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Net Price of West Virginia Colleges by Income

Cost of West Virginia 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 $14,497 and the average private school would be $20,435. You can also get information on specific West Virginia 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 West Virginia 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 West Virginia University (2017-18)
Tuition and Fees $8,376
Room and Board $10,576
Books $900
Other Expenses $2,620
Total $22,472

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 WV Public $21,301 WV Private $40,783
$0 - $30k $8,782 $15,905
$30,001 – $48k $9,760 $16,230
$48,001 – $75k $12,332 $17,549
$75,001 – $110k $14,497 $20,435
$110,001+ $15,508 $23,154

Public vs. Private Averages

This table shows the average total cost of attendance for the West Virginia 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 $6,000-$8,000 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 West Virginia. Click a school to view its complete chart.

Public WV Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Bluefield State College

    Bluefield
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $6,728 $7,056
    Room and Board $10,300 $10,300
    Books $2,000 $2,000
    Other Expenses $4,000 $4,000
    Total $23,028 $23,356
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $7,687 $7,796
    $30,001 - $48k $8,451 $8,571
    $48,001 - $75k $11,066 $11,224
    $75,001 - $110k $14,272 $14,475
    $110,001+ $15,242 $15,459
  • Concord University

    Athens
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $7,732 $8,211
    Room and Board $8,642 $8,988
    Books $1,100 $1,100
    Other Expenses $2,944 $2,944
    Total $20,418 $21,243
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $7,046 $7,331
    $30,001 - $48k $6,805 $7,080
    $48,001 - $75k $10,488 $10,912
    $75,001 - $110k $11,711 $12,184
    $110,001+ $13,206 $13,740
  • Fairmont State University

    Fairmont
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $7,296 $7,514
    Room and Board $9,184 $9,004
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $2,000 $2,000
    Total $19,480 $19,518
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $7,449 $7,464
    $30,001 - $48k $8,234 $8,250
    $48,001 - $75k $11,184 $11,206
    $75,001 - $110k $13,800 $13,827
    $110,001+ $15,120 $15,149
  • Glenville State College

    Glenville
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $7,342 $6,919
    Room and Board $9,942 $9,061
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $4,898 $4,464
    Total $23,182 $21,444
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,034 $13,907
    $30,001 - $48k $16,979 $15,706
    $48,001 - $75k $18,979 $17,556
    $75,001 - $110k $20,422 $18,891
    $110,001+ $21,455 $19,846
  • Marshall University

    Huntington
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $7,798 $8,128
    Room and Board $10,126 $10,454
    Books $1,100 $1,100
    Other Expenses $2,366 $2,287
    Total $21,390 $21,969
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $6,026 $6,189
    $30,001 - $48k $7,798 $8,009
    $48,001 - $75k $9,355 $9,608
    $75,001 - $110k $12,858 $13,206
    $110,001+ $14,116 $14,498
  • West Virginia University at Parkersburg

    Parkersburg
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $3,552 $3,722
    Room and Board $0 $0
    Books $1,500 $1,500
    Other Expenses $0 $0
    Total $0 $0
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $7,258 $0
    $30,001 - $48k $7,390 $0
    $48,001 - $75k $7,498 $0
    $75,001 - $110k $9,439 $0
    $110,001+ $9,622 $0
  • Potomac State College of West Virginia University

    Keyser
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $4,248 $4,488
    Room and Board $8,176 $8,524
    Books $900 $900
    Other Expenses $2,620 $2,620
    Total $15,944 $16,532
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $7,397 $7,670
    $30,001 - $48k $7,229 $7,496
    $48,001 - $75k $10,074 $10,446
    $75,001 - $110k $11,815 $12,251
    $110,001+ $12,695 $13,163
  • Shepherd University

    Shepherdstown
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $7,328 $7,548
    Room and Board $9,828 $10,480
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $2,875 $2,875
    Total $21,031 $21,903
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $7,062 $7,355
    $30,001 - $48k $7,686 $8,005
    $48,001 - $75k $10,439 $10,872
    $75,001 - $110k $13,057 $13,598
    $110,001+ $13,812 $14,385
  • West Virginia State University

    Institute
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $7,546 $8,212
    Room and Board $11,866 $12,366
    Books $1,544 $1,621
    Other Expenses $2,272 $2,386
    Total $23,228 $24,585
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,080 $12,786
    $30,001 - $48k $13,105 $13,871
    $48,001 - $75k $15,713 $16,631
    $75,001 - $110k $17,311 $18,322
    $110,001+ $17,397 $18,413
  • West Liberty University

