Washington University in St Louis
Saint Louis, MO, USA

Tuition, Cost & Aid

Affordability and Cost

Average Net Price Average net price for full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates paying the in-state or in-district tuition rate who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution. Other sources of grant aid are excluded. Aid awarded anytime during the full aid year is included.

Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state or local government, or institutional grant and scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies and the weighted average room and board and other expenses.
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Average Net Price By Family Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$30k - $48k
$48k - $75k
$75k - $110k
In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
Books and Supplies
Tuition Payment Plan
Financial Aid: visit page
Financial Aid Email: [email protected]

Aid & Grants

Need Met
Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
Average Aid Per Year
Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
Students receiving state aid
Average State Grant Aid Per Year
Students receiving federal aid
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
Average Grant & Scholarship By Family Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$30k - $48k
$48k - $75k
$75k - $110k
Total Needs Based Scholarships/Grants Total amount of grant or scholarship aid awarded to all undergraduates from the federal government, state/local government, the institution, and other sources known to the institution.
Total Non-Need-Based Scholarships/Grants

Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
Average Loan Amount Per Year
Students receiving federal loans
Average Federal Loans Per Year
Average Other Loans Per Year
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
Loan Default Rate
US National: 7%
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.

What Students Are Saying

4.67 Average Rating
Although there's almost no denying that the quality of education at Wash U is top-notch, I sometimes question if a cheaper school would have been better. It all depends on what you want to do. If you have no interest in research or going really far places in your field, I would consider going to a different institution. That said, I have had an overall pleasurable experience here.
Andrew from Dahlgren, IL
The tuition at Washington University in St. Louis is a little bit ridiculous. Sure, there are plenty of fun activities on campus that that money goes toward, but applicants should definitely look into the university's scholarships when applying. You can only apply for university scholarships as a prospective freshman, which I wasn't aware of until I tried to apply later during my first year.
Catlyne from Wheaton, IL
Being a private school, the expenses are higher than most schools. However, I do think the university does a decent job at handing out scholarships, loans and grants based both on merit and need. And the education you receive is top notch with a lot of great resources and activities around, which somewhat accounts for the higher price you pay.
Rebecca from Fort Collins, CO
Sometimes I wonder where my tuition money is going. Then I noticed that the housekeeping lady cleaned my bathroom already this week. We have cleaning services two times a week which is extremely beneficial given the rigor of our classes and the fact that they do a great job. There are also subsidized events and enough money to fund numerous student activities as well as our own campus radio. However, I could do without the housecleaning and faulty internet connection if that meant paying less than $10,000 a year for housing. I think the amount of tuition that we pay is fine since the caliber of professors teaching is very high. Also, though we have highly ranked dining services, $4,000 for 9 months worth of food is too much. In fact, if meal points were real money, I would not buy anything. I feel that we could get the same services for a slightly lower bill.
Female Student from Atlanta, GA
Washington University has a reputation for being quite expensive, and it is. The good news, however, is that Student Financial Services is exceptionally helpful, so do not let fiscal concerns keep you from applying. Washington University works very hard to ensure that those who are accepted can attend if they so choose—regardless of their family’s financial situation. If your family is very wealthy, chances are they will have to pay a total of over $200,000, but you will receive a high-quality education from a well-respected university. On the other hand, if you come from a lower or middle-class family, you can receive that same education for a price that is more suited to your family’s circumstances. Granted, you may need to work a part-time job as part of the Federal Work-Study Program, or you may need to look for a few outside scholarships, but overall, Washington University does a good job of making a great education a reality for just about anyone who is accepted.
Angela from O'Fallon, IL
I've found that Washington University in St. Louis is also very considerate when it comes to financial aid. I believe that because WashU takes an applicant's demonstration of interest into account they are eager to help you pay for your education. I know that WashU is kinder with financial than other top colleges!
Katherine from New York, NY
Washington University is one of the most expensive private schools, but it is completely worth it. They off varieties of tutoring and help for free for all students. The facilities are well kept. Student Union often subsidized extra curricular activities throughout the year for students. The professors have a desire for the students to learn and succeed. Washington University is all about the students succeeding if they are willing to search out the help, which is readily available. Many scholarships and financial aid is given to students who apply.
I think Wash U is worth every penny. However, it is a private school and is very expensive. If the price was a little less, it would DEFINITELY receive 5 stars.
Carly from Santa Ana, CA
While Wash U is an extremely expensive school, they are very generous with their financial aid: almost everyone I know received some sort of financial help, whether it was a partial scholarship, a two-thirds scholarship (what I received), or full tuition scholarship. More importantly, the things you get to experience at Wash U are worth the money: I learned so much about different cultures and interests by going to this institution, since I was surrounded by people who weren't all like me. Moreover, all of the things I listed above, like the dorm life and the quality of food, further support my belief that Wash U has great bang for its buck.
Lindsay from Plymouth, MN
The tuition is a bit too high I think. The thing that bothers me is that even though we're paying this much, there are so many people out there who have never heard of this school.
But it is worth it. You'll learn ALOT and you'll enjoy your time here. I know people who turned down Ivy Leagues such as Cornell to come here, because WashU has such a beautiful campus and the people here are amazing. WashU students compete among themselves since grades are not curved and so people will help one another. I'm pretty sure we learn just as much here as in some Ivy Leagues. It's very hard to find such a good school, with such a good atmosphere at the same time.
Yuwei from St. Louis, MO