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Western Illinois University Tuition & Cost

Macomb, Illinois

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How much does it cost to attend?

In State Illinois Resident Sticker Price
In State Costs for Western Illinois University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$4,431
Room and Board $10,192
Other Expenses Budget$2,339
Out of State Resident Sticker Price
Out of State Costs for Western Illinois University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$4,431
Room and Board $10,192
Other Expenses Budget$2,339

In-state tuition at Western Illinois University for undergraduate students residing in Illinois is $9,238. Room and board charges total $10,192 per year. Students will also need to budget for books and supplies, which typically amount to $1,200 annually. Other administrative or academic fees are $4,431 for the year. Additionally, students should plan an estimated $2,339 for other miscellaneous expenses throughout the year. In sum, residents attending Western Illinois University full time should expect a total annual cost of $27,400.

Undergraduate tuition at Western Illinois University is $9,238 for out-of-state students. Additionally, out-of-state students are charged $10,192 for room and board, $1,200 for textbooks and educational resources, plus fees of $4,431. Students are advised to budget $2,339 for other expenses. When these costs are combined, annual out-of-state charges total $27,400. This figure is 0% higher than what Illinois residents pay.

All price data is sourced from the 2021/2022 U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics survey.

Net Price

The net price provides a more realistic estimate of the true cost of attending Western Illinois University, once common grants and scholarships have been taken into account. It's important to note that this net price can fluctuate based on factors such as family income and individual financial need.

Average Net Price 2019/2020
Net Price by Income Western Illinois University
Family Income Net Price Paid
$0 to $30,000$12,265
$30,001 to $48,000$12,112
$48,001 to $75,000$15,794
$75,001 to $110,000$19,476

The average reported annual net price for Western Illinois University for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $15,361 in 2019/2020. Net price includes tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and average cost for room and board and other expenses

Financial Aid

92% of full-time undergrad Western Illinois University received financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, fellowships from the institution or from Federal, State or local government agencies. This aid averaged $10,771 per student during the 2019/2020 school year. Grant and scholarship aid does not need to be paid back. 64% of students received Federal Student Loans averaging $5,984 and 9% of undergrads took out private student loans averaging $8,040.

Finanical Aid Western Illinois University
Type Avg./Student Students Receiving
Total Grant and Scholarship Aid $10,771 92%
Institutional Grants and Scholarships $4,988 87%
Pell Grants $4,836 50%
Other Federal Grants $1,815 12%
State and Local Grants $5,122 52%
Federal Student Loans $5,984 64%
Other Student Loans $8,040 9%

Student Loans

To gauge a more realistic picture of what it may really cost you out of pocket to go to Western Illinois University, we've modeled a ten year student loan with an original principal value of $56,532. The loan balance of $56,532 is a four year multiple of the $14,133 average net price. This is a estimate of what you could owe upon graduation if you were to qualify for average financial aid and what a degree really may cost. Should you not qualify for financial aid, you may owe significantly more when you graduate. Based on these assumptions, a monthly repayment of $599 could be required to satisfy your student loan.

Please note that financial aid is not guaranteed and is only available for qualifying students. Federal Student Loans are not grants and must be repaid with interest. The current Stafford loan interest rate is 4.99%.

Example Loan $56,532
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 4.99%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $599.33
Total Interest Paid $15,387.99
Sum of All Loan Payments $71,919.99

Projected 4 Year Degree Price

4 Year Sticker Price
Year Illinois Residents Non Residents
1 $27,400 $27,400
2 $27,847 $27,847
3 $28,302 $28,302
4 $28,764 $28,764

Based on published tuition prices, we estimate the current cost of a 4 year bachelor's degree and living expenses at Western Illinois University to be $109,600 - assuming graduation in normal time. The estimation assumes a 1.6% annual increase over the next 4 years which has been the recent trend for this school.

Credit Hour Cost and Price per Class

Credit Hour and Class Costs at Western Illinois University
Price Per Credit 3 Credit Class 4 Credit Class
Out of State Residents $296 $888 $1,184

Estimated cost for a class at Western Illinois University based on published credit hour prices. Note that not all schools allow single class enrollment. These prices should be used for comparison purposes as to how much it may cost to take a class at Western Illinois University versus other colleges.

Tuition Payment Plans Available

Western Illinois University Payment Plans
Tuition Payment Plan No
Prepaid Tuition Plan No
Alternative Tuition Plan Yes
Guaranteed Tuition Plan Yes
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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=149772 IPEDS survey data for Western Illinois University.