Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Washburn University tuition is $7,868 per year for in-state residents. This is 12% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $7,056. The cost is 57% cheaper than the average Kansas tuition of $18,200 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 6th in Kansas amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 25th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $17,808 which represents a 126% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $110 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $7,978.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $7,890 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Topeka should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,000.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $3,600 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $3,600 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Kansas residents to go to Washburn University is $20,468 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Kansas residence can expect a one year cost of $30,408.

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

Costs and Tuition for Washburn University
Estimated Budgets
Kansas Resident Total Budget $20,468
   In-State Tuition$7,868
   Other Fees$110
   Room and Board$7,890
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,600
   Books and Supplies$1,000
Non-Resident Total Budget $30,408
   Out-of-State Tuition$17,808
   Other Fees$110
   Room and Board$7,890
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,600
   Books and Supplies$1,000


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 $20,468 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 Washburn University net price for in-state students is $11,013* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

81% of Washburn University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $5,880. 42 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 $4,552. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Washburn University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Washburn University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$11,013*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid81%
Average Total Grant Aid$5,880
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants42%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,552

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$9,052
$30,001 to $48,000$10,757
$48,001 to $75,000$12,896
$75,001 to $110,000$14,366

Average Financial Aid Mix - $20,468 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $20,468. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 35% - $5,880

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

Federal Loans

 31% - $5,279

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

Out of Pocket

 34% -  $5,709

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.

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 Washburn 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 Washburn University is $81,872 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 $12,446 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $49,784**

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 $102,340 or $62,230 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

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 Washburn University.

Kansas Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,934
Kansas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$10,234
Non-Kansas Resident Tuition Per Semester$8,904
Non-Kansas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$15,204

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 Washburn 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 Washburn University
Price per credit hour for Kansas residents$281
Cost for one class for Kansas residents (3 credit hours)$843
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$636
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$1,908
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$2,544


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. 59% of Washburn University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,279.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Washburn 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 $49,784, 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 $61,770.53. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Washburn University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 81% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $12,446. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Washburn 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.

Washburn University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$514.75
Amount Borrowed$49,784.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$11,986.53
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$61,770.53

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Washburn 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 Washburn 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 $61,770.53 would be needed to afford a $514.75 monthly payment in the example $49,784.00 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 Washburn University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $5,400 to $7,868. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 9.1%. 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 $81,872.00. 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 Washburn University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$28,148$112,593
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$35,925$143,700
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $45,851$183,402
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $53,078$212,311

Tuition History

What was tuition at Washburn University 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.

YearIn-StateOut-of-stateAnnual Increase
2012$5,184$11,736 4.3%
2011$4,968$11,280 -18.8%
2010$6,116$13,766 2%
2009$5,996$13,496 6.4%
2008$5,636$12,686 6.1%
2007$5,312$11,972 6.6%
2006$4,982$11,192 9.2%
2005$4,562$10,232 10.9%
2004$4,112$9,212 12.5%
2003$3,656$8,186 8.9%
2002$3,356$7,496 2.8%
2001$3,266$7,286 2.4%
2000$3,190$7,010 1.6%
1999$3,140$6,800 3%
1998$3,050$6,590 4.7%
1997$2,912$6,330 3.2%
1996$2,822$5,762 3.3%
1995$2,732$5,162 3.4%
1994$2,642$4,562 6%
1993$2,492$4,232 0%
1992$2,492$3,872 6.4%
1991$2,342$3,632 7%
1990$2,188$3,178 2.8%
1989$2,128$2,968 7.6%
1988$1,978$2,816 10.3%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Washburn 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
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 137 15% cheaper
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 47 14% cheaper
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 43 18% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 27 25% cheaper
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer Associate's Degree 26 56% costlier
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant Associate's Degree 23 52% costlier
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 22 16% cheaper
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General Bachelor's Degree 21 16% cheaper
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 16 18% cheaper
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians, Other Associate's Degree 14 81% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 12 12% cheaper
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 12 27% cheaper
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Associate's Degree 11 57% costlier
Corrections Bachelor's Degree 11 1% costlier
Athletic Training/Trainer Bachelor's Degree 10 19% cheaper
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 9 22% cheaper
Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree 9 24% cheaper
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 8 33% cheaper
Engineering/Industrial Management Bachelor's Degree 8 23% cheaper
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 8 24% cheaper
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 8 16% cheaper
Business/Commerce, General Bachelor's Degree 7 19% cheaper
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 6 59% costlier
Securities Services Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 6 9% costlier
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 5 20% cheaper
History Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 5 12% cheaper
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other Associate's Degree 4 67% costlier
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General Associate's Degree 4 62% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 4 32% cheaper
Natural Sciences Associate's Degree 4 39% costlier
Design and Applied Arts, Other Associate's Degree 4 46% costlier
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 3 13% cheaper
Surgical Technology/Technologist Associate's Degree 3 56% costlier
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist Bachelor's Degree 3 15% cheaper
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 3 26% cheaper
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 34% cheaper
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 2 23% cheaper
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician Bachelor's Degree 2 14% cheaper
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 2 25% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Associate's Degree 2 44% costlier
Art Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 2 16% cheaper
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 2 50% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 2 31% cheaper
Forensic Science and Technology Bachelor's Degree 2 21% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 1 24% cheaper
Public Administration Bachelor's Degree 1 11% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 1 27% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 1 18% cheaper
Spanish Language Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 16% cheaper
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 1 26% cheaper
Banking and Financial Support Services Associate's Degree 1 55% costlier
Biological and Physical Sciences Bachelor's Degree 1 25% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 1 27% cheaper
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 35% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 1 26% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 1 28% cheaper
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 1 33% cheaper
Humanities/Humanistic Studies Associate's Degree 1 38% costlier
Mass Communication/Media Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 20% cheaper
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 1 38% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 26% cheaper
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst Bachelor's Degree 1 6% costlier
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 1 60% costlier
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 2% cheaper
Mathematics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 14% cheaper


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About Washburn University

Washburn University is a four year public college located in Topeka, Kansas.  Full time enrollment is 4,381 and part time is 2,255.

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

Washburn University
1700 SW College Avenue
Topeka, Kansas

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Washburn 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.

Washburn University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=156082 IPEDS survey data.