Student Accounts

Tuition and Expenses 2020-21

Tuition and fees are due the first day of class which is August 24 for fall 2020. 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. The information is available online and you can easily access your Financial Account at myWSU.  Please share this information if someone else pays your tuition.

NOTE: Cost of attendance varies for each student. For example, because we do not require first-year freshmen to live on campus, housing costs may be significantly less.

Tri-Cities CampusResidentsNon-Residents
Tuition$5,357$12,828.50
Mandatory Fees$215$215
Room & Board$5,824$5,824
Books$480$480
Miscellaneous Living Expenses$1,054$1,054
Transportation$717$717
Estimated Semester Total$13,647$21,118.50
Estimated Year Total$27,294$42,237
Per-Credit Charge (1-9)$535.70$1,282.85
Per-Credit Additional Hours (19+)$510$1,257.25
Tri-Cities CampusResidentsNon-Residents
Tuition$6,146.50$13,195
Mandatory Fees$215$215
Room & Board$5,824$5,824
Books$567$567
Miscellaneous Living Expenses$1,054$1,054
Transportation$717$717
Estimated Semester Total$14,523.50$21,572
Estimated Year Total$29,047strong>$43,144
Per-Credit Charge (1-9)$614.65$1,319.55
Per-Credit Additional Hours (19+)$589.05$1,293.95
Tri-Cities CampusResidentsNon-Residents
Tuition$8,873$16,384
Mandatory Fees$215$215
Room & Board$5,824$5,824
Books$567$567
Miscellaneous Living Expenses$1,054$1,054
Transportation$717$717
Program Fees$132$132
Estimated Semester Total$17,382$24,893
Estimated Year Total$34,764$49,786
Per-Credit Charge (1-9)$887.30$1,638.40
Per-Credit Additional Hours (19+)$861.70$1,612.80
ITEMCOST
WSU Tri-Cities new student orientation
$100
Auditing a course per credit hour (charge does not apply for a full fee paying student)
$182
Challenging a course (limited to matriculated WSU students) $55
Checks not honored – Charge for each check returned
$30
Cougar Card charge for replacement
$15
Foreign Student Orientation
$50
Copyright fee – Ph.D.,Ed.D and D.DES only (Optional)
$65
Teacher’s Statutory Certificate
$70
Undergraduate Student Petition Fee
$10
State Employee, Staff and Faculty, Exempt, or Senior Citizen Registration
$5
Undergrad Sports Pass
$99
Graduate Sports Pass
$99
Graduate School Certificates Degree
$25
Graduation Application - Bachelors Degree
$50
Graduate Diploma fee - Masters and Doctor’s Degrees
$50
  • Tuition assumes full-time study: 12-18 credits for undergraduate students, 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 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 2020-21  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.

Please 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 Check (by mail)

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.

If electronic or by mail payment options are not possible for you:

If electronic or by mail payment options are not possible for you:

Email Kathy Harper at kharper1@wsu.edu and we can discuss alternative arrangements. Individuals can also email tricities.cashier@wsu.edu 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 Non-United States Sources

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

Kathy Harper
Kathy HarperFiscal Specialist/CashierFloyd 269B
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