    West Liberty
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $7,380 $7,680
    Room and Board $9,320 $9,406
    Books $1,645 $1,645
    Other Expenses $4,010 $4,571
    Total $22,355 $23,302
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,007 $10,431
    $30,001 - $48k $11,798 $12,298
    $48,001 - $75k $14,094 $14,691
    $75,001 - $110k $15,620 $16,282
    $110,001+ $15,669 $16,333
  • West Virginia University Institute of Technology

    Montgomery
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $6,960 $7,464
    Room and Board $11,304 $11,390
    Books $900 $900
    Other Expenses $2,620 $2,620
    Total $21,784 $22,374
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $7,821 $8,033
    $30,001 - $48k $8,759 $8,996
    $48,001 - $75k $11,702 $12,019
    $75,001 - $110k $13,240 $13,599
    $110,001+ $15,566 $15,988
  • West Virginia University

    Morgantown
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $8,376 $8,856
    Room and Board $10,576 $10,918
    Books $900 $900
    Other Expenses $2,620 $2,620
    Total $22,472 $23,294
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,997 $9,326
    $30,001 - $48k $10,515 $10,900
    $48,001 - $75k $12,555 $13,014
    $75,001 - $110k $15,366 $15,928
    $110,001+ $16,308 $16,905

Private WV Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Alderson Broaddus University

    Philippi
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $26,610 $27,910
    Room and Board $8,390 $8,960
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $2,902 $2,882
    Total $39,102 $40,952
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $16,802 $17,597
    $30,001 - $48k $16,353 $17,127
    $48,001 - $75k $18,995 $19,894
    $75,001 - $110k $22,583 $23,651
    $110,001+ $27,415 $28,712
  • Bethany College

    Bethany
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $28,454 $29,773
    Room and Board $10,420 $10,580
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $2,600 $2,600
    Total $42,674 $44,153
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $18,659 $19,306
    $30,001 - $48k $16,614 $17,190
    $48,001 - $75k $12,398 $12,828
    $75,001 - $110k $21,671 $22,422
    $110,001+ $25,524 $26,409
  • University of Charleston

    Charleston
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $30,400 $30,900
    Room and Board $9,100 $9,400
    Books $1,800 $1,800
    Other Expenses $2,600 $2,600
    Total $43,900 $44,700
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,162 $17,475
    $30,001 - $48k $18,918 $19,263
    $48,001 - $75k $22,160 $22,564
    $75,001 - $110k $23,669 $24,100
    $110,001+ $22,813 $23,229
  • Davis & Elkins College

    Elkins
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $28,992 $29,590
    Room and Board $9,250 $9,250
    Books $1,274 $1,296
    Other Expenses $2,880 $2,928
    Total $42,396 $43,064
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,420 $15,663
    $30,001 - $48k $15,830 $16,079
    $48,001 - $75k $17,030 $17,298
    $75,001 - $110k $19,887 $20,200
    $110,001+ $23,955 $24,332
  • Ohio Valley University

    Vienna
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $21,250 $21,900
    Room and Board $7,700 $7,980
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $2,000 $2,000
    Total $31,950 $32,880
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $16,409 $16,887
    $30,001 - $48k $13,936 $14,342
    $48,001 - $75k $17,389 $17,895
    $75,001 - $110k $19,113 $19,669
    $110,001+ $18,229 $18,760
  • West Virginia Wesleyan College

    Buckhannon
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $30,752 $31,640
    Room and Board $8,436 $8,856
    Books $2,500 $2,500
    Other Expenses $3,565 $3,565
    Total $45,253 $46,561
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,266 $14,678
    $30,001 - $48k $16,321 $16,793
    $48,001 - $75k $17,351 $17,853
    $75,001 - $110k $19,281 $19,838
    $110,001+ $22,310 $22,955
  • Wheeling Jesuit University

    Wheeling
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $28,110 $29,290
    Room and Board $8,996 $9,900
    Books $1,300 $1,300
    Other Expenses $1,800 $1,800
    Total $40,206 $42,290
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,619 $13,273
    $30,001 - $48k $15,636 $16,446
    $48,001 - $75k $17,522 $18,430
    $75,001 - $110k $16,842 $17,715
    $110,001+ $21,835 $22,967
 

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