Cost of attendance

The cost of attendance (COA) 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. Note: You must be enrolled at least half-time to receive student loans.

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.  

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.

Estimated costs

The JD program tuition and fees component is based on enrollment for 14 credit hours in the fall and winter semesters. 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. 

2018-19 Fall/winter
JD program
9-month budget
Living with parent Living away from home
Books & supplies 2,000 2,000
Room & board 2,250 14,148
Miscellaneous 1,790 2,448
Transportation 3,150 3,150
Estimated loan fee 178 178
Tutition & fees ESTIMATE
14 credits/semester
Michigan resident
29,960 29,960
Tuition & fees ESTIMATE
14 credits/semester
Non-resident
32,740 32,740
Total estimated cost of attendance
14 credits/semester
Michigan resident
39,328 51,884
Total estimated cost of attendance
14 credits/semester
Non-resident
54,664 42,108

The LLM program tuition and fees component is based on enrollment for 7 credit hours in the fall and winter semesters. 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.

2018-19 Fall/winter
LLM program
9-month budget
Living with parent Living away from home
Books & supplies 1,212 1,212
Room & board 1,368 9,396
Miscellaneous 1,575 2,016
Transportation 3,150 3,150
Estimated loan fee 196 196
Tutition & fees ESTIMATE
6 credits/semester
Michigan resident
6,137 6,137
Tuition & fees ESTIMATE
6 credits/semester
Non-resident
6,733 6,733
Total estimated cost of attendance
6 credits/semester
Michigan resident
13,638 22,107
Total estimated cost of attendance
6 credits/semester
Non-resident
14,234 22,703