2020 Tuition, Fees, and Living Costs Analysis

UndergraduateGraduatePer Credit HourEarning After Graduation
For the academic year 2019-2020, the undergraduate tuition & fees at Western Kentucky University is $10,802 for Kentucky residents and $26,496 for out-of-state students.
The undergraduate 2020-2021 estimated tuition & fees for WKU is $11,100 for Kentucky residents and $26,714 for out-of-state students.
The 2020 undergraduate tuition has been risen by 2.76% for Kentucky residents and increased by 0.82% for out-of-state rates from the previous year. On-campus living costs increased by 1.35% from the previous year. Off-campus living costs increased by 4.41% from the previous year. Its in-state undergraduate tuition and fees are a little bit higher than the average amount ($9,348) and its out-of-state undergraduate tuition and fees are higher than the average amount of similar schools' tuition ($19,341 - Public Master's College and University (larger programs)).
2019-2020 Undergraduate Tuition & Fees
YearIn-StateOut-of-StateOn Campus Room & Board, Other Expenses
2018-2019$10,512 $26,280$10,328
2019-2020$10,802$26,496$10,467
Change % 2019-20202.76%0.82%1.35%
2020-2021$11,100$26,714$10,608
***The estimated 2020-2021 costs are based on the costs change rate of last year.
For Graduate School, in-state tuition and fees are $12,140 and out-of-state tuition and fees are $18,340 for the academic year 2019-2020.
The graduate 2020-2021 estimated tuition & fees at WKU is $12,140 for Kentucky residents and $18,707 for out-of-state students.
The graduate tuition has been stayed same for Kentucky residents and increased by 2.00% for out-of-state rates from the previous year. Its in-state graduate tuition and fees are a little bit higher than the average amount ($10,291) and its out-of-state graduate tuition and fees are around the average amount of similar schools' tuition ($18,331 - Public Master's College and University (larger programs)).
2019-2020 Graduate Tuition & Fees
YearIn-StateOut-of-StateOn Campus Room & Board, Other Expenses
2018-2019$12,140 $17,980$10,328
2019-2020$12,140$18,340$10,467
Change % 2019-20200.00%2.00%1.35%
2020-2021$12,140$18,707$10,608
***The estimated 2020-2021 costs are based on the costs change rate of last year.
The below table describes the cost per credit hour for part-time students and/or full-time students who take additional courses more than regular credit hours at WKU.
Per Credit Hour Charge (2019-2020)
YearIn-StateOut-of-State
Undergraduate2018-2019$438$1,095
2019-2020$450$1,104
2020-2021$462$1,113
Graduate2018-2019$607$899
2019-2020$607$917
2020-2021$607$935
The next table summarizes the average earning by years after graduation from the school. After 6 years of graduation, the mean earning is $30,800 and, after 10 years of graduation, the mean earning is $38,600 for Western Kentucky University graduates.
Mean Earning After Graduation By Time
TotalMaleFemale
6 Years After Graduation$30,800$33,600$28,500
7 Years After Graduation$31,100--
8 Years After Graduation$35,900--
9 Years After Graduation$36,000--
10 Years After Graduation$38,600$44,400$34,400

