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Net Price of Wisconsin Colleges by Income

Cost of Wisconsin Colleges Zoom In

Source: National Center for Educational Statistics. This is the most recent data available as of January 2021

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 2018-19 school year, which is the latest available as of January 2021.

  • 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 $17,629 and the average private school would be $24,147. You can also get information on specific Wisconsin 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.


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  • 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 Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin-Madison (2018-19)
Tuition and Fees $10,533
Room and Board $10,842
Books $1,200
Other Expenses $3,060
Total $25,635

Total Cost:

Total cost is the total cost of attendance for that particular institution for the 2018-19 school year. This is the latest data available as of January 2021. 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 WI Public $20,144 WI Private $48,080
$0 - $30k $10,039 $17,937
$30,001 – $48k $11,158 $18,658
$48,001 – $75k $14,497 $20,751
$75,001 – $110k $17,629 $24,147
$110,001+ $18,348 $27,979

Public vs. Private Averages

This table shows the average total cost of attendance for the Wisconsin 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 $7,000-$10,000 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 Wisconsin. Click a school to view its complete chart.

Public WI Schools Cost Breakdown

  • University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

    Whitewater
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $7,692 $7,695
    Room and Board $7,620 $7,670
    Books $600 $580
    Other Expenses $3,150 $3,170
    Total $19,062 $19,115
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,868 $11,901
    $30,001 - $48k $12,156 $12,190
    $48,001 - $75k $14,941 $14,983
    $75,001 - $110k $17,364 $17,412
    $110,001+ $17,900 $17,950
  • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

    Eau Claire
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $8,820 $8,840
    Room and Board $7,813 $8,216
    Books $400 $400
    Other Expenses $3,316 $3,366
    Total $20,349 $20,822
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,528 $11,796
    $30,001 - $48k $11,828 $12,103
    $48,001 - $75k $14,887 $15,233
    $75,001 - $110k $18,196 $18,619
    $110,001+ $19,307 $19,756
  • University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

    Green Bay
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $7,878 $7,873
    Room and Board $7,306 $7,170
    Books $800 $800
    Other Expenses $3,350 $3,616
    Total $19,334 $19,459
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,337 $11,410
    $30,001 - $48k $11,641 $11,716
    $48,001 - $75k $14,584 $14,678
    $75,001 - $110k $16,604 $16,711
    $110,001+ $16,763 $16,871
  • University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

    La Crosse
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $9,107 $9,127
    Room and Board $6,331 $6,465
    Books $120 $120
    Other Expenses $1,956 $1,972
    Total $17,514 $17,684
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $7,939 $8,016
    $30,001 - $48k $9,795 $9,890
    $48,001 - $75k $13,304 $13,433
    $75,001 - $110k $16,573 $16,734
    $110,001+ $17,018 $17,183
  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

    Oshkosh
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $7,621 $7,656
    Room and Board $8,092 $8,260
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $2,780 $2,700
    Total $19,493 $19,616
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,687 $11,761
    $30,001 - $48k $13,114 $13,197
    $48,001 - $75k $15,236 $15,332
    $75,001 - $110k $17,210 $17,319
    $110,001+ $17,797 $17,909
  • University of Wisconsin-Parkside

    Kenosha
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $7,389 $7,421
    Room and Board $7,470 $7,696
    Books $700 $630
    Other Expenses $4,038 $3,978
    Total $19,597 $19,725
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $6,652 $6,695
    $30,001 - $48k $9,018 $9,077
    $48,001 - $75k $12,166 $12,245
    $75,001 - $110k $14,993 $15,091
    $110,001+ $15,849 $15,953
  • University of Wisconsin-Stout

    Menomonie
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $9,457 $9,463
    Room and Board $6,924 $6,944
    Books $416 $418
    Other Expenses $3,176 $3,206
    Total $19,973 $20,031
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,695 $10,726
    $30,001 - $48k $10,778 $10,809
    $48,001 - $75k $15,235 $15,279
    $75,001 - $110k $18,410 $18,463
    $110,001+ $19,086 $19,141
  • University of Wisconsin-Superior

    Superior
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $8,126 $8,132
    Room and Board $6,792 $6,870
    Books $1,000 $970
    Other Expenses $3,793 $3,838
    Total $19,711 $19,810
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,288 $9,335
    $30,001 - $48k $10,426 $10,478
    $48,001 - $75k $14,211 $14,282
    $75,001 - $110k $17,047 $17,133
    $110,001+ $17,425 $17,513
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Madison
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $10,555 $10,725
    Room and Board $11,114 $11,558
    Books $1,200 $1,150
    Other Expenses $3,156 $3,120
    Total $26,025 $26,553
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $4,367 $4,456
    $30,001 - $48k $6,860 $6,999
    $48,001 - $75k $13,227 $13,495
    $75,001 - $110k $21,860 $22,303
    $110,001+ $24,574 $25,073
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

