Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

University of Wyoming tuition is $3,870 per year for in-state residents. This is 45% cheaper than the national average public four year tuition of $7,056. The cost is 62% cheaper than the average Wyoming tuition of $10,106 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 1st in Wyoming amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 3rd most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $15,480 which represents a 300% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $1,347 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $5,217.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $10,320 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Laramie 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 $3,040 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $3,040 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Wyoming residents to go to UW is $19,777 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Wyoming residence can expect a one year cost of $31,387.

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

Costs and Tuition for University of Wyoming
Estimated Budgets
Wyoming Resident Total Budget $19,777
   In-State Tuition$3,870
   Other Fees$1,347
   Room and Board$10,320
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,040
   Books and Supplies$1,200
Non-Resident Total Budget $31,387
   Out-of-State Tuition$15,480
   Other Fees$1,347
   Room and Board$10,320
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,040
   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 $19,777 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 UW net price for in-state students is $11,856* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

86% of University of Wyoming students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $6,667. 21 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 $3,993. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend University of Wyoming, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for University of Wyoming
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$11,856*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid86%
Average Total Grant Aid$6,667
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants21%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$3,993

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$7,886
$30,001 to $48,000$9,154
$48,001 to $75,000$10,347
$75,001 to $110,000$14,402

Average Financial Aid Mix - $19,777 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $19,777. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 40% - $6,667

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

Federal Loans

 33% - $5,487

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

Out of Pocket

 27% -  $4,583

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. University of Wyoming
Utah State University75.7% more expensive
University of Nebraska at Kearney48.7% more expensive
University of South Dakota85.8% more expensive
Southern Utah University52.9% more expensive
West Texas A & M University38.9% 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 Wyoming.

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 UW is $79,108 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 $10,776 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $43,104**

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 $98,885 or $53,880 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 Wyoming.

Wyoming Resident Tuition Per Semester$1,935
Wyoming Resident Total Cost Per Semester$9,888
Non-Wyoming Resident Tuition Per Semester$7,740
Non-Wyoming Resident Total Cost Per Semester$15,694

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 Wyoming 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 Wyoming
Price per credit hour for Wyoming residents$129
Cost for one class for Wyoming residents (3 credit hours)$387
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$516
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$1,548
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$2,064


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. 41% of University of Wyoming students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,487. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $22,879.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for University of Wyoming? 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 $43,104, 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 $53,482.18. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at University of Wyoming. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 86% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $10,776. 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 Wyoming 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 Wyoming Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$445.68
Amount Borrowed$43,104.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$10,378.18
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$53,482.18

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend UW? 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 Wyoming, 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 $53,482.18 would be needed to afford a $445.68 monthly payment in the example $43,104.00 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 Wyoming in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $3,180 to $3,870. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 4.3%. 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 $79,108.00. 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 Wyoming.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$27,198$108,792
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$34,712$138,849
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $44,303$177,211
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $51,286$205,143

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at University of Wyoming 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
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 154 13% cheaper
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 148 12% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 108 9% cheaper
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree 54 18% cheaper
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 51 26% cheaper
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 41 16% cheaper
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 41 26% cheaper
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 35 16% cheaper
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 35 1% cheaper
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 32 13% cheaper
Social Studies Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 26 16% cheaper
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 25 24% cheaper
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 24 14% cheaper
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 23 26% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 20 26% cheaper
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree 20 19% cheaper
Architectural Engineering Bachelor's Degree 18 26% cheaper
Molecular Biology Bachelor's Degree 17 35% cheaper
Range Science and Management Bachelor's Degree 17 4% cheaper
Wildlife Biology Bachelor's Degree 17 7% cheaper
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist Bachelor's Degree 17 16% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 16 23% cheaper
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 16 31% cheaper
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 16 31% cheaper
Environmental Studies Bachelor's Degree 16 36% cheaper
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 15 25% cheaper
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 14 10% cheaper
Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree 14 22% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 14 23% cheaper
Management Science Bachelor's Degree 13 24% cheaper
Petroleum Engineering Bachelor's Degree 13 17% cheaper
Mathematics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 12 11% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 11 22% cheaper
Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture Bachelor's Degree 11 17% cheaper
Zoology/Animal Biology Bachelor's Degree 11 21% cheaper
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 10 24% cheaper
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 10 27% cheaper
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 9 21% cheaper
English/Language Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 9 11% cheaper
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 7 17% cheaper
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 6 26% cheaper
Geography Bachelor's Degree 5 15% cheaper
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 5 22% cheaper
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 5 20% cheaper
Agricultural Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 5 5% cheaper
Biology Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 5 6% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 5 25% cheaper
Systems Engineering Bachelor's Degree 4 20% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Bachelor's Degree 4 8% cheaper
Art Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 4 14% cheaper
American/United States Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 4 39% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 4 25% cheaper
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 4 34% cheaper
Humanities/Humanistic Studies Bachelor's Degree 4 27% cheaper
Applied Mathematics, Other Bachelor's Degree 3 33% cheaper
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other Bachelor's Degree 3 7% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 3 22% cheaper
Animal Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 3 14% cheaper
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 2 29% cheaper
Agricultural Communication/Journalism Bachelor's Degree 2 11% cheaper
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 33% cheaper
Microbiology, General Bachelor's Degree 2 20% cheaper
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 2 31% cheaper
Statistics, General Bachelor's Degree 2 30% cheaper
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 32% cheaper
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 34% cheaper
Physiology, General Bachelor's Degree 2 25% cheaper
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations Bachelor's Degree 1 5% costlier
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 1 19% cheaper
International/Global Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 29% cheaper
Social Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 1 18% cheaper
Music Theory and Composition Bachelor's Degree 1 33% cheaper
Chemistry Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 12% cheaper
Physical Sciences Bachelor's Degree 1 22% cheaper
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 1% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 1 24% cheaper
Spanish Language Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 13% cheaper
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 1 21% cheaper
Russian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 40% cheaper
Botany/Plant Biology Bachelor's Degree 1 22% cheaper
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 8% cheaper
German Language Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 16% cheaper
Astronomy and Astrophysics, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 45% cheaper


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About University of Wyoming

University of Wyoming is a four year public college located in Laramie, Wyoming.  Full time enrollment is 9,673 and part time is 2,693.

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

University of Wyoming
Corner of Ninth and Ivinson
Laramie, Wyoming

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

University of Wyoming 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 Wyoming cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=240727 IPEDS survey data.