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Net Price of Washington Colleges by Income

Cost of Washington Colleges Zoom In

Source: National Center for Educational Statistics. This is the most recent data available as of January 2020

Questions & Answers

  • What do all these numbers mean?

    All costs are the average net cost paid by families in each income bracket. Net cost is the total cost of attendance minus government grants and institutional scholarships. Loans of any kind are not included. Figures are based on data from the 2017-18 school year, which is the latest available as of January 2020.

  • What is “Total Cost” on the chart?

    Total cost is the total cost of attendance for that particular college. It includes:

    • Tuition and fees (in-state tuition for public schools)
    • Room and board (on campus)
    • Books and supplies
    • Other expenses (travel and personal)

    There are detailed chart below for each school that shows these expenses. Click here to go to the individual cost breakdown for schools.

  • How can I use this information?

    This information is useful for building a realistic college budget. It's a good place to start until you better understand your specific circumstances. For example, let's say your income is $100,000 per year. This chart shows that the average state school would run $16,958 and the average private school would be $29,691. You can also get information on specific Washington schools in the chart above or the tables below.

  • Will my family pay the amount on this chart?

    Probably not. The numbers are averages. You may be below average or above average. However, there are two key points we can learn from this data:

    1. Families with higher incomes ($75,000-$110,000 and $110,000+) will most likely pay close to full price at the public schools.
    2. Private colleges have a higher list price but offer more discounts. This brings their net price much closer to the cost of state-funded schools.

  • Where did this information come from?

    As part of federal financial aid, colleges are required to provide detailed cost information to the U.S. government. This data is made available to the public through the National Center for Education Statistics. For more details, click here.

  • What about athletes, merit aid or minority students?

    Athletes, high achieving students, and those with minority status are averaged in with everyone else. Within each income bracket, there are families that pay more than average and families that pay less than average.

  • The costs on this chart seemed large, how can families afford to pay it?

    For many families paying for college is not easy, but in the end they figure out. Most families will pay their net cost of college with some combination of:

    • college savings and investments
    • payments from current income
    • loans
    • outside scholarships (check out our Scholarship Guide For Busy Parents, which describes how you and your student can win scholarships for college and save money!)
    • tax planning
    • student work
Cost of Washington Schools Explanation

Net Price:

Net price is the total cost of attendance minus the average amount of government grants and institutional scholarships awarded. This is an average, so you may pay above the average or below the average. Your exact net price is likely to be different and sometimes drastically different.

Most families will pay the net price with some combination of savings and investments, current income and various loans. Some students will also receive scholarships from sources other than the federal or state government or the college. Any scholarships and grants from these outside sources are not included in the data. However, government grants and institutional scholarships are included in the averages.

Total Cost at University of Washington-Seattle (2017-18)
Tuition and Fees $10,974
Room and Board $12,117
Books $825
Other Expenses $2,679
Total $26,595

Total Cost:

Total cost is the total cost of attendance for that particular institution for the 2017-18 school year. This is the latest data available as of January 2020. Total costs include:

  • Tuition and fees (in-state tuition for public schools)
  • Room and board (on campus)
  • Books and supplies
  • Other expenses (travel and personal)

College Total Cost
Family Income WA Public $22,613 WA Private $54,432
$0 - $30k $7,696 $20,579
$30,001 – $48k $8,534 $22,421
$48,001 – $75k $11,410 $25,364
$75,001 – $110k $16,958 $29,691
$110,001+ $19,039 $34,863

Public vs. Private Averages

This table shows the average total cost of attendance for the Washington public and private colleges we have included in our analysis. The costs include a breakdown of the average net price paid by family income. Notice that the average private college is $13,000-$16,000 more than the average public school, depending on your income bracket. It is important to stress that these are averages. Most families will not be average, and their individual circumstances could be drastically different. I encourage all families to work with their preferred colleges to get information specific to their family.

Below are similar charts for each individual private and public college in Washington. Click a school to view its complete chart.

Public WA Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Bellevue College

    Bellevue
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $3,699 $3,778
    Room and Board $0 $12,906
    Books $840 $870
    Other Expenses $0 $3,030
    Total $0 $20,584
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $6,255 $0
    $30,001 - $48k $6,990 $0
    $48,001 - $75k $8,230 $0
    $75,001 - $110k $12,149 $0
    $110,001+ $12,717 $0
  • Central Washington University

    Ellensburg
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $7,903 $8,072
    Room and Board $10,684 $11,115
    Books $1,002 $1,002
    Other Expenses $3,012 $3,012
    Total $22,601 $23,201
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,810 $10,070
    $30,001 - $48k $11,443 $11,747
    $48,001 - $75k $15,549 $15,962
    $75,001 - $110k $20,027 $20,559
    $110,001+ $20,955 $21,511
  • Centralia College

