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 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.

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, which is the date on which WSU counts the number of students enrolled at the institution, this figure 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 - 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.

Estimating your costs

The below estimates can be used to estimate your costs.

  • Tuition and fees is based on lower division rates (15 credit hours) in the fall and winter semesters, for students who have not yet selected a major.
  • Room and board is an estimate for students living on campus in Ghafari or Atchison Halls in a double occupancy room.
2020-21 Fall/Winter 
estimated costs
with parent
in Ghafari Hall

Living away from home

Books &
Room & 
board estimate
10,694 11,004
loan fee
46 46 46
Tuition & fees ESTIMATE
Michigan resident
Tuition & fees ESTIMATE
Total ESTIMATED costs
Michigan resident
Total ESTIMATED costs
45,762 47,404

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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