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Cost of attendance

The cost of attendance (budget) amounts are estimated averages of costs for an academic year. The purpose of the budget is the determination of financial aid eligibility. 

The cost of attendance is not a bill. It is an estimate of tuition, fees, books and supplies, living expenses, transportation costs and modest personal expenditures.

Your actual costs will depend upon your choices of housing and your other expenses. We encourage you to develop a personal budget for the year based on your own actual costs.

Enrollment status

Near the beginning of the semester, OSFA will include actual (instead of estimated) WSU charges for tuition and fees in your COA to determine your aid eligibility. If you are living on campus, your actual residence hall and meal plan charges will become the living allowance component of your COA.

If you are enrolled less than full-time, your books and supplies allowance will be pro-rated. OSFA will notify you via WSU email if the COA updates cause a revision in your aid eligibility.

Budget components

Tuition and fees - This component of the budget is an estimate. Generally, after August 1 each year actual tuition and fees are published. Before the beginning of the semester, the estimated amount of your tuition and fees will be replaced with the actual amount for the determination of aid eligibility. After the census date, which is the date on which WSU counts the number of students enrolled at the institution, this component of your budget will not be adjusted. 

Books and supplies - Books and supplies costs are based on the credit hours and classes for which you register. If the amount of your financial aid is greater than the amount of your university eBill, the excess aid will be refunded to you to assist with the cost of your books and other living expenses. 

Housing expenses - Your housing costs will depend on the living arrangements that you select. The initial budget component amount is an estimate of costs based on a survey of students and housing options in the WSU area.

Transportation and Personal/Miscellaneous expenses - The amounts of these budget components are estimates based on other expenses that students typically incur while attending school. The cost of parking is included.

 

2016-17 Fall/Winter 9-Month Budget

JD Student

JD Day Student Living Away from Home

JD Day Student Living With Parent

JD Day Student Living Away from Home

Budget Component

 

Michigan Resident

Michigan Resident

Non-Resident of Michigan

Tuition and Fees 15 credits/semester ESTIMATE

$30,110

$30,110

$32,892

Room and Board ESTIMATE

 

$12,888

$ 3,236

$12,888

Books and Supplies ESTIMATE

$ 1,692

$ 1,692

$ 1,692

Transportation ESTIMATE

$ 3,936

$ 3,936

$ 3,936

Miscellaneous ESTIMATE

 

$ 3,474

$ 3,474

$ 3,474

Federal Direct Loan Fee ESTIMATE

 

$    190

$    190

$    190

Total ESTIMATED Cost of Attendance

$52,290

$42,638

$55,072

 

2016-17 Fall/Winter 9-Month Budget

LLM Student

LLM Student Living Away from Home

LLMStudent Living With Parent

LLM Student Living Away from Home

Budget Component

Michigan Resident

Michigan Resident

Non-Resident of Michigan

Tuition and Fees ESTIMATE

$14,344

$14,344

$15,642

Room and Board ESTIMATE

$12,888

$ 3,236

$12,888

Books and Supplies ESTIMATE

$    564

$   564

$    564

Transportation ESTIMATE

$ 3,936

$ 3,936

$ 3,936

Miscellaneous ESTIMATE

$ 3,474

$ 3,474

$ 3,474

Federal Direct Loan Fee ESTIMATE

$   190

$    190

$   190

Total ESTIMATED Cost of Attendance

$35,396

$25,744

$36,694

Budget adjustments

The standard budgets are good faith estimates of expenses a student will incur within in an academic year.

Budgets may be adjusted to include dependent care directly related to attendance at WSU; costs related to a disability; computer purchase for educational purposes; and an allowance for reasonable costs directly related to your program of study.

Eligibility for additional aid is not guaranteed.

The request for a budget adjustment does not guarantee an adjustment will be made. Budget adjustment requests are reviewed by a financial aid administrator, within the context of federal financial aid regulations. Your request may be denied. You are encouraged to speak with a Financial Aid Officer about your options.

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