    Centralia
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $4,343 $4,437
    Room and Board $10,260 $10,440
    Books $840 $870
    Other Expenses $3,450 $3,510
    Total $18,893 $19,257
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $5,617 $5,725
    $30,001 - $48k $7,080 $7,216
    $48,001 - $75k $9,126 $9,302
    $75,001 - $110k $12,406 $12,645
    $110,001+ $0 $0
  • Clark College

    Vancouver
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $3,613 $4,287
    Room and Board $0 $0
    Books $840 $870
    Other Expenses $0 $0
    Total $0 $0
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $5,976 $0
    $30,001 - $48k $7,052 $0
    $48,001 - $75k $8,880 $0
    $75,001 - $110k $12,675 $0
    $110,001+ $13,097 $0
  • Columbia Basin College

    Pasco
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $4,554 $5,288
    Room and Board $9,680 $9,820
    Books $840 $835
    Other Expenses $2,070 $2,125
    Total $17,144 $18,068
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $7,751 $8,169
    $30,001 - $48k $7,798 $8,218
    $48,001 - $75k $10,051 $10,593
    $75,001 - $110k $13,940 $14,691
    $110,001+ $14,419 $15,196
  • Eastern Washington University

    Cheney
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $7,109 $7,323
    Room and Board $11,493 $12,058
    Books $840 $870
    Other Expenses $2,700 $2,760
    Total $22,142 $23,011
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $7,368 $7,657
    $30,001 - $48k $8,488 $8,821
    $48,001 - $75k $12,987 $13,497
    $75,001 - $110k $17,472 $18,158
    $110,001+ $18,325 $19,044
  • The Evergreen State College

    Olympia
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $7,599 $7,746
    Room and Board $9,681 $11,346
    Books $750 $870
    Other Expenses $3,360 $3,435
    Total $21,390 $23,397
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,754 $10,669
    $30,001 - $48k $10,431 $11,410
    $48,001 - $75k $13,969 $15,280
    $75,001 - $110k $17,581 $19,231
    $110,001+ $19,915 $21,784
  • Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom

    Lakewood
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $3,783 $3,862
    Room and Board $9,690 $9,690
    Books $855 $1,000
    Other Expenses $3,210 $3,852
    Total $17,538 $18,404
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $5,800 $6,086
    $30,001 - $48k $7,560 $7,933
    $48,001 - $75k $9,293 $9,752
    $75,001 - $110k $12,640 $13,264
    $110,001+ $12,334 $12,943
  • Grays Harbor College

    Aberdeen
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $3,993 $4,080
    Room and Board $0 $0
    Books $846 $873
    Other Expenses $0 $0
    Total $0 $0
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $4,799 $0
    $30,001 - $48k $5,539 $0
    $48,001 - $75k $8,909 $0
    $75,001 - $110k $9,989 $0
    $110,001+ $11,903 $0
  • Green River College

    Auburn
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $3,975 $4,053
    Room and Board $0 $0
    Books $840 $870
    Other Expenses $0 $0
    Total $0 $0
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $7,025 $0
    $30,001 - $48k $7,288 $0
    $48,001 - $75k $11,323 $0
    $75,001 - $110k $13,941 $0
    $110,001+ $13,958 $0
  • Highline College

    Des Moines
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $3,936 $4,026
    Room and Board $0 $0
    Books $840 $870
    Other Expenses $0 $0
    Total $0 $0
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $5,856 $0
    $30,001 - $48k $6,682 $0
    $48,001 - $75k $9,858 $0
    $75,001 - $110k $12,489 $0
    $110,001+ $13,853 $0
  • Lake Washington Institute of Technology

    Kirkland
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $4,137 $4,251
    Room and Board $0 $0
    Books $1,092 $1,008
    Other Expenses $0 $0
    Total $0 $0
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $6,769 $0
    $30,001 - $48k $6,316 $0
    $48,001 - $75k $11,842 $0
    $75,001 - $110k $13,833 $0
    $110,001+ $14,269 $0
  • North Seattle College

    Seattle
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $4,302 $4,461
    Room and Board $0 $0
    Books $840 $870
    Other Expenses $0 $0
    Total $0 $0
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $3,862 $0
    $30,001 - $48k $5,245 $0
    $48,001 - $75k $7,292 $0
    $75,001 - $110k $9,393 $0
    $110,001+ $0 $0
  • Olympic College

