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. Rather it is an estimate of tuition, fees, books and supplies, living expenses, transportation costs and modest personal expenses. To see actual tuition and fee rates (and not just the cost of attendance estimate), you will need to go to the WSU Registrar website.

Your actual costs will depend 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.

Enrollment status

Near the beginning of the semester, we will include actual (instead of estimated) WSU charges for tuition and fees in your COA to determine your aid eligibility. 

If you are enrolled less than full-time, your allowance for books and supplies will be pro-rated (distributed proportionally).  We will notify you via WSU email if the COA updates cause 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, each year after August 1, 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 figure will not be adjusted. 

Books, course materials, supplies and equipment - These estimated costs are based on the classes/credit hours 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, course materials, supplies, equipment and other living expenses. 

Living expenses (housing and food) - A standard allowance for rent or other housing 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.

If you are living away from home you will have a higher estimated budget amount than students who are living at home with their parents.

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

2023-24 estimated costs for first-year undergraduates

Your costs can be estimated using the estimates provided below.

  • Tuition and fees are based on lowest division rates in the fall and winter semesters, for students who are attending full-time.
  • For students living on campus, housing and food is an estimate for students living in Ghafari in a double occupancy room.
  • Your estimated costs can be found in the Financial Aid Portal in Academica.
2023-24 Fall/Winter 
estimated costs - first-year
with parent
in Ghafari Hall

Living away from home

Books, supplies, materials & equipment
Living expenses
11,762 12,104
loan fee
96 96 96
Tuition & fees ESTIMATE
Michigan resident
Tuition & fees ESTIMATE
Total ESTIMATED costs
Michigan resident
Total ESTIMATED costs
42,758 48,532 50,318

Law School student cost of attendance

MD student cost of attendance

Budget adjustments

The standard budgets are good faith estimates of expenses which 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. Your request may be denied. Budget adjustment requests are reviewed by a financial aid administrator, within the context of federal financial aid regulations. 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 of the tuition cancellation period, you may request a review for a potential increase in your budge.
  • 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 only be in the form of a PLUS Loan or a private loan – both of which require credit approval. 

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