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Tuition Costs at CWU

CWU boosts our student's earning power and employability better than any other public university in Washington State. The Educate to Career College Ranking Index ranked four-year colleges and universities on student career success after graduation based on their earnings and employability. CWU placed 110th of 1,200 colleges nationwide!

What is the real cost of tuition at CWU?

Tuition is $242 per credit up to 10 credits. Credits 11 through 17 are free.  Washington undergrads taking 10 through 17 credits pay:

  • $2,420 per quarter
  • $7,260 per year

What will it cost YOU?

After grants, scholarships and merit waivers, the average resident full-time CWU undergrad pays about $3,000 a year in tuition. For students who qualify for financial aid, average tuition payment is $800 per year.

CWU supports its students!

CWU offers $11-million in tuition waivers annually, more than $40-million in scholarships, grants, and waivers. Mandatory fees, required by the State of Washington, average about $1,000 per year beyond tuition.

  • 60% of CWU students receive financial aid.
  • 30% of CWU students receive aid, waivers, and/or grants that cover their full tuition cost.

Consider the cost of living in Ellensburg!

The overall cost of living in Ellensburg is 33% lower than in King County.

  • The cost of housing in Ellensburg is 58% lower than in King County.
  • CWU has the lowest housing costs of any public four-year college in Washington State.
  • Most CWU students are from the Puget Sound area and enjoy low cost travel home (only 100-miles from Seattle!) on school breaks and weekends.