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Washington State Tuition & Cost

Pullman, Washington

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In State Washington Resident Sticker Price

In State Costs for Washington State University
Fee Cost
Other Fees$1,993
Books and Supplies$960
Room and Board $12,396
Other Expenses Budget$3,686

Out of State Resident Sticker Price

Out of State Costs for Washington State University
Fee Cost
Other Fees$1,993
Books and Supplies$960
Room and Board $12,396
Other Expenses Budget$3,686

In-State Tuition

In-state tuition at Washington State University for undergraduate students residing in Washington is $10,708. Room and board charges total $12,396 per year. Students will also need to budget for books and supplies, which typically amount to $960 annually. Other administrative or academic fees are $1,993 for the year. Additionally, students should plan an estimated $3,686 for other miscellaneous expenses throughout the year. In sum, residents attending Washington State University full time should expect a total annual cost of $29,743.

Out-of-State Tuition

Undergraduate tuition at Washington State University is $26,392 for out-of-state students. Additionally, out-of-state students are charged $12,396 for room and board, $960 for textbooks and educational resources, plus fees of $1,993. Students are advised to budget $3,686 for other expenses. When these costs are combined, annual out-of-state charges total $45,427. This figure is 52.7% higher than what Washington residents pay.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $12,396 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Pullman should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and educational supplies is $960.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $3,686 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $3,686 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 Washington State University for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $17,911* 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 Washington State University
Family Income Net Price Paid
$0 to $30,000$8,032
$30,001 to $48,000$9,464
$48,001 to $75,000$13,409
$75,001 to $110,000$20,049

The net price provides a more realistic estimate of the true cost of attending Washington State University, 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

83% of full-time undergrad Washington State 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 $10,689 per student during the 2019/2020 school year. Grant and scholarship aid does not need to be paid back.

Pell Grants

25 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 $4,886. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Washington State University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Student Loans

34% of students received Federal Student Loans averaging $5,003 and 4% of undergrads took out private student loans averaging $17,033.

Finanical Aid Washington State University
Type Avg./Student Students Receiving
Total Grant and Scholarship Aid $10,689 83%
Institutional Grants and Scholarships $5,702 71%
Pell Grants $4,886 25%
Other Federal Grants $306 18%
State and Local Grants $8,822 40%
Federal Student Loans $5,003 34%
Other Student Loans $17,033 4%

Financial Aid Mix - $29,743 In-State Total Cost

CollegeSimply has modeled example payment coverage for the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $29,743. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

41% - $10,689

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

Federal Student Loans

19% - $5,003

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

Out of Pocket Cost

40% -  $10,365

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 Washington State University, we've modeled a ten year student loan with an original principal value of $71,644. The loan balance of $71,644 is a four year multiple of the $17,911 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 $778 could be required to pay off your student loan. The total of all payments including interest would sum $93,303.08.

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 $71,644
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 5.5%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $777.53
Total Interest Paid $21,659.08
Sum of All Loan Payments $93,303.08

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 Washington State University, 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 $93,303.08 would be needed to afford a $777.53 monthly payment in the example $71,644.00 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 Washington State University student loan debt and graduate salaries under student outcomes.

Projected 4 Year Degree Price

4 Year Sticker Price

Year Washington Residents Non Residents
1 $29,743 $45,427
2 $30,478 $46,550
3 $31,232 $47,701
4 $32,004 $48,880

Based on published tuition prices, we estimate the current cost of a 4 year bachelor's degree and living expenses at Washington State University to be $118,972 - assuming graduation in normal time. The estimation assumes a 2.5% 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 Washington State University
Price Per Credit 3 Credit Class 4 Credit Class
Washington Residents $647 $1,941 $2,588
Out of State Residents $1,387 $4,161 $5,548

Estimated cost for a class at Washington State 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 Washington State University versus other colleges.

Tuition Payment Plans Available

Washington State University Payment Plans
Tuition Payment Plan No
Prepaid Tuition Plan Yes
Alternative Tuition Plan Yes
Guaranteed Tuition Plan No

Tuition History

Historical in-state and out-of-state tuition and price increases for Washington State University.

YearIn-StateOut-of-stateAnnual Increase
2021$10,457$25,773 2.5%
2020$10,202$25,145 2.5%
2019$9,953$24,531 2.4%
2018$9,720$23,956 2%
2017$9,530$23,956 2.2%
2016$9,324$23,956 -10%
2015$10,356$23,956 -4.8%
2014$10,874$23,956 0%

Is it Worth the Cost?

To make a comparative assessment if Washington State is worth the price, measures of it's relative value for tuition dollar can be examined. We've calculated an academic national percentile rating of 60.14/100 for Washington State University. Considering an average net price paid of $17,911, this leads to an overall value ranking of 56/100. This places the school 406th on our national Best Value Colleges ranking as a provider of a very high value education compared to actual overall price paid.

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=236939 IPEDS survey data for Washington State University.