Can You Afford George Washington University?

Concerned about paying for college? Take a look at GWU’s financial aid options, including grants, scholarships, and student loans, then calculate the net price based on your income level to determine if you can afford to attend this school.

2020 - 2021 Costs Between $19,597 and $73,685

Feeling a little stressed about paying $73,685 to attend George Washington University each year? This number can be deceiving, and for many, the net price you pay will be less.

While there is no tuition reduction for District of Columbia students, 75.2% of freshmen receive some form of financial aid, with the average amount totaling $32,952. Students from low-income families receive an average of $54,088 in aid during their first year.

Cost (no aid)

Tuition and fees$56,049
+ Room and board$14,711
+ Other expenses$2,925
Total cost$73,685
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Net Price (with average aid)

Total cost$73,685
- Grants and scholarships$32,952
Net price$40,733
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Average Net Price for Low Income Undergraduates

Total cost$73,685
- Grants and scholarships$54,088
Net price$19,597
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Learn more about tuition and fees, room, board and other expenses, and financial aid options at GWU.

Projected Costs Between $106,301 and $453,034 For a Four Year Degree. Between $48,606 and $219,625 For a Two Year Degree.

Looking at the total projected cost of a college education over the course of two / four (or more) years can feel a little overwhelming. However, doing so will help better prepare you for the financial commitment you are making.

The overall cost for on-campus students to attend GWU in 2020 - 2021 was $73,685. To calculate future costs, we looked at the prior five years of data and determined that this cost increased an average of 3.1% each year. If this trend continues, we expect the full cost for incoming freshmen to be $78,309 during their first year. By their senior year, that cost will be approximately $85,795 for a bachelor degree candidate ($80,729 for an associate degree candidate) for a total of $328,056 over the course of four years ($159,038 over the course of two years). These numbers do not take into consideration financial aid, which reduces this overall cost by varying amounts per student.

Remember, the full costs quoted above are not what most students will pay, and the net price varies quite a bit based on individual circumstances.

Average Net Price at George Washington University

Cost With Interest

The tables below outlines how the overall degree net cost can vary depending on your situation. This table also highlights the impact student loans can have on the overall cost of college.

Projected 2-Year Net CostsLow Income w/ Aidw/ Average AidNo Aid
Annual growth rate*5.0%3.1%
Freshman year$23,262$44,865$78,309
Senior year$25,344$47,086$80,729
Total 2-year net price$48,606$91,952$159,038
10-year loan interest @ 6.8%$18,517$35,030$60,588
Total monthly payment$559$1,058$1,830
Total amount paid$67,123$126,982$219,625
Projected 4-Year Net CostsLow Income w/ Aidw/ Average AidNo Aid
Annual growth rate*5.0%3.1%
Freshman year$23,262$44,865$78,309
Senior year$30,083$51,863$85,795
Total 4-year net price$106,301$193,232$328,056
10-year loan interest @ 6.8%$40,497$73,614$124,977
Total monthly payment$1,223$2,224$3,775
Total amount paid$146,798$266,846$453,034

Visit net price and financial aid to learn more about the total cost of attending George Washington University.

Further Questions to Consider

  • Do you know your deadlines?

    Meeting application deadlines for both the college and the FAFSA is crucial to getting financial aid.

  • When can you expect to begin receiving bills from the college?
  • Is there an option to make payments in monthly installments?

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