In 2021, tuition for full-time students at Western Carolina University was $6,984 a year for in-state students and $10,984 a year for out-of-state students. On average, colleges raise tuition about 3 percent each year.
If these numbers sound high, remember, the "sticker price" of tuition doesn't give you enough information to determine the actual cost. Many students pay far less than the total tuition after grants, scholarships, and tuition discounts kick in. Plus, student loans can make the amount you do have to pay for college more manageable.
Tuition for international students at Western Carolina University is $10,984 per year.
Western Carolina University is a public, state institution, so it offers a reduced tuition rate of $6,984 for in-state students who attend full-time. For students who are not considered North Carolina-residents, out-of-state tuition is $10,984 a year.
Public schools receive funds from the state to help them cover costs. These institutions offer reduced tuition for students who are residents of that state.
Choosing a college where you qualify for in-state can cut the cost of college tuition. Every state has their 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.
Western Carolina University has the same tuition for international students as for those from out of state.
International students at Western Carolina University can expect to pay around $10,984 per year, before any scholarships or financial aid.
International students are not eligible for federal financial aid, but may be eligible for school-specific aid and scholarships.
In addition to tuition, there are other costs associated with college, like room and board, facility fees, and books and supplies.
Board costs may vary depending on how many meals are included in the meal plan you choose.
The cost of books often surprises first-year college students. The actual cost of books depends on the courses you take and the materials required.
Most schools also have fees to help cover the cost of facilties, like the library, gym and computer labs.
There may also be optional fees associated with participating in certain activities, like joining a fraternity or sorority, or playing on an intramural sports team, may mean additional fees.
The total cost of transportation in college can really vary. It depends on if you drive or fly to get to school, own a car, or if you prefer to walk or take public transportation to get around campus.
A school's location can impact transportation costs. The Western Carolina University campus is in a rural setting in North Carolina. First-year students are allowed to park a car on campus.
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.
Let’s look at the breakdown of all expenses, which can add up for both on-campus and off-campus students.
|2021 Total Tuition and Expenses|
|Total Estimated Costs|
Tuition and fees may vary depending on program, course level, location, and more.
Western Carolina University’s tuition and fees change based on: Course load for part-time students
The majority of Western Carolina University undergrads use financial aid to to cover the cost of tuition. In 2021, 5,584 of the 10,517 undergrads enrolled received financial aid. Western Carolina University meets 70 percent of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates.
The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $10,672 a year. Around 67 percent of Western Carolina University undergrads take out student loans to cover any remaining costs. Western Carolina University graduates who have student loans graduate with an average of $35,280 of student loan debt.
The average debt for each loan type varies.
|Average Debt By Loan Type|
|Western Carolina University-Specific Loans||$1,280|
|Most Common Loans for Western Carolina University 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 Western Carolina University 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 2021, Western Carolina University awarded 5,162 need-based scholarships to students, giving away total of $34,564,830 to help students with financial need cover the cost of school. An additional $2,654,122 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 Western Carolina University 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 Western Carolina University was $10,672 in 2021. By substracting the average financial aid package from the estimated costs, we get a number that may make the cost of Western Carolina University seem more manageable.
|Estimated Net Cost for Full-Time Students|
What will attending Western Carolina University 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 Western Carolina University'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.
The school offers a Prepaid Tuition Plan, which is a type of college savings plan that enables people to purchase future credits for their children at today's rate. It is best for people who are sure they or their child will attend a public school in their state.
Western Carolina University 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 cover some or all of the cost of tuition. Some schools offer them for employees and their family, underrepresented students, or military students. Even with a tuition waiver, other expenses and fees are the responsibility of the student
Check the financial aid website for more information on payment plans and tuition waivers.