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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 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 $17,665 and the average private school would be $24,323. 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 (2019-20)
Tuition and Fees $10,725
Room and Board $11,558
Books $1,150
Other Expenses $3,120
Total $26,553

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 WI Public $20,325 WI Private $49,904
$0 - $30k $8,486 $18,521
$30,001 – $48k $9,775 $19,573
$48,001 – $75k $13,793 $20,901
$75,001 – $110k $17,665 $24,323
$110,001+ $18,550 $28,264

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-$11,000 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 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $7,695 $7,735
    Room and Board $7,670 $7,650
    Books $580 $580
    Other Expenses $3,170 $3,150
    Total $19,115 $19,115
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,143 $8,143
    $30,001 - $48k $10,390 $10,390
    $48,001 - $75k $14,226 $14,226
    $75,001 - $110k $17,253 $17,253
    $110,001+ $17,815 $17,815
  • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

    Eau Claire
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $8,840 $8,870
    Room and Board $8,216 $8,475
    Books $400 $400
    Other Expenses $3,366 $3,366
    Total $20,822 $21,111
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,547 $9,680
    $30,001 - $48k $10,658 $10,806
    $48,001 - $75k $14,737 $14,942
    $75,001 - $110k $18,816 $19,077
    $110,001+ $19,798 $20,073
  • University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

    Green Bay
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $7,873 $7,873
    Room and Board $7,170 $7,280
    Books $800 $800
    Other Expenses $3,616 $3,770
    Total $19,459 $19,723
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,258 $8,370
    $30,001 - $48k $9,445 $9,573
    $48,001 - $75k $13,258 $13,438
    $75,001 - $110k $16,382 $16,604
    $110,001+ $16,985 $17,215
  • University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

    La Crosse
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $9,127 $9,160
    Room and Board $6,465 $6,594
    Books $120 $120
    Other Expenses $1,972 $2,028
    Total $17,684 $17,902
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $7,517 $7,610
    $30,001 - $48k $10,075 $10,199
    $48,001 - $75k $13,198 $13,361
    $75,001 - $110k $16,472 $16,675
    $110,001+ $17,059 $17,269
  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

    Oshkosh
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $7,656 $7,717
    Room and Board $8,260 $8,506
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $2,700 $2,700
    Total $19,616 $19,923
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,499 $9,648
    $30,001 - $48k $10,457 $10,621
    $48,001 - $75k $14,157 $14,379
    $75,001 - $110k $17,169 $17,438
    $110,001+ $18,003 $18,285
  • University of Wisconsin-Parkside

    Kenosha
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $7,421 $7,444
    Room and Board $7,696 $7,726
    Books $630 $600
    Other Expenses $3,978 $4,114
    Total $19,725 $19,884
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $6,741 $6,795
    $30,001 - $48k $8,022 $8,087
    $48,001 - $75k $12,061 $12,158
    $75,001 - $110k $15,198 $15,321
    $110,001+ $15,945 $16,074
  • University of Wisconsin-Stout

    Menomonie
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $9,463 $9,488
    Room and Board $6,944 $7,398
    Books $418 $426
    Other Expenses $3,206 $3,310
    Total $20,031 $20,622
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,074 $10,371
    $30,001 - $48k $10,958 $11,281
    $48,001 - $75k $15,247 $15,697
    $75,001 - $110k $18,293 $18,833
    $110,001+ $18,753 $19,306
  • University of Wisconsin-Superior

    Superior
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $8,132 $8,140
    Room and Board $6,870 $7,025
    Books $970 $970
    Other Expenses $3,838 $3,753
    Total $19,810 $19,888
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,360 $9,397
    $30,001 - $48k $10,068 $10,108
    $48,001 - $75k $12,668 $12,718
    $75,001 - $110k $16,631 $16,696
    $110,001+ $18,085 $18,156
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Madison
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $10,725 $10,742
    Room and Board $11,558 $12,200
    Books $1,150 $1,150
    Other Expenses $3,120 $3,066
    Total $26,553 $27,158
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $3,981 $4,072
    $30,001 - $48k $4,788 $4,897
    $48,001 - $75k $10,364 $10,600
    $75,001 - $110k $22,377 $22,887
    $110,001+ $25,436 $26,016
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

    Milwaukee
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $9,526 $9,254
    Room and Board $10,792 $10,692
    Books $800 $800
    Other Expenses $3,396 $3,484
    Total $24,514 $24,230
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,973 $11,834
    $30,001 - $48k $13,351 $13,196
    $48,001 - $75k $17,606 $17,402
    $75,001 - $110k $20,785 $20,544
    $110,001+ $21,499 $21,250
  • University of Wisconsin-Platteville

