2020 Tuition, Fees, and Living Costs Analysis

UndergraduateGraduatePer Credit HourEarning After Graduation
For academic year 2019-2020, the undergraduate tuition & fees at Western Carolina University is $4,277 for North Carolina residents and $8,277 for out-of-state students. The undergraduate 2020-2021 estimated tuition & fees is $4,659 for North Carolina residents and $8,644 for out-of-state students. The 2020 undergraduate tuition has been risen by 8.94% for North Carolina residents and increased by 4.43% for out-of-state rates from the previous year. On-campus living costs increased by 5.34% from the previous year. Off-campus living costs increased by 3.33% from the previous year. The in-state undergraduate tuition and fees at Western Carolina University are much lower than the average amount ($9,328) and the out-of-state undergraduate tuition and fees are much lower than the average amount of similar schools' tuition ($19,283 - Public Master's College and University (larger programs)).
2019-2020 Undergraduate Tuition & Fees
YearIn-StateOut-of-StateOn Campus Room & Board, Other Expenses
2018-2019$3,926 $7,926$12,724
2019-2020$4,277$8,277$13,404
Change % 2019-20208.94%4.43%5.34%
2020-2021$4,659$8,644$14,120
***The estimated 2020-2021 costs are based on the costs change rate of last year.
For Graduate School, in-state tuition and fees are $7,414 and out-of-state tuition and fees are $17,821 for academic year 2019-2020. The graduate 2020-2021 estimated tuition & fees at Western Carolina University is $7,467 for North Carolina residents and $17,874 for out-of-state students. The graduate tuition has been risen by 0.72% for North Carolina residents and increased by 0.30% for out-of-state rates from the previous year. The in-state graduate tuition and fees at Western Carolina University are lower than the average amount ($10,209) and the out-of-state graduate tuition and fees are around the average amount of similar schools' tuition ($17,999 - Public Master's College and University (larger programs)).
2019-2020 Graduate Tuition & Fees
YearIn-StateOut-of-StateOn Campus Room & Board, Other Expenses
2018-2019$7,361 $17,768$12,724
2019-2020$7,414$17,821$13,404
Change % 2019-20200.72%0.30%5.34%
2020-2021$7,467$17,874$14,120
***The estimated 2020-2021 costs are based on the costs change rate of last year.
Below table describes the cost per credit hour for part-time students and full-time students who take additional courses more than regular credit hours at Western Carolina University.
Per Credit Hour Charge (2019-2020)
YearIn-StateOut-of-State
Undergraduate2018-2019$171$405
2019-2020$96$235
2020-2021$54$136
Graduate2018-2019$405$1,172
2019-2020$141$413
2020-2021$49$146
Next table summarizes the average earning by years after graduation for Western Carolina University graduates. After 6 years of graduation, the mean earning is $33,400 and, after 10 years of graduation, the mean earning is $41,300 for Western Carolina University graduates.
Mean Earning After Graduation By Time
TotalMaleFemale
6 Years After Graduation$33,400$35,800$31,200
7 Years After Graduation$32,400--
8 Years After Graduation$36,800--
9 Years After Graduation$37,000--
10 Years After Graduation$41,300$46,800$36,100

