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WCU Tuition & Cost

West Chester, Pennsylvania

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How much does it cost to attend?

In State Pennsylvania Resident Sticker Price
$27,315
In State Costs for West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Fee Cost
Tuition$7,716
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$2,705
Room and Board $13,174
Other Expenses Budget$2,520
Out of State Resident Sticker Price
$38,889
Out of State Costs for West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Fee Cost
Tuition$19,290
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$2,705
Room and Board $13,174
Other Expenses Budget$2,520

Residents of Pennsylvania pay an annual total price of $27,315 to attend West Chester University of Pennsylvania on a full time basis. This fee is comprised of $7,716 for tuition, $13,174 room and board, $1,200 for books and supplies and $2,705 for other fees.

Out of state residents are charged a total cost of $38,889 which is 42.4% higher than Pennsylvania residents. The tuition charge is $19,290 while room and board is $13,174, books and supplies are $1,200 and other fees come in at $2,705.

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 West Chester University of Pennsylvania when typical grants and scholarships are considered. The net price varies by family income and financial need.

Average Net Price 2018/2019
$19,348
Net Price by Income West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Family Income Net Price Paid
$0 to $30,000$16,531
$30,001 to $48,000$17,966
$48,001 to $75,000$21,156
$75,001 to $110,000$24,699
$110,000+$25,559

The average reported annual net price for West Chester University of Pennsylvania for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $19,348 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

46% of full-time undergrad West Chester University of Pennsylvania received financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, fellowships from the institution or from Federal, State or local government agencies. This aid averaged $5,908 per student during the 2019/2020 school year. Grant and scholarship aid does not need to be paid back. 69% of students received Federal Student Loans averaging $5,502 and 20% of undergrads took out private student loans averaging $15,182.

Finanical Aid West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Type Avg./Student Students Receiving
Total Grant and Scholarship Aid $5,908 46%
Institutional Grants and Scholarships $3,813 19%
Pell Grants $4,660 25%
Other Federal Grants $1,485 3%
State and Local Grants $2,942 26%
Federal Student Loans $5,502 69%
Other Student Loans $15,182 20%

Student Loans

To gauge a more realistic picture of what it may really cost you out of pocket to go to West Chester University of Pennsylvania, we've modeled a ten year student loan with an original principal value of $71,944. The loan balance of $71,944 is a four year multiple of the $17,986 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 $686 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 $71,944
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 2.75%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $686.43
Total Interest Paid $10,427.01
Sum of All Loan Payments $82,371.01

Projected 4 Year Degree Price

4 Year Sticker Price
$109,260
Year Pennsylvania Residents Non Residents
1 $27,315 $38,889
2 $28,033 $39,911
3 $28,769 $40,960
4 $29,525 $42,036

Based on published tuition prices, we estimate the current cost of a 4 year bachelor's degree and living expenses at West Chester University of Pennsylvania to be $109,260 - assuming graduation in normal time. The estimation assumes a 2.6% 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 West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Price Per Credit 3 Credit Class 4 Credit Class
Pennsylvania Residents $322 $966 $1,288
Out of State Residents $805 $2,415 $3,220

Estimated cost for a class at West Chester University of Pennsylvania 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 West Chester University of Pennsylvania versus other colleges.

Tuition Payment Plans Available

West Chester University of Pennsylvania Payment Plans
Tuition Payment Plan Yes
Prepaid Tuition Plan No
Alternative Tuition Plan Yes
Guaranteed Tuition Plan No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=216764 IPEDS survey data for West Chester University of Pennsylvania.