University of Wisconsin Madison tuition is $9,273 per year for in-state residents. This is 31% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $7,056. The cost is 52% cheaper than the average Wisconsin tuition of $19,200 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 15th in Wisconsin amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 40th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $33,523 which represents a 262% premium.
The school charges an additional fees of $1,260 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $10,533.
On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $10,842 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Madison should budget at least this amount.
The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,200.
If living on-campus, students should budget for $3,060 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $3,060 in other miscellaneous living expenses.
The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Wisconsin residents to go to Wisconsin is $25,635 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Wisconsin residence can expect a one year cost of $49,885.
Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2017-2018 and 2016-2017 IPEDS survey response for University of Wisconsin Madison and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.
|Wisconsin Resident Total Budget||$25,635|
|Room and Board||$10,842|
|On-Campus Other Budget||$3,060|
|Books and Supplies||$1,200|
|Non-Resident Total Budget||$49,885|
|Room and Board||$10,842|
|On-Campus Other Budget||$3,060|
|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 $25,635 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 Wisconsin net price for in-state students is $16,131* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.
52% of University of Wisconsin Madison students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $6,273. 14 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 $4,155. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend University of Wisconsin Madison, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
|Financial Aid Summary|
|Average Annual Net Price||$16,131*|
|Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid||52%|
|Average Total Grant Aid||$6,273|
|Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants||14%|
|Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid||$4,155|
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||$9,235|
|$30,001 to $48,000||$10,514|
|$48,001 to $75,000||$16,747|
|$75,001 to $110,000||$21,142|
CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $25,635. 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, University of Wisconsin Madison 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 Wisconsin 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 87/100 for University of Wisconsin Madison. Considering an average net price paid of $14,940, this leads to an overall value ranking of 81/100. This places the school 33rd 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. University of Wisconsin Madison|
|University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign||29.8% more expensive|
|University of Minnesota Twin Cities||38% more expensive|
|Ohio State University||4.8% 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 University of Wisconsin Madison.
At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at Wisconsin is $102,540 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 $14,940 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $59,760**
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 $128,175 or $74,700 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 University of Wisconsin Madison.
|Wisconsin Resident Tuition Per Semester||$4,636|
|Wisconsin Resident Total Cost Per Semester||$12,818|
|Non-Wisconsin Resident Tuition Per Semester||$16,762|
|Non-Wisconsin Resident Total Cost Per Semester||$24,942|
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 Wisconsin Madison 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 Wisconsin residents||$386|
|Cost for one class for Wisconsin residents (3 credit hours)||$1,158|
|Price per credit hour for out of state residents||$1,397|
|Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)||$4,191|
|Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)||$5,588|
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. 37% of University of Wisconsin Madison students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,852. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $25,664.
How much are student loan payments for University of Wisconsin Madison? 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 $59,760, 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 $74,148.46. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at University of Wisconsin Madison. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 52% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $14,940. 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 Wisconsin Madison 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||$617.90|
|Number of Monthly Payments||120|
|Total Interest Cost||$14,388.46|
|Sum of All Payments over 10 years||$74,148.46|
Can I afford to attend Wisconsin? 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 Wisconsin Madison, 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 $74,148.46 would be needed to afford a $617.90 monthly payment in the example $59,760.00 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 University of Wisconsin Madison 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 $102,540.00. 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 Wisconsin Madison.
|Annual||4 Year Degree|
|Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024||$35,254||$141,016|
|Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029||$44,994||$179,977|
|Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034||$57,425||$229,701|
|Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037||$66,477||$265,907|
We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at University of Wisconsin Madison 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|
|Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree||154||20% costlier|
|Economics, General Bachelor's Degree||111||11% costlier|
|History, General Bachelor's Degree||103||22% costlier|
|Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||100||16% costlier|
|Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree||72||23% costlier|
|International/Global Studies Bachelor's Degree||70||14% costlier|
|Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree||65||18% costlier|
|Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree||61||26% costlier|
|Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree||61||23% costlier|
|Finance, General Bachelor's Degree||55||34% costlier|
|LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES Bachelor's Degree||46||24% costlier|
|English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree||44||24% costlier|
|Journalism Bachelor's Degree||44||29% costlier|
|Insurance Bachelor's Degree||40||27% costlier|
|Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree||40||37% costlier|
|Sociology Bachelor's Degree||39||21% costlier|
|Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree||34||44% costlier|
|Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree||31||22% costlier|
|Physician Assistant Bachelor's Degree||30||12% costlier|
|Zoology/Animal Biology Bachelor's Degree||29||26% costlier|
|French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||26||8% costlier|
|Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree||24||35% costlier|
|Conservation Biology Bachelor's Degree||22||11% costlier|
|Actuarial Science Bachelor's Degree||22||18% costlier|
|Landscape Architecture Bachelor's Degree||21||22% costlier|
