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You deserve real value. WNE gives you that and more.

Real value for the real world—that’s what students and their families want from an investment in higher education. With a focus on career-readiness, your own team of advisors, and opportunities to apply what you learn in internships, WNE gives you excellent value with bottom line affordability.

Want an education that makes you in-demand? Our graduates earn an average of $6,916 a year more than 80% of students from other schools where our applicants typically consider enrolling. Now that’s a great return on investment.


So what is the cost of attending WNE? 

Sticker Price Isn’t Actual Price: Compare the Bottom Line.
We know it’s hard to make apples to apples comparisons, especially when some schools toss in some oranges, such as lower tuition figures but higher fees. So don’t get stuck on sticker price. Look for the bottom line. When your personalized financial aid package factors in scholarships, grants, and other aid, our bottom line costs of attendance make WNE competitive with many institutions you may be considering—even public universities.

Our merit scholarships reward your previous academic performance to give you scholarships ranging from $12,000-$29,000 (2023-24) annually (each year you maintain good grades), as well as need-based grants. This means that most of our students pay significantly less than the tuition rates listed below.

The chart below provides an overview of typical charges at WNE. The first tab, “Basic Costs,” is most useful for new students starting with the fall 2023 semester. It provides an overview of our costs without merit scholarships or need-based grants. The housing and food charges use the double room rate and are subject to change based on where students choose to live.

The second tab, “Typical Costs After Aid,” shows an estimate of out-of-pocket costs families can expect. Actual net cost varies based on your particular circumstances.


Housing/Dining Plan Options

New and transfer undergraduate students normally reside in a residence hall composed of traditional rooms or suites, and they are required to participate in the dining plan. The housing and food rates are as follows (all double occupancy rooms) for the academic year:

Standard Housing 
Residence Halls 
Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Windham Halls: $14,900

Residence Halls

Commonwealth Hall, LaRiviere Center: $16,900

We also offer Premium Singles, as well as Honors and other Learning Interest Communities. Learn more. Please be aware of our Residency Requirement.

Returning Student Options

Returning undergraduate students normally reside in the apartments or townhouses, all of which have kitchens. Various dining options are available, and the housing rates (for the academic year) are as follows: 

Standard Housing
Gateway Village - $10,500

Premium Housing
Commonwealth Hall, LaRiviere Center: $9,550*
Evergreen Village, Southwood Hall - $13,000 (double occupancy)  
Southwood Hall - $14,100 (single occupancy)

Commuters and returning undergraduate students in apartments or townhouses may also elect to purchase meal plans.

* Dining plan is required

Health Services Fee

The Health Services Fee will enable all matriculated undergraduate and graduate students (full-time and part-time) at WNE to access the services provided by the Center for Health and Wellness (Health Services, Counseling Services, and Health Promotion, Prevention, and Education Services) with no additional charges. The fee is $100 per semester for full-time students and $50 per semester for part-time students.

Health Insurance Option

The Student Health Benefit Plan required by Massachusetts state law is not included in the overall cost but a charge of $3,098 (2022-23 rate) will be automatically added to your tuition bill. The charge will stay on the bill unless you go through the process to waive the insurance. The waiver process is typically available starting in mid-June.


Payment Deadlines

For newly accepted students, a nonrefundable tuition deposit of $200 is required within two weeks of Admission or up until August 15th on a space-available basis. New students who plan to live on campus must submit an additional $300 nonrefundable housing deposit at the same time. These payments are credited to the first semester bill.

Tuition, fees, housing, and food charges for the first semester are due and payable by August 1.

Calculating the Amount to Pay or Finance

To calculate the amount a family needs to finance, start with the charges above, subtracting deposits paid and the award amounts listed on the Financial Aid offer letter on Connect2U, if the award has been made. Do NOT subtract Federal Work-Study funds, as they are not applied to the student account. Financing can be any combination of single payments, payments through a payment plan, or additional parent or student loans, above and beyond the offer letter. Click here for further loan information. Many families budget to use a payment plan for some or all of the required amount in order to minimize the amount of borrowing.

Click here for a discussion of available payment plans to use as part of your financing plan.

Withdrawals and Refunds

Withdrawing from the University once classes have commenced incurs a financial penalty. Please review the University's refund schedule that applies to your courses. Full-time, undergraduate students are normally enrolled in 15 week courses.

Part-time Rate and Credit Overload Rates

Students enrolled in fewer than 12 credits per semester will be billed the part-time rate of $1,445 per credit. Those who select programs of more than 18 credit hours are charged at a rate of $1,445 per credit hour for each credit hour over 18.

Finance Helpline

  • Financial Timeline and Checklist for Freshmen/Transfer Students

    Do you have questions about FASFA deadlines? When are deposits due? Or about financing your education? Our timeline helps you keep track of it all.

    Timeline & Checklist
  • Enrollment Services

    The Enrollment Services office combines the traditional offices of financial aid, registrar, and bursar in one location for one-stop service of your transactional needs.

    Enrollment Services