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WPI Tuition Information

In 2021, WPI's tuition was $53,100 a year.

In 2021, tuition increased 2.9%–from $51,604 the prior year. On average, college tuition rises about 3%ba year.

If this makes attending the college of your dreams feel scary, remember, the total cost of tuition isn't necessarily what you will have to pay to attend a school. Many students owe way less than the sticker price after grants, scholarships, and tuition discounts are applied. Plus, student loans can make theactual cost of attending college until after graduation.

In-state vs. Out-of-state Tuition at WPI

Worcester Polytechnic Institute is a private, nonprofit institution, so it has the same tuition for students from Massachusetts as it does for students who live in other states.

Public schools receive funds from the state to help them cover costs. Public insitutions often offer a lower cost of attendance for those who qualify as Massachusetts residents.

Choosing a college where you qualify for in-state status can cut the cost of college tuition. Take the time to confirm your state's guidelines for how to qualify for as an in-state resident. Each state has different requirements to qualify as in-state resident. In many states, students must have lived in the state for 12 months before starting school to qualify for in-state tuition. There may be additional requirements as well, depending on where you live.

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WPI International Student Tuition

WPI has the same tuition for international students as for those from out of state.

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

  • WPI-specific scholarships

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

WPI 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 WPI.

Room and Board Costs at WPI

Room and board at WPI costs $15,680 a year. This number covers the cost of living in dorms or other on-campus housing, and a dining plan that enables you to eat all or some of your meals the school dining facilities. Students who live off campus but still want to use the dining facilities can choose to be on a meal plan. The cost of a mean plan, or board-only, is $8,990.

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

How Much Do Books Cost at WPI?

The cost of books often surprises first-year college students. The real cost of books depends on the courses you take and the materials required. To save money, many students choose to use books from the library or buy used textbooks and materials.

Yearly Fees

The majority of colleges also have fees to offsets cost associated with maintaining facilties, like the computer labs and libraries, athletic facilities, and more. Full-time undergrads at WPI pay $1,116 in fees every year they are enrolled.

Keep in mind, there could also be additional fees associated with participating in special activities, like Greek Life, or playing on an intramural sports team. Most colleges have resources for students who may struggle to participate because of cost can find ways to lower or eliminate these fees.

Transportation costs

The cost of getting around in college depends on a few key factors. Will you take a subway, car or an airplane to get to school?. Will you need to pay to park on-campus? Is the campus easy to get around on foot? Do you own a car, or will you need to use busses, subways, or other modes of transportation? All of these factors can make a big difference in your transportation budget. At WPI, freshman are not allowed to park 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 a city could be expensive, but cities may offer more buses, trains and affordable flights to actually get to school. The Worcester Polytechnic Institute campus is in a suburban setting in Massachusetts, not far from Boston.

Personal Expenses and Other Costs

When you're planning for college, don’t forget to take into account the cost of things like entertainment, clothes, furnishings and toiletries.

Now, let’s do a rundown of all of the costs associated with college, to get a better idea of what is really costs to go to WPI.

Total Cost of WPI

2021 Total Tuition and Expenses
Tuition $53,100
Room and Board $15,680
Board Only $6,690
Yearly Fees $1,116
Other expenses $1,200
Total Estimated Costs
On-Campus $72,296
Off-Campus $63,306

The breakdowns above provide a good estimate of the total cost of attendance before financial aid and scholarships. Tuition and fees may vary depending on program, course level, location, and more.

Financial Aid at WPI

The majority of Worcester Polytechnic Institute undergrads use financial aid to finance their education. In 2021, 2,779 of the 4,892 undergrads enrolled received financial aid. WPI meets 82% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates.

The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $39,875 a year.

The average debt for each loan type varies.

Average Debt By Loan Type
Federal Loans $25,066
State Loans $5,500
WPI-Specific Loans $4,997
Private Loans $0
Most Common Loans for WPI Students
Federal Loans 65%
State loans 5%
Institutional Loans 26%

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 WPI financial aid, keep reading, or visit their financial aid website.

Scholarships at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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, WPI awarded 2,727 need-based scholarships to students, giving away total of $73.1 million to help students with financial need cover the cost of school. An additional $39.84 million in merit-based scholarship money was awarded to students without demonstrated financial need.

Net Cost of WPI

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 WPI 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 WPI was $39,875 in 2021. By substracting the average financial aid package from the estimated costs, we get a number that may make the cost of WPI seem more manageable.

Estimated Net Cost for Full-Time Students
On-Campus $32,421
Off-Campus $23,431

What will attending WPI 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 get a better idea of the actual cost of attending that school, based on their financial situation. You can find the WPI's net cost calculator on their website.

WPI Tuition Payment Plans

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

WPI does not have guaranteed tuition.

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

Does Worcester Polytechnic Institute Offer Tuition Waivers?

Schools sometimes waiver tuition for certain groups, to offset the cost of attending. Some schools offer tuition waivers for employees and their family members, underrepresented students, or military students. Even with a tuition waiver, other expenses and fees are the responsibility of the student.

WPI 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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WPI Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$71,096

In State

$71,096

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$53,100
$53,100
Fees
$1,116
$1,116
Housing
$15,680
$15,680
Books
$1,200
$1,200

WPI Financial Aid

Students Who Receive Need-Based Aid

60%

Average Financial Aid Package

$39,430

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

6,920

Campus Setting

Suburban

Acceptance Rate

59%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$54,216

Out-of-State

$54,216

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Feb 15
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