Total Cost||$34,032|
|Room and Board||$12,780|
|Books and Supplies||$1,200|
Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $23,442 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 WCU net price for in-state students $18,792* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.
39% of West Chester University of Pennsylvania students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $5,850. 23 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 $4,130. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend West Chester University of Pennsylvania, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
|Financial Aid Summary|
|Average Annual Net Price||$18,792*|
|Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid||39%|
|Average Total Grant Aid||$5,850|
|Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants||23%|
|Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid||$4,130|
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||$15,937|
|$30,001 to $48,000||$17,149|
|$48,001 to $75,000||$21,140|
|$75,001 to $110,000||$23,710|
CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $23,442. 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, West Chester University of Pennsylvania 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. West Chester University of Pennsylvania|
|Rowan University||31.1% more expensive|
|University of Maryland Baltimore County||13.9% more expensive|
|Ramapo College of New Jersey||25.6% more expensive|
|George Mason University||13% more expensive|
|St Mary's College of Maryland||58.6% more 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 West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at WCU is $93,768 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 $17,986 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $71,944**
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 $117,210 or $89,930 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 West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
|Pennsylvania Resident Tuition Per Semester||$3,530|
|Pennsylvania Resident Total Cost Per Semester||$11,721|
|Non-Pennsylvania Resident Tuition Per Semester||$8,825|
|Non-Pennsylvania Resident Total Cost Per Semester||$17,016|
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 West Chester University of Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania residents||$294|
|Cost for one class for Pennsylvania residents (3 credit hours)||$882|
|Price per credit hour for out of state residents||$735|
|Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)||$2,205|
|Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)||$2,940|
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. 69% of West Chester University of Pennsylvania students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,870. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $23,395.
How much are student loan payments for West Chester University of Pennsylvania? 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 $71,944, 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 $88,602.58. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 39% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $17,986. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our West Chester University of Pennsylvania 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||$738.35|
|Number of Monthly Payments||120|
|Total Interest Cost||$16,658.58|
|Sum of All Payments over 10 years||$88,602.58|
Can I afford to attend WCU? 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 West Chester University of Pennsylvania, 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 $88,602.58 would be needed to afford a $738.35 monthly payment in the example $71,944.00 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 West Chester University of Pennsylvania in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $6,240 to $7,060. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 3.3%. 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 $93,768.00. 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 West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
|Annual||4 Year Degree|
|Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2022||$32,238||$128,953|
|Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2027||$41,145||$164,580|
|Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2032||$52,513||$210,051|
|Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2035||$60,790||$243,160|
What was tuition at WCU 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.
We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at West Chester University of Pennsylvania 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|
|Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree||151||10% cheaper|
|Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree||148||0% costlier|
|Rhetoric and Composition Bachelor's Degree||142||3% cheaper|
|Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree||132||6% costlier|
|Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General Bachelor's Degree||98||16% cheaper|
|Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Bachelor's Degree||87||7% costlier|
|Dietetics/Dietitian Bachelor's Degree||78||2% cheaper|
|Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree||51||7% cheaper|
|Music, General Bachelor's Degree||46||12% cheaper|
|Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree||41||16% cheaper|
|Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree||41||1% costlier|
|Social Work Bachelor's Degree||35||0% cheaper|
|Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree||27||2% cheaper|
|Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree||27||15% cheaper|
|Athletic Training/Trainer Bachelor's Degree||24||4% cheaper|
|Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree||21||1% costlier|
|Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree||21||3% costlier|
|Pharmaceutics and Drug Design Bachelor's Degree||15||1% cheaper|
|Finance, General Bachelor's Degree||14||3% cheaper|
|Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree||11||13% cheaper|
|Geography Bachelor's Degree||10||3% cheaper|
|Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies Bachelor's Degree||9||15% cheaper|
|Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree||8||9% cheaper|
|French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||8||21% cheaper|
|Analytical Chemistry Bachelor's Degree||6||0% cheaper|
|Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree||6||10% cheaper|
|Public Health, General Bachelor's Degree||6||12% cheaper|
|Physics, General Bachelor's Degree||5||18% cheaper|
|German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||5||23% cheaper|
|Philosophy Bachelor's Degree||3||20% cheaper|
|Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree||3||13% cheaper|
|Accounting Bachelor's Degree||3||3% cheaper|
|History, General Bachelor's Degree||2||12% cheaper|
|Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||2||16% cheaper|
|Health/Health Care Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree||2||11% costlier|
|Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree||2||22% cheaper|
|Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree||2||8% cheaper|
|Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree||2||24% cheaper|
|Latin Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||2||31% cheaper|
|Anthropology Bachelor's Degree||2||20% cheaper|
|Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree||2||13% cheaper|
|Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree||2||11% cheaper|
|Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree||1||12% cheaper|
|American/United States Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree||1||30% cheaper|
|English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree||1||10% cheaper|
|Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree||1||10% cheaper|
|Sociology Bachelor's Degree||1||12% cheaper|
|Russian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||1||31% cheaper|
|Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General Bachelor's Degree||1||0% cheaper|
Use the calculators below to formulate a college savings plan for West Chester University of Pennsylvania or model a student loan.
West Chester University of Pennsylvania is a four year public college located in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Full time enrollment is 13,403 and part time is 2,683. For the 2011/2012 school year, the school received 13,291 applicants. 7,108 were admitted and 2,351 enrolled.
Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.Address
West Chester University of Pennsylvania 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.
West Chester University of Pennsylvania cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=216764 IPEDS survey data.