Tuition and College Costs
College costs generally include tuition and fees, room and board, books, supplies, and transportation. College costs vary and will depend on the type of school attended and the number of courses taken.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition and fees are applied to the cost of instruction and the use of some campus facilities. The following table may not include all required fees. Check with each institution for more information.
|2016-17 Resident Undergraduate Tuition and Fees|
Colleges and Universities
Estimated Tuition and Fees*
|University of Washington||$10,081|
|Washington State University||$9,884|
|Central Washington University||$6,603|
|Eastern Washington University||$6,110|
|The Evergreen State College||$6,528|
|Western Washington University||$6,731|
Community & Technical Colleges
*Additional fees may be charged
- Room and board includes food and the cost of living in a college dormitory or apartment. Books and supplies are required for most classes. Costs will vary depending on the types of courses taken.
- Personal expenses include items like clothing, groceries, and laundry.
- Transportation expenses include gas, parking, and travel home for the holidays.
If You Are Not a Permanent Resident or U.S. Citizen
If you meet certain criteria, you may be eligible for resident tuition rates at Washington public colleges and universities. To qualify, you will need to complete an affidavit promising to apply for permanent residency in the United States at the earliest possible opportunity and indicating a willingness to engage in activities necessary to acquire citizenship. Learn more.
The Cost of Not Going to College
While the cost of college can be high, the cost of not going is even higher. Over a lifetime, a college graduate will earn about $1 million more than someone with only a high school diploma. And the more education you have, the more likely you are to:
- Live longer
- Have better health
- Stay employed
- Enjoy your work
- Earn more money
- Change careers more easily
|Median Annual Income of All Workers Age 25 and Up*|
|No high school diploma||$19,405|
|High school diploma or GED||$26,894|
|Some college or associate degree||$32,874|
*Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2007
Tax Benefits for Education
You may be eligible for federal income tax credits and other deductions.
See IRS Publication 970: Tax Deductions for College Expenses for information about tax credits and deductions, including the following:
- American Opportunity Credit
- Lifetime Learning Tax Credit
- Student Loan Interest Deduction
- Tuition and Fees Deduction