Tuition and fees

WSU Student

How much will this cost?

Wayne State students are assessed tuition each semester based on their residency, credit hours, year in school, division status, academic program, and school or college. See the Tuition and Fee Schedule (PDF) for detailed information. Students can also determine specific costs by using the Tuition and Fee Calculator.

Tuition Equity Program: In-state tuition

Michigan boasts 15 excellent public universities, each with a strong focus on educating the leaders, thinkers and creators of the future. As a key institution on that list, Wayne State is pleased to offer in-state tuition rates to Michigan residents. In addition, students who attend and graduate from Michigan high schools or have U.S. military service status may also qualify for in-state tuition. And those living in states or provinces bordering a Great Lake may be eligible for in-state tuition plus 10 percent.

Learn more about qualifying for in-state tuition.

Spring/Summer Tuition Break

Attending class year-round not only makes graduation arrive sooner but also helps students save money. This award allows undergraduate students to qualify for a 30 percent tuition discount toward spring/summer classes. To be eligible, students must have registered and be on track to complete 24 credits between Fall 2017 and Winter 2018, and must have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.5 at the end of Fall 2017.  Final evaluation of eligibility will be determined after the census date. Post-bachelor students may qualify if they meet requirements. Please note that the Spring/Summer Tuition Break cannot be combined with other tuition discounts (including employee and dependent discounts, senior citizen discounts and the Great Lakes Award) and will be applied as a financial aid award, which may affect a student's spring/summer federal and institutional aid.

Students with questions about the Spring/Summer Tuition Break should contact the Student Service Center at 313-577-2100 or

Reduced tuition for senior citizens (excludes law, M.D. and Pharm.D. programs)

Students age 60 or older are entitled to a 75 percent reduction of the regular tuition rate.

  • Students are responsible for the entire amount of the registration, fitness center and student service fees, as well as any additional class-related fees.
  • Eligible students must submit proof of age (e.g., copy of Michigan driver's license or birth certificate) by mailing it to:

    Records and Registration
    5057 Woodward, fifth floor 
    Detroit, MI 48202

    Documents can also be faxed to 313-577-7870 with name and ID number included.

Active Military Student Discount

WSU proudly supports our students who have served and are currently serving in the U.S. military. Individuals in any state on active duty in any component of the U.S. Armed Forces, including Reserves and National Guard, on or before the first day of classes will receive a 50 percent tuition discount — the most expansive tuition benefit program for currently serving military personal students offered by any four-year institution in Michigan. Wayne State has a proven commitment to providing high-quality, comprehensive support to active duty students and veterans through the Office of Military and Veterans Academic Excellence.

Matriculation fee

Students will automatically be billed a $250 matriculation fee at the time tuition and fees are assessed, regardless of orientation program attendance. This fee covers the cost of orientation, graduation and commencement.

For additional information, contact the Student Service Center at 313-577-2100 or email

Registration fee

The registration fee is charged to all students every semester. Any student registering after the early priority registration dates (as indicated on the registration calendar) will be charged a $35 late-registration fee if completed before the start of classes and $70 if completed after the start of classes. Please refer to the Registration Calendar for specific tuition cancellation dates.

Course material fees

Courses listed as having special fees require certain payments in addition to tuition. The fee may be canceled when the course is officially dropped within the tuition cancellation period. Contact the department offering the course for more information.

Student service fee

The student service fee is primarily used to maintain, upgrade and replace student computing and technology resources on campus. A small portion is also used to fund student activities on campus and enhance programs directed toward improving on-campus activities, including athletics. The student service fee is assessed to all students. Please refer to the tuition and fee schedule for the current term's rate.

Class ranking

Tuition is based in part on division status, which is determined by the number of credits an undergraduate has completed. 

Lower division

  • First-year: 0 – 28.99 credits, inclusive
  • Sophomore: 29 – 55.99 credits, inclusive

Upper division

  • Junior: 56 – 87.99 credits, inclusive
  • Senior: 88 credits and above