Tuition and Affordability

Tuition and Scholarships

Nothing should stand in the way of you and your dreams. We understand that your financial needs play a part in your success as a student and a graduate—and that’s why we offer several ways for you to make your education more affordable. This page has everything you need to check our tuition rates, affordability, scholarships, financial aid and a total cost calculator.

Fall Priority Admission & Scholarship Deadline

November 15
Spring Priority Admission & Scholarship Deadline


Expenses will vary depending on several criteria, including Washington residency, how many credit hours you are taking, where you live and much more.

Financial Aid

Get help paying for college! Applying for financial aid is essential in the admissions process. There are many ways to put a WSU Tri-Cities education within your financial reach.


Are you a College Bound Scholarship student? If so, your tuition is covered in full.

Merit-Based Awards for Washington Resident Freshmen

Achievement Awards for Washington resident applicants are based on a combination of your high school grade point average (GPA) and SAT/ACT test scores. To be eligible you must be a Washington state resident entering the WSU Tri-Cities campus as a first-year student.

Freshman Award Calculator
Your GPA
Your combined SAT scores (Verbal + Math)

If you have earned college credit while in high school and would like to have that credit transfered to WSU, you will need to submit an official college transcript. Visit the Transfer Clearinghouse to determine how your credit transfers

Merit-Based Awards for Washington Resident Transfers

To be eligible for a transfer award you must be Washington state residents entering the WSU Tri-Cities campus as a transfer student from a Washington community college and have earned 27 semester (40 quarter) credit hours at the time of transferring.

Transfer Award Calculator
Your GPA

Note: Your transfer GPA is based only on courses that transfer for credit to WSU. To determine how your credit transfers, visit the Transfer Clearinghouse.

Merit-Based Awards for Non-Washington Residents


WSU Tri-Cities has an achievement award designed specifically to help out-of-state students with tuition. This award serves as the University’s Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) award. The WSU Tri-Cities Achievement Award is based on your cumulative GPA and residency status. Applicants must be pursuing their first bachelor’s degree and be applying as a freshman or transfer applicant.

Freshman applicants must have a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative high school GPA (on a 4.0 scale). Transfer applicants must be transferring with 27+ transfer credits and have a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative transfer GPA (on a 4.0 scale). If you are transferring with fewer than 27-semester credits, you must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative high school GPA and a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative transfer GPA.

This award is valued at $11,000 annually with the ability to renew for three additional years for freshmen and transfer students.

WSU General Scholarship Application


Students applying to WSU Tri-Cities should complete the WSU General Scholarship Application. This allows students to be eligible for WSU campus-wide and WSU Tri-Cities scholarships. Scholarships are awarded based on major, grades, and financial need, in addition to other qualifiers.

The deadline to apply is January 31.

More Scholarships


Scholarships are available not only from WSU, but also from private donors and foundations. There are thousands of them! Reputable programs never charge application fees, so there’s no risk.


Navigating the financial aid process can be overwhelming. Give us a call at 509-372-7250 or send us an email, we will be happy to walk you through the process.

Note: Contact Student Financial Services to determine whether merit-based awards can be combined with other tuition waivers. Eligibility requirements and award amounts are subject to change. Funds are limited and priority will be given to students based on admission application date.