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Western Carolina University Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$15,261 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$3,397 tuition
$7,178 on campus room & board
$2,158 books
$2,528 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)

$24,858 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$12,994 tuition
$7,178 on campus room & board
$2,158 books
$2,528 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$1,651 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
84% of students receive aid
39% get federal aid ($4,321 avg)
44% get state aid ($2,919 avg)
65% get institn'l aid ($1,651 avg)
66% get loans ($5,512 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 11.2% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 3.69% 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 $5,848 69%
Federal Grant Aid $4,321 39%
Pell Grants $4,192 39%
Other Federal Grants $796 7%
Institution Grant Aid $1,651 65%
State Grant Aid $2,919 44%
Student Loans $5,512 66%
Federal Loans $5,101 63%
Other Loans $5,697 8%

Merit Aid Available

Financial Aid Timeline
Financial aid priority deadline: March 15
Financial aid deadline: -
College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about: -
Student must reply to financial aid decision by: -
Financial Aid Contact Info
1 University Way
Cullowhee, NC 28723-9646
(828) 227-7100
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State $293
Out of State $628


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 5
  • Anonymous
  • Dec-17-2014 I am a current student here

    The tuition is worth it even as an out of state student.

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  • 3
  • Lauren from Gastonia, NC
  • Jul-31-2014 I am a past student here

    Cheap school in NC but also could spend money on bettering your classes and access to school resources instead of the football team, greeks, and even the band (even though they are most deserving).

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  • 4
  • Savannah from Franklin, NC
  • Jul-09-2014 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    I absolutely love the cost of this college. It is not much more than the cost of the community college I just graduated from. That is, if you are not staying on campus. The price is fair and they do what they can to make sure you can pay for tuition.

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  • 4
  • Robert from Cherokee, NC
  • Jun-02-2014 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    The movies are awesome. You get in for dirt cheap as a student there and you get some of your food during the movie for free.

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