Tuition and Fees at Western

A high-quality, highly-engaging education doesn't have to come with a high price tag. Western State Colorado University ranks as Colorado's best educational value, and our low tuition and fees make us one of the most affordable colleges in the nation.

Below are estimated costs for a first-year student living on campus for fall and spring semesters (summer is excluded). All students who are residents of Colorado are eligible to receive a stipend from the College Opportunity Fund, which is reflected in the tuition for Colorado residents shown below. *

Direct Costs for Fall/Spring 2014-15

 Colorado ResidentsOut-of-State Students
Tuition$5,539*$15,984
Required Fees$2,335$2335
Renewable Energy Fee (Optional)$30$30
Escalante Fitness Center Fee (Optional)$100$100
Double Room$4,794$4,794
Board (15-meal/week plan)$4,256$4,256
Total Annual Cost$17,054$27,499

Full-time tuition rates are based on 15 credits a semester. Part-time tuition rates are $230.80 per credit hour for Colorado residents and $666.00 per credit hour for out-of-state students, plus applicable fees.  For a breakdown of tuition and fees cost per credit hour, click here for Colorado residents and here for Out-of-State Students.

Not sure if you qualify for in-state tuition? Look at our residency page for more details.

Western provides tuition discount programs depending on the state of residence.  Click here to see if you qualify!

Note on Cost of Attendance

The amounts listed above represent only direct costs to the student including tuition, fees, room and board. The cost of attendance (an estimate of costs and fees associated with typical college costs) may include other, indirect education expenses such as books and supplies that are not specifically billed to the student. Students should plan to budget for books, supplies and other personal/indirect expenses.

Students may be awarded financial aid up to the direct and indirect cost of attendance minus any resources already awarded including scholarships awarded by third-party/private entities.

Waiving Optional Fees

Written consent is required to waive the optional Renewable Energy Fee and Escalante Fitness Center Fee at the beginning of each semester.  This can be done in person at the Cashier’s Office or email cashiers@western.edu requesting one or both fees to be waived. The deadline to waive optional fees is census or the last day of the drop period for each semester (2.5 weeks after the first day of classes).  Make sure to include your name and student ID number.