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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 2022

Questions & Answers

What do all these numbers mean?

All costs shown here are the average net cost paid by families in each income bracket for one year at the college in question. Net cost is the total cost of attendance for one year, minus government grants and institutional scholarships. Figures are based on data from the 2019-20 school year, which is the latest available as of January 2022.

What is “Total Cost” on the chart?

Total cost is the total cost of attendance for one year at 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 $17,386 and the average private school would be $29,242. 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 seem 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 the Scholarship Guide For Busy Parents to learn how your student can win scholarships)
  • Tax planning
  • Student work
Cost of Washington Schools Explanation

Net Price:

Net prices is the total cost of attendance for one year, minus the average amount in government grants and institutional scholarships the school awards. 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 (2019-20)
Tuition and Fees $11,465
Room and Board $13,296
Books $900
Other Expenses $2,733
Total $28,394

Total Cost:

Total cost is the total cost of attendance for that particular institution for the 2019-20 school year. This is the latest data available as of January 2022. 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 $24,097 WA Private $58,400
$0 - $30k $7,450 $18,844
$30,001 – $48k $8,646 $19,908
$48,001 – $75k $11,917 $24,544
$75,001 – $110k $17,386 $29,242
$110,001+ $20,004 $34,849

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 $12,000-$15,000 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 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $3,866 $3,958
    Room and Board $12,930 $13,530
    Books $900 $930
    Other Expenses $3,600 $3,714
    Total $21,296 $22,132
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $6,775 $7,041
    $30,001 - $48k $8,550 $8,886
    $48,001 - $75k $10,072 $10,467
    $75,001 - $110k $14,454 $15,021
    $110,001+ $14,388 $14,953
  • Central Washington University

    Ellensburg
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $8,273 $8,444
    Room and Board $12,637 $13,787
    Books $900 $900
    Other Expenses $2,922 $2,922
    Total $24,732 $26,053
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,796 $11,373
    $30,001 - $48k $12,706 $13,385
    $48,001 - $75k $17,235 $18,156
    $75,001 - $110k $21,566 $22,718
    $110,001+ $22,466 $23,666
  • Centralia College

    Centralia
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $4,542 $4,652
    Room and Board $10,770 $11,118
    Books $900 $930
    Other Expenses $3,510 $3,720
    Total $19,722 $20,420
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $5,026 $5,204
    $30,001 - $48k $6,088 $6,303
    $48,001 - $75k $8,431 $8,729
    $75,001 - $110k $10,781 $11,163
    $110,001+ $0 $0
  • Clark College

    Vancouver
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $3,879 $3,957
    Room and Board $0 $0
    Books $900 $870
    Other Expenses $0 $0
    Total $4,779 $4,827
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $6,893 $6,962
    $30,001 - $48k $6,988 $7,058
    $48,001 - $75k $9,727 $9,825
    $75,001 - $110k $13,268 $13,401
    $110,001+ $14,448 $14,593
  • Columbia Basin College

    Pasco
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $5,613 $5,755
    Room and Board $9,875 $9,920
    Books $840 $840
    Other Expenses $2,255 $2,280
    Total $18,583 $18,795
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,704 $8,803
    $30,001 - $48k $8,964 $9,066
    $48,001 - $75k $11,513 $11,644
    $75,001 - $110k $14,436 $14,601
    $110,001+ $16,105 $16,289
  • Eastern Washington University

    Cheney
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $7,526 $7,733
    Room and Board $12,405 $13,480
    Books $900 $930
    Other Expenses $2,700 $3,075
    Total $23,531 $25,218
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $7,657 $8,206
    $30,001 - $48k $8,595 $9,211
    $48,001 - $75k $12,224 $13,100
    $75,001 - $110k $17,266 $18,504
    $110,001+ $18,760 $20,105
  • The Evergreen State College

    Olympia
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $8,217 $8,325
    Room and Board $12,363 $12,735
    Books $900 $900
    Other Expenses $3,525 $3,525
    Total $25,005 $25,485
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,711 $9,897
    $30,001 - $48k $12,613 $12,855
    $48,001 - $75k $16,404 $16,719
    $75,001 - $110k $21,614 $22,029
    $110,001+ $21,781 $22,199
  • Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom

