Tuition & Fees
Tuition and Fees are subject to change as the result of action by the State Legislature or the Board of Trustees.
By registering for classes, a student incurs a legal obligation to pay tuition and fees. This debt may be canceled only if the student officially withdraws from the University before the quarterly deadline published by the Registrar's Office.
There are two different methods to view the current Tuition and Fees. The first is a table view of the Tuition and Fee Schedule. The second is an interactive Tuition Estimator.
Tuition and Fee Schedule
Tuition Estimator Calculator
For information regarding Tuition Waivers, including:
- Children of deceased firefighters
- Children of deceased police officers
- WWU Staff
- Non-WWU state employees
- Persons 60 and older
- Other similar waivers
Please contact the Registrar's Office 360-650-3430
Definition of Fees
Tuition rates and service and activities fees are set by the Board of Trustees within the parameters of the state Legislature. Tuition consists of operations fee, the capital building fee, and the services and activities fees. In addition, 3.5% of tuition collected goes to fund student financial aid.
The operations fee, with the state's general fund appropriation, is used to support the University's primary mission, the education of its students. This money funds instruction, library, student services, administrative and maintenance functions.
The capital building fee is used for the construction of academic facilities; it is not used for either housing or dining buildings or to support the University's operating budget.
The service and activities fee is used to amortize, in part, residence halls, dining halls and student activities facilities; to provide the Associated Students administration; and to support student activities such as theatre, forensics, musical activities, intramural and intercollegiate activities, etc.
Visit the University Operating Budget Office for more detailed information.
GREEN ENERGY FEE - A student initiated fee to be used for the sole purpose of purchasing renewable energy. The fee will be charged on a per credit hour basis up to a maximum of 10 credit hours per quarter. The Green Energy Fee will be assessed at $.70/credit hour, to a maximum of $7.00 per quarter. The renewable energy purchased from this fee will be used to substantially reduce or eliminate the University's use of electricity generated by traditional sources.
ENROLLMENT FEE - A $250 fee is charged to all newly matriculated students (not including extension or graduate students) upon registration for their first quarter of attendance. The student cost to attend Orientation Advising Programs is covered by the enrollment fee paid when accepting the offer of admission. This fee includes all advising, orientation, registration, program materials and lunch. This fee is non-refundable.
HEALTH SERVICES FEE - A $70 fee is charged per quarter to each student who registers for six or more credits on the Bellingham campus. The fee is used to establish a standard of health care for Bellingham's campus and as a contingency for emergency services. This fee is non-refundable after the sixth day of the quarter.
STUDENT BUILDING FEE - A $39 fee is charged per quarter to each student who registers for six or more credits on the Bellingham campus. The fee is used for the improvement and development of the Viking Union on the Bellingham campus. This fee is non-refundable after the sixth day of the quarter.
TECHNOLOGY FEE - A $35 fee is charged per quarter to each student who registers for 6 or more credits, $12.50 for students enrolled in 1-5 credits on the Bellingham campus. The fee is used to upgrade and expand technology equipment, facilities, and software on the Bellingham campus. This fee is non-refundable after the sixth day of the quarter.
TRANSPORATION FEE - A $26.25 fee is charged per quarter to each student who registers for six or more credits on the Bellingham campus. The fee is used to provide students with a Whatcom Transportation Authority bus pass and late night shuttle service. This fee is non-refundable after the sixth day of the quarter.
LATE PAYMENT FEE - A monthly $40 late payment fee is applied for charges not paid by the deadline (reference Timetable of Classes for deadlines). A 1% interest charge will be assessed monthly on all past due accounts. The current amount due to the University on your online billing statement may be adjusted due to activity on your account after the billing date. You are responsible to pay all tuition, housing and fees on time. For a current account balance access your Student Account Online through Web4U.
- Course Challenge - $25 per course
- Baccalaureate Degree - $40
- Master's Degree - $40
- Residency teaching certificate - $118
TRANSCRIPTS - Requests should be submitted to the Registrar's Office one week in advance of need. Official copies $10.00 (unofficial faxed copies $15.00). A transcript will not be issued for persons who are indebted to the University.
For information on submitting transcripts visit the Admissions web site.
OTHER SPECIAL FEES - In certain instances, the University may charge special fees for services which normal budgets may not fund, such as music practice room rentals, purchase or special laboratory and studio supplies. These fees are listed in the online WWU Class Finder.