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Tuition Information

EWU has the lowest in-state tuition and fees of any public university in Washington. Making an amazing academic experience affordable is our commitment to you.

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College costs are complex, and your financial situation is unique. That’s why there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to the question “how much will college cost me?” To help you make sense of your complex situation, you can use EWU calculators to estimate your costs and scholarships.

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Compare Tuition & Fees**

When you compare EWU’s tuition and fees to the average of other Washington public universities, you can save up to $11,199 over four years.

 In-State Tuition & Mandatory FeesSource
Eastern Washington University$7,733Tuition and Mandatory Fees
The Evergreen State College$8,325TESU Cost of Attendance
Central Washington University$8,444CWU Cost of Attendance
Western Washington University$8,323WWU Tuition and Expenses
WSU Everett$10,728WSU Everett Cost of Attendance
WSU Vancouver$10,800WSU Vancouver Cost of Attendance
WSU Tri-Cities$11,144WSU Tri-Cities Cost of Attendance
UW Bothell$11,649UWB Cost of Attendance
UW Seattle$11,745UW Cost of Attendance
UW Tacoma$11,889UWT Cost of Attendance
WSU Pullman$12,170WSU Pullman Cost of Attendance

**EWU figures are for 2020-21. All costs at other universities are for the 2020-21 academic year and come from in-state costs and fees published on each university’s website as of October 16, 2020.

Tuition, Fees & Direct Costs at EWU*

Student StatusWashington ResidentWUE RecipientNon-Resident
Housing and Meals$13,026$13,026$13,026
Personal Expenses/Transportation$3,075$3,075$3,075

*Based on the average nine-month direct cost of attendance for a full-time undergraduate at the Cheney and Spokane campuses (subject to change). Some programs and self-support classes may have additional costs. Official university tuition policy is maintained by Student Financial Services.

Average Net Price Comparison, 2016-17*

CollegeAverage Net PriceNet Price (Income $0-$30,000)Net Price (Income $30,001-$48,000)Net Price (Income $48,001-$75,000)Net Price (Income $75,001-$110,000)Net Price (Income $110,00+)
Eastern Washington University$11,393$7,865$9,199$13,219$17,407$18,960
Central Washington University$14,124$8,896$10,635$14,269$18,309$19,501
The Evergreen State College$12,407$8,633$10,645$14,057$17,184$19,306
Gonzaga University$34,085$23,989$25,291$29,798$33,072$35,890
University of Washington (Seattle)$9,443$6,803$6,425$8,155$17,045$23,226
Washington State University$17,885$9,246$11,463$16,199$22,198$23,277
Western Washington University$16,117$9,226$10,708$15,342$20,493$21,222
Whitworth University$29,281$19,853$18,833$25,528$30,131$34,762

*Information comes from IPEDS data and was retrieved October 31, 2019. The overall average net price is calculated using data from students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid. The average net price for each income bracket is based on data from students who were awarded Title IV federal financial aid.

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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.

MontanaNevadaNew Mexico
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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. To qualify for in-state residency, most students need to live in Washington for at least one year before classes start.

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 & Registration Office.

Non-citizen students, who have graduated from a Washington high school and 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.
  • When eligible to apply, sign an affidavit (a written promise) affirming eligibility and promising to become a permanent resident/citizen of the United States.

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’re 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, which is based on the information you provided in your admissions application.

Official, updated information about residency (including all forms and requirements necessary to prove or change your residency) can be found at Records and Registration.

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