Western Washington University tuition is $6,879 per year for in-state residents. This is 3% cheaper than the national average public four year tuition of $7,056. The cost is 64% cheaper than the average Washington tuition of $18,938 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 13th in Washington amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 23rd most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $21,391 which represents a 211% premium.
The school charges an additional fees of $1,304 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $8,183.
On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $10,971 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Bellingham should budget at least this amount.
The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $906.
If living on-campus, students should budget for $3,495 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $3,495 in other miscellaneous living expenses.
The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Washington residents to go to Western Washington University is $23,555 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Washington residence can expect a one year cost of $38,067.
Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2017-2018 and 2016-2017 IPEDS survey response for Western Washington University and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.
|Washington Resident Total Budget||$23,555|
|Room and Board||$10,971|
|On-Campus Other Budget||$3,495|
|Books and Supplies||$906|
|Non-Resident Total Budget||$38,067|
|Room and Board||$10,971|
|On-Campus Other Budget||$3,495|
|Books and Supplies||$906|
Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $23,555 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 Washington University net price for in-state students is $15,184* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.
53% of Western Washington University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $7,156. 24 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 $4,132. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Western Washington University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
|Financial Aid Summary|
|Average Annual Net Price||$15,184*|
|Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid||53%|
|Average Total Grant Aid||$7,156|
|Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants||24%|
|Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid||$4,132|
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||$8,762|
|$30,001 to $48,000||$10,908|
|$48,001 to $75,000||$16,026|
|$75,001 to $110,000||$20,998|
CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $23,555. 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 Washington 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.
To make a comparative assessment if Western Washington University 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 61/100 for Western Washington University. Considering an average net price paid of $13,086, this leads to an overall value ranking of 75/100. This places the school 75th on our national Best Value Colleges ranking as a provider of a very high value education compared to actual overall price paid.
|School||Cost vs. Western Washington University|
|Washington State University||38.5% more expensive|
|Oregon State University||34.4% more expensive|
|University of Oregon||43.3% 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 Western Washington University.
At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at Western Washington University is $94,220 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 $13,086 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $52,344**
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 $117,775 or $65,430 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.
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 Washington 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 Washington residents||$229|
|Cost for one class for Washington residents (3 credit hours)||$687|
|Price per credit hour for out of state residents||$713|
|Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)||$2,139|
|Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)||$2,852|
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. 49% of Western Washington University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,255. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $21,173.
How much are student loan payments for Western Washington 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 $52,344, 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 $64,946.90. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Western Washington University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 53% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $13,086. 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 Washington 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||$541.22|
|Number of Monthly Payments||120|
|Total Interest Cost||$12,602.90|
|Sum of All Payments over 10 years||$64,946.90|
Can I afford to attend Western Washington 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 Washington 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 $64,946.90 would be needed to afford a $541.22 monthly payment in the example $52,344.00 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 Washington University 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 $94,220.00. 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 Washington University.
|Annual||4 Year Degree|
|Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024||$32,394||$129,574|
|Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029||$41,343||$165,374|
|Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034||$52,766||$211,063|
|Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037||$61,083||$244,332|
We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Western Washington 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|
|General Studies Bachelor's Degree||143||12% costlier|
|Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree||99||5% costlier|
|Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree||96||7% costlier|
|Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree||77||11% cheaper|
|Design and Applied Arts, Other Bachelor's Degree||46||11% cheaper|
|Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree||45||3% costlier|
|Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree||43||3% cheaper|
|Pre-Physical Therapy Studies Bachelor's Degree||40||1% cheaper|
|Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other Bachelor's Degree||38||0% cheaper|
|Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree||37||10% cheaper|