|Real Estate Bachelor's Degree||21||20% costlier|
|Accounting Bachelor's Degree||21||34% costlier|
|Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree||21||40% costlier|
|Agricultural Engineering Bachelor's Degree||20||20% costlier|
|Geography Bachelor's Degree||20||35% costlier|
|Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree||19||7% costlier|
|Asian Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree||19||5% cheaper|
|Anthropology Bachelor's Degree||19||10% costlier|
|Agricultural Business and Management, General Bachelor's Degree||17||46% costlier|
|Social Work Bachelor's Degree||17||38% costlier|
|Family and Community Services Bachelor's Degree||17||67% costlier|
|Philosophy Bachelor's Degree||16||10% costlier|
|Apparel and Textiles, General Bachelor's Degree||15||34% costlier|
|Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree||15||6% cheaper|
|Horticultural Science Bachelor's Degree||15||36% costlier|
|Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree||14||5% costlier|
|Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree||13||20% costlier|
|International Business/Trade/Commerce Bachelor's Degree||13||21% costlier|
|Microbiology and Immunology Bachelor's Degree||13||9% cheaper|
|Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree||13||18% costlier|
|Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree||12||17% costlier|
|Chinese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||12||7% cheaper|
|Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree||11||5% costlier|
|Latin American and Caribbean Studies Bachelor's Degree||9||0% costlier|
|Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||9||60% costlier|
|Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree||8||1% costlier|
|Molecular Biology Bachelor's Degree||8||3% costlier|
|Physics, General Bachelor's Degree||8||13% costlier|
|Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree||8||27% costlier|
|Microbiology, General Bachelor's Degree||8||26% costlier|
|Art Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||8||37% costlier|
|Genetics, General Bachelor's Degree||7||15% costlier|
|Entomology Bachelor's Degree||7||10% costlier|
|Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree||7||36% costlier|
|Forest Sciences and Biology Bachelor's Degree||6||18% costlier|
|Applied Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree||6||11% costlier|
|Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree||6||41% costlier|
|Agricultural Economics Bachelor's Degree||6||31% costlier|
|Music, General Bachelor's Degree||6||21% costlier|
|Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree||6||29% costlier|
|South Asian Studies Bachelor's Degree||6||14% cheaper|
|Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree||5||18% costlier|
|Russian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||5||5% cheaper|
|Japanese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||5||5% cheaper|
|Geographic Information Science and Cartography Bachelor's Degree||5||53% costlier|
|Engineering Mechanics Bachelor's Degree||5||25% costlier|
|Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Bachelor's Degree||5||51% costlier|
|Hebrew Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||5||17% costlier|
|Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree||4||25% costlier|
|Linguistics Bachelor's Degree||4||1% costlier|
|Italian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||4||4% cheaper|
|Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree||4||18% costlier|
|Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree||4||9% costlier|
|Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree||4||19% costlier|
|Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree||4||20% costlier|
|Statistics, General Bachelor's Degree||4||11% costlier|
|Portuguese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||4||6% costlier|
|Astrophysics Bachelor's Degree||4||13% cheaper|
|Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree||4||17% costlier|
|Operations Management and Supervision Bachelor's Degree||3||53% costlier|
|Agricultural Communication/Journalism Bachelor's Degree||3||41% costlier|
|Dairy Science Bachelor's Degree||3||34% costlier|
|Nutrition Sciences Bachelor's Degree||3||11% costlier|
|Geological/Geophysical Engineering Bachelor's Degree||3||18% costlier|
|Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor Bachelor's Degree||3||59% costlier|
|African-American/Black Studies Bachelor's Degree||2||6% costlier|
|Industrial Engineering Bachelor's Degree||2||24% costlier|
|Human Development and Family Studies, General Bachelor's Degree||2||35% costlier|
|Social Studies Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||2||34% costlier|
|Engineering Physics/Applied Physics Bachelor's Degree||2||2% costlier|
|Scandinavian Studies Bachelor's Degree||2||11% costlier|
|African Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree||2||7% costlier|
|Soil Science and Agronomy, General Bachelor's Degree||2||27% costlier|
|Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree||2||39% costlier|
|Polish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||2||6% cheaper|
|Retailing and Retail Operations Bachelor's Degree||2||20% costlier|
|Botany/Plant Biology Bachelor's Degree||2||24% costlier|
|Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management Bachelor's Degree||2||48% costlier|
|Materials Engineering Bachelor's Degree||2||4% costlier|
|Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Bachelor's Degree||2||2% cheaper|
|Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences Communication Bachelor's Degree||1||13% costlier|
|Latin Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||1||5% cheaper|
|Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General Bachelor's Degree||1||47% costlier|
|Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||1||31% costlier|
|Plant Pathology/Phytopathology Bachelor's Degree||1||16% costlier|
|Rural Sociology Bachelor's Degree||1||7% costlier|
|Interior Design Bachelor's Degree||1||29% costlier|
|Jewish/Judaic Studies Bachelor's Degree||1||1% costlier|
|Agronomy and Crop Science Bachelor's Degree||1||39% costlier|
|Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies Bachelor's Degree||1||16% costlier|
|Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General Bachelor's Degree||1||24% costlier|
|Nuclear Engineering Bachelor's Degree||1||16% costlier|
|Consumer Economics Bachelor's Degree||1||37% costlier|
|Pharmacology and Toxicology Bachelor's Degree||1||4% costlier|
|Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree||1||30% costlier|
|Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||1||46% costlier|
|Financial Planning and Services Bachelor's Degree||1||39% costlier|
|Animal Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree||1||36% costlier|
|Earth Science Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||1||50% costlier|
|History and Philosophy of Science and Technology Bachelor's Degree||1||10% cheaper|
|Dance, General Bachelor's Degree||1||10% costlier|
|Comparative Literature Bachelor's Degree||1||10% cheaper|
|Food Science Bachelor's Degree||1||27% costlier|
|Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist Bachelor's Degree||1||40% costlier|
Use the calculators below to formulate a college savings plan for University of Wisconsin Madison or model a student loan.
University of Wisconsin Madison is a four year public college located in Madison, Wisconsin. Full time enrollment is 38,284 and part time is 4,298.
Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.Address
University of Wisconsin Madison 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 Wisconsin Madison cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=240444 IPEDS survey data.