#6 Best Public Universities in Michigan

WMU Tuition & Cost

Kalamazoo, Michigan

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How much does it cost to attend?

In State Michigan Resident Sticker Price

In State Costs for Western Michigan University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,106
Other Fees$100
Room and Board $10,884
Other Expenses Budget$2,523

Out of State Resident Sticker Price

Out of State Costs for Western Michigan University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,106
Other Fees$100
Room and Board $10,884
Other Expenses Budget$2,523

In-State Tuition

In-state tuition at Western Michigan University for undergraduate students residing in Michigan is $13,334. Room and board charges total $10,884 per year. Students will also need to budget for books and supplies, which typically amount to $1,106 annually. Other administrative or academic fees are $100 for the year. Additionally, students should plan an estimated $2,523 for other miscellaneous expenses throughout the year. In sum, residents attending Western Michigan University full time should expect a total annual cost of $27,947.

Out-of-State Tuition

Undergraduate tuition at Western Michigan University is $16,668 for out-of-state students. Additionally, out-of-state students are charged $10,884 for room and board, $1,106 for textbooks and educational resources, plus fees of $100. Students are advised to budget $2,523 for other expenses. When these costs are combined, annual out-of-state charges total $31,281. This figure is 11.9% higher than what Michigan 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 average reported annual net price for Western Michigan University for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $18,091 in 2019/2020. Net price includes tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and average cost for room and board and other expenses

The net price provides a more realistic estimate of the true cost of attending Western Michigan 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 Michigan University
Family Income Net Price Paid
$0 to $30,000$13,112
$30,001 to $48,000$15,552
$48,001 to $75,000$20,840
$75,001 to $110,000$23,726

Financial Aid

78% of full-time undergrad Western Michigan 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 $8,851 per student during the 2019/2020 school year. Grant and scholarship aid does not need to be paid back. 56% of students received Federal Student Loans averaging $5,536 and 14% of undergrads took out private student loans averaging $14,994.

Finanical Aid Western Michigan University
Type Avg./Student Students Receiving
Total Grant and Scholarship Aid $8,851 78%
Institutional Grants and Scholarships $6,952 52%
Pell Grants $4,918 26%
Other Federal Grants $742 16%
State and Local Grants $1,274 5%
Federal Student Loans $5,536 56%
Other Student Loans $14,994 14%

Student Loans

To gauge a more realistic picture of what it may really cost you out of pocket to go to Western Michigan University, we've modeled a ten year student loan with an original principal value of $58,688. The loan balance of $58,688 is a four year multiple of the $14,672 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 $622 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 $58,688
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 4.99%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $622.19
Total Interest Paid $15,974.86
Sum of All Loan Payments $74,662.86

Projected 4 Year Degree Price

4 Year Sticker Price

Year Michigan Residents Non Residents
1 $27,947 $31,281
2 $29,409 $32,917
3 $30,947 $34,638
4 $32,565 $36,450

Based on published tuition prices, we estimate the current cost of a 4 year bachelor's degree and living expenses at Western Michigan University to be $111,788 - assuming graduation in normal time. The estimation assumes a 5.2% 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 Michigan University
Price Per Credit 3 Credit Class 4 Credit Class
Michigan Residents $556 $1,668 $2,224
Out of State Residents $694 $2,082 $2,776

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

Tuition Payment Plans Available

Western Michigan University Payment Plans
Tuition Payment Plan Yes
Prepaid Tuition Plan No
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=172699 IPEDS survey data for Western Michigan University.