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WKU Tuition & Cost

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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 $8,432
Other Expenses Budget$2,035
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 $8,432
Other Expenses Budget$2,035

Residents of Kentucky pay an annual total price of $22,269 to attend Western Kentucky University on a full time basis. This fee is comprised of $10,802 for tuition, $8,432 room and board, $1,000 for books and supplies and $0 for other fees.

Out of state residents are charged a total cost of $37,963 which is 70.5% higher than Kentucky residents. The tuition charge is $26,496 while room and board is $8,432, books and supplies are $1,000 and other fees come in at $0.

All price data is sourced from the 2019/2020 U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics survey.
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Net Price

Net price is indicative of what it actually costs to attend Western Kentucky University when typical grants and scholarships are considered. The net price varies by family income and financial need.

Average Net Price 2018/2019
Net Price by Income Western Kentucky University
Family Income Net Price Paid
$0 to $30,000$11,714
$30,001 to $48,000$14,790
$48,001 to $75,000$15,209
$75,001 to $110,000$15,642

The average reported annual net price for Western Kentucky University for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $12,174 in 2018/2019. 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

95% 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 $8,255 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 $5,265 and 6% of undergrads took out private student loans averaging $10,024.

Finanical Aid Western Kentucky University
Type Avg./Student Students Receiving
Total Grant and Scholarship Aid $8,255 95%
Institutional Grants and Scholarships $5,823 69%
Pell Grants $4,483 39%
Other Federal Grants $445 9%
State and Local Grants $2,762 74%
Federal Student Loans $5,265 52%
Other Student Loans $10,024 6%

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 $423 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 2.75%.

Example Loan $44,308
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 2.75%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $422.75
Total Interest Paid $6,421.66
Sum of All Loan Payments $50,729.66

Projected 4 Year Degree Price

4 Year Sticker Price
Year Kentucky Residents Non Residents
1 $22,269 $37,963
2 $23,079 $39,344
3 $23,918 $40,774
4 $24,788 $42,257

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 $89,076 - assuming graduation in normal time. The estimation assumes a 3.6% 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 Kentucky University
Price Per Credit 3 Credit Class 4 Credit Class
Kentucky Residents $450 $1,350 $1,800
Out of State Residents $1,104 $3,312 $4,416

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

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