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 2017-2018

 Colorado ResidentsOut-of-State Students
Required Fees$3,178.40$3,178.40
Renewable Energy Fee (Optional)$30$30
Mountaineer Field House Fee (Optional)$200$200
Scholarly Activity Fee (Optional)$20$20
Double Room$5,030$5,030
Board (15-meal/week plan)$4,516$4,516
Total Annual Cost$19,598.40$31,070.40

*Tuition costs are subject to change. 

Full-time tuition rates are based on 15 credits a semester. Part-time tuition rates are $276.00 per credit hour for Colorado residents and $754.00 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. Click Here for 16-17 Academic Year Tuition Costs (Summer 2017).

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 from the student is required to waive the optional Renewable Energy Fee, Mountaineer Field House Fee and Scholarly Activity Fee at the beginning of each semester. This can be done by emailing requesting one or all fees to be waived (from the student's western e-mail). 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.

Waiving Mandatory Fees

Starting Fall 2017, Western will be able to offer a Mandatory Fee waiver for select populations of Undergraduate students. Students who complete at least 80 percent of their coursework in a given semester away from campus may be eligible to have mandatory fees waived. Coursework that meets the definition of “away from campus” includes study abroad, off campus internships or practicum, student teaching, online courses, etc. If an individual class has some on campus participation (e.g. hybrid courses), it would not meet the definition of “away from campus”. NSE students are not eligible for a mandatory fee waiver . Click Here for the Mandatory Fee Waiver Request form. You must follow the necessary steps (listed in the request form) prior to the term census date to qualify for this waiver

Finally: Affordable College in Colorado!

 Western offers a private college experience at a public university value. Find out more about the great ways you can save money on your college experience with Western State Colorado University! Through tuition discount programs (WUE, CP, Neighboring States), or with the help of our friendly Financial Aid and Student Financial Services department, we can help you fill out your FAFSA paperwork for loans and guide you to some great scholarship opportunities.