Tuition & Fees for 4 Years

Tuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Based on 4-years changes in tuition & fees, we estimate 4-year tuition at WKU for future and prospective students. For the students who were admitted in Fall 2020, the estimated 4-year tuition is $45,479 for Kentucky residents and $110,313 for out-of-state students.
The estimation excludes the book, supplies, and living costs before receiving any financial aid. See the other tabs for estimating 4-year total costs of attendance and after financial aid. The next table shows the estimated 4-years tuition & fees for the next 5 admission years.
4 Years of Tuition & Fees
ResidencyFreshmenSophomoreJuniorSenior4 Years Total
Class of 2024 (Admission Fall 2020)In-State$11,025$11,252$11,483$11,720$45,479
Out-of-State$26,922$27,355$27,795$28,242$110,313
Class of 2025 (Admission Fall 2021)In-State$11,252$11,483$11,720$11,961$46,416
Out-of-State$27,355$27,795$28,242$28,696$112,087
Class of 2026 (Admission Fall 2022)In-State$11,483$11,720$11,961$12,208$47,372
Out-of-State$27,795$28,242$28,696$29,157$113,889
Class of 2027 (Admission Fall 2023)In-State$11,720$11,961$12,208$12,459$48,348
Out-of-State$28,242$28,696$29,157$29,626$115,720
Class of 2028 (Admission Fall 2024)In-State$11,961$12,208$12,459$12,716$49,344
Out-of-State$28,696$29,157$29,626$30,102$117,580
The table shows the 4-years estimation of total costs of attendance (COA). It includes the tuition & fees, books & supplies costs, room & board charges, and other living expenses.
For the students who were admitted in Fall 2020, the estimated 4-years COA is $93,534 for Kentucky residents and $158,368 for out-of-state students.
The next table shows the 4-year COA estimation for the next 5 admission years at Western Kentucky University.
4 Years of Costs of Attendance
ResidencyFreshmenSophomoreJuniorSenior4 Years Total
Class of 2024 (Admission Fall 2020)In-State$22,706$23,151$23,606$24,071$93,534
Out-of-State$38,603$39,255$39,918$40,592$158,368
Class of 2025 (Admission Fall 2021)In-State$23,151$23,606$24,071$24,544$95,373
Out-of-State$39,255$39,918$40,592$41,279$161,043
Class of 2026 (Admission Fall 2022)In-State$23,606$24,071$24,544$25,028$97,249
Out-of-State$39,918$40,592$41,279$41,977$163,766
Class of 2027 (Admission Fall 2023)In-State$24,071$24,544$25,028$25,521$99,164
Out-of-State$40,592$41,279$41,977$42,688$166,536
Class of 2028 (Admission Fall 2024)In-State$24,544$25,028$25,521$26,025$101,118
Out-of-State$41,279$41,977$42,688$43,411$169,355
Last year, 78% of enrolled undergraduate students have received grants or scholarship aid. It includes any financial aid from the federal government, state, local, institute, and other sources known by the institution. It excludes federal/private student loans.
After receiving the financial aid, the net price for 4 years of attending the school is $66,802 for Kentucky residents and $131,636 for out-of-state students.
The next table shows the 4-year COA estimation with financial aid for the next 5 admission years at Western Kentucky University.
4 Years Costs of attendance after Financial Aid
ResidencyFreshmenSophomoreJuniorSenior4 Years Total
Class of 2024 (Admission Fall 2020)In-State$16,023$16,468$16,923$17,388$66,802
Out-of-State$31,920$32,572$33,235$33,909$131,636
Class of 2025 (Admission Fall 2021)In-State$16,468$16,923$17,388$17,861$68,641
Out-of-State$32,572$33,235$33,909$34,596$134,311
Class of 2026 (Admission Fall 2022)In-State$16,923$17,388$17,861$18,345$70,517
Out-of-State$33,235$33,909$34,596$35,294$137,034
Class of 2027 (Admission Fall 2023)In-State$17,388$17,861$18,345$18,838$72,432
Out-of-State$33,909$34,596$35,294$36,005$139,804
Class of 2028 (Admission Fall 2024)In-State$17,861$18,345$18,838$19,342$74,386
Out-of-State$34,596$35,294$36,005$36,728$142,623

2020 Tuition, Fees, and Living Cost Tables and Charts

Next tables and charts illustrate the 2020 tuition, fees, books & supplies, and living costs in detail. We provide the previous 5 years' costs so that you can check the increased amounts of each cost item and estimate future year costs. In addition, you can check the financial aid amount including grant, scholarship, and federal student loans for the last five years. Use the left menu to explore the tuition and college costs information at Western Kentucky University.
Tuition & Fees | Financial Aid
Western Kentucky University 2020 Costs of Attendance
In-StateOut-of-State
Tuition and FeesBook & SuppliesLiving Costs Tuition & FeesBook & SuppliesLiving Costs
Undergraduate$10,802$1,000$10,467$26,496$1,000 $10,467
Graduate$12,140 $1,000$10,467$18,340 $1,000$10,467


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