Education is expensive, but WashU has you covered

WashU is committed to meeting 100 percent of the need for admitted students.

If you don’t apply, you won’t have the chance to see how our need-based financial aid and scholarship programs can help you and your family. Use our cost calculators to get a better estimate of your expected family contribution to attend WashU. If you have questions, we’re here to help.

Tuition and Fees

University Charges for the 2024-25 academic year



Student activity fee


Student health and wellness fee


Average housing and food


Total university charges


*Room and board rates depend on the room and meal plan selected. The costs above are for full time undergraduate students. Room and board are based on a modern double-room in university housing and the Platinum Plan meal plan. Expenses not billed by the university will vary by student.


Books and supplies*






*Actual cost for books and supplies is determined by the classes you take, if you rent v. purchase, where you get them, etc. Some programs may require the purchase of specific computer equipment.

^Will you fly or drive? What is the approximate cost round-trip? Estimate four trips per academic year for travel.

**Clothing, personal essentials, recreation, etc.Personal, non-education expenses vary by student.

Health Insurance

The university requires all full-time degree-seeking students to have health insurance. The Washington University Student Health Insurance Plan is billed to students in the fall semester. To opt out of the plan you must prove that you have adequate coverage through another plan by September 5th. For more information about the health insurance requirement and waiver process, visit Student Health Services.

Calculate your cost

We encourage you to utilize our cost calculators—both have been designed to give you an estimate of your family’s financial contribution to WashU. Each will ask you a series of questions, which will help determine the monetary value of your financial aid award and scholarships.


This calculator asks six basic financial questions to provide you with a quick estimate of college costs, and works best for families with less complex financial situations.


Net Price Calculator

This calculator asks more in-depth questions to generate an estimate of your net price. The calculator takes no more than 20 minutes to complete.

Net Price Calculator