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Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

University of Wisconsin Madison tuition is $9,273 per year for in-state residents. This is 31% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $7,056. The cost is 52% cheaper than the average Wisconsin tuition of $19,200 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 15th in Wisconsin amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 40th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $33,523 which represents a 262% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $1,260 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $10,533.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $10,842 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Madison should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,200.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $3,060 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $3,060 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Wisconsin residents to go to Wisconsin is $25,635 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Wisconsin residence can expect a one year cost of $49,885.

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

Costs and Tuition for University of Wisconsin Madison
Estimated Budgets
Wisconsin Resident Total Budget $25,635
   In-State Tuition$9,273
   Other Fees$1,260
   Room and Board$10,842
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,060
   Books and Supplies$1,200
Non-Resident Total Budget $49,885
   Out-of-State Tuition$33,523
   Other Fees$1,260
   Room and Board$10,842
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,060
   Books and Supplies$1,200

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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 $25,635 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 Wisconsin net price for in-state students is $16,131* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

52% of University of Wisconsin Madison students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $6,273. 14 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 $4,155. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend University of Wisconsin Madison, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for University of Wisconsin Madison
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$16,131*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid52%
Average Total Grant Aid$6,273
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants14%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,155

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$9,235
$30,001 to $48,000$10,514
$48,001 to $75,000$16,747
$75,001 to $110,000$21,142
$110,000+$22,851

Average Financial Aid Mix - $25,635 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $25,635. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.

28%
26%
46%

Grants and Scholarships

 28% - $6,273

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

Federal Loans

 26% - $5,852

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

Out of Pocket

 46% -  $10,450

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.

Is it Worth the Cost?

To make a comparative assessment if Wisconsin is worth the price, measures of it's relative value for tuition dollar can be examined. We've calculated an academic national percentile rating of 87/100 for University of Wisconsin Madison. Considering an average net price paid of $14,940, this leads to an overall value ranking of 81/100. This places the school 33rd on our national Best Value Colleges ranking as a provider of a very high value education compared to actual overall price paid.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Public Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. University of Wisconsin Madison
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign29.8% more expensive
University of Minnesota Twin Cities38% more expensive
Ohio State University4.8% 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 University of Wisconsin Madison.

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 Wisconsin is $102,540 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 $14,940 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $59,760**

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 $128,175 or $74,700 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 University of Wisconsin Madison.

Wisconsin Resident Tuition Per Semester$4,636
Wisconsin Resident Total Cost Per Semester$12,818
Non-Wisconsin Resident Tuition Per Semester$16,762
Non-Wisconsin Resident Total Cost Per Semester$24,942

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 University of Wisconsin Madison 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 University of Wisconsin Madison
Price per credit hour for Wisconsin residents$386
Cost for one class for Wisconsin residents (3 credit hours)$1,158
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$1,397
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$4,191
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$5,588

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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. 37% of University of Wisconsin Madison students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,852. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $25,664.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for University of Wisconsin Madison? 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 $59,760, 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 $74,148.46. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at University of Wisconsin Madison. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 52% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $14,940. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our University of Wisconsin Madison 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.

University of Wisconsin Madison Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$617.90
Amount Borrowed$59,760.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$14,388.46
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$74,148.46

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Wisconsin? 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 University of Wisconsin Madison, 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 $74,148.46 would be needed to afford a $617.90 monthly payment in the example $59,760.00 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 University of Wisconsin Madison 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 $102,540.00. 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 University of Wisconsin Madison.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$35,254$141,016
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$44,994$179,977
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $57,425$229,701
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $66,477$265,907

