Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

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.

Housing Costs

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.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $958.

Other Living Expenses

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.

Total Costs

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.

Costs and Tuition for Western Michigan University
Estimated Budgets
Michigan Resident Total Budget $25,139
   In-State Tuition$11,020
   Other Fees$923
   Room and Board$9,848
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,390
   Books and Supplies$958
Non-Resident Total Budget $27,895
   Out-of-State Tuition$13,776
   Other Fees$923
   Room and Board$9,848
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,390
   Books and Supplies$958


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 $25,139 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 WMU net price for in-state students is $15,464* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

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).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Western Michigan University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$15,464*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid65%
Average Total Grant Aid$6,567
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants36%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,486

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$12,464
$30,001 to $48,000$13,782
$48,001 to $75,000$16,589
$75,001 to $110,000$18,961

Average Financial Aid Mix - $25,139 In-State Total Cost

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.


Grants and Scholarships

 29% - $6,567

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.

Federal Loans

 26% - $5,968

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

Out of Pocket

 45% -  $10,214

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. Western Michigan University
Ferris State University5.5% more expensive
Eastern Michigan University8.2% more expensive
Purdue University Calumet Campus38.8% less expensive
University of Toledo26.9% less expensive
Oakland University8.6% more 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 Western Michigan 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 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.

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 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

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 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.

Cost per credit hour and per class at Western Michigan University
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


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. 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.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

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.

Western Michigan University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$606.82
Amount Borrowed$58,688.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$14,130.35
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$72,818.35

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

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.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

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.

Annual4 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

Tuition History

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.

YearIn-StateOut-of-stateAnnual Increase
2012$8,762$21,494 7.1%
2011$8,182$20,070 -2.4%
2010$8,382$19,502 5.7%
2009$7,928$18,420 9.2%
2008$7,260$16,806 5.7%
2007$6,866$16,806 6%
2006$6,478$15,856 14.3%
2005$5,668$13,823 2.4%
2004$5,535$13,048 12.4%
2003$4,924$11,609 9.4%
2002$4,499$10,255 9.9%
2001$4,094$9,332 1%
2000$4,055$9,176 3%
1999$3,937$9,000 7.7%
1998$3,655$8,364 9.7%
1997$3,332$7,995 2.8%
1996$3,242$7,583 2.6%
1995$3,160$7,391 5.4%
1994$2,997$7,004 6.8%
1993$2,807$6,620 14.7%
1992$2,447$5,763 7.9%
1991$2,268$5,366 6.6%
1990$2,128$5,030 8.8%
1989$1,955$4,618 8.7%
1988$1,798$4,096 7.5%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

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


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About Western Michigan University

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.

Western Michigan University
1903 West Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, Michigan

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

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.