In 2022, tuition for full-time students at Potomac State College of West Virginia University was $5,856 a year for in-state students and $9,024 a year for out-of-state students.
Usually, colleges raise tuition about 3% each year.
If these numbers sound impossible, remember, the total cost of tuition isn't the final cost for attending college. Many students find the actual cost of college is a lot less than the total tuition after grants, scholarships, and tuition discounts kick in. And, student loans can make theactual cost of attending college more manageable until you've finishing school and found a job.
International students can expect to pay 13,560 per year for tuition at Potomac State College of West Virginia University.
Potomac State College of West Virginia University is a public, state institution, so it offers a reduced tuition rate of $5,856 for in-state students who attend full-time.Non-West Virginia residents can expect to pay 9,024 per year for tuition.
Public schools receive funds from the state to help them cover costs. Public insitutions often offer a lower cost of attendance for students who are residents of that state.
Choosing a college where you qualify for in-state residency can cut the cost of college tuition. Be sure to check your state's criteria for in-state tuition. Every state has its own rules about what makes someone eligible for in-state tuition. The most common requirement is that students must have lived in the state for a full year before starting school. There may be other criteria as well, depending on where you live.
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WVU Potomac State has the same tuition for international students as for those from out of state.
International students at Potomac State College of West Virginia University can expect to pay around $13,560 per year, before any scholarships or financial aid.
International students are not eligible for loans or grants from the U.S. government, but may qualify for private or school-specific aid and scholarships.
In addition to tuition, room and board, books, transportation and fees are also costs it consider when budgeting for college. Let's take a look at what impacts these costs, and what to expect at WVU Potomac State.
Room and board at WVU Potomac State is $9,386 a year. This number includes the cost of living in dorms or other on-campus housing, plus a meal plan that allows you to eat all or some of your meals the school dining halls. Students who do not live on-campus but would like to be able to eat in the campus dining can opt-in for a meal plan. The cost of board-only is $4,518.
Meal-plan costs can depend on how many meals are included in the plan you choose.
First-year students are sometimes surprised by how much books and supplies cost–and not in a good way. The real cost of books and supplies depends on the courses you take and what kinds of books and materials they require. To save money, many students choose to use books from the library or buy used textbooks and materials.
The majority of colleges also have fees to help cover the cost of facilties, like the computer labs and libraries, athletic facilities, and more.
There may be other costs associated with participating in special activities, like Greek Life, or participating in sports or other extracurriculars. Most colleges offer ways so that those with financial need to find ways to lower or eliminate these fees.
The total cost of transportation in college can really vary. Will you drive, fly, or take public transportation to school? Will you need to pay to park on-campus? Is the campus small enough that you can easily walk from class-to-class?? Do you own a car, or are you planning to use busses, subways, or other modes of transportation? All of these questions can drastically impact your estimated cost of transportation. At WVU Potomac State, freshman are allowed to park on campus.
The location of a college or university can also have a big effect on your transportation budget. Small, rural schools may be easier to get around, but the cost of getting to campus may be higher. On the other hand transportation in an urban area is often expensive, but there may be more buses, trains or low-cost flight options to actually get to school. The Potomac State College of West Virginia University campus is in a small town setting in West Virginia.
When creating a budget for college, don’t forget to leave some room in your budget for personal expenses, like entertainment, clothes, furnishings and toiletries.
Now, let’s go over all of the costs we've covered, to get a better idea of the actual cost of attending WVU Potomac State.
What will the cost of attending WVU Potomac State be? Here is a breakdown of tuition and expenses.
|2022 Total Tuition and Expenses|
|Room and Board||$9,386|
The total estimated cost will vary depending on whether you are going to live on-campus or off-campus.
Tuition and fees may vary depending on program, course level, location, and more.
The majority of Potomac State College of West Virginia University undergrads use financial aid to help pay for school. In 2022, 843 of the 1,193 undergrads enrolled received financial aid. WVU Potomac State meets 65% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates.
The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $6,453 a year. Around 59% of WVU Potomac State undergrads take out student loans to cover any remaining costs. WVU Potomac State graduates who have student loans graduate with an average of $18,208 of student loan debt.
The average debt for each loan type varies.
|Average Debt By Loan Type|
|WVU Potomac State-Specific Loans||$5,650|
|Most Common Loans for WVU Potomac State Students|
Most students take out institutional or government loans, because they tend to have lower interest rates and more flexible repayment options than private loans. Loans from the federal government can be subsidized or unsubsidized. Subsidized loans do not accrue interest during school, while unsubsidized loans begin accruing interest at the time the loan is issued. If students do no qualify for enough federal loans to cover the cost of tuition, some take out private loans. Parents can also take out ParentPLUS loans, which are government loans for parents who are helping their children pay for college.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) helps colleges determine how much financial need students and their familes have, so they can offer a financial aid package that meets, or come close to meeting, their need. For more information on WVU Potomac State financial aid, keep reading, or visit their financial aid website.
Some students may receive grants and scholarships to help pay for college. Unlike loans, scholarships and grants do not have to be paid back.
In 2022, WVU Potomac State awarded 750 need-based scholarships to students, giving away total of $4 million to help students with financial need cover the cost of school. An additional $1.15 million in merit-based scholarship money was awarded to students without demonstrated financial need.
The net price of college is the actual cost of attending a school for one year. Net cost is calculated by subtracting any scholarships, grants or other aid that does not need to be paid back from the total cost. Student loans are not part of the calculation, because they need to be repaid.
Now that we have a sense of the total estimated costs for WVU Potomac State students, we can subtract the average financial aid package to find the estimated net cost. Net cost can vary depending on a students’ need and the financial aid award received.
When considering whether a school fits your budget, it is important to consider the estimated net cost, not just the sticker price of tuition. Often, schools with the highest tuition also offer the most generous aid packages, so estimate your net cost before eliminating a school because it does fit your budget.
The average amount of financial aid received by a full-time first year student with demonstrated need at WVU Potomac State was $6,453 in 2022. By substracting the average financial aid package from the estimated costs, we get a number that may make the cost of WVU Potomac State seem more manageable.
|Estimated Net Cost for Full-Time Students|
|Net In-state, Off-campus||$4,271|
What will attending WVU Potomac State really cost you? The answer depends on several factors.
As of 2011, colleges are required to have a net price calculator on their website to help prospective students and their families make more informed decisions about the actual cost of attending that school, based on their financial situation. You can find the WVU Potomac State's net cost calculator on their website.
Some students choose to use payment plans to make the cost of tuition fit more comfortably in their budget.
WVU Potomac State offers an Installment Payment Plan, which allows students to pay tuition in a series of smaller chunks instead of one lump sum.
Schools sometimes offer tuition waivers to certain groups, to reduce the total cost of attendance. Some colleges offer tuition waivers for employees and their family members, underrepresented students, or military students. Even with a tuition waiver, students are usually responsible for housing, meal plans, and other expenses.
Check the financial aid website for more information on payment plans and tuition waivers.
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