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Western Carolina University Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$17,895 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$3,893 tuition
$10,103 on campus room & board
$1,055 books and supplies
$2,844 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)

$28,288 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$14,286 tuition
$10,103 on campus room & board
$1,055 books and supplies
$2,844 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$1,980 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
85% of students receive aid
40% get federal aid ($4,530 avg)
40% get state aid ($3,109 avg)
68% get institn'l aid ($1,980 avg)
67% get loans ($6,132 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 2.47% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 2.61% change in out-of-state tuition and fees. Amounts shown are estimates only and not guaranteed. For a better estimate, contact the college directly.

Financial Aid

Annual Aid Awarded
Average Amount Percent Awarded
Grant or Scholarship Aid $6,282 70%
Federal Grant Aid $4,530 40%
Pell Grants $4,419 39%
Other Federal Grants $1,329 5%
Institution Grant Aid $1,980 68%
State Grant Aid $3,109 40%
Student Loans $6,132 67%
Federal Loans $5,387 64%
Other Loans $10,066 3%

Merit Aid Available

Financial Aid Timeline
Financial aid priority deadline: March 15
Financial aid deadline: -
College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about: -
Student must reply to financial aid decision by: -
Financial Aid Contact Info
1 University Way
Cullowhee, NC 28723-9646
(828) 227-7100
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State $353
Out of State $713


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 5
  • njm
  • I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    i feel like i am going to get a great value in my education at wcu.

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  • 5
  • Andrew from Lexington, NC
  • I am a current student here

    Its one of the cheapest schools in the state but one of the best, especially if you are going for the Athletic Training major like I am.

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  • 4
  • Alicja from APO, AE
  • I am a current student here

    If you are willing to put in an effort, there are so many opportunities waiting in Cullowhee, socially and academically.

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  • 5
  • Anonymous
  • I am a current student here

    The tuition is worth it even as an out of state student.

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