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Cost of Attendance

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The Cost of Attendance (COA) is an estimate designed to help students determine what it may cost to attend Western Carolina University for an academic year. This budgeting tool is based on full-time enrollment and is made up of direct and indirect costs.

Direct costs are the expenses that are billed directly to the student by the university. These expenses include tuition and fees, on-campus housing, meal plans, and book rentals.

Indirect costs are expenses a student will likely incur, but will not pay to the university. Indirect costs vary from student to student and may include off-campus housing, transportation to and from campus, books, and personal expenses.

Each student's cost of attendance is based upon full-time enrollment and residency status. The Office of Financial Aid reviews enrollment each semester after the Add/Drop period ends and makes adjustments to a student's COA, if needed.

The cost of attendance is not a final bill but an estimate of educational expenses for the period of enrollment.

The following are the COA budgets for the 2023-2024 academic year for full-time undergraduate and graduate students. Please note that students enrolled less than full-time will have adjusted tuition and fee components in their COA budgets.

 2023-2024 Full-Time Undergraduate In-State Out-of-State
Tuition and Fees $4,532 $8,532
Housing $7,050.56 $7,050.56
Food $4,494 $4,494
Loan Fees $59.60 $59.60
Books and Supplies $442.58 $442.58
Travel $1,561.52 $2,542
Personal Expenses $1,708.84 $1,708.84
Total $19,849.10 $24,829.58
2023-2024 Distance Education Undergraduate In-State Out-of-State
Tuition and Fees $1,579.44 $5,579.28
Housing $7,050.56 $7,050.56
Food $4,494 $4,494
Loan Fees $59.60 $59.60
Books and Supplies $741.50 $741.50
Travel $390.38 $635.50
Personal Expenses $1,708.84 $1,708.84
Total $16,024.32 $20,269.28
2023-2024 Full-Time Graduate In-State Out-of-State
Tuition and Fees $7,778 $18,497
Housing $7,828 $7,828
Food $4,494 $4,494
Loan Fees $143.94 $143.94
Books and Supplies $741.50 $741.50
Travel $1,561.52 $2,542
Personal Expenses $1,708.84 $1,708.84
Total $24,255.80 $35,955.28

 

Certain graduate professional programs carry a tuition differential in addition to the regular graduate tuition. These programs include: Family Nurse Practitioner D.N.P., Nurse Anesthesia D.N.P., Atheletic Training M.S.A.T., Communication Sciences and Disorders, M.S., Social Work, M.S.W., Physical Therapy D.P.T., Business Administration M.B.A. 

2023-2024 Distance Education Graduate In-State Out-of-State 
Tuition and Fees $5,002.56 $15,721.56
Housing  $7,828 $7,828
Food $4,494 $4,494
Loan Fees $143.94 $143.94
Books and Supplies $741.50 $741.50
Travel $390.38 $635.50
Personal Expenses $1,708.84 $1,708.84
Total $20,309.22 $31,273.34

 

Certain graduate professional programs carry a tuition differential in addition to the regular graduate tuition. These programs include: Family Nurse Practitioner D.N.P., Nurse Anesthesia D.N.P., Atheletic Training M.S.A.T., Communication Sciences and Disorders, M.S., Social Work, M.S.W., Physical Therapy D.P.T., Business Administration M.B.A. 

Cost of Attendance Adjustment Request

Students may have special circumstances that result in educationally-related expenses not accounted for in the Cost of Attendance (COA).

Federal regulations give the Office of Financial Aid the ability to adjust a student’s COA budget based on certain additional expenses. 

Expensese include:

  • Child Care
  • Health Insurance
  • Computer Allowance
  • Emergency Car Repair 
  • Professional Licensing Fees
  • Course-related Travel
  • Housing expenses that exceed an on-campus weighted average
  • Board exam for professional licensure, certification, or credentialing for employment in the student's field of study (costs must be incurred during (not after) a period of enrollment, even if the exam occurs after the end of that period).

Contact the Financial Aid Office to see if you qualify for a Cost of Attendance Adjustment.

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