Cost of attendance

The cost of attendance (budget) amounts are estimated averages of costs for an academic year. The budget is used to determine 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, your cost of attendance will be updated to include actual (instead of estimated) WSU charges for tuition and fees. If you are enrolled less than full-time, your books and supplies allowance will be pro-rated. You will be notified by WSU email if there is a revision in your aid eligibility.

More information about enrollment status and aid eligibility

Budget components

Tuition and fees - An estimate is used to determine your initial aid eligibility. 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 this figure will not be adjusted. 

Books and supplies - Books and supplies costs are based on your enrolled credit hours and classes. 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 - An estimate of costs based on a survey of students and housing options in the WSU area. Your housing costs will depend on the living arrangements that you select. Students living away from their parents' home will have a higher estimated budget amount than students living at home with parents.

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

Estimated costs

View your cost of attendance in Academica. 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.