|Economics, Other Bachelor's Degree||37||27% cheaper|
|Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree||30||1% cheaper|
|Geography Bachelor's Degree||28||3% costlier|
|Operations Management and Supervision Bachelor's Degree||26||17% costlier|
|Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree||25||6% cheaper|
|Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology Bachelor's Degree||25||14% cheaper|
|Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree||21||18% costlier|
|Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree||20||8% cheaper|
|Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree||20||18% cheaper|
|Industrial Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree||20||27% costlier|
|Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling Bachelor's Degree||19||8% costlier|
|Biological and Physical Sciences Bachelor's Degree||18||6% cheaper|
|Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree||18||5% cheaper|
|Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||17||12% cheaper|
|Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology Bachelor's Degree||16||16% cheaper|
|Archeology Bachelor's Degree||14||29% cheaper|
|Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree||13||9% costlier|
|Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other Bachelor's Degree||13||18% cheaper|
|Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree||12||19% costlier|
|Automotive Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree||12||20% costlier|
|Industrial and Product Design Bachelor's Degree||12||15% cheaper|
|Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree||11||10% costlier|
|Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography Bachelor's Degree||11||8% cheaper|
|Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree||11||8% cheaper|
|Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree||11||4% cheaper|
|Anthropology, Other Bachelor's Degree||11||15% cheaper|
|Applied Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree||10||15% cheaper|
|Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree||10||6% cheaper|
|French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||9||17% cheaper|
|Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree||9||24% costlier|
|Geophysics and Seismology Bachelor's Degree||8||22% cheaper|
|Developmental and Child Psychology Bachelor's Degree||8||9% cheaper|
|Mathematics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||7||8% costlier|
|Dance, General Bachelor's Degree||7||16% cheaper|
|English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree||6||5% cheaper|
|Linguistics Bachelor's Degree||6||23% cheaper|
|Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||6||11% costlier|
|Finance, General Bachelor's Degree||5||2% costlier|
|Biology Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||5||13% costlier|
|German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||5||19% cheaper|
|Spanish Language Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||5||5% costlier|
|Photography Bachelor's Degree||4||15% cheaper|
|English/Language Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||4||9% costlier|
|Sociology Bachelor's Degree||4||8% cheaper|
|Anthropology Bachelor's Degree||4||16% cheaper|
|History Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||4||10% costlier|
|Accounting Bachelor's Degree||4||2% costlier|
|Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General Bachelor's Degree||4||5% costlier|
|Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree||4||7% cheaper|
|History, General Bachelor's Degree||4||7% cheaper|
|Economics, General Bachelor's Degree||3||15% cheaper|
|Social Science Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||3||20% costlier|
|Music Theory and Composition Bachelor's Degree||3||18% cheaper|
|East Asian Studies Bachelor's Degree||3||33% cheaper|
|Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree||3||9% cheaper|
|Creative Writing Bachelor's Degree||3||17% cheaper|
|Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree||3||4% costlier|
|Environmental Studies Bachelor's Degree||2||22% cheaper|
|American/United States Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree||2||27% cheaper|
|Physics, General Bachelor's Degree||2||13% cheaper|
|Art Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||2||5% costlier|
|Humanities/Humanistic Studies Bachelor's Degree||2||11% cheaper|
|Japanese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||1||27% cheaper|
|Accounting and Computer Science Bachelor's Degree||1||4% cheaper|
|Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree||1||1% cheaper|
|Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree||1||23% cheaper|
|Canadian Studies Bachelor's Degree||1||10% costlier|
|International Business/Trade/Commerce Bachelor's Degree||1||8% cheaper|
|Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies Bachelor's Degree||1||10% costlier|
|Neuroscience Bachelor's Degree||1||34% cheaper|
|Painting Bachelor's Degree||1||14% cheaper|
|Journalism Bachelor's Degree||1||1% cheaper|
|Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree||1||10% costlier|
|Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||1||0% costlier|
|Music, General Bachelor's Degree||1||8% cheaper|
|Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other Bachelor's Degree||1||0% costlier|
|Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree||1||9% cheaper|
|Mathematics and Computer Science Bachelor's Degree||1||21% cheaper|
|Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree||1||7% costlier|
|Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General Bachelor's Degree||1||9% costlier|
|Social Studies Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||1||2% costlier|
|Intermedia/Multimedia Bachelor's Degree||1||18% cheaper|
|Human Services, General Bachelor's Degree||1||9% costlier|
|Drama and Dance Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||1||3% costlier|
|Foreign Languages and Literatures, General Bachelor's Degree||1||5% cheaper|
|Sculpture Bachelor's Degree||1||19% cheaper|
|Journalism, Other Bachelor's Degree||1||6% costlier|
|Philosophy Bachelor's Degree||1||16% cheaper|
Use the calculators below to formulate a college savings plan for Western Washington University or model a student loan.
Western Washington University is a four year public college located in Bellingham, Washington. Full time enrollment is 14,189 and part time is 1,385.
Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.Address
Western Washington 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 Washington University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=237011 IPEDS survey data.