Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

West Virginia University tuition is $8,376 per year for in-state residents. This is 23% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $7,203. The cost is 37% cheaper than the average West Virginia tuition of $14,077 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 13th in West Virginia amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 10th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $23,616 which represents a 182% premium.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $10,576 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Morgantown should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $900.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $2,620 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $2,620 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state West Virginia residents to go to WVU is $22,472 for the 2018/2019 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have West Virginia residence can expect a one year cost of $37,712.

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

Costs and Tuition for West Virginia University
Estimated Budgets
West Virginia Resident Total Budget $22,472
   In-State Tuition$8,376
   Other Fees$0
   Room and Board$10,576
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,620
   Books and Supplies$900
Non-Resident Total Budget $37,712
   Out-of-State Tuition$23,616
   Other Fees$0
   Room and Board$10,576
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,620
   Books and Supplies$900


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 $22,472 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 WVU net price for in-state students is $9,380* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

71% of West Virginia University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $7,598. 27 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 $4,185. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend West Virginia University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for West Virginia University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$9,380*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid71%
Average Total Grant Aid$7,598
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants27%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,185

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$7,033
$30,001 to $48,000$7,703
$48,001 to $75,000$10,010
$75,001 to $110,000$13,368

Average Financial Aid Mix - $22,472 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $22,472. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 38% - $7,598

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

Federal Loans

 29% - $5,746

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

Out of Pocket

 33% -  $6,508

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. West Virginia University
University of Pittsburgh Johnstown54.5% more expensive
Penn State Shenango48.9% more expensive
Penn State Mont Alto51.8% more expensive
Penn State Erie Behrend College69.7% more expensive
University of Pittsburgh Bradford54.5% 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 West Virginia 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 WVU is $89,888 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 $8,344 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $33,376**

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 $112,360 or $41,720 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 West Virginia University.

West Virginia Resident Tuition Per Semester$4,188
West Virginia Resident Total Cost Per Semester$11,236
Non-West Virginia Resident Tuition Per Semester$11,808
Non-West Virginia Resident Total Cost Per Semester$18,856

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 West Virginia 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 West Virginia University
Price per credit hour for West Virginia residents$349
Cost for one class for West Virginia residents (3 credit hours)$1,047
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$984
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$2,952
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$3,936


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. 53% of West Virginia University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,746. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $29,149.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for West Virginia 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 $33,376, 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 $41,411.96. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at West Virginia University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 71% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $8,344. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our West Virginia 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.

West Virginia University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$345.10
Amount Borrowed$33,376.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$8,035.96
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$41,411.96

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend WVU? 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 West Virginia 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 $41,411.96 would be needed to afford a $345.10 monthly payment in the example $33,376.00 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 West Virginia University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $4,912 to $8,376. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 14.1%. 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 $89,888.00. 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 West Virginia University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$30,904$123,617
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$39,443$157,770
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $50,340$201,359
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $58,275$233,098

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at West Virginia 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 410 10% cheaper
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 260 2% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 232 5% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 186 8% cheaper
Exercise Physiology Bachelor's Degree 149 11% cheaper
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 148 7% cheaper
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 144 1% costlier
General Studies Bachelor's Degree 126 11% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 118 9% costlier
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 116 11% cheaper
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree 115 6% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 115 7% cheaper
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 112 4% costlier
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other Bachelor's Degree 91 8% cheaper
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General Bachelor's Degree 89 4% costlier
Animal Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 86 3% costlier
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 84 1% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 79 9% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 77 8% cheaper
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 77 8% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 71 6% cheaper
Design and Visual Communications, General Bachelor's Degree 70 4% cheaper
Industrial Engineering Bachelor's Degree 61 7% cheaper
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 56 5% costlier
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 52 11% cheaper
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering Bachelor's Degree 50 17% cheaper
Petroleum Engineering Bachelor's Degree 45 1% cheaper
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General Bachelor's Degree 44 5% cheaper
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree 41 2% cheaper
Agricultural Economics Bachelor's Degree 40 1% cheaper
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 39 10% cheaper
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 36 11% cheaper
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 36 4% cheaper
Child Development Bachelor's Degree 35 12% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 34 9% cheaper
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 32 16% cheaper
Landscape Architecture Bachelor's Degree 31 8% cheaper
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 30 9% cheaper
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist Bachelor's Degree 30 6% costlier
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management Bachelor's Degree 30 12% costlier
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 30 18% cheaper
Forensic Science and Technology Bachelor's Degree 29 1% cheaper
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 27 9% cheaper
Mining and Mineral Engineering Bachelor's Degree 27 0% cheaper
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 25 3% costlier
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General Bachelor's Degree 24 11% costlier
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist Bachelor's Degree 21 1% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 20 8% cheaper
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 20 11% cheaper
Forest Management/Forest Resources Management Bachelor's Degree 19 8% cheaper
Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree 18 6% cheaper
Agricultural Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 18 14% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 18 17% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 16 10% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 15 11% cheaper
Plant Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 13 9% costlier
Wood Science and Wood Products/Pulp and Paper Technology Bachelor's Degree 13 7% cheaper
Geography Bachelor's Degree 9 2% costlier
Music, Other Bachelor's Degree 8 14% cheaper
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 5 23% cheaper
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 4 14% cheaper
Theatre Literature, History and Criticism Bachelor's Degree 4 27% cheaper


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About West Virginia University

West Virginia University is a four year public college located in Morgantown, West Virginia.  Full time enrollment is 25,119 and part time is 3,369. Learn more about getting accepted at West Virginia University at CollegeSimply.

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

West Virginia University
Stewart Hall- 1500 University Avenue
Morgantown, West Virginia

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

West Virginia 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.

West Virginia University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=238032 IPEDS survey data.