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WCU Tuition & Fees Report

Inexpensive In-State Tuition & Fees
Inexpensive Out-of-State Tuition & Fees

How Much Does Western Carolina University Cost?

See current and projected in-state and out-of-state tuition and fees for Western Carolina University, and how those expenses constrast to nationwide and regional averages. You can jump to any of the following sections in our WCU cost report:

How Much Does WCU Charge for Tuition?

$4,367 In-State Tuition & Fees
$8,367 Out-of-State Tuition & Fees

Combined out-of-state tuition and fees at Western Carolina University for the 2020-2021 academic year was $8,367 for undergraduates. Those who hail from the state of North Carolina get a discount and only needed to pay $4,367 per year.


WCU tuition and fees is for one year of attendance, not including room and board.

Remeber that many students qualify for scholarships and financial aid that will lower the amount they have to pay.

How much does Western Carolina University cost for part-time students?

Go to the Cost Per Credit Hour page for details.

How Do WCU Tuition & Fees Compare to Other Schools?

The national out-of-state average for tuition and fees is $19,933 a year. With an average cost of $8,367 in tuition and fees for undergraduate students, Western Carolina University is inexpensive when compared to the national average.

Undergraduates who attend school in the same state they live in pay around $16,784 in yearly tuition and fees. WCU only charges $4,367 a year in for in-state undergraduates, making it relatively inexpensive when compared to the national average.

Take a look at the following chart to see how Western Carolina University compares to other schools in terms of tuition and fees.

NationwideSoutheastNorth Carolina
Out-of-State Tuition & FeesInexpensiveInexpensiveInexpensive
In-State Tuition & FeesInexpensiveInexpensiveInexpensive

Note that a school may appear to be more expensive than another school when you look at tuition and fees alone, but it may actually be a better deal when you factor in financial aid packages. For more details on that, see: Western Carolina University Financial Aid.

WCU Tuition & Fees Five Year Projection

3.68% In-State Tuition Increase
1.84% Out-of-State Tuition Increase
$19,840 Est. 4-Year Cost

In-state WCU tuition and fees grew with an average annual rate of 3.68% over the past five years. North Carolina residents may pay an estimated $4,694 this school year.

If in-state tuition and fees keeps growing at the same pace, the estimated cost for two years at WCU would be $9,561, and $19,840 for four years.

Tuition and fees for out-of-state students have grown by about 1.84% in the past five years. This school year, students outside of the state will pay an estimated $8,677.

For two years This means an estimated $17,514 for two years of out-of-state tuition and fees at WCU, and $35,679 for four years.

The following chart shows projected upcoming tuition and fees for undergraduates at WCU.


Factor Cost Increases Into Your Budget

Unless your school has advertised price freezes, it is likely the cost of tuition and fees will go up every year. Make sure you factor this into your budget.

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