    Lakewood
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $4,041 $4,173
    Room and Board $9,690 $9,690
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $3,570 $3,570
    Total $18,301 $18,433
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $6,771 $6,820
    $30,001 - $48k $8,354 $8,414
    $48,001 - $75k $10,078 $10,151
    $75,001 - $110k $14,037 $14,138
    $110,001+ $14,465 $14,569
  • Grays Harbor College

    Aberdeen
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $4,204 $4,296
    Room and Board $0 $0
    Books $900 $930
    Other Expenses $0 $0
    Total $5,104 $5,226
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $4,660 $4,771
    $30,001 - $48k $5,104 $5,226
    $48,001 - $75k $7,239 $7,412
    $75,001 - $110k $12,774 $13,079
    $110,001+ $11,859 $12,142
  • Green River College

    Auburn
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $4,141 $4,233
    Room and Board $0 $0
    Books $900 $930
    Other Expenses $0 $0
    Total $5,041 $5,163
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $7,737 $7,924
    $30,001 - $48k $8,625 $8,834
    $48,001 - $75k $10,146 $10,392
    $75,001 - $110k $14,834 $15,193
    $110,001+ $15,907 $16,292
  • Highline College

    Des Moines
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $4,127 $4,231
    Room and Board $9,864 $10,394
    Books $900 $930
    Other Expenses $3,600 $3,702
    Total $18,491 $19,257
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $5,273 $5,491
    $30,001 - $48k $6,081 $6,333
    $48,001 - $75k $8,479 $8,830
    $75,001 - $110k $9,047 $9,422
    $110,001+ $0 $0
  • Lake Washington Institute of Technology

    Kirkland
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $4,418 $4,510
    Room and Board $0 $0
    Books $1,035 $1,101
    Other Expenses $0 $0
    Total $5,453 $5,611
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,088 $8,322
    $30,001 - $48k $8,085 $8,319
    $48,001 - $75k $13,290 $13,675
    $75,001 - $110k $14,884 $15,315
    $110,001+ $14,884 $15,315
  • North Seattle College

    Seattle
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $4,625 $4,123
    Room and Board $0 $0
    Books $900 $900
    Other Expenses $0 $0
    Total $5,525 $5,023
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $4,216 $3,833
    $30,001 - $48k $4,111 $3,737
    $48,001 - $75k $6,499 $5,909
    $75,001 - $110k $11,939 $10,854
    $110,001+ $13,318 $12,108
  • Olympic College

    Bremerton
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $3,880 $3,971
    Room and Board $10,355 $10,385
    Books $1,250 $1,275
    Other Expenses $3,955 $3,975
    Total $19,440 $19,606
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $6,218 $6,271
    $30,001 - $48k $7,846 $7,913
    $48,001 - $75k $10,171 $10,258
    $75,001 - $110k $13,221 $13,334
    $110,001+ $14,466 $14,590
  • Peninsula College

    Port Angeles
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $4,126 $4,218
    Room and Board $0 $0
    Books $900 $930
    Other Expenses $0 $0
    Total $5,026 $5,148
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $6,122 $6,271
    $30,001 - $48k $6,474 $6,631
    $48,001 - $75k $8,187 $8,386
    $75,001 - $110k $9,825 $10,063
    $110,001+ $13,899 $14,236
  • Renton Technical College

    Renton
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $5,567 $5,671
    Room and Board $0 $0
    Books $900 $930
    Other Expenses $0 $0
    Total $6,467 $6,601
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $5,962 $6,086
    $30,001 - $48k $4,762 $4,861
    $48,001 - $75k $9,874 $10,079
    $75,001 - $110k $12,684 $12,947
    $110,001+ $14,098 $14,390
  • South Seattle College

    Seattle
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $4,717 $4,214
    Room and Board $0 $0
    Books $845 $845
    Other Expenses $0 $0
    Total $5,562 $5,059
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $6,948 $6,320
    $30,001 - $48k $7,813 $7,106
    $48,001 - $75k $11,167 $10,157
    $75,001 - $110k $10,711 $9,742
    $110,001+ $11,222 $10,207
  • Seattle Central College

