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WKU Tuition & Cost

Bowling Green, Kentucky

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How much does it cost to attend?

In State Kentucky Resident Sticker Price
In State Costs for Western Kentucky University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,000
Other Fees$0
Room and Board $10,708
Other Expenses Budget$2,115
Out of State Resident Sticker Price
Out of State Costs for Western Kentucky University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,000
Other Fees$0
Room and Board $10,708
Other Expenses Budget$2,115

In-state tuition at Western Kentucky University for undergraduate students residing in Kentucky is $10,992. Room and board charges total $10,708 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 $2,115 for other miscellaneous expenses throughout the year. In sum, residents attending Western Kentucky University full time should expect a total annual cost of $24,815.

Undergraduate tuition at Western Kentucky University is $27,000 for out-of-state students. Additionally, out-of-state students are charged $10,708 for room and board, $1,000 for textbooks and educational resources, plus fees of $0. Students are advised to budget $2,115 for other expenses. When these costs are combined, annual out-of-state charges total $40,823. This figure is 64.5% higher than what Kentucky 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 Kentucky 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 Kentucky University
Family Income Net Price Paid
$0 to $30,000$12,195
$30,001 to $48,000$16,211
$48,001 to $75,000$17,490
$75,001 to $110,000$16,529

The average reported annual net price for Western Kentucky University for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $12,705 in 2019/2020. Net price includes tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and average cost for room and board and other expenses

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Financial Aid

98% 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 $7,987 per student during the 2019/2020 school year. Grant and scholarship aid does not need to be paid back. 52% of students received Federal Student Loans averaging $5,370 and 9% of undergrads took out private student loans averaging $11,080.

Finanical Aid Western Kentucky University
Type Avg./Student Students Receiving
Total Grant and Scholarship Aid $7,987 98%
Institutional Grants and Scholarships $5,361 72%
Pell Grants $4,575 38%
Other Federal Grants $432 8%
State and Local Grants $2,842 71%
Federal Student Loans $5,370 52%
Other Student Loans $11,080 9%

Student Loans

To gauge a more realistic picture of what it may really 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 $44,308. The loan balance of $44,308 is a four year multiple of the $11,077 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 $470 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 $44,308
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 4.99%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $469.74
Total Interest Paid $12,060.62
Sum of All Loan Payments $56,368.62

Projected 4 Year Degree Price

4 Year Sticker Price
Year Kentucky Residents Non Residents
1 $24,815 $40,823
2 $25,356 $41,713
3 $25,908 $42,622
4 $26,473 $43,550

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 $99,260 - assuming graduation in normal time. The estimation assumes a 2.2% 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 $458 $1,374 $1,832
Out of State Residents $1,125 $3,375 $4,500

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
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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.