Cost of Attendance

We know how crucial it is for you and your family to know your cost breakdown to attend WMU. That’s why we’ve created an estimated cost of attendance budget so you can have the necessary information to plan out your expenditures. We also provide a cost of attendance calculator tool to further help you examine your total costs.

The estimated cost of attendance budget is used solely for financial aid offers and includes:

  • Tuition: the base cost of classes
  • Fees: mandatory institutional fees
  • Housing: cost for on and off campus housing
  • Food: meal plans
  • Books: estimated cost for textbooks
  • Supplies: other academic materials
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses: cost for personal items and other non-academic needs
  • Transportation: allowances for travel between home, school and work
  • Loan fees: estimated fees associated with federal student loans
  • Other specific costs: costs related to specific programs, such as, study abroad or disability related expenses

The estimated cost is based upon averages for each category. These numbers are not reflective of actual or projected costs. Actual tuition, fees and University housing costs are published each year after July 1 and are subject to approval by the WMU Board of Trustees. Factors considered are residency status, class level and admission status, planned enrollment and housing options of on campus, off campus or living with parents.

Financial aid eligibility is based in part on the cost of attendance. Financial aid may not exceed the cost of attendance. For a more specific estimate of your costs, use the estimated cost of attendance calculator.

For an estimate of your net price, use our net price calculator. A net price is your cost of attendance—including tuition, fees, books and other costs—minus your estimated financial aid.

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  • 99% of full-time undergraduate students with financial need received aid

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  • 50+ endowed scholarships available from generous WMU donors

  • 60% of students receive grant money directly from the school, which is above the na|onal average for public schools

What is the estimated cost for Michigan residents?

Estimated tuition and fees are based on the flat-rate tuition policy of 12-15 credit hours per semester on Main Campus for undergraduate and graduate resident and nonresident students. Please note that these rates do not apply to students in the Haworth College of Business, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and College of Fine Arts. Visit the Registrar's Office webpage to view all rates and fees.

  • 2024-25 estimated cost of attendance budget
    Undergraduate
    Resident On/Off Campus
     Summer IIFall and SpringSummer I
    Tuition$3,768$15,074$3,768
    Standard Fees$25$100$25
    Housing and Food$3,121$12,482$3,121
    Books/Supplies$281$1,128$281
    Transportation$263$1,050$263
    Loan Fees$9$37$9
    Other$403$1,610$403
    TOTAL$7,870$31,481$7,870
    Graduate
    Resident On/Off Campus
     Summer IIFall and SpringSummer I
    Tuition$2,386$9,544$2,386
    Standard Fees$129$924$129
    Housing and Food$3,121$12,482$3,121
    Books/Supplies$169$676$169
    Transportation$594$2,376$594
    Loan Fees$54$216$54
    Other$512$2,046$512
    TOTAL$6,965$28,264$6,965
  • 2023-24 estimated cost of attendance budget
    Undergraduate
    Resident On/Off Campus
     Summer IIFall and SpringSummer I
    Tuition and Fees$3,508$14,470$3,508
    Housing and Food$2,873$11,490$2,873
    Books/Supplies$281$1,128$281
    Transportation$258$1,030$258
    Loan Fees$9$37$9
    Other$390$1,564$390
    TOTAL$7,319$29,719$7,319
    Graduate
    Resident On/Off Campus
     Summer IIFall and SpringSummer I
    Tuition and Fees$2,319$10,022$2,319
    Housing and Food$2,873$11,490$2,873
    Books/Supplies$169$676$169
    Transportation$583$2,330$583
    Loan Fees$54$216$54
    Other$496$1,986$496
    TOTAL$6,494$26,720$6,494

What is the estimated cost for nonresidents?

Estimated tuition and fees are based on the flat-rate tuition policy of 12-15 credit hours per semester on Main Campus for undergraduate and graduate resident and nonresident students. Please note that these rates do not apply to students in the Haworth College of Business, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and College of Fine Arts. Visit the Registrar's Office webpage to view all rates and fees.

  • 2024-25 estimated cost of attendance budget
    Undergraduate
    Non-Resident On/Off Campus
     Summer IIFall and SpringSummer I
    Tuition$4,711$18,842$4,711
    Standard Fees$25$100$25
    Housing and Food$3,121$12,482$3,121
    Books/Supplies$281$1,128$281
    Transportation$295$1,186$295
    Loan Fees$9$37$9
    Other$498$1,990$498
    TOTAL$8,940$35,765$8,940
    Graduate
    Non-Resident On/Off Campus
     Summer IIFall and SpringSummer I
    Tuition$3,579$14,316$3,579
    Standard Fees$129$924$129
    Housing and Food$3,121$12,482$3,121
    Books/Supplies$169$676$169
    Transportation$454$1,814$454
    Loan Fees$54$216$54
    Other$512$2,046$512
    TOTAL$8,018$32,474$8,018
  • 2023-24 estimated cost of attendance budget
    Undergraduate
    Non-Resident On/Off Campus
     Summer IIFall and SpringSummer I
    Tuition and Fees$4,373$18,062$4,373
    Housing and Food$2,873$11,490$2,873
    Books/Supplies$281$1,128$281
    Transportation $290$1,164$290
    Loan Fees$9$37$9
    Other$483$1,932$483
    TOTAL$8,309$33,813$8,309
    Graduate
    Non-Resident On/Off Campus
     Summer IIFall and SpringSummer I
    Tuition and Fees$3,414$14,570$3,414
    Housing and Food$2,873$11,490$2,873
    Books/Supplies$169$676$169
    Transportation$445$1,778$445
    Loan Fees$54$216$54
    Other$496$1,986$496
    TOTAL$7,451$30,716$7,451

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  • I have come to realize that in addition to having so many opportunities for students—academically, financially and emotionally speaking—this institution promotes diversity, which becomes crucial for students like me, so that we can feel comfortable and welcomed to then be able to succeed academically.

    Aunner Calderón, B.S.'22, first-generation student and Foundation Scholar

  • Affordability: We place a high priority on making a WMU education an affordable one. Learn about our scholarships and other funding resources. If you have any questions, reach out to one of our financial aid advisors or visit our Registrar's Office in person or online.

  • Tuition and fees: Western's tuition rate is set by the Board of Trustees. These rates are broken down by semester, undergraduate resident and nonresident, graduate resident and nonresident, college and campus.

  • Net price calculator: For an estimate of your net price, use our net price calculator. A net price is your cost of attendance minus your estimated financial aid. Please note that calculators are tools designed to offer you an estimate of your costs, and your actual costs can differ.

  • Payments: After applying for financial aid, many students want to know where their money is. The answer depends a lot on you. Financial aid is scheduled to pay toward your account about 10 days before the semester begins. Your aid will be disbursed only if you have completed all of your requirements.

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