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WPI Tuition & Cost

Worcester, Massachusetts

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Sticker Price

Costs for Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Fee Cost
Other Fees$1,096
Books and Supplies$1,200
Room and Board $16,544
Other Expenses Budget$1,200

Annual Tuition & Costs

The annual tuition to attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute is $56,000. The cost is the same for both in-state and out-of-state students. Room and board fees are an additional $16,544. For educational materials, students should allocate approximately $1,200 for books and supplies plus $1,096 for other fees charged by the school. Finally, students should budget $1,200 for miscellaneous expenses throughout the year. With all these fees considered, the expected total cost to attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute on a full-time basis is $76,040 per annum.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $16,544 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Worcester should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and educational supplies is $1,200.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $1,200 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $1,200 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 Worcester Polytechnic Institute for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $46,876* 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 Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Family Income Net Price Paid
$0 to $30,000$30,910
$30,001 to $48,000$30,348
$48,001 to $75,000$35,916
$75,001 to $110,000$42,582

The net price provides a more realistic estimate of the true cost of attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 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

96% of full-time undergrad Worcester Polytechnic Institute received financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, fellowships from the institution or from Federal, State or local government agencies. This aid averaged $27,059 per student during the 2019/2020 school year. Grant and scholarship aid does not need to be paid back.

Pell Grants

10 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 $4,984. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Student Loans

53% of students received Federal Student Loans averaging $5,328 and 32% of undergrads took out private student loans averaging $15,466.

Finanical Aid Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Type Avg./Student Students Receiving
Total Grant and Scholarship Aid $27,059 96%
Institutional Grants and Scholarships $26,262 96%
Pell Grants $4,984 10%
Other Federal Grants $1,977 9%
State and Local Grants $2,021 4%
Federal Student Loans $5,328 53%
Other Student Loans $15,466 32%

Financial Aid Mix - $76,040 Total Cost

CollegeSimply has modeled example payment coverage for the annual tuition and living expenses of $76,040. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

36% - $27,059

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

Federal Student Loans

7% - $5,328

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

Out of Pocket Cost

57% -  $42,453

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 Worcester Polytechnic Institute, we've modeled a ten year student loan with an original principal value of $187,504. The loan balance of $187,504 is a four year multiple of the $46,876 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 $2,035 could be required to pay off your student loan. The total of all payments including interest would sum $244,189.33.

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 $187,504
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 5.5%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $2,034.91
Total Interest Paid $56,685.33
Sum of All Loan Payments $244,189.33

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 Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 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 $244,189.33 would be needed to afford a $2,034.91 monthly payment in the example $187,504.00 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 Worcester Polytechnic Institute student loan debt and graduate salaries under student outcomes.

Projected 4 Year Degree Price

4 Year Sticker Price

Year All Residents
1 $76,040
2 $78,579
3 $81,203
4 $83,914

Based on published tuition prices, we estimate the current cost of a 4 year bachelor's degree and living expenses at Worcester Polytechnic Institute to be $304,160 - assuming graduation in normal time. The estimation assumes a 3.3% 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 Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Price Per Credit 3 Credit Class 4 Credit Class
All Residents $1,610 $4,830 $6,440

Estimated cost for a class at Worcester Polytechnic Institute 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 Worcester Polytechnic Institute versus other colleges.

Tuition Payment Plans Available

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Payment Plans
Tuition Payment Plan Yes
Prepaid Tuition Plan Yes
Alternative Tuition Plan Yes
Guaranteed Tuition Plan No

Tuition History

Historical tuition and price increases for Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=168421 IPEDS survey data for Worcester Polytechnic Institute.