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Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

University of Washington Tacoma Campus tuition is $9,909 per year for in-state residents. This is 40% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $7,056. The cost is 48% cheaper than the average Washington tuition of $18,938 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 15th in Washington amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 21st most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $34,473 which represents a 248% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $1,137 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $11,046.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $10,650 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Tacoma should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $825.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $3,789 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $3,789 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Washington residents to go to UWT is $26,310 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Washington residence can expect a one year cost of $50,874.

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

Costs and Tuition for University of Washington Tacoma Campus
Estimated Budgets
Washington Resident Total Budget $26,310
   In-State Tuition$9,909
   Other Fees$1,137
   Room and Board$10,650
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,789
   Books and Supplies$825
Non-Resident Total Budget $50,874
   Out-of-State Tuition$34,473
   Other Fees$1,137
   Room and Board$10,650
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,789
   Books and Supplies$825

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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 $26,310 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 UWT net price for in-state students is $9,410* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

76% of University of Washington Tacoma Campus students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $12,530. 56 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 $4,177. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend University of Washington Tacoma Campus, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for University of Washington Tacoma Campus
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$9,410*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid76%
Average Total Grant Aid$12,530
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants56%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,177

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$7,710
$30,001 to $48,000$5,405
$48,001 to $75,000$9,083
$75,001 to $110,000$17,995
$110,000+$20,733

Average Financial Aid Mix - $26,310 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $26,310. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.

56%
21%
23%

Grants and Scholarships

 56% - $12,530

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

Federal Loans

 21% - $4,838

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

Out of Pocket

 23% -  $5,153

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. University of Washington Tacoma Campus
Western Oregon University24.9% less expensive
Eastern Oregon University30.1% 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 University of Washington Tacoma Campus.

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 UWT is $105,240 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 $9,162 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $36,648**

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 $131,550 or $45,810 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

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 University of Washington Tacoma Campus 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 University of Washington Tacoma Campus
Price per credit hour for Washington residents$330
Cost for one class for Washington residents (3 credit hours)$990
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$1,149
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$3,447
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$4,596

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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. 39% of University of Washington Tacoma Campus students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $4,838. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $20,700.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for University of Washington Tacoma Campus? 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 $36,648, 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 $45,471.76. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at University of Washington Tacoma Campus. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 76% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $9,162. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our University of Washington Tacoma Campus 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.

University of Washington Tacoma Campus Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$378.93
Amount Borrowed$36,648.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$8,823.76
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$45,471.76

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend UWT? 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 University of Washington Tacoma Campus, 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 $45,471.76 would be needed to afford a $378.93 monthly payment in the example $36,648.00 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 University of Washington Tacoma Campus in the future? 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 $105,240.00. 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 University of Washington Tacoma Campus.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$36,182$144,730
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$46,179$184,716
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $58,937$235,749
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $68,227$272,909

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at University of Washington Tacoma Campus 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
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 75 42% costlier
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 74 37% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 49 47% costlier
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 42 41% costlier
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 32 37% costlier
Management Science Bachelor's Degree 27 23% costlier
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 20 19% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 20 40% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 6 38% costlier
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 3 21% costlier
Urban Studies/Affairs Bachelor's Degree 1 9% costlier

Calculators

Use the calculators below to formulate a college savings plan for University of Washington Tacoma Campus or model a student loan.

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Plan and Save for College

Discover how much will you need to start saving now to afford University of Washington Tacoma Campus in the future.

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Estimate Loan Payments

Modify the loan assumptions to fit your financial situation and likely tuition price. Then calculate your payoff and loan payments for a University of Washington Tacoma Campus student loan.

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About University of Washington Tacoma Campus

University of Washington Tacoma Campus is a four year public college located in Tacoma, Washington.  Full time enrollment is 4,147 and part time is 840.

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

Address
University of Washington Tacoma Campus
1900 Commerce St
Tacoma, Washington
98402-3100

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

University of Washington Tacoma Campus 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.

University of Washington Tacoma Campus cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=377564 IPEDS survey data.