    Seattle
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $3,779 $4,053
    Room and Board $0 $0
    Books $865 $865
    Other Expenses $0 $0
    Total $4,644 $4,918
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $4,132 $4,376
    $30,001 - $48k $4,473 $4,737
    $48,001 - $75k $7,159 $7,581
    $75,001 - $110k $12,829 $13,586
    $110,001+ $0 $0
  • Skagit Valley College

    Mount Vernon
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $4,000 $4,000
    Room and Board $9,600 $9,600
    Books $1,200 $960
    Other Expenses $3,000 $3,000
    Total $17,800 $17,560
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $5,701 $5,624
    $30,001 - $48k $6,514 $6,426
    $48,001 - $75k $8,517 $8,402
    $75,001 - $110k $12,056 $11,893
    $110,001+ $13,688 $13,503
  • Washington State University

    Pullman
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $11,841 $12,170
    Room and Board $11,648 $11,848
    Books $960 $960
    Other Expenses $3,542 $3,542
    Total $27,991 $28,520
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $7,689 $7,834
    $30,001 - $48k $8,719 $8,884
    $48,001 - $75k $14,233 $14,502
    $75,001 - $110k $21,163 $21,563
    $110,001+ $23,684 $24,132
  • University of Washington-Seattle Campus

    Seattle
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $11,465 $11,745
    Room and Board $13,296 $13,887
    Books $900 $900
    Other Expenses $2,733 $2,787
    Total $28,394 $29,319
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $5,194 $5,363
    $30,001 - $48k $6,399 $6,607
    $48,001 - $75k $8,393 $8,666
    $75,001 - $110k $16,894 $17,444
    $110,001+ $25,264 $26,087
  • Western Washington University

    Bellingham
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $8,343 $8,508
    Room and Board $12,036 $12,518
    Books $954 $996
    Other Expenses $3,672 $3,783
    Total $25,005 $25,805
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,979 $10,298
    $30,001 - $48k $11,357 $11,720
    $48,001 - $75k $16,819 $17,357
    $75,001 - $110k $21,763 $22,459
    $110,001+ $23,101 $23,840
  • Yakima Valley College

    Yakima
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $4,285 $4,770
    Room and Board $8,100 $8,364
    Books $900 $930
    Other Expenses $3,570 $3,690
    Total $16,855 $17,754
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $6,284 $6,619
    $30,001 - $48k $7,604 $8,010
    $48,001 - $75k $9,502 $10,009
    $75,001 - $110k $13,035 $13,730
    $110,001+ $14,350 $15,115
  • University of Washington-Bothell Campus

    Bothell
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $11,390 $11,649
    Room and Board $12,636 $13,191
    Books $900 $900
    Other Expenses $3,789 $3,873
    Total $28,715 $29,613
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $6,864 $7,079
    $30,001 - $48k $6,966 $7,184
    $48,001 - $75k $9,439 $9,734
    $75,001 - $110k $17,656 $18,208
    $110,001+ $22,404 $23,105
  • University of Washington-Tacoma Campus

    Tacoma
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $11,639 $11,889
    Room and Board $11,748 $12,258
    Books $900 $900
    Other Expenses $3,309 $3,360
    Total $27,596 $28,407
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $5,854 $6,026
    $30,001 - $48k $5,788 $5,958
    $48,001 - $75k $8,147 $8,386
    $75,001 - $110k $15,007 $15,448
    $110,001+ $20,078 $20,668
  • Cascadia College

    Bothell
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $4,055 $4,226
    Room and Board $0 $0
    Books $825 $900
    Other Expenses $0 $0
    Total $4,880 $5,126
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $7,753 $8,144
    $30,001 - $48k $8,227 $8,642
    $48,001 - $75k $9,644 $10,130
    $75,001 - $110k $13,459 $14,137
    $110,001+ $14,832 $15,580

Private WA Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Gonzaga University

