Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Eastern Washington University tuition is $6,242 per year for in-state residents. This is 12% cheaper than the national average public four year tuition of $7,056. The cost is 67% cheaper than the average Washington tuition of $18,938 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 10th in Washington amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 26th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $22,995 which represents a 268% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $867 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $7,109.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $11,493 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Cheney should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $840.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $2,700 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $2,700 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Washington residents to go to EWU is $22,142 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Washington residence can expect a one year cost of $38,895.

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

Costs and Tuition for Eastern Washington University
Estimated Budgets
Washington Resident Total Budget $22,142
   In-State Tuition$6,242
   Other Fees$867
   Room and Board$11,493
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,700
   Books and Supplies$840
Non-Resident Total Budget $38,895
   Out-of-State Tuition$22,995
   Other Fees$867
   Room and Board$11,493
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,700
   Books and Supplies$840


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 $22,142 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 EWU net price for in-state students is $11,954* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

74% of Eastern Washington University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $8,079. 41 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 $4,306. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Eastern Washington University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Eastern Washington University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$11,954*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid74%
Average Total Grant Aid$8,079
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants41%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,306

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$7,268
$30,001 to $48,000$9,616
$48,001 to $75,000$13,370
$75,001 to $110,000$17,992

Average Financial Aid Mix - $22,142 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $22,142. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 42% - $8,079

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

Federal Loans

 27% - $5,291

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

Out of Pocket

 31% -  $6,072

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. Eastern Washington University
Western Oregon University19.2% 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 Eastern 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 EWU is $88,568 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 $10,587 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $42,348**

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 $110,710 or $52,935 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

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 Eastern 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 Eastern Washington University
Price per credit hour for Washington residents$208
Cost for one class for Washington residents (3 credit hours)$624
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$767
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$2,301
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$3,068


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 Eastern Washington University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,291. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $24,673.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Eastern 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 $42,348, 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 $52,544.16. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Eastern Washington University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 74% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $10,587. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Eastern 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.

Eastern Washington University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$437.87
Amount Borrowed$42,348.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$10,196.16
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$52,544.16

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend EWU? 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 Eastern 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 $52,544.16 would be needed to afford a $437.87 monthly payment in the example $42,348.00 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 Eastern Washington University in the future? 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 $88,568.00. 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 Eastern Washington University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$30,450$121,802
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$38,863$155,453
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $49,601$198,402
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $57,419$229,675

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Eastern 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
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 155 7% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 155 13% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 98 4% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 94 4% cheaper
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist Bachelor's Degree 81 5% costlier
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 77 2% cheaper
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 75 5% costlier
Reading Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 67 10% costlier
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 64 5% costlier
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 61 8% costlier
Criminology Bachelor's Degree 61 4% cheaper
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 60 8% costlier
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other Bachelor's Degree 53 24% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 50 7% costlier
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree 48 1% costlier
Child Development Bachelor's Degree 45 15% costlier
Developmental and Child Psychology Bachelor's Degree 40 7% cheaper
Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree 40 9% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 37 3% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 34 5% costlier
Graphic Communications, General Bachelor's Degree 34 3% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 33 7% cheaper
International Relations and Affairs Bachelor's Degree 31 17% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 31 5% cheaper
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 31 13% costlier
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 26 8% cheaper
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 26 6% costlier
Mathematics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 21 10% costlier
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling Bachelor's Degree 19 10% costlier
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General Bachelor's Degree 19 15% costlier
English/Language Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 19 11% costlier
Social Studies Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 18 4% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 17 13% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 17 7% cheaper
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 17 14% cheaper
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning Bachelor's Degree 16 5% cheaper
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 15 10% cheaper
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 14 6% cheaper
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree 13 8% costlier
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 13 1% costlier
Health Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 13 10% costlier
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 13 14% costlier
Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree 12 3% cheaper
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 12 6% cheaper
Health/Health Care Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 12 18% costlier
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies Bachelor's Degree 12 12% costlier
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 12 10% cheaper
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 11 12% costlier
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy Bachelor's Degree 11 16% costlier
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 11 14% cheaper
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 10 6% cheaper
Film/Cinema/Video Studies Bachelor's Degree 10 23% cheaper
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 8 3% costlier
Biology Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 8 16% costlier
Athletic Training/Trainer Bachelor's Degree 8 3% costlier
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 7 18% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 7 5% cheaper
Geography Bachelor's Degree 7 5% costlier
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General Bachelor's Degree 6 8% costlier
Humanities/Humanistic Studies Bachelor's Degree 5 9% cheaper
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 5 21% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 5 8% cheaper
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 4 9% cheaper
Art Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 4 7% costlier
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 4 16% cheaper
Business Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 3 27% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 3 12% cheaper
Spanish Language Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 3 7% costlier
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing Bachelor's Degree 3 0% costlier
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General Bachelor's Degree 2 11% costlier
Chemistry Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 9% costlier
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs Bachelor's Degree 1 2% costlier
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 1 21% costlier


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About Eastern Washington University

Eastern Washington University is a four year public college located in Cheney, Washington.  Full time enrollment is 10,790 and part time is 1,489.

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

Eastern Washington University
526 5th Street
Cheney, Washington

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Eastern Washington 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.

Eastern Washington University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=235097 IPEDS survey data.