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Cost of attendance

The cost of attendance (budget) amounts are estimated averages of costs for an academic year. The purpose of the budget is the determination of financial aid eligibility. 

The cost of attendance is not a bill. It is 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 depend upon your choices of housing and your other expenses. We encourage you to develop a personal budget for the year based on your own actual costs.

Enrollment status

 Near the beginning of the semester, OSFA will include actual (instead of estimated) WSU charges for tuition and fees in your COA to determine your aid eligibility. If you are living on campus, your actual residence hall and meal plan charges will become the living allowance component of your COA.

If you are enrolled less than full-time, your books and supplies allowance will be pro-rated. OSFA will notify you via WSU email if the COA updates cause a revision in your aid eligibility.

  • If you are enrolled full-time, your budget will include actual tuition and fee charges and full-time amounts for all other components.
  • If you are enrolled three-quarter time or half-time, your budget will include the actual tuition and fee charges. The books and supplies component will be pro-rated.
  • If you are enrolled less than half-time, your budget will include the actual tuition and fee charges. The books and supplies component will be prorated. Federal financial aid regulations do not permit the inclusion of the miscellaneous expenses component in less-than-half-time budgets.

More information about enrollment status and aid eligibility

Budget components

Tuition and fees - This component of the budget is an estimate. Generally, after August 1 each year actual tuition and fees are published. Before the beginning of the semester, the estimated amount of your tuition and fees will be replaced with the actual amount for the determination of aid eligibility. After the census date, which is the date on which WSU counts the number of students enrolled at the institution, this component of your budget will not be adjusted. 

Books and supplies - Books and supplies costs are based on the credit hours and classes for which you register. If the amount of your financial aid is greater than the amount of your university eBill, the excess aid will be refunded to you to assist with the cost of your books and other living expenses. 

Housing expenses - Your housing costs will depend on the living arrangements that you select. The initial budget component amount is an estimate of costs based on a survey of students and housing options in the WSU area.

  • Students living away from their parents’ home will have a higher estimated budget amount than students living at home with parents.
  • If you are living on campus, at the beginning of the semester your actual residence hall and meal plan charges will replace the estimated amount used to determine your aid eligibility.

Transportation and Personal/Miscellaneous expenses - The amounts of these budget components are estimates based on other expenses that students typically incur while attending school. The cost of parking is included in these components.

Undergraduate budgets

The initial tuition and fees budget 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
9,806
Miscellaneous
1,548
1,980
2,394
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
Total 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
Total 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

Law School student cost of attendance

MD student cost of attendance

Budget adjustments

The standard budgets are good faith estimates of expenses a student will incur within in an academic year.

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

Eligibility for additional aid is not guaranteed.

The request for a budget adjustment does not guarantee an adjustment will be made. Budget adjustment requests are reviewed by a financial aid administrator, within the context of federal financial aid regulations. Your request may be denied. You are encouraged to speak with a Financial Aid Officer about your options.

  • Your tuition and fee costs will be adjusted automatically to reflect your actual charges. If you add a course after the last day for tuition cancellation you may request a review for an increase in your budget.
  • After your budget is adjusted, your aid eligibility might not change.
  • If you have been awarded the maximum amount and/or federal limit, your eligibility for additional aid may be only a PLUS Loan or private loan, both of which require credit approval.

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