Western Michigan University tuition is $11,020 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 18th in Michigan amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 41st most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $13,776 which represents a 25% premium.
The school charges an additional fees of $923 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $11,943.
On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $9,848 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Kalamazoo should budget at least this amount.
The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $958.
If living on-campus, students should budget for $2,390 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $2,390 in other miscellaneous living expenses.
The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Michigan residents to go to WMU is $25,139 for the 2018/2019 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Michigan residence can expect a one year cost of $27,895.
Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2018-2019 and 2017-2018 IPEDS survey response for Western Michigan University and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.
|Michigan Resident Total Budget||$25,139|
|Room and Board||$9,848|
|On-Campus Other Budget||$2,390|
|Books and Supplies||$958|
|Non-Resident Total Budget||$27,895|
|Room and Board||$9,848|
|On-Campus Other Budget||$2,390|
|Books and Supplies||$958|
Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $25,139 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 WMU net price for in-state students is $15,464* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.
65% of Western Michigan University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $6,567. 36 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 $4,486. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Western Michigan University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
|Financial Aid Summary|
|Average Annual Net Price||$15,464*|
|Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid||65%|
|Average Total Grant Aid||$6,567|
|Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants||36%|
|Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid||$4,486|
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||$12,464|
|$30,001 to $48,000||$13,782|
|$48,001 to $75,000||$16,589|
|$75,001 to $110,000||$18,961|
CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $25,139. 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 Michigan 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.
|School||Cost vs. Western Michigan University|
|Ferris State University||5.5% more expensive|
|Eastern Michigan University||8.2% more expensive|
|Purdue University Calumet Campus||38.8% less expensive|
|University of Toledo||26.9% less expensive|
|Oakland University||8.6% 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 Michigan University.
At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at WMU is $100,556 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 $14,672 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $58,688**
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 $125,695 or $73,360 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 Western Michigan University.
|Michigan Resident Tuition Per Semester||$5,510|
|Michigan Resident Total Cost Per Semester||$12,570|
|Non-Michigan Resident Tuition Per Semester||$6,888|
|Non-Michigan Resident Total Cost Per Semester||$13,948|
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 Michigan 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 Michigan residents||$423|
|Cost for one class for Michigan residents (3 credit hours)||$1,269|
|Price per credit hour for out of state residents||$529|
|Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)||$1,587|
|Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)||$2,116|
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. 62% of Western Michigan University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,968. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $30,867.
How much are student loan payments for Western Michigan 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 $58,688, 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 $72,818.35. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Western Michigan University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 65% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $14,672. 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 Michigan 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||$606.82|
|Number of Monthly Payments||120|
|Total Interest Cost||$14,130.35|
|Sum of All Payments over 10 years||$72,818.35|
Can I afford to attend WMU? 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 Michigan 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 $72,818.35 would be needed to afford a $606.82 monthly payment in the example $58,688.00 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 Michigan University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $9,138 to $11,020. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 4.1%. 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 $100,556.00. 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 Michigan University.
|Annual||4 Year Degree|
|Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025||$34,572||$138,288|
|Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030||$44,124||$176,494|
|Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035||$56,314||$225,257|
|Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038||$65,191||$260,763|
What was tuition at WMU 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.
We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Western Michigan 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|
|Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree||185||33% cheaper|
|Marketing, Other Bachelor's Degree||181||30% cheaper|
|Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other Bachelor's Degree||140||10% cheaper|
|Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management Bachelor's Degree||93||23% cheaper|
|Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree||91||22% cheaper|
|Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree||91||21% cheaper|
|Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree||74||19% cheaper|
|Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree||72||28% cheaper|
|Social Work Bachelor's Degree||68||23% cheaper|
|Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree||66||34% cheaper|
|Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew Bachelor's Degree||60||18% cheaper|
|Apparel and Textiles, General Bachelor's Degree||57||25% cheaper|
|Advertising Bachelor's Degree||56||28% cheaper|
|Occupational Therapy/Therapist Bachelor's Degree||43||34% cheaper|
|Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree||36||34% cheaper|
|English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree||32||31% cheaper|
|Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree||32||28% cheaper|
|Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree||31||34% cheaper|
|Education/Teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation Bachelor's Degree||27||10% cheaper|
|Family Systems Bachelor's Degree||27||16% cheaper|
|Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree||27||20% cheaper|
|Social Studies Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||27||25% cheaper|
|Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||27||35% cheaper|
|Sociology Bachelor's Degree||25||32% cheaper|
|Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services, Other Bachelor's Degree||25||17% cheaper|
|Journalism Bachelor's Degree||25||28% cheaper|
|Computer Science Bachelor's Degree||23||34% cheaper|
|Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering Bachelor's Degree||23||39% cheaper|
|Child Development Bachelor's Degree||23||17% cheaper|
|Engineering, Other Bachelor's Degree||21||38% cheaper|
