Cost of Attendance
Cost of Attendance (COA) includes tuition and fees, housing and food, books and supplies, transportation, and personal expenses incurred as a result of enrollment at Western (for students with dependents, dependent care expenses may also be included). Housing and food estimates are based on the expectation that household expenses are shared with a roommate.
The COA represents the average amount most students spend. The COA is created based on academic program, housing plans, residency and enrollment status. Tuition and fees and housing and food (for on campus housing) are billed by Western. Students are responsible for reviewing residency, class level, and enrollment status displayed on the financial aid offer and notifying the Financial Aid Department if the information is incorrect. If you incur unusual, educationally related expenses, you may contact the Financial Aid Department to discuss if these expenses can be included in your COA for additional financial aid consideration.
Cost of Attendance Chart
These charts show the typical cost of attendance for WWU students. These charts are based on full-time enrollment for Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters. They are estimates for your planning purposes.
Undergraduate Student 2023-24 Cost of Attendance
Graduate Student 2023-24 Cost of Attendance
Other Costs - 2023-24
|Budget Item||Living on Own Cost||Living with Parents Cost|
|Books & Supplies||$1,176||$1,176|
|Housing and Food||$15,894||$6,498|
|Multicultural Services Fee||$90|
|Health Service Fee||$477|
|Legislative Action Fee||$3|
|Non-Academic Building Fee||$156|
|Sustainability, Equity and Justice Fund Fee (.90 per credit, $9 max/quarter)||$27|
|Active Transportation Fee||$90|
Some fees are charged for enrollment in less than 6 credits or can be manually requested for access to these services. Contact the Student Business Office for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 650-2865.
Variation in Costs
Costs of attendance may fluctuate if the student is living with relatives, less than full-time enrollment or is in a high-cost/self-supporting program. Contact Financial Aid for additional information.
To estimate a one quarter cost of attendance (COA), divide the academic year figures by 3.
The COA for less than full-time enrollment is determined by reduced tuition, fees, and book expenses.
The COA for less than half-time enrollment is determined by reduced tuition, fees, books and supplies and housing and food and there is no allowance for personal expenses.
Tuition and fee amounts in the financial aid budget may vary slightly from amounts charged due to rounding.
All newly matriculated students (not including extension students) are charged a $300 enrollment fee when they confirm enrollment at WWU. This fee is included separately in the cost of attendance for financial aid purposes, to ensure that students may be considered for aid for this expense. Graduate students are charged a $100 confirmation fee.
Outreach and Continuing Education
Specialized Outreach and Continuing Education programs have varying tuition and fee rates. Contact Outreach and Continuing Education for details.
Consult the Student Business Office website for tuition and fee schedules for Graduate MBA, Graduate Pathology, Clinical Doctorate in Audiology, and Resident Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling.
Students with actual educational costs higher than the standard cost of attendance may contact the Financial Aid Department for reconsideration of the financial aid offer subject to regulatory requirements and professional judgment.
Housing & Food
The standard Housing and Food budget is based on average expenses. Individual students may have higher or lower Housing and Food expenses.