A Lifetime of Value


When you earn a four-year degree, you’re more likely to have a job, earn a higher salary and easily switch careers.

Tuition Information


EWU has the lowest in-state tuition and fees of any public university in Washington, and we went five years without raising in-state tuition. Making an amazing academic experience affordable is our commitment to you.

Compare Washington University Tuition

The EWU Net Price Calculator provides estimated net price information (estimated cost of attendance minus estimated grant and scholarship aid) to prospective students based on what similar students paid in a previous year.  These calculations reflect awards for the current academic year and will be updated shortly for 2018-19.

Freshmen Net Price Calculator

Transfer Net Price Calculator

Compare Tuition & Fees**


When you compare EWU’s tuition and fees to the average of other Washington public universities, you can save up to $10,788 over four years.

 In-State Tuition & Mandatory FeesSource
Eastern Washington University$7,140Tuition and Mandatory Fees
The Evergreen State College$7,503TESU Tuition and Fees
Central Washington University$7,903CWU Tuition and Mandatory Fees
Western Washington University$7,931WWU Tuition and Fee Schedule
WSU Everett$10,042WSU Everett Tuition Rates
WSU Vancouver$10,129WSU Vancouver Tuition Rates
WSU Tri-Cities$10,342WSU Tri-Cities Tuition Rates
UW Bothell$10,911UW Tuition and Fees
UW Seattle$10,974UW Tuition and Fees
UW Tacoma$11,046UW Tuition and Fees
WSU Pullman$11,391WSU Pullman Tuition Rates

**EWU figures are for 2017-18. All costs at other universities are for the 2017-18 academic year and come from in-state costs and fees published on each university’s website as of May 4, 2018.

Tuition, Fees, and Direct Costs*


Student StatusIn-state ResidentWUE RecipientNon-Resident
Total$21,624$24,745$38,377
Tuition$6,242$9,363$22,995
Fees$897$897$897
Housing and Meals$10,945$10,945$10,945
Books$840$840$840
Transportation$900$900$900
Personal Expenses$1,800$1,800$1,800

*Based on average nine-month direct cost of attendance for full-time undergraduate at the Cheney and Spokane campuses (subject to change)

Residency and Tuition


The statutes and policies of the State of Washington define your residency status. Many factors help determine if you meet the eligibility requirements for in-state residency tuition. Most students need to live in Washington for at least one year before classes start in order to qualify for in-state residency.

Veterans, active duty service members and certain American Indian students will also qualify for in-state residence.

Remember: Official policies are determined and set by the Records and Registration Office

Students who are non-citizens who have graduated from a Washington high school and have lived in the state for at least three years may be eligible for in-state tuition at public institutions, rather than being charged non-resident tuition.

To qualify for in-state tuition under this classification, a student must meet these criteria:

  • Graduate from a Washington state high school or obtain a GED or equivalent
  • Live in Washington for at least three years prior to earning their high school diploma or equivalent
  • Live in Washington continually since they earned their high school diploma or GED
  • Sign an affidavit (a written promise) affirming eligibility and promising to become a permanent resident/citizen of the United States when eligible to apply

Washington State’s 2014 Legislature passed the REAL Hope Act (SB 6523), also known as the Washington Dream Act, to expand eligibility for the Washington State Need Grant to non-citizens who meet the same residency requirement under HB 1079 and program requirements. Visit the website to find the Washington Dream Act application process and requirements.

If you are currently coded as an out-of-state resident but feel you may be eligible for in-state residency, please fill out the residency questionnaire.

Copy the necessary supporting documents and send the information to the Records and Registration office by the applicable deadlines.

The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) helps out-of-state students lower the cost of tuition at EWU. Discover if you’re eligible.

Wondering whether you pay in-state or out-of-state tuition rates? The answer depends on your residency status, and your residency status is based on information you provided in your application for admission.

The official and most up-to-date information about residency (including all the forms and requirements you need in order to prove or change your residency) can be found at Records and Registration.

Residency Information

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)


If you live in the following states, WUE can lower your cost of tuition by more than $14,000 each year.

Alaska Arizona California
Colorado Hawaii Idaho
Montana Nevada New Mexico
North Dakota Oregon South Dakota
Utah Wyoming Guam
Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands (CNMI)

 

In-depth WUE Information

Photo: Showalter Hall at sunset