Student Accounts

Tuition and expenses

Tuition and fees are due the first day of class. The charges will be posted to your account one week before the start of classes. Financial aid will be posted to student accounts the Thursday night before classes begin.

WSU does not mail billings for tuition and fees. This information is available online at myWSU. Cost of attendance varies between each student.

Undergraduate Tuition & Fees

Mandatory Fees$215$215
Room & Board$6,299$6,299
Miscellaneous Living Expenses$1,126$1,126
Semester Total (Estimated)$14,454$22,296
Year Total (Estimated)$28,908$44,592
Per-Credit Charge (1-10)$561.70$1,345.90
Per-Credit Additional Hours (19+)$536.10$1320.30

Graduate Tuition & Fees

Mandatory Fees$215$215
Room & Board$6,299$6,299
Miscellaneous Living Expenses$1,126$1,126
Semester Total (Estimated)$15,370$22,768
Year Total (Estimated)$30,740$45,536
Per-Credit Charge (1-9)$644.60$1,384.40
Per-Credit Additional Hours (19+)$619$1,358.80

Nursing Graduate Tuition & Fees

Graduate NursingResidentsNon-Residents
Mandatory Fees$215$215
Room & Board$5,824$5,824
Miscellaneous Living Expenses$1,054$1,054
Program Fees$132$132
Semester Total (Estimated)$17,382$24,893
Year Total (Estimated)$34,764$49,786
Per-Credit Charge (1-9)$887.30$1,638.40
Per-Credit Additional Hours (19+)$861.70$1,612.80

Other Fees & Charges

WSU Tri-Cities new student orientation
Auditing a course per credit hour (charge does not apply for a full fee paying student)
Challenging a course (limited to matriculated WSU students) $55
Checks not honored – Charge for each check returned
Cougar Card charge for replacement
Foreign Student Orientation
Copyright fee – Ph.D.,Ed.D and D.DES only (Optional)
Teacher’s Statutory Certificate
Undergraduate Student Petition Fee
State Employee, Staff and Faculty, Exempt, or Senior Citizen Registration
Undergrad Sports Pass
Graduate Sports Pass
Graduate School Certificates Degree
Graduation Application - Bachelors Degree
Graduate Diploma fee - Masters and Doctor’s Degrees

Important notes

  • Tuition assumes full-time study: 12-18 credits for undergraduate students and 10-18 credits for graduate students
  • Full-time charges will be assessed at 10 credits, regardless of academic career (undergraduate, professional, etc.)
  • Students are charged tuition based on the specific number of enrolled units.
  • Check enrollment criteria for summer.
  • Room & board expenses are cut in half if living with parents.
  • Minimum 2 credit charge for tuition.

For the EXACT COST of tuition and mandatory fees, go to Budget Office Figures.

How to make a payment

Pay electronically

The university strongly recommends utilizing an electronic check as it is generally a faster, easier, and no cost to you form of payment.

MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and Visa will be accepted online for payment of tuition, fees, and course-related expenses on your student account.

Electronic check and credit card payments will post to the account immediately. Be sure to check your account at that time to ensure the payment was applied. If not, please email Kathy Harper or call (509) 372-7498.

Note: A 2.5% service fee will be charged for online transactions made with a MasterCard, Discover, Visa, or American Express credit card. Tuition and fee payments will be changed to a dual authorization model: payers will see two transactions post to their credit card; one for the payment of tuition/fees and one for the service fee (statement description will be labeled “Official Pymts Svc Fee”). The service fee of 2.5% is not refundable while the tuition/fees component would be refundable per authorization of overseeing WSU department/unit.

Pay by mailing in a check

Payments by check, money order, or travelers checks may be mailed to:

WSU Tri-Cities Student Accounts
2710 Crimson Way
Richland, WA 99354-11671

*Be sure to include your WSU ID# in the notes section on the check or money order.

Payments sent through the U.S. Postal Service will be posted to your account the first business day after receipt. Late fees will be applied to your account if payment sent through U.S. Postal Service arrives after the due dates published in the Time Schedule.

Electronic or by mail payment options not possible for you?

Email Kathy Harper at and we can discuss alternative arrangements. Individuals can also email to set up an appointment.

The Cashier’s Office is also taking virtual appointments through their virtual help desk. Access the Cashier Virtual Help Desk. The hours for the Cashier Virtual Help Desk are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Third-party payments

If a company or a government agency is paying tuition on behalf of a student, please direct them to forward the necessary paperwork to:

WSU Tri-Cities Student Accounts
2710 Crimson Way
Richland, WA 99354-11671

We will then treat that as a payment on the student’s account and will bill the company.

Payments from outside the United States

WSU has partnered with Flywire and Western Union to streamline the international payment process. This allows you to pay securely from any country and any bank, typically in your home currency.  Go to International Student Payments for more information regarding Flywire and Western Union’s services.

Contact Us

Cashiers Office
Elson S. Floyd Building 269B
2710 Crimson Way
Richland, WA 99354-11671

Hours: M-F, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Phone: (509) 372-7498

Kathy Harper
Kathy HarperFiscal Specialist/CashierFloyd 269B
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