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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 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 $18,042 and the average private school would be $23,744. 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 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 Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin-Madison (2017-18)
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 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 WI Public $20,070 WI Private $46,668
$0 - $30k $9,229 $18,079
$30,001 – $48k $10,703 $18,927
$48,001 – $75k $14,843 $20,932
$75,001 – $110k $18,042 $23,744
$110,001+ $18,742 $28,182

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 $6,000-$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 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $7,662 $7,692
    Room and Board $6,442 $7,620
    Books $600 $600
    Other Expenses $3,100 $3,150
    Total $17,804 $19,062
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,654 $9,265
    $30,001 - $48k $10,024 $10,732
    $48,001 - $75k $14,087 $15,082
    $75,001 - $110k $16,807 $17,995
    $110,001+ $17,385 $18,613
  • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

    Eau Claire
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $8,816 $8,820
    Room and Board $7,506 $7,813
    Books $400 $400
    Other Expenses $3,348 $3,316
    Total $20,070 $20,349
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,996 $9,121
    $30,001 - $48k $10,549 $10,696
    $48,001 - $75k $14,410 $14,610
    $75,001 - $110k $18,251 $18,505
    $110,001+ $19,179 $19,446
  • University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

    Green Bay
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $7,878 $7,878
    Room and Board $7,306 $7,306
    Books $800 $800
    Other Expenses $3,350 $3,350
    Total $19,334 $19,334
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,076 $9,076
    $30,001 - $48k $10,069 $10,069
    $48,001 - $75k $14,077 $14,077
    $75,001 - $110k $17,520 $17,520
    $110,001+ $18,206 $18,206
  • University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

    La Crosse
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $9,096 $9,107
    Room and Board $6,206 $6,331
    Books $120 $120
    Other Expenses $1,964 $1,956
    Total $17,386 $17,514
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,251 $8,312
    $30,001 - $48k $9,807 $9,879
    $48,001 - $75k $13,350 $13,448
    $75,001 - $110k $16,297 $16,417
    $110,001+ $16,860 $16,984
  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

    Oshkosh
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $7,587 $7,621
    Room and Board $7,792 $8,092
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $2,700 $2,780
    Total $19,079 $19,493
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,884 $10,098
    $30,001 - $48k $11,660 $11,913
    $48,001 - $75k $15,620 $15,959
    $75,001 - $110k $17,999 $18,390
    $110,001+ $18,517 $18,919
  • University of Wisconsin-Parkside

    Kenosha
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $7,389 $7,389
    Room and Board $7,512 $7,470
    Books $700 $700
    Other Expenses $4,482 $4,038
    Total $20,083 $19,597
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $7,624 $7,440
    $30,001 - $48k $8,505 $8,299
    $48,001 - $75k $12,926 $12,613
    $75,001 - $110k $15,864 $15,480
    $110,001+ $16,188 $15,796
  • University of Wisconsin-Stout

    Menomonie
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $9,456 $9,457
    Room and Board $6,714 $6,924
    Books $408 $416
    Other Expenses $3,142 $3,176
    Total $19,720 $19,973
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,266 $10,398
    $30,001 - $48k $12,524 $12,685
    $48,001 - $75k $15,454 $15,652
    $75,001 - $110k $18,261 $18,495
    $110,001+ $19,012 $19,256
  • University of Wisconsin-Superior

    Superior
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $8,109 $8,126
    Room and Board $6,710 $6,792
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $4,020 $3,793
    Total $19,839 $19,711
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,669 $9,607
    $30,001 - $48k $11,741 $11,665
    $48,001 - $75k $14,644 $14,550
    $75,001 - $110k $17,182 $17,071
    $110,001+ $17,528 $17,415
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Madison
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $10,533 $10,555
    Room and Board $10,842 $11,114
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $3,060 $3,156
    Total $25,635 $26,025
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $5,445 $5,528
    $30,001 - $48k $7,584 $7,699
    $48,001 - $75k $14,610 $14,832
    $75,001 - $110k $21,693 $22,023
    $110,001+ $24,517 $24,890
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

    Milwaukee
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $9,565 $9,588
    Room and Board $10,560 $10,728
    Books $800 $800
    Other Expenses $3,306 $3,370
    Total $24,231 $24,486
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,201 $12,329
    $30,001 - $48k $13,858 $14,004
    $48,001 - $75k $18,172 $18,363
    $75,001 - $110k $21,231 $21,454
    $110,001+ $21,806 $22,035
  • University of Wisconsin-Platteville

    Platteville
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $7,536 $7,796
    Room and Board $7,526 $7,602
    Books $550 $560
    Other Expenses $3,300 $3,365
    Total $18,912 $19,323
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,686 $9,896
    $30,001 - $48k $11,032 $11,272
    $48,001 - $75k $15,401 $15,736
    $75,001 - $110k $18,116 $18,510
    $110,001+ $18,285 $18,682
  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls

    River Falls
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $8,013 $8,025
    Room and Board $7,760 $6,526
    Books $370 $370
    Other Expenses $3,745 $3,016
    Total $19,888 $17,937
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,312 $10,202
    $30,001 - $48k $11,540 $10,408
    $48,001 - $75k $15,641 $14,107
    $75,001 - $110k $18,104 $16,328
    $110,001+ $18,610 $16,784
  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

    Stevens Point
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $8,209 $8,239
    Room and Board $7,291 $7,422
    Books $250 $300
    Other Expenses $3,178 $3,108
    Total $18,928 $19,069
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,908 $8,974
    $30,001 - $48k $10,246 $10,322
    $48,001 - $75k $14,565 $14,673
    $75,001 - $110k $17,221 $17,349
    $110,001+ $17,559 $17,690

Private WI Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Alverno College

    Milwaukee
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $28,277 $28,302
    Room and Board $8,296 $8,546
    Books $625 $625
    Other Expenses $3,220 $3,220
    Total $40,418 $40,693
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,124 $17,241
    $30,001 - $48k $15,756 $15,863
    $48,001 - $75k $15,369 $15,474
    $75,001 - $110k $19,662 $19,796
    $110,001+ $24,022 $24,185
  • Beloit College

    Beloit
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $48,706 $50,040
    Room and Board $8,436 $8,830
    Books $1,000 $1,400
    Other Expenses $1,300 $1,314
    Total $59,442 $61,584
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $7,864 $8,147
    $30,001 - $48k $9,965 $10,324
    $48,001 - $75k $10,007 $10,368
    $75,001 - $110k $18,721 $19,396
    $110,001+ $23,592 $24,442
  • Cardinal Stritch University

    Milwaukee
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $28,844 $29,998
    Room and Board $8,118 $8,440
    Books $700 $700
    Other Expenses $4,992 $4,992
    Total $42,654 $44,130
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,877 $16,426
    $30,001 - $48k $15,923 $16,474
    $48,001 - $75k $19,324 $19,993
    $75,001 - $110k $19,358 $20,028
    $110,001+ $23,150 $23,951
  • Carroll University

    Waukesha
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $31,144 $31,918
    Room and Board $9,494 $9,896
    Books $1,088 $1,098
    Other Expenses $2,424 $2,448
    Total $44,150 $45,360
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $19,572 $20,108
    $30,001 - $48k $19,168 $19,693
    $48,001 - $75k $21,118 $21,697
    $75,001 - $110k $23,250 $23,887
    $110,001+ $25,436 $26,133
  • Carthage College

    Kenosha
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $41,950 $43,550
    Room and Board $11,600 $11,990
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $2,500 $2,500
    Total $57,250 $59,240
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $22,956 $23,754
    $30,001 - $48k $24,379 $25,226
    $48,001 - $75k $26,903 $27,838
    $75,001 - $110k $29,101 $30,113
    $110,001+ $29,814 $30,850
  • Concordia University-Wisconsin

    Mequon
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $28,600 $29,450
    Room and Board $10,530 $10,850
    Books $1,600 $1,750
    Other Expenses $2,800 $2,800
    Total $43,530 $44,850
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $20,859 $21,492
    $30,001 - $48k $19,587 $20,181
    $48,001 - $75k $22,591 $23,276
    $75,001 - $110k $23,656 $24,373
    $110,001+ $26,806 $27,619
  • Edgewood College

    Madison
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $28,500 $29,500
    Room and Board $10,494 $11,020
    Books $800 $800
    Other Expenses $2,896 $2,896
    Total $42,690 $44,216
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $19,587 $20,287
    $30,001 - $48k $20,517 $21,250
    $48,001 - $75k $22,376 $23,176
    $75,001 - $110k $25,616 $26,532
    $110,001+ $31,596 $32,725
  • Lakeland University

    Plymouth
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $27,760 $28,870
    Room and Board $8,600 $8,616
    Books $1,100 $1,100
    Other Expenses $3,710 $3,690
    Total $41,170 $42,276
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $16,447 $16,889
    $30,001 - $48k $17,076 $17,535
    $48,001 - $75k $19,474 $19,997
    $75,001 - $110k $21,648 $22,230
    $110,001+ $25,298 $25,978
  • Lawrence University

    Appleton
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $46,101 $47,475
    Room and Board $10,032 $10,341
    Books $900 $900
    Other Expenses $1,425 $1,425
    Total $58,458 $60,141
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,434 $14,850
    $30,001 - $48k $20,812 $21,411
    $48,001 - $75k $20,910 $21,512
    $75,001 - $110k $25,366 $26,096
    $110,001+ $32,241 $33,169
  • Maranatha Baptist University

