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Western Kentucky University Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$17,653 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$9,482 tuition
$7,171 on campus room & board
$1,000 books and supplies
N/A fees
(Based on stats from 2015/2016)

$32,303 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$24,132 tuition
$7,171 on campus room & board
$1,000 books and supplies
N/A fees
(Based on stats from 2015/2016)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$5,968 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
93% of students receive aid
44% get federal aid ($4,223 avg)
72% get state aid ($2,300 avg)
32% get institn'l aid ($5,968 avg)
57% get loans ($6,434 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 3.88% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 4.85% 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 $6,124 88%
Federal Grant Aid $4,223 44%
Pell Grants $4,128 44%
Other Federal Grants $453 9%
Institution Grant Aid $5,968 32%
State Grant Aid $2,300 72%
Student Loans $6,434 57%
Federal Loans $6,047 57%
Other Loans $8,775 3%

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


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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