Central Washington University

Is CWU a Good School for the Money?

Central Washington University Value Report

College Factual set out to determine if CWU is asking a fair price for the quality of education they provide. Keep reading for the detailed value report.

Within Washington, CWU is Ranked as Below Average in Quality for a Good Price.

Top 30% Washington Value
Below Average Washington Quality

Central Washington University is ranked #18 out of #23 in Washington for quality and #6 out of #20 for Washington value.

This makes it below average in quality but priced pretty well in the state.

State Value Ranking  6 out of 20
Great Value
State Value Score  70.00 out of 100
Great Value

Live in-state? You may qualify for a reduced price. Check the CWU financial aid page to be sure.

Below Average Value Nationwide

Below Average National Value
Top 50% National Quality

Central Washington University is ranked #908 out of 1,472 for value nationwide.

Based on our analysis of other colleges at similar price points, we believe Central Washington University is overpriced for the quality education it provides. (This takes into account average financial aid and may not apply to you if you have further scholarships, grant or aid provided to you.)

National Value Ranking  908 out of 1472
Great Value
National Value Score  38.32 out of 100
Great Value

Prices of Institutions with Similar Quality Scores

School Total Price Value Grade
University of Wisconsin - River Falls $98,712 A
University of Wisconsin - Whitewater $104,534 A
Texas Lutheran University $104,815 A
Olivet Nazarene University $113,929 A-
Northwest University $117,764 B+
Hardin - Simmons University $122,274 B
Spring Arbor University $135,722 C-
Central Washington University $137,290 D+
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania $138,634 D+
University of New Mexico - Main Campus $140,370 D
American Musical and Dramatic Academy $191,112 F

*Total price is determined by multiplying average annual cost by time to graduate.

That Degree May Cost You $137,290 in Total

The average CWU student's degree will cost an estimated $137,290. This is based on an average price (with and without aid) of $30,374 and a typical 4.52 years to graduate.

Average Yearly Cost $30,374
Average Years to Graduate 4.52
Estimated Avg Total Cost of Degree $137,290

Many Factors Affect Net Price

There are many ways you can lower the cost of a college education. Consider taking advantage of in-state tuition, or shortening the length of your degree by taking summer classes. Learn more about CWU cost for other factors that may affect net price such as the financial aid you qualify for that is largely based on your family's income.

Does This School Make Financial Sense To You?

$75,624 In-State With Aid
$160,794 Avg Cost No Aid
4.52 Years to Graduate

The net price YOU pay may be very different than the typical net price.

Look at the table below to determine your likely cost of a bachelor's degree at CWU.

Nationwide Value by Aid Group Avg Degree Cost Value Rank Value Grade
Students with no Aid $160,794 #348 B+
All Students $137,290 #908 D+
Only Students Receiving Aid $124,630 #836 C-
In-State Value by Aid Group Avg Degree Cost Value Rank Value Grade
Students with no Aid $111,789 #6 B
All Students $88,280 #6 B
Only Students Receiving Aid $75,624 #6 B

Note: the Value Grade for in-state students is calculated by looking only at other schools in the state of Washington.

About 90% of CWU students receive financial aid. Get more details on what CWU financial aid you may qualify for.

How to Calculate Value

College Factual calculates value by calculating average CWU cost multiplied by time to graduate, and then compares that number to other schools of a similar quality ranking. If the school is priced fairly based on the educational quality it receives a fair ranking. If it is underpriced it receives a good or excellent value.

Read the full Best for the Money Ranking Methodology.


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