    Watertown
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $14,910 $15,410
    Room and Board $7,000 $7,100
    Books $1,270 $1,300
    Other Expenses $2,760 $2,820
    Total $25,940 $26,630
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,706 $16,124
    $30,001 - $48k $15,779 $16,199
    $48,001 - $75k $17,397 $17,860
    $75,001 - $110k $17,183 $17,640
    $110,001+ $21,529 $22,102
  • Marian University

    Fond Du Lac
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $27,400 $27,400
    Room and Board $7,222 $7,439
    Books $800 $800
    Other Expenses $3,520 $3,590
    Total $38,942 $39,229
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $16,492 $16,614
    $30,001 - $48k $18,192 $18,326
    $48,001 - $75k $20,014 $20,162
    $75,001 - $110k $22,556 $22,722
    $110,001+ $25,183 $25,369
  • Marquette University

    Milwaukee
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $39,900 $41,870
    Room and Board $11,890 $12,720
    Books $912 $912
    Other Expenses $2,571 $2,555
    Total $55,273 $58,057
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $19,777 $20,773
    $30,001 - $48k $21,311 $22,384
    $48,001 - $75k $24,887 $26,141
    $75,001 - $110k $31,409 $32,991
    $110,001+ $36,246 $38,072
  • Milwaukee School of Engineering

    Milwaukee
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $39,429 $40,749
    Room and Board $9,417 $9,735
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $2,200 $2,200
    Total $52,046 $53,684
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $16,327 $16,841
    $30,001 - $48k $17,851 $18,413
    $48,001 - $75k $18,551 $19,135
    $75,001 - $110k $21,806 $22,492
    $110,001+ $30,205 $31,156
  • Mount Mary University

    Milwaukee
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $28,940 $30,100
    Room and Board $8,530 $8,870
    Books $1,400 $1,400
    Other Expenses $6,032 $6,032
    Total $44,902 $46,402
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,224 $15,733
    $30,001 - $48k $17,287 $17,864
    $48,001 - $75k $20,558 $21,245
    $75,001 - $110k $22,167 $22,908
    $110,001+ $19,757 $20,417
  • Northland College

    Ashland
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $35,157 $36,183
    Room and Board $8,886 $9,176
    Books $800 $800
    Other Expenses $2,650 $2,650
    Total $47,493 $48,809
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,150 $14,542
    $30,001 - $48k $15,838 $16,277
    $48,001 - $75k $18,183 $18,687
    $75,001 - $110k $22,665 $23,293
    $110,001+ $25,083 $25,778
  • Ripon College

    Ripon
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $41,835 $43,808
    Room and Board $8,156 $8,400
    Books $750 $750
    Other Expenses $1,600 $1,600
    Total $52,341 $54,558
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,344 $14,952
    $30,001 - $48k $14,486 $15,100
    $48,001 - $75k $14,828 $15,456
    $75,001 - $110k $21,824 $22,748
    $110,001+ $22,305 $23,250
  • Saint Norbert College

    De Pere
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $36,593 $38,129
    Room and Board $9,467 $9,954
    Books $950 $950
    Other Expenses $1,100 $1,100
    Total $48,110 $50,133
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $19,283 $20,094
    $30,001 - $48k $17,666 $18,409
    $48,001 - $75k $22,566 $23,515
    $75,001 - $110k $24,393 $25,419
    $110,001+ $29,787 $31,040
  • Silver Lake College of the Holy Family

    Manitowoc
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $27,360 $28,390
    Room and Board $9,600 $11,000
    Books $1,128 $1,152
    Other Expenses $3,678 $3,714
    Total $41,766 $44,256
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $23,106 $24,484
    $30,001 - $48k $22,707 $24,061
    $48,001 - $75k $21,925 $23,232
    $75,001 - $110k $26,804 $28,402
    $110,001+ $25,851 $27,392
  • Viterbo University

    La Crosse
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $26,920 $27,970
    Room and Board $8,760 $9,060
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $2,500 $2,500
    Total $39,180 $40,530
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,094 $14,580
    $30,001 - $48k $15,492 $16,026
    $48,001 - $75k $17,130 $17,720
    $75,001 - $110k $19,990 $20,679
    $110,001+ $24,528 $25,373
  • Wisconsin Lutheran College

    Milwaukee
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $29,140 $29,725
    Room and Board $9,910 $10,190
    Books $800 $800
    Other Expenses $2,146 $2,320
    Total $41,996 $43,035
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $16,296 $16,699
    $30,001 - $48k $17,807 $18,248
    $48,001 - $75k $18,037 $18,483
    $75,001 - $110k $20,855 $21,371
    $110,001+ $26,582 $27,240
 

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