    Milwaukee
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $9,588 $9,526
    Room and Board $10,728 $10,792
    Books $800 $800
    Other Expenses $3,370 $3,396
    Total $24,486 $24,514
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,222 $13,237
    $30,001 - $48k $14,957 $14,974
    $48,001 - $75k $17,881 $17,901
    $75,001 - $110k $20,945 $20,969
    $110,001+ $21,354 $21,378
  • University of Wisconsin-Platteville

    Platteville
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $7,796 $7,353
    Room and Board $7,602 $7,700
    Books $560 $630
    Other Expenses $3,365 $3,594
    Total $19,323 $19,277
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,117 $12,088
    $30,001 - $48k $12,930 $12,899
    $48,001 - $75k $15,152 $15,116
    $75,001 - $110k $17,414 $17,373
    $110,001+ $17,879 $17,836
  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls

    River Falls
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $8,025 $8,037
    Room and Board $6,526 $6,576
    Books $370 $400
    Other Expenses $3,016 $3,320
    Total $17,937 $18,333
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,366 $8,551
    $30,001 - $48k $10,124 $10,348
    $48,001 - $75k $13,474 $13,771
    $75,001 - $110k $16,138 $16,494
    $110,001+ $16,508 $16,872
  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

    Stevens Point
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $8,239 $8,270
    Room and Board $7,422 $7,428
    Books $300 $300
    Other Expenses $3,108 $3,284
    Total $19,069 $19,282
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,446 $11,574
    $30,001 - $48k $11,433 $11,561
    $48,001 - $75k $14,165 $14,323
    $75,001 - $110k $16,425 $16,608
    $110,001+ $17,067 $17,258

Private WI Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Alverno College

    Milwaukee
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $28,302 $29,456
    Room and Board $8,546 $8,950
    Books $625 $768
    Other Expenses $3,220 $5,020
    Total $40,693 $44,194
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,483 $13,557
    $30,001 - $48k $13,949 $15,149
    $48,001 - $75k $15,783 $17,141
    $75,001 - $110k $20,751 $22,536
    $110,001+ $20,628 $22,403
  • Beloit College

    Beloit
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $50,040 $51,532
    Room and Board $8,830 $9,630
    Books $1,400 $1,000
    Other Expenses $1,314 $1,352
    Total $61,584 $63,514
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,574 $8,843
    $30,001 - $48k $7,628 $7,867
    $48,001 - $75k $10,769 $11,106
    $75,001 - $110k $12,123 $12,503
    $110,001+ $17,040 $17,574
  • Cardinal Stritch University

    Milwaukee
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $29,998 $31,798
    Room and Board $8,440 $8,950
    Books $700 $700
    Other Expenses $4,992 $4,992
    Total $44,130 $46,440
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,934 $16,768
    $30,001 - $48k $17,188 $18,088
    $48,001 - $75k $18,842 $19,828
    $75,001 - $110k $19,540 $20,563
    $110,001+ $21,549 $22,677
  • Carroll University

    Waukesha
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $31,918 $32,850
    Room and Board $9,896 $10,058
    Books $1,098 $1,126
    Other Expenses $2,448 $2,504
    Total $45,360 $46,538
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $19,900 $20,417
    $30,001 - $48k $20,156 $20,679
    $48,001 - $75k $21,563 $22,123
    $75,001 - $110k $23,985 $24,608
    $110,001+ $25,597 $26,262
  • Carthage College

    Kenosha
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $43,550 $45,100
    Room and Board $11,990 $12,400
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $2,500 $2,500
    Total $59,240 $61,200
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $24,480 $25,290
    $30,001 - $48k $25,052 $25,881
    $48,001 - $75k $26,046 $26,908
    $75,001 - $110k $28,335 $29,272
    $110,001+ $30,554 $31,565
  • Concordia University-Wisconsin

    Mequon
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $29,450 $30,352
    Room and Board $10,850 $11,170
    Books $1,750 $1,800
    Other Expenses $2,800 $3,100
    Total $44,850 $46,422
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $20,297 $21,008
    $30,001 - $48k $20,893 $21,625
    $48,001 - $75k $21,624 $22,382
    $75,001 - $110k $24,207 $25,055
    $110,001+ $26,727 $27,664
  • Edgewood College

    Madison
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $29,500 $30,600
    Room and Board $11,020 $11,350
    Books $800 $800
    Other Expenses $2,896 $2,912
    Total $44,216 $45,662
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $20,237 $20,899
    $30,001 - $48k $20,212 $20,873
    $48,001 - $75k $22,583 $23,322
    $75,001 - $110k $26,301 $27,161
    $110,001+ $32,013 $33,060
  • Lakeland University

    Plymouth
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $28,870 $29,880
    Room and Board $8,616 $9,624
    Books $1,100 $1,100
    Other Expenses $3,690 $3,866
    Total $42,276 $44,470
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $18,310 $19,260
    $30,001 - $48k $19,614 $20,632
    $48,001 - $75k $21,180 $22,279
    $75,001 - $110k $21,367 $22,476
    $110,001+ $24,157 $25,411
  • Lawrence University

