Cost and Scholarships

An education is the most important investment you can make. By opening yourself to the world of ideas and new experiences and by preparing to launch a career, you are establishing a foundation for a rich, dynamic life—not to mention, boosting your earning potential! Student graduating.

Financial Aid

WMU recommends that every student apply for financial aid, in order to be eligible for any student loans, grants or work-study awards. Learn the steps to apply for financial aid and use helpful tools to simplify the process.

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WMU offers need-based and merit-based scholarship opportunities. Learn what scholarships are available for first-time freshman students through the Office of Admissions. Visit the Student Financial Aid and Scholarships office website for additional WMU scholarship opportunities.

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Entering Spring 2017 or earlier: Any Western Michigan University undergraduate student who has been admitted as a degree seeking student and began enrollment as of the Spring 2017 semester or earlier, may apply for in-state resident status for any semester/session in which they are enrolled in on-campus courses by completing a residency application in accordance with University procedure. 

Entering Summer I 2017 or after: Any Western Michigan University undergraduate student who has been admitted as a degree seeking student and began enrollment effective with the Summer 1 2017 semester or later, will have their residency status determined at the time of admission and it will remain the same throughout the student’s enrollment at Western Michigan University.

For questions, contact or call (269) 387-2366.

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Room and board rates

Living on campus is a great way to get to know campus, other students and have academic support programs right outside your door. More information, as well as room and board rates, is available through the Office of Residence Life.

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Student employment

Over 4,000 students are employed on campus at WMU and many students find employment in the Kalamazoo community. Handshake serves as WMU’s online student job search database. Prospective students are welcome to create a free account to explore the potential opportunities.

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Tuition and fees

Higher education is an investment in your future. Learn about WMU’s cost of attendance and other expenses to consider as a college student.

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WMU in metro Detroit: Scholarship workshops

Western Michigan University invites high school juniors, seniors and parents to WMU in Metro Detroit to learn about the scholarship opportunities at WMU and apply for Gold Rush admission.

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