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Western Illinois University Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$22,367 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$8,406 tuition
$9,190 on campus room & board
$1,410 books and supplies
$3,361 fees
(Based on stats from 2013/2014)

$26,569 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$12,608 tuition
$9,190 on campus room & board
$1,410 books and supplies
$3,361 fees
(Based on stats from 2013/2014)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$2,709 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
82% of students receive aid
44% get federal aid ($4,386 avg)
40% get state aid ($4,333 avg)
49% get institn'l aid ($2,709 avg)
69% get loans ($7,565 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 5.06% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 5.09% 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 $7,699 65%
Federal Grant Aid $4,386 44%
Pell Grants $4,207 43%
Other Federal Grants $1,004 10%
Institution Grant Aid $2,709 49%
State Grant Aid $4,333 40%
Student Loans $7,565 69%
Federal Loans $6,523 69%
Other Loans $10,407 7%

Merit Aid Available

Financial Aid Timeline
Financial aid priority deadline: February 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 Circle
Macomb, IL 61455
(309) 295-1414
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State $261
Out of State $391


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 4
  • Luis from Elgin, IL
  • May-21-2015 I am a current student here

    Western Illinois University is very affordable when compared to other four year institutions, definitely worth the money.

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  • K. from Chicago, IL
  • May-15-2015 I am a current student here

    The tuition is comparable to other state universities, however; Western's tuition does not increase for a student as long as they stay enrolled for the entire four years.

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  • 4
  • WIU student
  • Feb-16-2014 I am a current student here

    Western is roughly $21,000 for a student coming in for Fall 2013. The rates adjust with every new class. The rate is locked in meaning it will never increase so you will always know what to expect depending on how many credit hours you take. For the price of $21,000 you are receiving exactly what you're paying for. Students often complain about the stuff we don't have but we're not exactly paying a lot of money. We have free transportation to and from Walmart and the other stores in our city and the computer lab offers free printing. The bookstore is an arm and a leg but that's at most schools. Western doesn't offer a lot of book vouchers.

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  • 4
  • Lisa from Macomb, IL
  • Feb-11-2014 I am a current student here

    Let's be honest, compared to many Universities the WIU price is right. For the experience I had at Western I would say it was worth the money, but that all depends on how you spend your college experience and whether you spend your time growing as a person, meeting new people, getting involved, and working hard, or taking advantage of the party scene, more than one should.

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  • Hillary from Macomb, IL
  • Jan-31-2014 I am a current student here

    Sometimes you feel like you don't always get what you're paying for but it's still a great place, in my opinion.

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