Office of Planning & Budgeting

Estimated Annual Cost of Attendance for First-Year Undergraduates

A printable PDF version of this page can be found here. This PDF also includes five years of trend data.

The table below shows the 2018-19 estimated expenses for first-year undergraduate students at the University of Washington’s three campuses. It reflects student fees and budgets for the regular academic year: fall, winter, and spring.

Please note, after accounting for grant and scholarship aid, UW students (particularly resident undergraduates) often pay far less than the total expenses shown here. In 2016-17 (the most recent year for which net price data is available), the published price for resident undergraduates at Seattle was $25,948, whereas the net price for first-time, full-time, resident undergraduates at Seattle was $9,443.

The Office of Student Financial Aid website has more information about student budgets and net price, and other areas of the OPB website have more information on student fees and annual tuition.

2018-19 Annual Student Budget Items BOTHELL SEATTLE TACOMA
Room and Board* (traditional undergraduates) $11,877 $12,798 $11,028
Books, Personal, Transportation* $4,689 $3,633 $4,689
Annual Student Fees – Total** $1,311 $1,390 $1,234
New Student Enrollment & Orientation Fee (one time) $300 $310 $100
Student Tech Fee $126 $114 $120
Services and Activities Fee $288 $408 $474
Activities & Recreation Center 1 $441
Activities & Recreation Center 2 $66
Sports Field $90
Facilities Renovation Fee $210
Intramural Activities Building (IMA) $96
U Pass*** $252 $45
YMCA $540
Resident Undergraduate Annual Tuition $10,127 $10,127 $10,127
RESIDENT UNDERGRADUATE ANNUAL TOTAL $28,004 $27,948 $27,123
Non-Resident Undergraduate Annual Tuition $35,508 $35,508 $35,508
NON-RESIDENT UNDERGRADUATE ANNUAL TOTAL $53,385 $53,329 $52,504

 

* The annual student budget for these items are based on the federal “cost of attendance” definition, which is used to determine financial aid eligibility: https://www.washington.edu/financialaid/getting-started/student-budgets/

** Student-led committees are responsible for recommending fee changes to the Board of Regents for all fees under this header, except the NSEOF. For the NSEOF, student representatives provide support recommendations, which each campus’s administration weighs when developing final proposals for Regental approval. Please note that many students pay fees beyond those presented here, such as course fees (the cost of which varies by discipline), fees for student insurance, and fees for WashPIRG and WSA.

*** The Board of Regents approved the universal UW Tacoma UPASS in Oct 2018. The $45/qtr fee will begin in Spring 2018, thus the 2018-19 annual fee rate is $45. In 2019-20, the annual fee rate will be $135. Please note, however, that for students residing in Thurston County, the fee will be $20/qtr.