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WKU Tuition & Cost

Bowling Green, Kentucky

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In State Kentucky Resident Sticker Price

In State Costs for Western Kentucky University
Fee Cost
Other Fees$0
Books and Supplies$1,000
Room and Board $11,072
Other Expenses Budget$2,264

Out of State Resident Sticker Price

Out of State Costs for Western Kentucky University
Fee Cost
Other Fees$0
Books and Supplies$1,000
Room and Board $11,072
Other Expenses Budget$2,264

In-State Tuition

In-state tuition at Western Kentucky University for undergraduate students residing in Kentucky is $11,112. Room and board charges total $11,072 per year. Students will also need to budget for books and supplies, which typically amount to $1,000 annually. Other administrative or academic fees are $0 for the year. Additionally, students should plan an estimated $2,264 for other miscellaneous expenses throughout the year. In sum, residents attending Western Kentucky University full time should expect a total annual cost of $25,448.

Out-of-State Tuition

Undergraduate tuition at Western Kentucky University is $27,000 for out-of-state students. Additionally, out-of-state students are charged $11,072 for room and board, $1,000 for textbooks and educational resources, plus fees of $0. Students are advised to budget $2,264 for other expenses. When these costs are combined, annual out-of-state charges total $41,336. This figure is 62.4% higher than what Kentucky residents pay.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $11,072 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Bowling Green should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and educational supplies is $1,000.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $2,264 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $5,530 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

All price data is sourced from the 2022/2023 U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics survey.
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Net Price

The average reported annual net price for Western Kentucky University for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $12,625* in 2019/2020. Net price includes tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and average cost for room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price 2019/2020


Below is the average net price by student family income.

Net Price by Income Western Kentucky University
Family Income Net Price Paid
$0 to $30,000$11,845
$30,001 to $48,000$16,978
$48,001 to $75,000$15,982
$75,001 to $110,000$17,876

The net price provides a more realistic estimate of the true cost of attending Western Kentucky University, once common grants and scholarships have been taken into account. It's important to note that your net price will fluctuate based on factors such as family income, assets and individual financial need. Net price is the out-of-pocket total cost that students end up paying or financing though student loans.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2019/2020 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Financial Aid

99% of full-time undergrad Western Kentucky 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 $10,260 per student during the 2019/2020 school year. Grant and scholarship aid does not need to be paid back.

Pell Grants

35 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2019/2020 was $4,776. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Western Kentucky University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Student Loans

50% of students received Federal Student Loans averaging $5,115 and 7% of undergrads took out private student loans averaging $10,902.

Finanical Aid Western Kentucky University
Type Avg./Student Students Receiving
Total Grant and Scholarship Aid $10,260 99%
Institutional Grants and Scholarships $6,544 94%
Pell Grants $4,776 35%
Other Federal Grants $486 6%
State and Local Grants $3,146 71%
Federal Student Loans $5,115 50%
Other Student Loans $10,902 7%

Financial Aid Mix - $25,448 In-State Total Cost

CollegeSimply has modeled example payment coverage for the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $25,448. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

44% - $10,260

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, Western Kentucky University or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Student Loans

22% - $5,115

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket Cost

34% -  $7,809

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

Student Loans

To gauge a more realistic picture of what it really could cost you out of pocket to go to Western Kentucky University, we've modeled a ten year student loan with an original principal value of $50,500. The loan balance of $50,500 is a four year multiple of the $12,625 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 $548 could be required to pay off your student loan. The total of all payments including interest would sum $65,766.92.

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 5.5%.

Example Loan $50,500
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 5.5%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $548.06
Total Interest Paid $15,266.92
Sum of All Loan Payments $65,766.92

Student Loan Affordability

In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending Western Kentucky University, should consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $65,766.92 would be needed to afford a $548.06 monthly payment in the example $50,500.00 loan modeled above. This assumes a repayment over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below. View statistics about Western Kentucky University student loan debt and graduate salaries under student outcomes.

Projected 4 Year Degree Price

4 Year Sticker Price

Year Kentucky Residents Non Residents
1 $25,448 $41,336
2 $25,902 $42,073
3 $26,364 $42,824
4 $26,834 $43,588

Based on published tuition prices, we estimate the current cost of a 4 year bachelor's degree and living expenses at Western Kentucky University to be $101,792 - assuming graduation in normal time. The estimation assumes a 1.8% 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 Kentucky University
Price Per Credit 3 Credit Class 4 Credit Class
Kentucky Residents $607 $1,821 $2,428
Out of State Residents $917 $2,751 $3,668

Estimated cost for a class at Western Kentucky 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 Kentucky University versus other colleges.

Tuition Payment Plans Available

Western Kentucky University Payment Plans
Tuition Payment Plan Yes
Prepaid Tuition Plan Yes
Alternative Tuition Plan Yes
Guaranteed Tuition Plan No

Tuition History

Historical in-state and out-of-state tuition and price increases for Western Kentucky University.

YearIn-StateOut-of-stateAnnual Increase
2021$10,992$27,000 1.8%
2020$10,802$26,496 0%
2019$10,802$26,496 2.8%
2018$10,512$26,280 3%
2017$10,202$25,512 2.9%
2016$9,912$24,792 4.5%
2015$9,482$24,132 3.7%
2014$9,140$23,352 4.8%
2013$8,722$22,248 7.9%
2012$8,084$20,016 6.9%
2011$7,560$18,840 5%
2010$7,200$17,784 3.9%
2009$6,930$17,088 8%
2008$6,416$15,470 7.8%
2007$5,952$14,400 12%
2006$5,316$12,732 15.7%
2005$4,596$11,184 25.9%
2004$3,650$8,498 17%
2003$3,120$7,992 9.7%
2002$2,844$7,424 12.2%
2001$2,534$6,834 6%
2000$2,390$6,430 5.8%
1999$2,260$6,100 5.6%
1998$2,140$5,740 8.6%
1997$1,970$5,510 3.1%
1996$1,910$5,270 6.1%
1995$1,801$4,961 5.7%
1994$1,704$4,704 10.4%
1993$1,544$4,224 7.2%
1992$1,440$4,040 9.1%
1991$1,320$3,680 13.8%
1990$1,160$3,280 1.8%
1989$1,140$3,220 4.6%
1988$1,090$2,992 5.8%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=157951 IPEDS survey data for Western Kentucky University.