    Bremerton
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $3,693 $3,771
    Room and Board $9,855 $10,255
    Books $1,035 $1,240
    Other Expenses $3,183 $3,355
    Total $17,766 $18,621
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $4,219 $4,422
    $30,001 - $48k $6,041 $6,332
    $48,001 - $75k $7,306 $7,658
    $75,001 - $110k $12,205 $12,792
    $110,001+ $12,205 $12,792
  • Peninsula College

    Port Angeles
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $4,347 $4,453
    Room and Board $0 $0
    Books $840 $870
    Other Expenses $0 $0
    Total $0 $0
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $4,589 $0
    $30,001 - $48k $3,783 $0
    $48,001 - $75k $6,634 $0
    $75,001 - $110k $11,449 $0
    $110,001+ $0 $0
  • Renton Technical College

    Renton
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $5,377 $5,466
    Room and Board $0 $0
    Books $825 $870
    Other Expenses $0 $0
    Total $0 $0
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $5,259 $0
    $30,001 - $48k $6,776 $0
    $48,001 - $75k $8,246 $0
    $75,001 - $110k $11,990 $0
    $110,001+ $12,153 $0
  • South Seattle College

    Seattle
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $4,515 $4,717
    Room and Board $0 $0
    Books $825 $845
    Other Expenses $0 $0
    Total $0 $0
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,543 $0
    $30,001 - $48k $9,679 $0
    $48,001 - $75k $10,797 $0
    $75,001 - $110k $14,671 $0
    $110,001+ $0 $0
  • Seattle Central College

    Seattle
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $3,795 $3,669
    Room and Board $0 $0
    Books $825 $825
    Other Expenses $0 $0
    Total $0 $0
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $3,900 $0
    $30,001 - $48k $5,427 $0
    $48,001 - $75k $6,286 $0
    $75,001 - $110k $8,720 $0
    $110,001+ $0 $0
  • Skagit Valley College

    Mount Vernon
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $4,200 $4,200
    Room and Board $9,600 $9,600
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $3,000 $3,000
    Total $18,000 $18,000
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $7,420 $7,420
    $30,001 - $48k $7,487 $7,487
    $48,001 - $75k $10,048 $10,048
    $75,001 - $110k $13,829 $13,829
    $110,001+ $14,310 $14,310
  • Washington State University

    Pullman
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $11,391 $11,584
    Room and Board $11,356 $11,398
    Books $960 $960
    Other Expenses $3,542 $3,542
    Total $27,249 $27,484
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,000 $9,078
    $30,001 - $48k $10,558 $10,649
    $48,001 - $75k $15,177 $15,308
    $75,001 - $110k $21,982 $22,172
    $110,001+ $23,601 $23,805
  • University of Washington-Seattle Campus

    Seattle
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $10,974 $11,207
    Room and Board $12,117 $12,798
    Books $825 $900
    Other Expenses $2,679 $2,733
    Total $26,595 $27,638
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $7,014 $7,289
    $30,001 - $48k $7,007 $7,282
    $48,001 - $75k $8,606 $8,944
    $75,001 - $110k $17,627 $18,318
    $110,001+ $23,809 $24,743
  • Western Washington University

    Bellingham
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $8,183 $8,126
    Room and Board $10,971 $11,466
    Books $906 $924
    Other Expenses $3,495 $3,561
    Total $23,555 $24,077
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,060 $10,283
    $30,001 - $48k $11,365 $11,617
    $48,001 - $75k $16,585 $16,953
    $75,001 - $110k $20,780 $21,241
    $110,001+ $21,920 $22,406
  • Yakima Valley College

    Yakima
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $4,409 $5,163
    Room and Board $7,710 $7,860
    Books $840 $870
    Other Expenses $3,390 $3,450
    Total $16,349 $17,343
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $7,111 $7,543
    $30,001 - $48k $7,587 $8,048
    $48,001 - $75k $9,827 $10,424
    $75,001 - $110k $13,379 $14,192
    $110,001+ $13,696 $14,529
  • University of Washington-Bothell Campus

    Bothell
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $10,911 $11,138
    Room and Board $11,259 $11,877
    Books $825 $900
    Other Expenses $3,789 $3,789
    Total $26,784 $27,704
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $6,321 $6,538
    $30,001 - $48k $7,187 $7,434
    $48,001 - $75k $9,170 $9,485
    $75,001 - $110k $15,655 $16,193
    $110,001+ $21,097 $21,822
  • University of Washington-Tacoma Campus

    Tacoma
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $11,046 $11,261
    Room and Board $10,650 $11,028
    Books $825 $900
    Other Expenses $3,789 $3,789
    Total $26,310 $26,978
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $6,582 $6,749
    $30,001 - $48k $6,281 $6,440
    $48,001 - $75k $6,287 $6,447
    $75,001 - $110k $16,000 $16,406
    $110,001+ $19,601 $20,099
  • Cascadia College

