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Western Illinois University

Macomb, IL 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate72%
Acceptance Rate72%

Western Illinois University Tuition Information

In 2021, tuition for full-time students at Western Illinois University was $8,883 a year for in-state students and $8,883 a year for out-of-state students.

On average, colleges raise tuition about 3% each year.

If this makes attending the college of your dreams seem daunting, remember, the "sticker price" of tuition doesn't give you enough information to determine the actual cost of attending any given college. Many students pay way less than the sticker price after grants, scholarships, and tuition discounts are awarded. Plus, student loans can make theactual cost of attending college more manageable until after graduation.

Tuition for international students at Western Illinois University is $13,325 per year.

Western Illinois University: In-state vs. Out-of-State Tuition

Western Illinois University is a public, state institution, so it offers a reduced tuition rate of $8,883 for in-state students who attend full-time. For students who are not considered Illinois-residents, out-of-state tuition is $8,883 a year.

Public colleges and universities receive funding from the state government. Public insitutions often offer a lower cost of attendance for those who qualify as Illinois residents.

Choosing a college where you qualify for in-state status can cut the cost of college tuition. Don't forget to check your state's eligibility criteria for in-state residency. Each state has different requirements to qualify as in-state resident. Most states require students to have resided in the state for a certain period of time before qualifying. There may be other criteria as well, depending on where you live.

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Is Western Illinois University's Tuition Different for International Students?

Western Illinois University has the same tuition for international students as for those from out of state.

International students at Western Illinois University can expect to pay around $13,325 per year, before any scholarships, grants or other financial aid.

International students are not eligible for loans or grants from the U.S. government, but should research private or Western Illinois University-specific aid and scholarships. International students with need may qualify for the following types of financial support at Western Illinois University:

  • Western Illinois University-specific scholarships

International students without financial need may be eligible for merit-based institutional scholarships and athletic awards.

Western Illinois University Living Expenses and Other Costs

In addition to the cost of tuition, there are other costs associated with college, like room and board, facility fees, and books and supplies. Let's take a look at what impacts these costs, and what to expect at Western Illinois University.

Room and Board Costs at Western Illinois University

Housing and campus dining at Western Illinois University is $9,800 a year. This number includes the cost of living in dorms or other on-campus housing, plus a dining plan that allows you to eat all or some of your meals the Western Illinois University's on-campus cafeterias and dining facilities. Students who do not live on-campus but still want to use the dining facilities can choose to be on a meal plan. The cost of board-only is $6,000.

Meal-plan costs vary based on on how many meals are included in the plan you choose.

How Much Do Books Cost at Western Illinois University?

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 books from students who have already taken the course.

Annual Fees

Most schools charge some yearly fees to offsets cost associated with maintaining facilties, like the library, gym and computer labs. Full-time undergrads at Western Illinois University can expect to pay around $4,392 in fees each academic year.

There may be other costs associated with participating in certain activities, like Greek Life, or playing on an intramural sports team. Most colleges offer resources for students with demonstrated need to get help covering these costs.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Transportation costs at Western Illinois University

The total cost of getting around in college can really vary. Will you drive, fly, or take public transportation to school?. Is on-campus parking free, or will you need to budget for parking? 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 make a big difference in your transportation budget. Keeping in mind, first-year students are allowed to park a car on campus.

A school's location can also have a big effect on transportation costs. Small, rural schools may be easier to get around, but the cost of getting to campus may be higher. On the flip side, transportation in an urban area may be pricey, but there may be more trains, busses or low-cost flight options to actually get to school. The Western Illinois University campus is located in a small town setting in Illinois, near Quad Cities; Peoria ; Springfield.

Personal Expenses and Other Costs

When estimating your budget for college, don’t forget to take into account the cost of things like going out to eat or see shows, furnishing your living space, and things like haircuts, clothes and, yes, even toilet paper and shampoo .

Now, let’s do a rundown of all of the costs associated with college, to get a better idea of how much students can expect to shell out for Western Illinois University.

How Much Does Western Illinois University Cost?

2021 Total Tuition and Expenses
In-state Tuition $8,883
Out-of-State Tuition $8,883
Room and Board $9,800
Board Only $3,800
Yearly Fees $4,392
Other expenses $1,730
Total Estimated Costs

Tuition and fees may vary depending on program, course level, location, and more.

Western Illinois University’s tuition and fees change based on: B Course load for both full and part-time students

Western Illinois University Financial Aid

The majority of Western Illinois University undergrads use financial aid to to cover the cost of tuition. In 2021, 3,695 of the 5,854 undergrads enrolled received financial aid. Western Illinois University meets 70.4% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates.

The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $17,660 a year. Around 65.77% of Western Illinois University undergrads take out student loans to cover any remaining costs. Western Illinois University graduates who have student loans graduate with an average of $28,544 of student loan debt.

The average debt for each loan type varies.

Average Debt By Loan Type
Federal Loans $26,952
State Loans $0
Western Illinois University-Specific Loans $0
Private Loans $25,335
Most Common Loans for Western Illinois University Students
Federal Loans 54.88%
Private loans 10.88%

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 Illinois University financial aid, keep reading, or visit their financial aid website.

Scholarships at Western Illinois University

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 Illinois University awarded 2,954 need-based scholarships to students, giving away total of $139.8 million to help students with financial need cover the cost of school. An additional $5.03 million in merit-based scholarship money was awarded to students without demonstrated financial need.

Net Cost of Western Illinois University

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 Illinois 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 Illinois University was $17,660 in 2021. By substracting the average financial aid package from the estimated costs, we get a number that may make the cost of Western Illinois University seem more manageable.

Estimated Net Cost for Full-Time Students
Net In-state, Off-campus $2,345
Out-of-State, On-Campus $8,345

What will attending Western Illinois 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 understand the actual cost of attending that school, based on their financial situation. You can find the Western Illinois University's net cost calculator on their website.

Western Illinois University Tuition Payment Plans

Some students choose to use payment plans to make the cost of tuition fit more comfortably in their budget.

A Prepaid Tuition Plan is not available for Western Illinois University students.

Western Illinois University offers an Installment Payment Plan, which allows students to pay tuition in a series of smaller chunks instead of one lump sum.

Does Western Illinois University Offer Tuition Waivers?

Schools sometimes waiver tuition for certain groups, to make attending more affordable. Some colleges offer tuition waivers for employees and their family members, underrepresented students, or military students. Even if you qualify for a waiver, students are usually responsible for housing, meal plans, and other expenses.

Western Illinois University has some full or partial tuition waivers available for: - Employees or Children of Employees

Check the financial aid website for more information on payment plans and tuition waivers.

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Western Illinois University Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$25,061

In State

$25,061

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$9,238
$9,238
Fees
$4,431
$4,431
Housing
$10,192
$10,192
Books
$1,200
$1,200

Western Illinois University Financial Aid

Students Who Receive Need-Based Aid

43%

Average Financial Aid Package

$12,861

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

7,455

Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate

72%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$13,669

Out-of-State

$13,669

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

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