Tuition and Fees

It’s no secret that a college degree is a significant investment. WMU offers an impressive range of nationally recognized programs, and we work to keep our classes small, while offering student support and career planning services. We strive to maintain affordable tuition rates and provide qualified students with scholarships and financial aid. The Registrar’s Office provides full details about WMU tuition and fees. Students can also use the estimated cost of attendance calculator to plan college costs. 

Below is an estimated overview of the costs of attendance for students at WMU during the fall and spring semesters. The WMU Board of Trustees recently voted to reduce basic, main-campus nonresident tuition and required fees by 47%. This deep cut in tuition is effective Summer 1 2017 (and beyond) for incoming nonresident undergraduates.

Estimated annual cost of attendance

Main campus tuition for fall 2017 and spring 2018

†One-Time Records Initiation Fee is only assessed in a student's first semester at WMU.
*Be sure to add variable costs for books, supplies and personal expenses.
‡Nonresident aviation majors entering between fall 2016 and summer I 2017 who participate in the Midwest Student Exchange Program will pay a special tuition rate less than the out-of-state rate.

^Additional differential tuition is assessed by the Haworth College of Business, the College of Fine Arts, and the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.  

Lower division (up to 55 credit hours)Michigan residentNon-resident enrolled
Spring 2017 or earlier
Non-resident admitted 
Summer I 2017 or later
Full-time (24-30 credit hours): tuition and fees $11,943 $27,955‡ $14,699
Room and Board (15 meal plan, double room) $9,606 $9,606 $9,606
One-Time Records Initiation Fee $300† $300† $300†
Total $21,849*^ $37,861*^ $24,605*^
Main campus tuition for fall 2017 and spring 2018
†One-Time Records Initiation Fee is only assessed in a student's first semester at WMU.
*Be sure to add variable costs for books, supplies and personal expenses.
‡Nonresident aviation majors entering between fall 2016 and summer I 2017 who participate in the Midwest Student Exchange Program will pay a special tuition rate less than the out-of-state rate.
^Additional differential tuition is assessed by the Haworth College of Business, the College of Fine Arts, and the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.  
Upper division (56 or more credit hours)Michigan residentNon-resident enrolled 
Spring 2017 or earlier
Non-resident admitted 
Summer I 2017 or later
Full-time (24-30 credit hours): tuition and fees $13,097 $31,025‡ $16,139
Room and Board (15 meal plan) $9,606 $9,606 $9,606
One-Time Records Initiation Fee $300† $300† $300†
Total $23,003*^ $40,931*^ $26,045*^

Classification

Lower divisionUpper division
Freshman 0–25 semester hours Junior 56–87 semester hours
Sophomore 26–55 semester hours Senior 88 or more semester hours