Jul 22, 2024  
2019-2020 Catalog 
2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Paying for College

Financial Aid

Director Kella Helyer
Toll free: 877-877-1593

WOU provides a strong financial aid and scholarship program that annually administers more than $54 million for eligible students. Financial aid is based on the philosophy that the responsibility for financing a student’s education rests primarily with the student and student’s family.

For detailed information about the financial aid application process and aid programs, visit our website at www.wou.edu/finaid/.

Applying for Aid

To be considered for federal and state financial aid at WOU, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students are encouraged to submit their FAFSAs annually as soon after October 1 as possible as some funds are limited and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. The FAFSA is completed online at studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa.

Financial Aid Programs

WOU participates in numerous federal, state and institutional programs including:

  • Federal Work-Study
  • Grants
  • Loans
  • Scholarships

Student Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees entitle the student to: regular instruction; use of the library; laboratory equipment, materials and gymnasium; medical attention and advice at the Student Health Center; and other services maintained by the university for the benefit of students. No reduction of fees is made to students who choose not to use these services.

A regularly enrolled, full-time undergraduate student takes a minimum 12 credit-hour course load. A regularly enrolled, full-time graduate student takes a minimum of 9 credit hours.

Tuition is charged on a per-credit basis. Estimated annual costs other than tuition and fees for a full-time, undergraduate student living away from home, on- or off-campus, for the 2019-20 academic year are as follows:

  On-Campus Off-Campus
Room and board: $10,389 $10,260
Books and supplies: $1,200 $1,200
Transportation/miscellaneous: $2,496 $2,496
Total: $14,085 $13,956

Estimated 2019-20 Tuition and Fees

The table below lists proposed tuition and fees (at time of printing) for the 2019-20 academic year. The tuition and fee schedule is established by the WOU Board of Trustees. Tuition and fees are subject to change based on actions by the WOU Board of Trustees and the Oregon Legislature.  

Based on 15 credits undergraduate, 11 credits graduate

Resident & WUE Rates    
  1 term 3 terms
Undergraduate tuition and mandatory fees $3,256 $9,768
WUE tuition and mandatory fees $4,576 $13,728
Graduate tuition and mandatory fees $5,291 $15,873
Costs shown are estimates at the time of publication.    

Western Undergraduate Exchange Scholars Program

The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Scholars Program offers qualified students from participating Western states the opportunity to enroll at WOU at a special reduced tuition level of 150 percent of resident tuition. Students from Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and residents of the commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are eligible to apply for the discounted tuition.

All undergraduate academic programs at WOU are available under the WUE Scholars Program. If you are a resident of one of the participating states and would like to apply for the WUE Scholars Program, you must submit an application for admission and be admitted to the university under standard admission procedures.