Western Carolina University 4 Years Tuition

Tuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Based on 4-years changes on tuition & fees, we estimate 4 year tuition at Western Carolina University for future and perspective students . For the students who admit in Fall 2020, the estimated 4 year tuition is $11,781 for North Carolina residents and $16,145 for out-of-state students. Since the tuition & fees at Western Carolina University have decreased over the last 4 years, the estimated tuition & fees are less than current costs in the table below. The actual costs may differ from the estimation based on the school or university system's tuition policy. The estimation excludes the book, supplies, and living costs and before receiving any financial aid. See the other tabs for estimating 4 year total costs of attendance and after financial aid. Next table shows the 4 year tuition & fees estimation for next 5 admission years at Western Carolina University.
4 Years Tuition & Fees at Western Carolina University
ResidencyFreshmenSophomoreJuniorSenior4 Years Total
Class of 2024 (Admission Fall 2020)In-State$3,662$3,135$2,685$2,299$11,781
Out-of-State$6,064$4,442$3,254$2,384$16,145
Class of 2025 (Admission Fall 2021)In-State$3,135$2,685$2,299$1,968$10,087
Out-of-State$4,442$3,254$2,384$1,747$11,828
Class of 2026 (Admission Fall 2022)In-State$2,685$2,299$1,968$1,685$8,636
Out-of-State$3,254$2,384$1,747$1,280$8,665
Class of 2027 (Admission Fall 2023)In-State$2,299$1,968$1,685$1,443$7,394
Out-of-State$2,384$1,747$1,280$937$6,348
Class of 2028 (Admission Fall 2024)In-State$1,968$1,685$1,443$1,235$6,331
Out-of-State$1,747$1,280$937$687$4,651
Below table shows the 4 year estimation of total costs of attendance (COA) at Western Carolina University. It includes the tuition & fees, books & supplies costs, room & board charges, and other living expenses. For the students who admit in Fall 2020, the estimated 4 year COA is $71,039 for North Carolina residents and $75,403 for out-of-state students. Next table shows the 4 year COA estimation for next 5 admission years at Western Carolina University.
4 years COA at Western Carolina University
ResidencyFreshmenSophomoreJuniorSenior4 Years Total
Class of 2024 (Admission Fall 2020)In-State$18,195$17,818$17,728$17,712$71,039
Out-of-State$20,597$19,124$18,147$17,535$75,403
Class of 2025 (Admission Fall 2021)In-State$17,818$17,577$17,561$17,610$70,260
Out-of-State$19,124$18,147$17,535$17,194$72,001
Class of 2026 (Admission Fall 2022)In-State$17,577$17,449$17,498$17,605$69,903
Out-of-State$18,147$17,535$17,194$17,055$69,931
Class of 2027 (Admission Fall 2023)In-State$17,449$17,416$17,522$17,679$69,897
Out-of-State$17,535$17,194$17,055$17,066$68,851
Class of 2028 (Admission Fall 2024)In-State$17,416$17,460$17,617$17,819$70,187
Out-of-State$17,194$17,055$17,066$17,191$68,506
Last year, 68 students ( 0.68% of enrolled undergraduate students) received the grant or scholarship aid. It includes any financial aid from federal government, state, local, institute, and other sources known by the institution. It excludes the federal/private student loans. After receiving the financial aid, the net price for 4 year is $46,167 for North Carolina residents and $50,531 for out-of-state students. Next table shows the 4 year COA estimation with financial aid for next 5 admission years at Western Carolina University.
4 years COA with Financial Aid at Western Carolina University
ResidencyFreshmenSophomoreJuniorSenior4 Years Total
Class of 2024 (Admission Fall 2020)In-State$11,977$11,600$17,144$11,494$46,167
Out-of-State$14,379$12,906$11,929$11,317$50,531
Class of 2025 (Admission Fall 2021)In-State$11,600$11,359$17,128$11,392$45,388
Out-of-State$12,906$11,929$11,317$10,976$47,129
Class of 2026 (Admission Fall 2022)In-State$11,359$11,231$17,177$11,387$45,031
Out-of-State$11,929$11,317$10,976$10,837$45,059
Class of 2027 (Admission Fall 2023)In-State$11,231$11,198$17,283$11,461$45,025
Out-of-State$11,317$10,976$10,837$10,848$43,979
Class of 2028 (Admission Fall 2024)In-State$11,198$11,242$17,440$11,601$45,315
Out-of-State$10,976$10,837$10,848$10,973$43,634

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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 last five years. Use left menu to explore the tuition and college costs information at Western Carolina University.
Tuition & Fees | Financial Aid
Western Carolina University 2020 Costs of Attendance
In-StateOut-of-State
Tuition and FeesBook & SuppliesLiving Costs Tuition & FeesBook & SuppliesLiving Costs
Undergraduate$4,277$1,059$13,404$8,277$1,059 $13,404
Graduate$7,414 $1,059$13,404$17,821 $1,059$13,404


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