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Cost of Attendance

Cost is a major consideration when choosing a college. UWSP is committed to providing students an affordable investment in their future. We offer a variety of assistance programs to help students and their families help bridge the gap between the cost of attendance and your family's financial resources. The figures below outline our estimated full-time academic year Cost of Attendance (COA) budgets for financial aid purposes.

The below costs do not represent actual costs that will be charged to your university bill but rather are average estimates of costs associated with attending UWSP for the academic year used to determine financial aid eligibility. For one semester costs, simply divide by two! For actual costs, billing and information on payment options, please view the Student Financial Services webpages. Actual university bills are sent by the Student Financial Services office typically 1-2 weeks prior to the start of each term.

The COA includes tuition and fees; housing and meals; and allowances for books and supplies, transportation, loan fees, and other miscellaneous personal expenses. These costs are estimated; therefore, we strongly encourage you to plan your own specific budget based on your housing choice and meal plan, transportation needs, etc. The figures here are estimates determined before actual university rates have been set, therefore, the actual costs billed to you may be higher or lower than what is presented. Should your educational costs be higher than what is presented below, please contact our office for a budget appeal. 

Use this Cost Comparison Worksheet to compare your financial aid offers from different schools. Additionally, you can compare other UW System campuses tuition costs at the UW HELP website.

Explanation of Costs

Direct costs are the charges billed to students by the university. These include tuition and fees, on-campus housing and meal plans. These are all items you pay directly to UWSP. The costs displayed below are estimated expenses.

Indirect costs are costs incurred by you while you attend UWSP, but not paid to UWSP. Indirect costs include books and supplies, transportation, personal expenses, loan fees, and off-campus housing and meals. The costs displayed below are average estimated costs; indirect costs may vary by student.

Total Cost of Attendance (COA) are the direct costs plus indirect costs. The financial aid office estimates indirect costs for items such as supplies, additional books (not covered by text rental, if applicable), personal expenses and transportation. A student's financial aid offer will reflect a combination of aid up to the Total Cost of Attendance.

The COA includes:

  • Tuition / Fees: The average cost of tuition and fees for a typical student. Tuition costs vary based on enrollment and residency status. These are direct educational expenses that are billed to your university account.

  • Housing / Meals:  A reasonable average cost for room and food for the academic year. These costs vary by individual student choices and may be direct or indirect expenses that may or may not be billed to your university account depending if you live on or off-campus (students who indicate they will live with their parent(s) are not budgeted a housing allowance).

  • Transportation:  The average cost of travel expense for the typical student.

  • Books / Supplies:  Are the average indirect costs for books and supplies (excluding text rental which is included in the tuition and fees category for main campus undergraduate students) and will not be billed to your university account.

  • Personal / Misc.:  Are other indirect costs or expenses for everyday living that are budgeted as part of the COA for self care items such as clothing, cell phone, entertainment, laundry, etc. but are not billed to your university account. 

Residency

Residency is determined by the Office of Admissions and Recruitment. Minnesota residents must apply for reciprocity before the first semester of enrollment begins. Please contact Admissions and Recruitment with any questions related to residency.


2021-2022 Academic Year Financial Aid Cost of Attendance (COA) Budgets

Stevens Point Campus Undergraduate Degree Student

​Budget Item

​WI Resident

​MN Resident

​Midwest Exchange

​Non-Resident

​Tuition / Fees

​$8,404

​$9,246

​$11,554

$​17,108

​Housing

​$4,510

​$4,510

​$4,510

$4,510

Meals

$3,130

$3,130

$3,130

$3,130

Total ​Direct Costs

​$16,044

​$16,886

​$19,194

​$24,748


Transportation

$1,290

$1,290

$1,290

$1,290

​Books / Supplies

​$250

$​250

​$250

$​250

Personal / Misc.

​$1,802

​​$1,802

​​$1,802

​​$1,802

​ Total COA (Direct
and Indirect Costs
)

​$19,386

​$20,384

​$22,536

​$28,090


Marshfield and Wausau Undergraduate Associate Degree Student

​Budget Item

​WI Resident

​MN Resident

​Midwest Exchange

​Non-Resident

​Tuition / Fees

​$5,008

​$5,124

​$7,384

$​12,580

​Housing

​$4,510

​​$4,510

​​$4,510

​​$4,510

Meals

​$3,130

​$3,130

​$3,130

​$3,130

​Total Direct Costs

​$12,648

​$12,764

​$15,024

​$20,220


Transportation

$2,236

$2,236

$2,236

$2,236

​Books / Supplies

​$400

$​400

​$400

$​400

Personal / Misc.

​$1,802

​​$1,802

​​$1,802

​​$1,802

​Total COA (Direct
and Indirect Costs)

​$17,086

​$17,202

​$19,462

​$24,658


Stevens Point, Marshfield and Wausau Graduate Degree Student  

Budget Item

​WI Resident

​MN Resident

​Non-Resident

​Tuition / Fees

​$9,642

​$11,944

​$19,282

​Housing

​$4,510

​​$4,510

​​$4,510

Meals


​​$3,130

$3,130

​$3,130

Total ​Direct Costs

​$17,282

​$19,102

​$26,806


Transportation

$1,290

$1,300

$1,300

​Books / Supplies

​$450

$​450

$​450

Personal / Misc.

​$1,802

​​$1,802

​​$1,802

​Total COA (Direct
and Indirect Costs)

​$20,824

​$23,126

​$30,464




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