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How much does college cost? It's a question we hear often at Central Washington University. You'll be pleased to know that not only will you get an excellent college or graduate education from award-winning instructions at CWU, but you'll also save on tuition.

Plus, our way of figuring tuition makes it almost like getting up to eight credits at no cost for students who are Washington residents.

Here's what we mean:

Take up to 10 college credits for $230 per credit.

Add up to 8 additional credits at no additional cost!

Cost to Attend

Financial Aid

Affordable tuition combines with outstanding Financial Aid to make CWU an excellent investment in higher education.

The Financial Aid team at Central Washington University is here to help you find the resources to achieve your education goals. With more than $55 million in annual scholarships, grants, and waivers, there's bound to be something for you!

Your first step to applying for scholarships and other financial aid is to complete FAFSA using CWU's FAFSA School Code: 003771. Once you've submitted FAFSA, our CWU financial aid team can send you an estimated award amount even before you complete your application to the university. We'll work with you every step of the way to make applying for financial aid easy.

Paying for College

  • Get Started Checklist

  • Apply to CWU
  • Confirm your Admission decision
  • Complete the FAFSA
  • Apply for scholarships
  • Sign up for Orientation
  • Enroll for Classes
  • Move in

Priority Application Dates

Once you decide which quarter you want to start college at CWU, make sure you submit all required transcripts, application, and other documentation by the Priority Application Deadline.



Fall Quarter



Winter Quarter



Spring Quarter



Summer Quarter

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Why CWU?

Award-winning instructors national teaching awards in math, physics, geology and music

More than 135 college majors plus 32 Master’s degree programs

More than $55 million annually in CWU grants, scholarships, and waivers

$3,000 average in-state tuition for Washington students

Safe, nurturing campus small town atmosphere yet just 90 minutes from Seattle

73% of CWU students receive aid that’s 17 percent more than national average

Take the Next Step to Becoming a Wildcat.