Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Central Wyoming College tuition is $2,256 per year for in-state residents. This is 36% cheaper than the national average public two year tuition of $3,532. The cost is 0% more expensive than the average Wyoming tuition of $2,256 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 2nd in Wyoming amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 6th most expensive 2 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $6,768 which represents a 200% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $768 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $3,024.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $6,681 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Riverton 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 $2,500 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $2,500 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Wyoming residents to go to CWC is $13,405 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Wyoming residence can expect a one year cost of $17,917.

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

Costs and Tuition for Central Wyoming College
Estimated Budgets
Wyoming Resident Total Budget $13,405
   In-State Tuition$2,256
   Other Fees$768
   Room and Board$6,681
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,500
   Books and Supplies$1,200


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 $13,405 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 CWC net price for in-state students is $4,558* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

91% of Central Wyoming College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $5,515. 42 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 $3,744. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Central Wyoming College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Central Wyoming College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$4,558*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid91%
Average Total Grant Aid$5,515
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants42%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$3,744

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$2,540
$30,001 to $48,000$3,624
$48,001 to $75,000$5,538
$75,001 to $110,000$4,646

Average Financial Aid Mix - $13,405 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $13,405. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 51% - $5,515

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

Federal Loans

 41% - $4,465

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

Out of Pocket

 8% -  $925

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 Community Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. Central Wyoming College
Casper College0% less expensive
Western Wyoming Community College0% less expensive
Northwest College0% less expensive
Sheridan College0% less expensive
Eastern Idaho Technical College9.2% more expensive

Cost of a Degree

Being a school offering two year programs, prospective students should consider the multi year outlay when budgeting the cost for two years at Central Wyoming College.

Estimated 2 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 2 year associate degree at CWC is $26,810 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 2 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 $3,960 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $7,920**

**Based on a 2 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 Central Wyoming College.

Wyoming Resident Tuition Per Semester$1,128
Wyoming Resident Total Cost Per Semester$6,702
Non-Wyoming Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,384
Non-Wyoming Resident Total Cost Per Semester$8,958

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 Central Wyoming College 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 Central Wyoming College
Price per credit hour for Wyoming residents$94
Cost for one class for Wyoming residents (3 credit hours)$282
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$282
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$846
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$1,128


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. 10% of Central Wyoming College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $4,465.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Central Wyoming College? 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 $7,920, 100% of the estimated average net price for a two year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $9,826.90. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Central Wyoming College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 91% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $3,960. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Central Wyoming College 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.

Central Wyoming College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$81.89
Amount Borrowed$7,920.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$1,906.90
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$9,826.90

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend CWC? 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 Central Wyoming College, 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 $9,826.90 would be needed to afford a $81.89 monthly payment in the example $7,920.00 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 Central Wyoming College in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $1,800 to $2,256. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 5.1%. 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 2 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 2 year cost of $26,810.00. 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 Central Wyoming College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$17,536$35,073
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$22,381$44,762
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $28,565$57,129
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $33,067$66,134

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Central Wyoming College 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
General Studies Associate's Degree 71 15% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 20 11% cheaper
Equestrian/Equine Studies Associate's Degree 10 21% cheaper
Secondary Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 9 4% costlier
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other Associate's Degree 8 6% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Associate's Degree 7 15% cheaper
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping Associate's Degree 5 8% cheaper
Psychology, General Associate's Degree 5 9% cheaper
Fire Science/Fire-fighting Associate's Degree 5 2% cheaper
Art/Art Studies, General Associate's Degree 5 8% cheaper
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General Associate's Degree 5 0% cheaper
Elementary Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 5 0% cheaper
Acting Associate's Degree 4 30% cheaper
Medical Office Assistant/Specialist Associate's Degree 4 10% cheaper
Commercial Photography Associate's Degree 4 2% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Associate's Degree 4 4% cheaper
Engineering, General Associate's Degree 4 5% cheaper
Graphic Design Associate's Degree 4 20% cheaper
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 3 6% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 3 17% cheaper
Music, General Associate's Degree 3 8% cheaper
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies Associate's Degree 3 3% cheaper
Child Care and Support Services Management Associate's Degree 3 2% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Associate's Degree 3 10% cheaper
Business/Commerce, General Associate's Degree 3 19% cheaper
Social Sciences, General Associate's Degree 3 14% cheaper
Environmental Science Associate's Degree 2 6% cheaper
Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 2 11% costlier
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 2 2% cheaper
Accounting Associate's Degree 2 12% cheaper
International/Global Studies Associate's Degree 2 15% cheaper
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology Associate's Degree 2 7% cheaper
Welding Technology/Welder Associate's Degree 2 2% cheaper
Radio and Television Associate's Degree 2 15% cheaper
Athletic Training/Trainer Associate's Degree 2 2% costlier
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other Associate's Degree 1 4% cheaper
Mathematics, General Associate's Degree 1 7% cheaper
American Indian/Native American Studies Associate's Degree 1 31% costlier
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry Associate's Degree 1 1% costlier
Computer Science Associate's Degree 1 14% cheaper
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology Associate's Degree 1 18% cheaper
Range Science and Management Associate's Degree 1 18% costlier
Area Studies, Other Associate's Degree 1 14% cheaper
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General Associate's Degree 1 4% cheaper
Pre-Law Studies Associate's Degree 1 2% costlier


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About Central Wyoming College

Central Wyoming College is a two year community college located in Riverton, Wyoming.  Full time enrollment is 685 and part time is 1,297.  Central Wyoming College has an open admission policy meaning that any prospective student who has completed high school or attained a GED certificate may enroll in classes.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

Central Wyoming College
2660 Peck Avenue
Riverton, Wyoming

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Central Wyoming College 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.

Central Wyoming College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=240514 IPEDS survey data.