    Spokane
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $45,140 $46,920
    Room and Board $12,330 $12,951
    Books $1,158 $1,196
    Other Expenses $3,622 $3,735
    Total $62,250 $64,802
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $20,762 $21,613
    $30,001 - $48k $24,906 $25,927
    $48,001 - $75k $26,473 $27,558
    $75,001 - $110k $33,526 $34,900
    $110,001+ $39,730 $41,359
  • Northwest University

    Kirkland
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $32,960 $33,980
    Room and Board $9,000 $9,420
    Books $870 $900
    Other Expenses $2,470 $2,600
    Total $45,300 $46,900
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,928 $16,491
    $30,001 - $48k $14,058 $14,555
    $48,001 - $75k $18,754 $19,416
    $75,001 - $110k $21,372 $22,127
    $110,001+ $27,838 $28,821
  • Pacific Lutheran University

    Tacoma
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $43,674 $46,850
    Room and Board $10,876 $11,150
    Books $900 $930
    Other Expenses $2,808 $2,880
    Total $58,258 $61,810
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,532 $15,418
    $30,001 - $48k $15,500 $16,445
    $48,001 - $75k $21,062 $22,346
    $75,001 - $110k $28,190 $29,909
    $110,001+ $28,832 $30,590
  • University of Puget Sound

    Tacoma
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $51,740 $52,775
    Room and Board $13,000 $13,480
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $2,406 $2,406
    Total $68,146 $69,661
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $24,734 $25,284
    $30,001 - $48k $24,158 $24,695
    $48,001 - $75k $30,077 $30,746
    $75,001 - $110k $31,947 $32,657
    $110,001+ $41,005 $41,917
  • Saint Martin's University

    Lacey
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $38,560 $39,940
    Room and Board $12,000 $12,410
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $3,000 $3,000
    Total $54,560 $56,350
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,625 $18,203
    $30,001 - $48k $19,743 $20,391
    $48,001 - $75k $21,034 $21,724
    $75,001 - $110k $26,114 $26,971
    $110,001+ $27,884 $28,799
  • Seattle Pacific University

    Seattle
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $45,078 $47,244
    Room and Board $12,285 $12,687
    Books $900 $930
    Other Expenses $3,189 $3,783
    Total $61,452 $64,644
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $20,772 $21,851
    $30,001 - $48k $20,918 $22,005
    $48,001 - $75k $24,278 $25,539
    $75,001 - $110k $30,211 $31,780
    $110,001+ $35,993 $37,863
  • Seattle University

    Seattle
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $46,590 $48,390
    Room and Board $12,531 $12,780
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $3,600 $3,600
    Total $63,921 $65,970
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $25,304 $26,115
    $30,001 - $48k $27,455 $28,335
    $48,001 - $75k $32,076 $33,104
    $75,001 - $110k $35,424 $36,560
    $110,001+ $40,015 $41,298
  • Walla Walla University

    College Place
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $28,881 $29,931
    Room and Board $7,680 $8,469
    Books $990 $1,020
    Other Expenses $1,944 $2,100
    Total $39,495 $41,520
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $18,278 $19,215
    $30,001 - $48k $16,772 $17,632
    $48,001 - $75k $21,907 $23,030
    $75,001 - $110k $24,931 $26,209
    $110,001+ $26,717 $28,087
  • Whitman College

    Walla Walla
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $53,820 $50,408
    Room and Board $13,512 $13,800
    Books $1,400 $1,400
    Other Expenses $800 $800
    Total $69,532 $66,408
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $16,202 $15,474
    $30,001 - $48k $18,380 $17,554
    $48,001 - $75k $28,150 $26,885
    $75,001 - $110k $29,459 $28,135
    $110,001+ $47,231 $45,109
  • Whitworth University

    Spokane
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $44,940 $46,250
    Room and Board $11,800 $12,150
    Books $912 $936
    Other Expenses $3,436 $3,554
    Total $61,088 $62,890
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,298 $14,720
    $30,001 - $48k $17,191 $17,698
    $48,001 - $75k $21,629 $22,267
    $75,001 - $110k $31,246 $32,168
    $110,001+ $33,240 $34,221
 

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