    Platteville
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $7,353 $7,873
    Room and Board $7,700 $7,770
    Books $630 $200
    Other Expenses $3,594 $3,594
    Total $19,277 $19,437
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,887 $8,961
    $30,001 - $48k $10,334 $10,420
    $48,001 - $75k $13,699 $13,813
    $75,001 - $110k $17,029 $17,170
    $110,001+ $17,555 $17,701
  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls

    River Falls
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $8,037 $8,063
    Room and Board $6,576 $6,900
    Books $400 $400
    Other Expenses $3,320 $3,300
    Total $18,333 $18,663
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,438 $8,590
    $30,001 - $48k $9,478 $9,649
    $48,001 - $75k $14,528 $14,790
    $75,001 - $110k $16,739 $17,040
    $110,001+ $16,996 $17,302
  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

    Stevens Point
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $8,270 $8,300
    Room and Board $7,428 $7,630
    Books $300 $300
    Other Expenses $3,284 $3,306
    Total $19,282 $19,536
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $7,903 $8,007
    $30,001 - $48k $9,052 $9,171
    $48,001 - $75k $13,560 $13,739
    $75,001 - $110k $16,503 $16,720
    $110,001+ $17,225 $17,452

Private WI Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Alverno College

    Milwaukee
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $29,456 $30,658
    Room and Board $8,950 $8,770
    Books $768 $768
    Other Expenses $5,020 $5,020
    Total $44,194 $45,216
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,790 $18,201
    $30,001 - $48k $16,842 $17,231
    $48,001 - $75k $18,834 $19,270
    $75,001 - $110k $22,721 $23,246
    $110,001+ $26,132 $26,736
  • Beloit College

    Beloit
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $51,532 $53,348
    Room and Board $9,630 $9,688
    Books $1,000 $1,018
    Other Expenses $1,352 $1,376
    Total $63,514 $65,430
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $7,970 $8,210
    $30,001 - $48k $8,873 $9,141
    $48,001 - $75k $10,850 $11,177
    $75,001 - $110k $12,822 $13,209
    $110,001+ $18,666 $19,229
  • Cardinal Stritch University

    Milwaukee
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $31,798 $33,770
    Room and Board $8,950 $9,488
    Books $700 $700
    Other Expenses $4,992 $4,992
    Total $46,440 $48,950
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,584 $18,534
    $30,001 - $48k $18,016 $18,990
    $48,001 - $75k $17,671 $18,626
    $75,001 - $110k $17,068 $17,990
    $110,001+ $21,320 $22,472
  • Carroll University

    Waukesha
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $32,850 $34,010
    Room and Board $10,058 $10,550
    Books $1,126 $1,140
    Other Expenses $2,504 $2,534
    Total $46,538 $48,234
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $18,113 $18,773
    $30,001 - $48k $18,414 $19,085
    $48,001 - $75k $22,237 $23,047
    $75,001 - $110k $24,572 $25,467
    $110,001+ $25,164 $26,081
  • Carthage College

    Kenosha
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $45,100 $31,500
    Room and Board $12,400 $12,400
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $2,500 $2,500
    Total $61,200 $47,600
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $22,550 $17,539
    $30,001 - $48k $24,485 $19,044
    $48,001 - $75k $26,106 $20,305
    $75,001 - $110k $27,781 $21,607
    $110,001+ $29,677 $23,082
  • Concordia University-Wisconsin

    Mequon
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $30,352 $31,182
    Room and Board $11,170 $11,470
    Books $1,800 $1,900
    Other Expenses $3,100 $2,900
    Total $46,422 $47,452
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,665 $18,057
    $30,001 - $48k $19,092 $19,516
    $48,001 - $75k $22,710 $23,214
    $75,001 - $110k $24,342 $24,882
    $110,001+ $26,027 $26,604
  • Edgewood College

    Madison
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $30,600 $31,700
    Room and Board $11,350 $11,700
    Books $800 $800
    Other Expenses $2,912 $2,912
    Total $45,662 $47,112
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $21,353 $22,031
    $30,001 - $48k $21,017 $21,684
    $48,001 - $75k $25,061 $25,857
    $75,001 - $110k $25,493 $26,303
    $110,001+ $28,589 $29,497
  • Lakeland University

    Plymouth
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $29,880 $30,777
    Room and Board $9,624 $9,634
    Books $1,100 $1,100
    Other Expenses $3,866 $3,948
    Total $44,470 $45,459
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $21,089 $21,558
    $30,001 - $48k $20,309 $20,761
    $48,001 - $75k $21,266 $21,739
    $75,001 - $110k $23,294 $23,812
    $110,001+ $27,129 $27,732
  • Lawrence University

