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Cost of attendance

Budgets are estimates

The cost of attendance (budget) figures represent an estimate of what it costs to attend for an academic year.

  • The budget components are estimated averages used solely for calculating financial aid eligibility.

This is not a bill, but an estimate of tuition, fees, books and supplies, living expenses, transportation costs and modest personal expenditures. Actual tuition and fee rates are published on the WSU Registrar website.

  • Your actual costs will vary depending upon your choices of housing and other expenses. We encourage you to develop a personal budget for the year based on your own actual costs.

Personal Budget Worksheet

Budget components

Tuition and Fees - This is only an estimate. Actual tuition and fees are published each year, generally after August 1. Beginning in fall 2016, your estimated tuition and fee amount will be adjusted to your actual charges.

Books and Supplies - Books and supply costs will vary by credit hours, and classes you have selected. Although books and supplies are included in your estimated cost of attendance, you will initially purchase your books from your own resources.

  • If your financial aid pays all of your charges on the university bill, any excess will be refunded to you to assist with the cost of books and other living expenses.

Housing Expenses - Your housing costs will vary based on the living arrangements that you select. The Financial Aid Office uses an estimate based on a survey of students and housing options in the area.

  • Students living on their own will have a higher estimate than students living with at home with parents will.

Transportation and Personal/Miscellaneous Expenses - These estimates represent an allowance for other expenses you may incur while attending school.

Undergraduate budgets

The tuition and fees component is based on an average of lower and upper division costs (12-18 credits) in the fall and winter semesters.

2016-17 Fall/Winter 
9-month budget
Living
with parent
Living away
from home
Living
on campus
Books &
supplies

1,196

1,196
1,196
Room & 
board
1,350
9,134
9,874
Miscellaneous
1,548
1,980
1,944
Transportation

 3,700

3,700
0
Estimated
loan fee
74
74
74
Tuition & fees ESTIMATE
Michigan resident
10,952
10,952
10,952
Tuition & fees ESTIMATE
Non-resident
23,272
23,272
23,272
Toal ESTIMATED cost of attendance
Michigan resident
18,820
27,036
24,422
Total ESTIMATED cost of attendance
Non-resident
31,140
39,356 36,742

Graduate Budgets

The graduate tuition and fees component is based on enrollment for 8 credit hours in the fall and winter semesters.

2016-17 Fall/Winter 
9-month budget
Living
with parent
Living away
from home
Living
on campus
Books &
supplies
1,196 1,196 1,196
Room & 
board
1,350 9,134 9,806
Miscellaneous
1,990 2,422 2,836
Transportation
3,700 3,700 0
Estimated
loan fee
176 176 176
Tuition & fees ESTIMATE
Michigan resident
11,826 11,826 11,826
Tuition & fees ESTIMATE
Non-resident
23,124 23,124 23,124
Tuition & fees ESTIMATE
Michigan resident - Pharmacy
18,276
18,276
18,276
Tuition & fees ESTIMATE
Non-resident - Pharmacy
35,062 35,062 35,062
Toal ESTIMATED cost of attendance
Michigan resident
20,238 28,454 25,840
Total ESTIMATED cost of attendance
Non-resident
31,536 39,752 37,138
Total ESTIMATED cost of attendance
Michigan resident - Pharmacy
26,688
34,904
32,290
Total ESTIMATED cost of attendance
Non-resident - Pharmacy
43,474 51,690 49,076

Budget Adjustments

Our standard budgets are a good faith estimate of expenses a student will encounter in an academic year.

Certain budget components may be adjusted to include dependent care directly related to attendance at WSU; costs related to a disability; computer purchase for educational purposes; costs to obtain a professional license; and an allowance for reasonable costs directly related to your program of study.

A change is not guaranteed

  • Even if your budget is adjusted, your aid eligibility might not change

  • Budget adjustment approvals are based on the review of a Financial Aid professional

  • This is an appeal process and your case may be denied

  • Not all requests can be considered

  • Budgets are based on the cost of full-time enrollment. Your request for any additional costs may be denied if your actual tuition charge is less than the amount in your budget.

Appeal forms