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Tuition and Expenses

Western is nationally recognized for providing excellent education at an affordable cost, with Forbes and Kiplinger magazines ranking Western as a top value in education.

The estimated expenses for the 2013-2014 academic year at Western Washington University for full-time undergraduate students are as follows:

  Washington Residents Non-Residents
(10-18 credits)
(Mandatory fees include: Health Service, Non-Academic Building, Recreation Center, Technology, Renewable Energy and Transportation.)
Housing & Meals
(Based on double room & Unlimited Meal Plan)
$9,656 $9,656
Books & Supplies*
$1,080 $1,080
$1,266 $1,266
Personal & Miscellaneous*
$1,806 $1,806
Total $22,670 $33,559

*Not fixed costs; varies depending on student. Housing expenses can be reduced with room type, residential area and meal plan. Tuition costs will be different if a student is less than full-time or in a self-supporting program. Student Financial Resources has information on grants, scholarships, student employment, loans or some combination of these student aid programs.

Payment Schedule

Tuition, housing and fees must be paid by the published deadline (approximately the third week of each quarter). The university also offers short-term institutional loans for temporary cash flow problems.

Working in College

Many students work while they are at Western. A recent survey shows that students who work ten to fifteen hours per week actually do better academically than those who do not work at all. Work experience also allows you to discover your strengths and weaknesses, try out career options and build a resume for future employment. The Student Employment Center at Western is the best place to start when searching for an on-campus or off-campus job (including work study positions), or volunteer and community service opportunities. Students working on campus and in the larger community are key to the vitality of Western, Bellingham and the local area.

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