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Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$19,127 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$7,941 tuition
$9,200 on campus room & board
$1,002 books
$984 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)

$29,759 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$18,573 tuition
$9,200 on campus room & board
$1,002 books
$984 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$2,481 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
82% of students receive aid
33% get federal aid ($4,623 avg)
23% get state aid ($4,530 avg)
59% get institn'l aid ($2,481 avg)
61% get loans ($6,037 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 11.6% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 5.44% change in out-of-state tuition and fees. Amounts shown are estimates only and not guaranteed. For a better estimate, contact the college directly.

Financial Aid

Annual Aid Awarded
Average Amount Percent Awarded
Grant or Scholarship Aid $5,985 67%
Federal Grant Aid $4,623 33%
Pell Grants $4,062 31%
Other Federal Grants $963 24%
Institution Grant Aid $2,481 59%
State Grant Aid $4,530 23%
Student Loans $6,037 61%
Federal Loans $5,652 61%
Other Loans $8,795 3%

Merit Aid Available

Financial Aid Timeline
Financial aid priority deadline: March 1
Financial aid deadline: -
College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about: -
Student must reply to financial aid decision by: -
Does Central Washington University offer...
Prepaid Tuition Plan? Yes
Financial Aid Contact Info
400 East University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7501
(509) 963-1111
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State $265
Out of State $619


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 5
  • Ariel from Marysville, WA
  • Jan-13-2014 I am a current student here

    Compared to the time, energy and value CWU definitely stands out as a great back for the buck in comparison.

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  • 4
  • Robyn from Walla Walla, WA
  • Oct-26-2013 I am a current student here

    I think that schools like Central are the best deal for the amount of money spent. Freshman fees include dorm costs, a food plan, and tuition for very reasonable prices. Most classes are anywhere between 15 and 50 people, so there is a lot of personal communication with the teachers.

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  • 4
  • Billie-Jean
  • Sep-21-2013 I am a current student here

    There are stores all around campus and coupons for discounts are constantly being offered and rewarded. A vast majority of the items offered in the stores are cheaper then other schools.

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  • 5
  • Morgan from Puyallup, WA
  • Sep-16-2013 I am a current student here

    Tuition has been rising, but still better than a lot of other places, and class sizes are still smaller (vs UW or WSU) which is nice.

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