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Tuition and College Costs

College costs generally include tuition and fees, room and board, books, supplies, and transportation. College costs vary and will depend on the type of school attended and the number of courses taken.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees are applied to the cost of instruction and the use of some campus facilities. The following table may not include all required fees. Check with each institution for more information. Get more information about residency

2016-17 Resident Undergraduate Tuition and Fees
Colleges and Universities
Estimated Tuition and Fees*
Research Universities
University of Washington $10,081
Washington State University $9,884
Comprehensive Universities
Central Washington University $6,603
Eastern Washington University $6,110
The Evergreen State College $6,528
Western Washington University $6,731
Community & Technical Colleges

*Additional fees may be charged

Living expenses

Living expenses
  • Room and board includes food and the cost of living in a college dormitory or apartment. Books and supplies are required for most classes. Costs will vary depending on the types of courses taken.
  • Personal expenses include items like clothing, groceries, and laundry.
  • Transportation expenses include gas, parking, and travel home for the holidays.

Cost of not going to college

Cost of not going to college

While the cost of college can be high, the cost of not going is even higher. Over a lifetime, a college graduate will earn about $1 million more than someone with only a high school diploma. And the more education you have, the more likely you are to:

  • Live longer
  • Have better health
  • Stay employed
  • Enjoy your work
  • Earn more money
  • Change careers more easily


Median Annual Income of All Workers Age 25 and Up*
No high school diploma $19,405
High school diploma or GED $26,894
Some college or associate degree $32,874
Bachelor's degree $46,805
Advanced degree $61,287

*Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2007

Tax benefits

Tax benefits

You may be eligible for federal income tax credits and other deductions.

See IRS Publication 970: Tax Deductions for College Expenses for information about tax credits and deductions, including the following:

  • American Opportunity Credit
  • Lifetime Learning Tax Credit
  • Student Loan Interest Deduction
  • Tuition and Fees Deduction