    Bothell
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $3,828 $3,931
    Room and Board $0 $0
    Books $825 $825
    Other Expenses $0 $0
    Total $0 $0
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $7,938 $0
    $30,001 - $48k $9,010 $0
    $48,001 - $75k $10,582 $0
    $75,001 - $110k $14,322 $0
    $110,001+ $15,209 $0

Private WA Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Gonzaga University

    Spokane
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $41,330 $43,210
    Room and Board $11,550 $11,944
    Books $1,104 $1,124
    Other Expenses $3,366 $3,517
    Total $57,350 $59,795
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $24,865 $25,925
    $30,001 - $48k $25,802 $26,902
    $48,001 - $75k $29,034 $30,272
    $75,001 - $110k $33,156 $34,570
    $110,001+ $37,136 $38,719
  • Northwest University

    Kirkland
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $30,320 $31,540
    Room and Board $8,400 $8,630
    Books $840 $840
    Other Expenses $2,430 $2,430
    Total $41,990 $43,440
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $23,381 $24,188
    $30,001 - $48k $24,359 $25,200
    $48,001 - $75k $25,312 $26,186
    $75,001 - $110k $26,808 $27,734
    $110,001+ $29,604 $30,626
  • Pacific Lutheran University

    Tacoma
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $40,722 $42,436
    Room and Board $10,520 $10,790
    Books $840 $840
    Other Expenses $2,718 $2,718
    Total $54,800 $56,784
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,389 $18,019
    $30,001 - $48k $17,754 $18,397
    $48,001 - $75k $20,845 $21,600
    $75,001 - $110k $26,656 $27,621
    $110,001+ $33,349 $34,556
  • University of Puget Sound

    Tacoma
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $48,090 $49,776
    Room and Board $12,120 $12,540
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $2,300 $2,300
    Total $63,510 $65,616
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $27,685 $28,603
    $30,001 - $48k $26,537 $27,417
    $48,001 - $75k $34,197 $35,331
    $75,001 - $110k $36,207 $37,408
    $110,001+ $41,693 $43,076
  • Saint Martin's University

    Lacey
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $35,656 $37,356
    Room and Board $11,030 $11,446
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $3,000 $3,000
    Total $50,686 $52,802
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,160 $15,793
    $30,001 - $48k $17,741 $18,482
    $48,001 - $75k $21,662 $22,566
    $75,001 - $110k $25,070 $26,117
    $110,001+ $28,589 $29,783
  • Seattle Pacific University

    Seattle
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $40,893 $42,939
    Room and Board $11,232 $11,796
    Books $840 $870
    Other Expenses $3,520 $3,189
    Total $56,485 $58,794
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $22,794 $23,726
    $30,001 - $48k $22,944 $23,882
    $48,001 - $75k $25,871 $26,929
    $75,001 - $110k $31,087 $32,358
    $110,001+ $34,684 $36,102
  • Seattle University

    Seattle
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $42,885 $44,610
    Room and Board $12,072 $12,288
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $3,450 $3,510
    Total $59,607 $61,608
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $27,423 $28,344
    $30,001 - $48k $30,279 $31,295
    $48,001 - $75k $31,322 $32,373
    $75,001 - $110k $33,990 $35,131
    $110,001+ $39,395 $40,717
  • Walla Walla University

    College Place
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $27,495 $28,035
    Room and Board $7,155 $7,455
    Books $840 $900
    Other Expenses $2,070 $1,500
    Total $37,560 $37,890
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,146 $15,279
    $30,001 - $48k $18,329 $18,490
    $48,001 - $75k $19,787 $19,961
    $75,001 - $110k $24,914 $25,133
    $110,001+ $25,871 $26,098
  • Whitman College

    Walla Walla
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $49,780 $52,764
    Room and Board $12,524 $13,118
    Books $1,400 $1,400
    Other Expenses $800 $800
    Total $64,504 $68,082
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,619 $14,374
    $30,001 - $48k $18,674 $19,710
    $48,001 - $75k $22,698 $23,957
    $75,001 - $110k $28,404 $29,980
    $110,001+ $43,279 $45,680
  • Whitworth University

    Spokane
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $42,186 $43,640
    Room and Board $11,496 $11,496
    Books $840 $864
    Other Expenses $3,302 $3,350
    Total $57,824 $59,350
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $18,332 $18,816
    $30,001 - $48k $21,791 $22,366
    $48,001 - $75k $22,907 $23,512
    $75,001 - $110k $30,620 $31,428
    $110,001+ $35,025 $35,949
 

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