Tuition and affordability

Anticipating your direct costs

Undergraduate full-time costs for the 2019/20 academic year.
Tuition $10,512 $25,090
Books $960 $960
Technology $40 $40
Total $11,512 $26,090*

Graduate student tuition and fees

Leslie Melchor

"I love the low student-teacher ratio. It gives me the opportunity to develop close relationships with my professors."

—Leslie Melchor, B.A., business administration ’15

Yes, you can afford college

Invest in yourself. Attending college may be more affordable than you think. Many of our students find they can live at home while attending WSU and save money on housing costs.

Tuition seems like such a big number but there's more to the story. Individual students who completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on time, met all financial aid deadlines and qualified for the maximum need-based aid available received the following 2019/20 federal and state grants:

  • Federal Pell Grant +$6,195
  • WA State Need Grant +$10,464
  • Total award = $16,659

That's enough to cover tuition and books—plus some left over to help with living expenses!

Find the funding for you

Are you a College Bound Scholarship student? Your tuition is covered in full.

Are you a transfer student? Good news. You're eligible for significantly more financial aid when you file the FAFSA. File now.

Undocumented students are also eligible for financial aid! File the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) now.

*Not a Washington resident? With the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE), an out-of-state student may receive an $11,000 award, renewable for up to an additional three years.

Oregon resident? The State of Washington's Border Bill allows Oregon residents who live in specific counties to pay resident tuition rates when attending WSU Vancouver part-time (8 credits or fewer per semester).

Know the code: 003800

File your FAFSA in October every year. The WSU school code for all campuses is 003800.

Resources and opportunities

Paying for your WSU Vancouver education

To assess what college might cost you personally, see the WSU financial aid estimator and net price calculator.


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