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Western Kentucky University Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$18,625 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$9,912 tuition
$7,713 on campus room & board
$1,000 books and supplies
N/A fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)

$33,505 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$24,792 tuition
$7,713 on campus room & board
$1,000 books and supplies
N/A fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$7,147 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
94% of students receive aid
37% get federal aid ($4,415 avg)
75% get state aid ($2,390 avg)
41% get institn'l aid ($7,147 avg)
52% get loans ($5,991 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 2.76% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 5.76% 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 $7,087 90%
Federal Grant Aid $4,415 37%
Pell Grants $4,310 37%
Other Federal Grants $461 8%
Institution Grant Aid $7,147 41%
State Grant Aid $2,390 75%
Student Loans $5,991 52%
Federal Loans $5,409 51%
Other Loans $9,010 4%

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: -
Does Western Kentucky University offer...
Prepaid Tuition Plan? Yes
Tuition Payment Plan? Yes
Financial Aid Contact Info
1906 College Heights Blvd
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1000
(270) 745-2755
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State $413
Out of State $1,033


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 5
  • M from Indiana
  • Feb-25-2017 I am a current student here

    WKU costs the same as another university I transferred from - but offers so much more academically and socially!

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  • 4
  • Taylor from Danville, KY
  • Dec-31-2015 I am a current student here

    Western is reasonably priced for the level of education and accommodations students receive. The campus is beautiful and the dorms are not too run-down. Tuition is not the lowest in the state of Kentucky, but it certainly is not the highest. Rest assured that you will receive a great education at WKU.

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  • 4
  • Emina from Bowling Green, KY
  • Sep-09-2015 I am a current student here

    For how much WKU has to offer, the tuition is not too high. It is very reasonably priced. If you still have trouble they are always available to help you with financial needs.

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  • 4
  • Kailen from Goshen, KY
  • Jun-07-2015 I am a current student here

    If there were more food options and prices for food in the pit stop stores were cheaper then it would be great! Professors are usually pretty passionate about teaching so you will get a lot of knowledge for your money.

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  • 3
  • Natalie from Bowling Green, KY
  • Dec-23-2014 I am a current student here

    WKU is affordable, and offers a wide variety of majors and plenty of opportunities. However, the dorms aren't the cleanest and could use some updating, as could the food.

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