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Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Tuition for George Washington University is $53,435 for the 2017/2018 academic year. This is 93% more expensive than the national average private non-profit four year college tuition of $27,755. George Washington University is one of the 100 most expensive colleges in the America, coming in 10th on our Expensive 100 Ranking. The cost is 86% more expensive than the average District Of Columbia tuition of $28,769 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 11th in District Of Columbia amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the most expensive 4 year college in the state. Price does not vary by residence.

The school charges an additional fees of $83 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $53,518.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $13,000 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Washington should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,325.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $1,525 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $1,525 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The annual tuition and living expense budget to go to GW was $69,368 for the 2017/2018 academic year. The cost is the same for all students regardless of District Of Columbia residence status as there is no in-state discount.

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

Costs and Tuition for George Washington University
Estimated Budgets
District Of Columbia Resident Total Budget $69,368
   In-State Tuition$53,435
   Other Fees$83
   Room and Board$13,000
   On-Campus Other Budget$1,525
   Books and Supplies$1,325
Non-Resident Total Budget $69,368
   Out-of-State Tuition$53,435
   Other Fees$83
   Room and Board$13,000
   On-Campus Other Budget$1,525
   Books and Supplies$1,325


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 $69,368 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 GW net price for in-state students is $32,826* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

67% of George Washington University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $28,562. 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 $4,298. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend George Washington University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for George Washington University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$32,826*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid67%
Average Total Grant Aid$28,562
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants14%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,298

Average Net Price 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$19,494
$30,001 to $48,000$17,675
$48,001 to $75,000$23,330
$75,001 to $110,000$29,667

Average Financial Aid Mix - $69,368 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $69,368. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 42% - $28,562

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

Federal Loans

 9% - $6,398

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

Out of Pocket

 48% -  $32,883

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for 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.

Is it Worth the Cost?

To make a comparative assessment if GW 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 92/100 for George Washington University. Considering an average net price paid of $27,793, this leads to an overall value ranking of 64/100. This places the school 150th on our national Best Value Colleges ranking as a provider of a very high value education compared to actual overall price paid.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Private Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. George Washington University
American University14.3% less expensive
University of Richmond4.7% less expensive
Villanova University5.4% less expensive
Bucknell University0.5% more expensive
Muhlenberg College6.3% 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 George Washington University.

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 GW is $277,472 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 $27,793 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $111,172**

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 $346,840 or $138,965 using an average net price.

**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for 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

Estimated Cost Per Semester

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 George Washington University.

District Of Columbia Resident Tuition Per Semester$26,718
District Of Columbia Resident Total Cost Per Semester$34,684

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 George Washington University 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 George Washington University
Price per credit hour$1,520
Cost for one class (3 credit hours)$4,560
Cost for one class (4 credit hours)$6,080


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. 43% of George Washington University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $6,398. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $30,881.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for George 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 $111,172, 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 $137,938.96. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at George Washington University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 67% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $27,793. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our George 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.

George Washington University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$1,149.49
Amount Borrowed$111,172.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$26,766.96
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$137,938.96

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend GW? 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 George 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 $137,938.96 would be needed to afford a $1,149.49 monthly payment in the example $111,172.00 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 George Washington University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $45,735 to $53,435. 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 4 year cost of $277,472.00. 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 George Washington University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$95,397$381,589
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$121,754$487,015
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $155,392$621,568
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $179,886$719,542

Tuition History

What was tuition at GW 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 in the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1987 follows.

YearTuitionAnnual Increase

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at George 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
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician Associate's Degree 155 275% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 84 72% costlier
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 43 87% costlier
International Business/Trade/Commerce Bachelor's Degree 43 68% costlier
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 42 80% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 41 67% costlier
Public Health, Other Bachelor's Degree 23 49% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 22 55% costlier
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 19 64% costlier
International Relations and Affairs Bachelor's Degree 19 48% costlier
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 17 36% costlier
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 17 93% costlier
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 16 64% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 16 91% costlier
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions, Other Bachelor's Degree 15 75% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 14 72% costlier
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree 13 80% costlier
General Studies Associate's Degree 13 229% costlier
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician Bachelor's Degree 13 97% costlier
Geography Bachelor's Degree 12 88% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 11 63% costlier
Systems Engineering Bachelor's Degree 10 77% costlier
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 9 86% costlier
Meeting and Event Planning Bachelor's Degree 9 63% costlier
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 9 54% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 9 58% costlier
Clinical Research Coordinator Bachelor's Degree 8 2% costlier
Interior Design Bachelor's Degree 8 79% costlier
Cytotechnology/Cytotechnologist Bachelor's Degree 8 81% costlier
Health/Health Care Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 8 111% costlier
Criminal Justice/Police Science Bachelor's Degree 7 106% costlier
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 7 65% costlier
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 7 64% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 7 70% costlier
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 6 41% costlier
Creative Writing Bachelor's Degree 6 51% costlier
Near and Middle Eastern Studies Bachelor's Degree 6 16% costlier
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 5 49% costlier
Asian Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 5 32% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 4 69% costlier
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 4 77% costlier
Athletic Training/Trainer Bachelor's Degree 4 84% costlier
Information Science/Studies Bachelor's Degree 4 77% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 4 54% costlier
Statistics, General Bachelor's Degree 3 54% costlier
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 3 65% costlier
Latin American Studies Bachelor's Degree 3 31% costlier
Russian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 32% costlier
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 3 46% costlier
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 3 46% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 3 68% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 3 73% costlier
European Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 3 26% costlier
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist Bachelor's Degree 3 94% costlier
Environmental Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 42% costlier
Business/Commerce, General Bachelor's Degree 2 84% costlier
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 2 31% costlier
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 50% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 2 67% costlier
Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General Bachelor's Degree 2 19% costlier
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 2 61% costlier
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 2 68% costlier
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 104% costlier
Biophysics Bachelor's Degree 2 27% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 61% costlier
Physical and Biological Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 1 5% costlier
Political Communication Bachelor's Degree 1 24% costlier
Chinese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 29% costlier
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree 1 80% costlier
Human/Medical Genetics Bachelor's Degree 1 47% costlier
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other Associate's Degree 1 216% costlier
American/United States Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 1 34% costlier
Applied Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 54% costlier
Archeology Bachelor's Degree 1 30% costlier
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 65% costlier
Tourism and Travel Services Management Bachelor's Degree 1 84% costlier
Japanese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 32% costlier
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 47% costlier
Human Services, General Bachelor's Degree 1 99% costlier
Communication, General Bachelor's Degree 1 79% costlier
Jewish/Judaic Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 40% costlier
Dance, General Bachelor's Degree 1 53% costlier


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About George Washington University

George Washington University is a four year private college located in Washington, District Of Columbia.  Full time enrollment is 18,269 and part time is 8,890.

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

George Washington University
2121 I Street- NW
Washington, District Of Columbia

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

George Washington University is a private not for profit institution.

George Washington University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=131469 IPEDS survey data.