Tuition Rates Explained

Tuition Rates Explained

The tuition amount at WSU is composed of the State definition of tuition (an Operating Fee plus building costs) and WSU student approved Student Service and Activity fees. When a student is granted a fee waiver, that waiver is generally for the State mandated portion of the tuition only and does not cover the WSU charges incorporated within the tuition figure. This is important to remember for a graduate student getting a waiver because of employment at WSU. They will always have a portion of the tuition to pay even if they are granted a tuition waiver.

The tuition rates are different for residents of the State and non-residents of the State. The State subsidizes the resident student tuition but does not subsidize the non-resident. For fee paying purposes, a full time student is a student who takes from 10 credits through 18 credits in a semester. Full time fees are the same whether you are in 10 credits or 18 credits. If you add or drop classes the charges will most likely stay the same for tuition. There may be a small difference in Special Course Fees. For a list of tuition and fees click here. The College Costs at WSU chart represents the estimated tuition for two semesters. Divide it by two to get the estimated cost of each semester. Part time tuition fees are approximately 10% of the semester total per credit hour with a minimum of two hours charged.

Tuition Disclosure Statement

Pursuant to RCW 28B.76.300 and 28B.15.0681, Washington State University is required to provide students with information on the following:

  • Cost of Instruction
  • WSU Revenue Sources
  • Tuition Revenue
  • Accountability and Performance Data
  • Federal Tax Credit Programs

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