At Western Carolina we recognize that students and families are weighing costs as an important factor in their college decision. Western Carolina University has long been committed to providing an affordable and accessible quality education. In fall of 2018, WCU's affordability reached a new level with the introduction of the NC Promise Tuition Plan.
Western Carolina University is one of three UNC system institutions that is part of NC Promise, a ground-breaking new North Carolina program to drive college affordability. What that means for students and parents is that the cost of tuition will drop to $500 per semester for in-state undergraduate students and $2,500 per semester for out-of-state undergraduate students beginning in Fall 2018. This new program applies to all new and returning students, transfer students, students in online programs and international students not just to incoming Freshman. It does not apply to graduate students.
Student fees along with the cost of residential housing and meal plans will not drop, so it is important for families to understand the full cost of attendance.
Tuition and fee rates for all UNC system institutions are reviewed and set annually by the North Carolina Legislature. Our most up-to-date tuition and fee information can be found here:
We estimate the following costs:
|In State||Out of State|
|Room + Meal Plan *||$10,507||$10,507|
More than 80 percent of Western Carolina University students qualify for some type of federal or state financial aid. To receive priority for available resources, students MUST submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) no later than January 2, 2023 for the following fall semester.
We recognize that the process of applying for financial aid can be daunting for prospective students and their families, and we encourage you to leverage the facts and resources available on our Financial Aid website:
Western Carolina offers numerous scholarships, both need and merit-based. Your application to Western Carolina qualifies you for some consideration for merit-based scholarships. However, to be eligible for the full breadth of scholarship support, you must submit an application through WCU by February 1, 2023.
Learn more and apply through our scholarship website:
*costs are subject to change