International Tuition & Expenses

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

The estimated expenses for the 2020-2021 academic year at Western Washington University for full-time international undergraduates are as follows:

2020-2021 Full Time International Student Expenses

(10-18 credits)


(Mandatory fees include: Health Service, Non-Academic
Building, Recreation Center, Technology, Renewable
Energy and Transportation.)


Housing & Meals
(Based on a double room & Unlimited Meal Plan)


Books & Supplies*





Personal & Miscellaneous*


Emergency Health Insurance




*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 in a self-supporting program.

Financial responsibility

International students must assume all responsibility for student expenses. Proof of sufficient funds is required for the visa application process to gain entrance to the United States. Applicants need to complete the Declaration of Financial Responsibility on the application for admission, demonstrating that they can meet Western's estimated expenses for one year and that there is reasonable expectation that funds will be available for the complete course of study.

Since it is difficult for international students to get jobs while in the U.S., these funds must be available from sources other than potential employment. Acceptable evidence may take the form of notarized bank statements in U.S. funds in the student's or family's name, a scholastic award letter from a foundation, agency, government, industry, etc., or a notarized letter from an individual sponsor indicating willingness to provide support for the specified amount and accompanied by a verified bank statement. Note: all financial evidence you submit to Western will also be required when you apply for your student visa; therefore, you are encouraged to secure duplicate documents.


Western Washington University offers a variety of scholarships for new and continuing international students.