    Appleton
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $49,122 $50,958
    Room and Board $10,719 $10,977
    Books $900 $900
    Other Expenses $1,425 $1,425
    Total $62,166 $64,260
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,921 $13,356
    $30,001 - $48k $19,037 $19,678
    $48,001 - $75k $17,061 $17,636
    $75,001 - $110k $23,565 $24,359
    $110,001+ $30,682 $31,715
  • Maranatha Baptist University

    Watertown
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $16,660 $17,650
    Room and Board $7,300 $7,750
    Books $1,300 $1,350
    Other Expenses $2,850 $2,940
    Total $28,110 $29,690
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $16,804 $17,749
    $30,001 - $48k $17,509 $18,493
    $48,001 - $75k $20,671 $21,833
    $75,001 - $110k $23,363 $24,676
    $110,001+ $24,738 $26,128
  • Marian University

    Fond Du Lac
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $27,950 $28,560
    Room and Board $7,650 $7,810
    Books $800 $800
    Other Expenses $3,158 $3,100
    Total $39,558 $40,270
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $18,088 $18,414
    $30,001 - $48k $18,635 $18,970
    $48,001 - $75k $19,841 $20,198
    $75,001 - $110k $23,359 $23,779
    $110,001+ $28,212 $28,720
  • Marquette University

    Milwaukee
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $43,936 $45,666
    Room and Board $13,200 $13,656
    Books $816 $816
    Other Expenses $2,548 $2,550
    Total $60,500 $62,688
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $18,589 $19,261
    $30,001 - $48k $21,378 $22,151
    $48,001 - $75k $25,377 $26,295
    $75,001 - $110k $31,499 $32,638
    $110,001+ $37,735 $39,100
  • Milwaukee School of Engineering

    Milwaukee
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $42,162 $43,575
    Room and Board $9,768 $10,479
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $2,200 $1,810
    Total $55,130 $56,864
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $19,593 $20,209
    $30,001 - $48k $19,868 $20,493
    $48,001 - $75k $18,854 $19,447
    $75,001 - $110k $23,240 $23,971
    $110,001+ $30,042 $30,987
  • Mount Mary University

    Milwaukee
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $31,160 $32,790
    Room and Board $9,180 $9,180
    Books $1,400 $1,400
    Other Expenses $6,510 $6,432
    Total $48,250 $49,802
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $19,417 $20,042
    $30,001 - $48k $18,804 $19,409
    $48,001 - $75k $21,167 $21,848
    $75,001 - $110k $27,794 $28,688
    $110,001+ $28,270 $29,179
  • Northland College

    Ashland
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $37,516 $38,596
    Room and Board $9,406 $9,688
    Books $800 $800
    Other Expenses $2,650 $2,650
    Total $50,372 $51,734
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $16,112 $16,548
    $30,001 - $48k $16,375 $16,818
    $48,001 - $75k $18,705 $19,211
    $75,001 - $110k $21,942 $22,535
    $110,001+ $24,341 $24,999
  • Ripon College

    Ripon
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $45,113 $47,123
    Room and Board $8,653 $8,653
    Books $750 $750
    Other Expenses $1,600 $1,600
    Total $56,116 $58,126
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,175 $14,683
    $30,001 - $48k $17,767 $18,403
    $48,001 - $75k $18,085 $18,733
    $75,001 - $110k $22,596 $23,405
    $110,001+ $26,820 $27,781
  • Saint Norbert College

    De Pere
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $39,529 $40,885
    Room and Board $10,435 $10,885
    Books $950 $950
    Other Expenses $1,100 $1,100
    Total $52,014 $53,820
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $22,363 $23,139
    $30,001 - $48k $19,840 $20,529
    $48,001 - $75k $21,825 $22,583
    $75,001 - $110k $26,226 $27,137
    $110,001+ $30,484 $31,542
  • Viterbo University

    La Crosse
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $28,650 $29,350
    Room and Board $9,295 $9,670
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $2,500 $2,500
    Total $41,445 $42,520
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,699 $14,054
    $30,001 - $48k $14,905 $15,292
    $48,001 - $75k $18,070 $18,539
    $75,001 - $110k $19,559 $20,066
    $110,001+ $25,553 $26,216
  • Wisconsin Lutheran College

    Milwaukee
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $30,850 $31,754
    Room and Board $10,496 $10,730
    Books $800 $800
    Other Expenses $2,316 $2,378
    Total $44,462 $45,662
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,073 $13,426
    $30,001 - $48k $17,520 $17,993
    $48,001 - $75k $14,874 $15,275
    $75,001 - $110k $23,045 $23,667
    $110,001+ $26,243 $26,951
 

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