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Breaking down the costs

One of the most confusing aspects of the financial aid process is understanding the figures given as the Cost of Attendance. The cost of attendance is important for two primary reasons. Namely, the estimates give the student and their family an idea of what costs might be incurred here at WSU. There are two types of costs listed: direct costs and indirect costs. Direct costs are those that must be paid to the University to attend (i.e. tuition and fees). Indirect costs are things such as living expenses, transportation, miscellaneous expenses, etc. It is important to differentiate between the two as indirect costs are simply estimates used by our office in the awarding process to ensure that students have enough aid while direct costs are actual amounts that will be charged to the student's account.

We include indirect costs into the budget so that aid can be awarded to assist students in paying living and miscellaneous expenses. Keep in mind that Student Financial Services can only award students with an amount of aid equal to or less than their associated cost of attendance budget. If you have questions regarding your budget, please visit the Revision Request and Award Appeals page.

A couple other important notes

  • Costs are for two semesters (i.e. an academic year).
  • Students enrolling only in one semester should divide all costs in half.
  • For budget purposes  12-18 credits is "full-time" for undergraduate students and 10-18 credits is "full-time" for graduate students; and students are charged tuition based on the specific number of enrolled units.
    • Note: To be considered "full-time" for summer undergraduate student must be enrolled in 6 credits; and graduate students in 3 credits. For financial aid delivery of funds to a student's WSU Student Account, students must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits as an undergraduate and 5 credits as a graduate student to receive accepted loans (exception to summer above). For some scholarships and other financial aid programs, to receive funds a student will be considered full time if they are enrolled in 12 credits as an undergraduates and 10 credits as a graduate student.
  • Students living at home with their parents will have their room and board budgets cut in half.
  • Be aware that there is a minimum 2 credit charge for tuition. This means enrollment in just 1 credit will be charged as 2 credits on a student's WSU Account. The cost per credit can vary depending on student level (undergraduate, graduate, professional, etc.). For more information about the cost per credit charge, see the links below for cost of attendance budgets based on your specific student status and applicable program.

*Please Note: Cost of Attendance figures are estimates derived from past figures, institutional changes, and cost of living adjustments. They should be considered adequate for the average student. As such, differences in lifestyle and individual tastes and preferences cannot be accounted for. If you have questions or concerns regarding your budgeted cost of attendance, please contact Student Financial Services.

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Understanding the Budget Components


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**Reminder these figures are estimates used to determine the Cost of Attendance.**

Cost of Attendance - Undergraduates Students
Cost of Attendance - Graduate & MBA Students
Cost of Attendance - Professional Students



Cost of Attendance - Undergraduate Students
Cost of Attendance - Graduate Students
Cost of Attendance - Graduate (Nursing)
Cost of Attendance - MBA (BUSN)
Cost of Attendance - Pharmacy
Cost of Attendance - Veterinary Medicine