|Education/Teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances Bachelor's Degree||21||30% cheaper|
|Engineering/Industrial Management Bachelor's Degree||20||29% cheaper|
|Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree||17||29% cheaper|
|Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies Bachelor's Degree||17||20% cheaper|
|Public/Applied History Bachelor's Degree||16||27% cheaper|
|Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||16||26% cheaper|
|Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree||15||30% cheaper|
|Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General Bachelor's Degree||15||3% cheaper|
|Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Bachelor's Degree||15||18% cheaper|
|Acting Bachelor's Degree||14||37% cheaper|
|Finance, General Bachelor's Degree||14||25% cheaper|
|Dance, General Bachelor's Degree||14||38% cheaper|
|Avionics Maintenance Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree||14||18% cheaper|
|Graphic Design Bachelor's Degree||14||31% cheaper|
|Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree||12||33% cheaper|
|Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree||12||33% cheaper|
|Creative Writing Bachelor's Degree||12||39% cheaper|
|Dance, Other Bachelor's Degree||12||28% cheaper|
|Interior Design Bachelor's Degree||11||28% cheaper|
|Financial Planning and Services Bachelor's Degree||11||22% cheaper|
|Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree||11||31% cheaper|
|Manufacturing Engineering Bachelor's Degree||10||27% cheaper|
|Biology Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||10||17% cheaper|
|Athletic Training/Trainer Bachelor's Degree||10||26% cheaper|
|Musical Theatre Bachelor's Degree||10||34% cheaper|
|Information Resources Management Bachelor's Degree||9||21% cheaper|
|Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree||8||33% cheaper|
|Structural Engineering Bachelor's Degree||8||37% cheaper|
|Tourism and Travel Services Marketing Operations Bachelor's Degree||8||3% cheaper|
|Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree||7||40% cheaper|
|Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology Bachelor's Degree||7||35% cheaper|
|Spanish Language Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||6||23% cheaper|
|Geography Bachelor's Degree||6||25% cheaper|
|Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree||6||19% cheaper|
|Industrial Engineering Bachelor's Degree||6||31% cheaper|
|Environmental Studies Bachelor's Degree||5||43% cheaper|
|Anthropology Bachelor's Degree||5||38% cheaper|
|Music Therapy/Therapist Bachelor's Degree||5||34% cheaper|
|Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree||5||43% cheaper|
|International/Global Studies Bachelor's Degree||5||37% cheaper|
|Organizational Communication, General Bachelor's Degree||5||30% cheaper|
|Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree||5||34% cheaper|
|Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other Bachelor's Degree||4||33% cheaper|
|Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree||4||41% cheaper|
|Earth Science Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||4||16% cheaper|
|English/Language Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||4||20% cheaper|
|Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree||4||30% cheaper|
|Social Psychology Bachelor's Degree||4||15% cheaper|
|Applied Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree||4||38% cheaper|
|Aviation/Airway Management and Operations Bachelor's Degree||4||17% cheaper|
|Paper Science and Engineering Bachelor's Degree||4||13% costlier|
|Foodservice Systems Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree||4||28% cheaper|
|Statistics, General Bachelor's Degree||4||38% cheaper|
|Social Science Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||3||12% cheaper|
|French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||3||40% cheaper|
|Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||3||10% cheaper|
|E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce Bachelor's Degree||3||14% cheaper|
|Political Science and Government, Other Bachelor's Degree||3||40% cheaper|
|Drafting/Design Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other Bachelor's Degree||3||3% cheaper|
|German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||3||41% cheaper|
|Geochemistry Bachelor's Degree||3||27% cheaper|
|Economics, General Bachelor's Degree||3||38% cheaper|
|Biomedical Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree||3||27% cheaper|
|Keyboard Instruments Bachelor's Degree||3||37% cheaper|
|Philosophy Bachelor's Degree||3||38% cheaper|
|Jazz/Jazz Studies Bachelor's Degree||3||40% cheaper|
|Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree||3||32% cheaper|
|Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree||3||41% cheaper|
|Writing, General Bachelor's Degree||2||33% cheaper|
|History, General Bachelor's Degree||2||32% cheaper|
|Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree||2||31% cheaper|
|Human Resources Management and Services, Other Bachelor's Degree||2||32% cheaper|
|Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree||2||39% cheaper|
|Physics, General Bachelor's Degree||2||37% cheaper|
|Applied and Professional Ethics Bachelor's Degree||2||28% cheaper|
|Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree||2||23% cheaper|
|Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree||2||30% cheaper|
|Business/Commerce, General Bachelor's Degree||2||26% cheaper|
|Geographic Information Science and Cartography Bachelor's Degree||2||14% cheaper|
|Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other Bachelor's Degree||2||47% cheaper|
|History Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||2||20% cheaper|
|Art Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||1||23% cheaper|
|Music, General Bachelor's Degree||1||32% cheaper|
|Geophysics and Seismology Bachelor's Degree||1||43% cheaper|
|Music Theory and Composition Bachelor's Degree||1||40% cheaper|
|Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other Bachelor's Degree||1||31% cheaper|
|Voice and Opera Bachelor's Degree||1||37% cheaper|
|Latin Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||1||47% cheaper|
|French Language Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||1||18% cheaper|
|Broadcast Journalism Bachelor's Degree||1||27% cheaper|
|Mathematics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||1||21% cheaper|
|Physics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||1||23% cheaper|
|African-American/Black Studies Bachelor's Degree||1||41% cheaper|
|Geography Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||1||21% costlier|
|Business Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||1||9% cheaper|
|Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree||1||24% cheaper|
|Communication, General Bachelor's Degree||1||28% cheaper|
|Health Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||1||21% cheaper|
|Hydrology and Water Resources Science Bachelor's Degree||1||36% cheaper|
|Chemistry Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||1||22% cheaper|
|Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||1||10% cheaper|
|American Government and Politics (United States) Bachelor's Degree||1||23% cheaper|
|Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree||1||35% cheaper|
|Accounting Bachelor's Degree||1||25% cheaper|
Use the calculators below to formulate a college savings plan for Western Michigan University or model a student loan.
Western Michigan University is a four year public college located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Full time enrollment is 16,201 and part time is 7,026. Learn more about getting accepted at Western Michigan University at CollegeSimply.
Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.Address
Western Michigan 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 Michigan University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=172699 IPEDS survey data.