Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Wayne State University tuition is $11,217 per year for in-state residents. This is 60% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $7,203. The cost is 40% cheaper than the average Michigan tuition of $19,309 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 17th in Michigan amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 42nd most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $25,691 which represents a 129% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $1,512 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $12,729.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $10,102 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Detroit should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,196.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $2,262 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $5,278 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Michigan residents to go to WSU is $26,289 for the 2018/2019 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Michigan residence can expect a one year cost of $40,763.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2018-2019 and 2017-2018 IPEDS survey response for Wayne State University and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Wayne State University
Estimated Budgets
Michigan Resident Total Budget $26,289
   In-State Tuition$11,217
   Other Fees$1,512
   Room and Board$10,102
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,262
   Books and Supplies$1,196
Non-Resident Total Budget $40,763
   Out-of-State Tuition$25,691
   Other Fees$1,512
   Room and Board$10,102
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,262
   Books and Supplies$1,196


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 $26,289 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 WSU net price for in-state students is $12,095* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

82% of Wayne State University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $9,137. 54 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 $4,788. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Wayne State University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Wayne State University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$12,095*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid82%
Average Total Grant Aid$9,137
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants54%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,788

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$9,909
$30,001 to $48,000$11,189
$48,001 to $75,000$13,767
$75,001 to $110,000$17,434

Average Financial Aid Mix - $26,289 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $26,289. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 38% - $9,137

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

Federal Loans

 22% - $5,274

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

Out of Pocket

 40% -  $9,616

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. Wayne State University
Oakland University6.7% more expensive
Eastern Michigan University6.3% more expensive
University of Toledo28.2% less expensive
Saginaw Valley State University16.4% less expensive
Kent State University at Kent10.7% 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 Wayne State 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 WSU is $105,156 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 $10,295 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $41,180**

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 $131,445 or $51,475 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 Wayne State University.

Michigan Resident Tuition Per Semester$5,608
Michigan Resident Total Cost Per Semester$13,144
Non-Michigan Resident Tuition Per Semester$12,846
Non-Michigan Resident Total Cost Per Semester$20,382

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 Wayne State 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 Wayne State University
Price per credit hour for Michigan residents$409
Cost for one class for Michigan residents (3 credit hours)$1,227
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$938
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$2,814
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$3,752


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. 56% of Wayne State University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,274. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $23,136.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Wayne State 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 $41,180, 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 $51,094.94. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Wayne State University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 82% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $10,295. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Wayne State 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.

Wayne State University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$425.79
Amount Borrowed$41,180.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$9,914.94
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$51,094.94

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend WSU? 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 Wayne State 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 $51,094.94 would be needed to afford a $425.79 monthly payment in the example $41,180.00 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 Wayne State University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $8,948 to $11,217. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 5.1%. 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 $105,156.00. 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 Wayne State University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$36,154$144,614
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$46,142$184,568
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $58,890$235,561
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $68,173$272,691

Tuition History

What was tuition at WSU 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$9,381$21,533 9%
2011$8,610$19,764 -7.6%
2010$9,319$20,003 14.9%
2009$8,109$17,379 3.4%
2008$7,844$16,595 42.4%
2007$5,509$11,715 5.8%
2006$5,209$11,074 19.5%
2005$4,358$9,293 2.3%
2004$4,258$4,927 9.9%
2003$3,875$8,257 9.1%
2002$3,552$7,570 -10.6%
2001$3,971$8,579 4%
2000$3,818$8,249 3%
1999$3,708$7,908 -2.3%
1998$3,796$8,307 2.8%
1997$3,694$8,080 3.2%
1996$3,581$7,844 4%
1995$3,442$7,534 5.2%
1994$3,271$7,162 8%
1993$3,030$6,684 6%
1992$2,859$6,304 15.3%
1991$2,479$5,409 6.3%
1990$2,332$5,083 14.9%
1989$2,030$4,541 -4.3%
1988$2,122$4,608 14%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Wayne State 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 105 14% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 86 12% costlier
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 71 13% costlier
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 54 10% costlier
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 51 3% cheaper
Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree 44 15% costlier
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 38 15% costlier
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 36 1% cheaper
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 33 11% costlier
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 32 5% costlier
Public Relations/Image Management Bachelor's Degree 32 3% costlier
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 30 3% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 26 10% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 26 2% cheaper
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 26 27% costlier
Apparel and Textile Marketing Management Bachelor's Degree 26 8% costlier
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist Bachelor's Degree 25 11% costlier
Radio and Television Bachelor's Degree 25 6% costlier
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 24 16% costlier
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General Bachelor's Degree 24 13% costlier
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 22 4% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 22 4% cheaper
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 22 11% cheaper
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General Bachelor's Degree 20 2% costlier
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 20 18% costlier
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 19 4% cheaper
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist Bachelor's Degree 18 14% costlier
Public Administration Bachelor's Degree 16 19% costlier
Education, Other Bachelor's Degree 16 8% costlier
Industrial Engineering Bachelor's Degree 15 1% costlier
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 14 3% costlier
Physical Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 13 5% cheaper
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 12 5% cheaper
Funeral Direction/Service Bachelor's Degree 12 6% costlier
Cinematography and Film/Video Production Bachelor's Degree 12 4% cheaper
Pathology/Pathologist Assistant Bachelor's Degree 11 6% costlier
Urban Studies/Affairs Bachelor's Degree 10 13% cheaper
Dance, General Bachelor's Degree 10 10% cheaper
Dietetics/Dietitian Bachelor's Degree 9 12% costlier
East Asian Studies Bachelor's Degree 8 28% cheaper
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 8 7% cheaper
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 7 2% cheaper
Russian, Central European, East European and Eurasian Studies Bachelor's Degree 7 2% costlier
Art Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 7 12% costlier
Chemistry, Other Bachelor's Degree 5 3% cheaper
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 4 27% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 4 2% cheaper
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 4 10% cheaper
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 4 23% cheaper
Geography Bachelor's Degree 4 10% costlier
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 4 17% cheaper
International Business/Trade/Commerce Bachelor's Degree 3 1% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 3 1% costlier
Slavic, Baltic and Albanian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 3 29% cheaper
Health Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 3 15% costlier
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology Bachelor's Degree 3 9% costlier
Middle/Near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other Bachelor's Degree 2 29% cheaper
Film/Cinema/Video Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 20% cheaper
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 2 21% costlier
Labor Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 19% costlier
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 14% cheaper
Foreign Language Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 6% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 9% cheaper
Mathematics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 15% costlier
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 1 4% costlier
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 19% costlier
African-American/Black Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 14% cheaper
Technical Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 26% costlier
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 1 10% costlier
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 1 6% costlier
English/Language Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 16% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 1% cheaper
Industrial Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 1 36% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 5% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 20% costlier
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 1 10% cheaper
American/United States Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 1 21% cheaper
Information Science/Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 4% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 1 0% cheaper
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 1 1% cheaper
Social Studies Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 9% costlier
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 1 10% costlier
Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 1 18% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 1 1% costlier
Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology Bachelor's Degree 1 19% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 1 1% costlier
Organizational Behavior Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 4% cheaper


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About Wayne State University

Wayne State University is a four year public college located in Detroit, Michigan.  Full time enrollment is 18,233 and part time is 9,005. Learn more about getting accepted at Wayne State University at CollegeSimply.

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

Wayne State University
656 West Kirby Street
Detroit, Michigan

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Wayne State 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.

Wayne State University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=172644 IPEDS survey data.