We work with you so that families just like yours can afford a life-changing WSU education. Our students represent a wide range of economic backgrounds and personal circumstances.

How much
does it cost

total (est.)*$33,876
tuition and fees$12,996
room and board **$16,476
books, misc. living expenses, transportation$4,404

*in-state, undergraduate, 2024-25
** For Pullman only
Est. out-of-state undergraduate annual cost is $49,952

WHOA. I thought you said it was affordable

It is. Let’s compare the sticker price vs. the actual cost for a Washington state resident.


That’s the sticker price. Most families pay less. In some cases, a lot less.

Subtract scholarships, grants and waivers

69% of WSU students receive grant or scholarship aid that doesn’t need to be repaid, with an average award of $11,881 and more than $172.6 million total given to students. Scholarships are based not only on academic achievement, but also on academic interests, talent, financial need, leadership, career ambitions, and campus involvement.

37% of our students pay no tuition.

Cougar Commitment

This special program covers tuition and mandatory fees for Washington residents from a low- or middle-income family in Washington and receiving the Washington College Grant or a Pell Grant. There are some other qualifications, but to be eligible for the Cougar Commitment, you must be a Washington state resident pursuing your first bachelor’s degree and file your FAFSA or WASFA.


About 35% of our incoming students take out a loan, averaging $6,714.

What should I expect my actual cost to be?

In short, it varies, based on merit, need levels, and other eligibility criteria, but 75% of WSU students receive financial aid.

And, 69% of our students receive scholarships and/or grants—money that doesn’t have to be repaid—with an average award of $11,881.  

Average cost after aid: $17,911

In-state cost by household income

Household incomeAverage cost after aid
Less than $30,000$8,032
More than $110,001$24,273
From US Dept of Education (IPEDS) 2021-22

BUT, look at the average financial aid package for incoming students last year: $11,881

Estimate your financial aid eligibility 

Use our financial aid estimator tool to find out how much aid you could qualify for.

Will I end up with tens of thousands of dollars in loans then?

Probably not.

  • Our students who take loans have an average loan debt of $25,559 at graduation, with a median debt for students of $22,762 (2021-2022).
  • That’s a lot less than the national average of $29,719 per student.
  • Plus, 50% of graduates in the class of 2022 graduated with zero loan debt.

Well, how do I repay more than $25,000?

WSU grads are successful

  • Many of our students hone their work ethic with on-campus opportunities or other part-time jobs.
  • Many WSU students complete an internship or work-related experience by the time they graduate—a career boost not all college students receive.
  • 70% of the class of 2021 were either employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation from WSU.
  • WSU graduates make an average $124,000 in mid-career (, 2022).

As a result, WSU grads are better prepared to pay back their loans.

Look at the loan default rates:

4.1% Washington State University
9.3% National average

What do I get for my investment?

  • A well-rounded education
  • Expert and current knowledge in your academic field that’s applicable to the work force
  • Personal and professional connections to the world-class faculty who can boost your post-college plans
  • Friendships with students who become your friends for life
  • Personal and career support from one of the most active alumni associations in the country

Okay, I’m ready to join The Cougar family.
What now?