    Appleton
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $47,475 $49,122
    Room and Board $10,341 $10,719
    Books $900 $900
    Other Expenses $1,425 $1,425
    Total $60,141 $62,166
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,137 $14,613
    $30,001 - $48k $15,793 $16,325
    $48,001 - $75k $17,791 $18,390
    $75,001 - $110k $24,257 $25,074
    $110,001+ $30,749 $31,784
  • Maranatha Baptist University

    Watertown
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $15,410 $16,660
    Room and Board $7,100 $7,300
    Books $1,300 $1,300
    Other Expenses $2,820 $2,850
    Total $26,630 $28,110
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $16,361 $17,270
    $30,001 - $48k $17,184 $18,139
    $48,001 - $75k $17,903 $18,898
    $75,001 - $110k $22,868 $24,139
    $110,001+ $22,069 $23,296
  • Marian University

    Fond Du Lac
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $27,400 $27,950
    Room and Board $7,439 $7,650
    Books $800 $800
    Other Expenses $3,590 $3,158
    Total $39,229 $39,558
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $16,114 $16,249
    $30,001 - $48k $16,552 $16,691
    $48,001 - $75k $16,987 $17,129
    $75,001 - $110k $22,164 $22,350
    $110,001+ $26,195 $26,415
  • Marquette University

    Milwaukee
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $41,870 $43,936
    Room and Board $12,720 $13,200
    Books $912 $816
    Other Expenses $2,555 $2,548
    Total $58,057 $60,500
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $19,169 $19,976
    $30,001 - $48k $20,955 $21,837
    $48,001 - $75k $25,492 $26,565
    $75,001 - $110k $31,034 $32,340
    $110,001+ $36,734 $38,280
  • Milwaukee School of Engineering

    Milwaukee
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $40,749 $42,162
    Room and Board $9,735 $9,768
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $2,200 $2,200
    Total $53,684 $55,130
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,186 $17,649
    $30,001 - $48k $16,882 $17,337
    $48,001 - $75k $20,444 $20,995
    $75,001 - $110k $23,834 $24,476
    $110,001+ $30,870 $31,701
  • Mount Mary University

    Milwaukee
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $30,100 $31,160
    Room and Board $8,870 $9,180
    Books $1,400 $1,400
    Other Expenses $6,032 $6,510
    Total $46,402 $48,250
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $18,652 $19,395
    $30,001 - $48k $16,165 $16,809
    $48,001 - $75k $21,834 $22,704
    $75,001 - $110k $23,892 $24,844
    $110,001+ $25,851 $26,881
  • Northland College

    Ashland
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $36,183 $37,516
    Room and Board $9,176 $9,406
    Books $800 $800
    Other Expenses $2,650 $2,650
    Total $48,809 $50,372
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,157 $15,642
    $30,001 - $48k $16,187 $16,705
    $48,001 - $75k $20,640 $21,301
    $75,001 - $110k $23,310 $24,056
    $110,001+ $26,044 $26,878
  • Ripon College

    Ripon
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $43,808 $45,113
    Room and Board $8,400 $8,653
    Books $750 $750
    Other Expenses $1,600 $1,600
    Total $54,558 $56,116
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,893 $14,290
    $30,001 - $48k $14,106 $14,509
    $48,001 - $75k $17,757 $18,264
    $75,001 - $110k $22,983 $23,639
    $110,001+ $26,741 $27,505
  • Saint Norbert College

    De Pere
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $38,129 $39,529
    Room and Board $9,954 $10,435
    Books $950 $950
    Other Expenses $1,100 $1,100
    Total $50,133 $52,014
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $20,608 $21,381
    $30,001 - $48k $22,829 $23,686
    $48,001 - $75k $23,111 $23,978
    $75,001 - $110k $26,113 $27,093
    $110,001+ $31,123 $32,291
  • Silver Lake College of the Holy Family

    Manitowoc
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $28,390 $29,600
    Room and Board $11,000 $11,510
    Books $1,152 $1,176
    Other Expenses $3,714 $3,768
    Total $44,256 $46,054
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $22,696 $23,618
    $30,001 - $48k $22,987 $23,921
    $48,001 - $75k $21,742 $22,625
    $75,001 - $110k $19,991 $20,803
    $110,001+ $21,889 $22,778
  • Viterbo University

    La Crosse
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $27,970 $28,650
    Room and Board $9,060 $9,295
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $2,500 $2,500
    Total $40,530 $41,445
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,538 $13,844
    $30,001 - $48k $17,042 $17,427
    $48,001 - $75k $17,563 $17,960
    $75,001 - $110k $20,508 $20,971
    $110,001+ $24,554 $25,108
  • Wisconsin Lutheran College

    Milwaukee
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $29,725 $30,850
    Room and Board $10,190 $10,496
    Books $800 $800
    Other Expenses $2,320 $2,316
    Total $43,035 $44,462
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,327 $14,802
    $30,001 - $48k $12,482 $12,896
    $48,001 - $75k $18,317 $18,924
    $75,001 - $110k $22,026 $22,756
    $110,001+ $26,829 $27,719
 

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