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at University of Wisconsin Madison 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
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 154 20% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 111 11% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 103 22% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 100 16% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 72 23% costlier
International/Global Studies Bachelor's Degree 70 14% costlier
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 65 18% costlier
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 61 26% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 61 23% costlier
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 55 34% costlier
LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES Bachelor's Degree 46 24% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 44 24% costlier
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 44 29% costlier
Insurance Bachelor's Degree 40 27% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 40 37% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 39 21% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 34 44% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 31 22% costlier
Physician Assistant Bachelor's Degree 30 12% costlier
Zoology/Animal Biology Bachelor's Degree 29 26% costlier
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 26 8% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 24 35% costlier
Conservation Biology Bachelor's Degree 22 11% costlier
Actuarial Science Bachelor's Degree 22 18% costlier
Landscape Architecture Bachelor's Degree 21 22% costlier
Real Estate Bachelor's Degree 21 20% costlier
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 21 34% costlier
Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree 21 40% costlier
Agricultural Engineering Bachelor's Degree 20 20% costlier
Geography Bachelor's Degree 20 35% costlier
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 19 7% costlier
Asian Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 19 5% cheaper
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 19 10% costlier
Agricultural Business and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 17 46% costlier
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 17 38% costlier
Family and Community Services Bachelor's Degree 17 67% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 16 10% costlier
Apparel and Textiles, General Bachelor's Degree 15 34% costlier
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 15 6% cheaper
Horticultural Science Bachelor's Degree 15 36% costlier
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 14 5% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 13 20% costlier
International Business/Trade/Commerce Bachelor's Degree 13 21% costlier
Microbiology and Immunology Bachelor's Degree 13 9% cheaper
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 13 18% costlier
Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 12 17% costlier
Chinese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 12 7% cheaper
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 11 5% costlier
Latin American and Caribbean Studies Bachelor's Degree 9 0% costlier
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 9 60% costlier
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 8 1% costlier
Molecular Biology Bachelor's Degree 8 3% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 8 13% costlier
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 8 27% costlier
Microbiology, General Bachelor's Degree 8 26% costlier
Art Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 8 37% costlier
Genetics, General Bachelor's Degree 7 15% costlier
Entomology Bachelor's Degree 7 10% costlier
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 7 36% costlier
Forest Sciences and Biology Bachelor's Degree 6 18% costlier
Applied Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 6 11% costlier
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 6 41% costlier
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 6 21% costlier
Agricultural Economics Bachelor's Degree 6 31% costlier
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree 6 29% costlier
South Asian Studies Bachelor's Degree 6 14% cheaper
Russian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 5 5% cheaper
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 5 18% costlier
Japanese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 5 5% cheaper
Geographic Information Science and Cartography Bachelor's Degree 5 53% costlier
Engineering Mechanics Bachelor's Degree 5 25% costlier
Hebrew Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 5 17% costlier
Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Bachelor's Degree 5 51% costlier
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 4 25% costlier
Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 4 1% costlier
Italian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 4 4% cheaper
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 4 18% costlier
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 4 9% costlier
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 4 19% costlier
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 4 20% costlier
Portuguese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 4 6% costlier
Statistics, General Bachelor's Degree 4 11% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 4 17% costlier
Astrophysics Bachelor's Degree 4 13% cheaper
Operations Management and Supervision Bachelor's Degree 3 53% costlier
Agricultural Communication/Journalism Bachelor's Degree 3 41% costlier
Dairy Science Bachelor's Degree 3 34% costlier
Nutrition Sciences Bachelor's Degree 3 11% costlier
Geological/Geophysical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 3 18% costlier
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor Bachelor's Degree 3 59% costlier
African-American/Black Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 6% costlier
Industrial Engineering Bachelor's Degree 2 24% costlier
Human Development and Family Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 2 35% costlier
Social Studies Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 2 34% costlier
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics Bachelor's Degree 2 2% costlier
African Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 2 7% costlier
Scandinavian Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 11% costlier
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 2 39% costlier
Soil Science and Agronomy, General Bachelor's Degree 2 27% costlier
Polish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 6% cheaper
Botany/Plant Biology Bachelor's Degree 2 24% costlier
Retailing and Retail Operations Bachelor's Degree 2 20% costlier
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management Bachelor's Degree 2 48% costlier
Materials Engineering Bachelor's Degree 2 4% costlier
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 2 2% cheaper
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences Communication Bachelor's Degree 1 13% costlier
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 31% costlier
Latin Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 5% cheaper
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General Bachelor's Degree 1 47% costlier
Plant Pathology/Phytopathology Bachelor's Degree 1 16% costlier
Rural Sociology Bachelor's Degree 1 7% costlier
Interior Design Bachelor's Degree 1 29% costlier
Jewish/Judaic Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 1% costlier
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 16% costlier
Agronomy and Crop Science Bachelor's Degree 1 39% costlier
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General Bachelor's Degree 1 24% costlier
Nuclear Engineering Bachelor's Degree 1 16% costlier
Pharmacology and Toxicology Bachelor's Degree 1 4% costlier
Consumer Economics Bachelor's Degree 1 37% costlier
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 46% costlier
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree 1 30% costlier
Financial Planning and Services Bachelor's Degree 1 39% costlier
Animal Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 1 36% costlier
Dance, General Bachelor's Degree 1 10% costlier
History and Philosophy of Science and Technology Bachelor's Degree 1 10% cheaper
Earth Science Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 50% costlier
Comparative Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 10% cheaper
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist Bachelor's Degree 1 40% costlier
Food Science Bachelor's Degree 1 27% costlier

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About University of Wisconsin Madison

University of Wisconsin Madison is a four year public college located in Madison, Wisconsin.  Full time enrollment is 38,284 and part time is 4,298.

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

Address
University of Wisconsin Madison
500 Lincoln Dr
Madison, Wisconsin
53706-1380

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

University of Wisconsin Madison 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.

University of Wisconsin Madison cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=240444 IPEDS survey data.