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WCU Tuition & Cost

Cullowhee, North Carolina

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In State North Carolina Resident Sticker Price

In State Costs for Western Carolina University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$621
Other Fees$3,367
Room and Board $11,097
Other Expenses Budget$2,933

Out of State Resident Sticker Price

Out of State Costs for Western Carolina University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$621
Other Fees$3,367
Room and Board $11,097
Other Expenses Budget$2,933

In-State Tuition

In-state tuition at Western Carolina University for undergraduate students residing in North Carolina is $1,000. Room and board charges total $11,097 per year. Students will also need to budget for books and supplies, which typically amount to $621 annually. Other administrative or academic fees are $3,367 for the year. Additionally, students should plan an estimated $2,933 for other miscellaneous expenses throughout the year. In sum, residents attending Western Carolina University full time should expect a total annual cost of $19,018.

Out-of-State Tuition

Undergraduate tuition at Western Carolina University is $5,000 for out-of-state students. Additionally, out-of-state students are charged $11,097 for room and board, $621 for textbooks and educational resources, plus fees of $3,367. Students are advised to budget $2,933 for other expenses. When these costs are combined, annual out-of-state charges total $23,018. This figure is 21% higher than what North Carolina residents pay.

All price data is sourced from the 2021/2022 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 Carolina University for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $13,221 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 Carolina 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 Carolina University
Family Income Net Price Paid
$0 to $30,000$9,305
$30,001 to $48,000$11,625
$48,001 to $75,000$14,701
$75,001 to $110,000$17,042
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Financial Aid

83% of full-time undergrad Western Carolina 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 $5,319 per student during the 2019/2020 school year. Grant and scholarship aid does not need to be paid back. 60% of students received Federal Student Loans averaging $5,309 and 9% of undergrads took out private student loans averaging $8,925.

Finanical Aid Western Carolina University
Type Avg./Student Students Receiving
Total Grant and Scholarship Aid $5,319 83%
Institutional Grants and Scholarships $1,942 61%
Pell Grants $4,808 37%
Other Federal Grants $803 47%
State and Local Grants $1,494 31%
Federal Student Loans $5,309 60%
Other Student Loans $8,925 9%

Student Loans

To gauge a more realistic picture of what it may really cost you out of pocket to go to Western Carolina University, we've modeled a ten year student loan with an original principal value of $36,512. The loan balance of $36,512 is a four year multiple of the $9,128 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 $387 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 $36,512
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 4.99%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $387.09
Total Interest Paid $9,938.56
Sum of All Loan Payments $46,450.56

Projected 4 Year Degree Price

4 Year Sticker Price

Year North Carolina Residents Non Residents
1 $19,018 $23,018
2 $20,349 $24,629
3 $21,774 $26,353
4 $23,298 $28,198

Based on published tuition prices, we estimate the current cost of a 4 year bachelor's degree and living expenses at Western Carolina University to be $76,072 - assuming graduation in normal time. The estimation assumes a 7% annual increase over the next 4 years which is the national trend.

Credit Hour Cost and Price per Class

Credit Hour and Class Costs at Western Carolina University
Price Per Credit 3 Credit Class 4 Credit Class
North Carolina Residents $177 $531 $708
Out of State Residents $333 $999 $1,332

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

Tuition Payment Plans Available

Western Carolina University Payment Plans
Tuition Payment Plan No
Prepaid Tuition Plan No
Alternative Tuition Plan No
Guaranteed Tuition Plan No

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=200004 IPEDS survey data for Western Carolina University.