Undergraduate student budgets

While tuition and fees represent a large share of college costs, there are other costs that should be considered when estimating expenses. For example, common costs include the following:

  • Room: Housing expenses, including rent and utilities
  • Board: Groceries and other food expenses
  • Books & Supplies: Textbooks, notebooks, calculators, pens, etc.
  • Personal: Living essentials, entertainment, and miscellaneous expenses
  • Transportation: Vehicle maintenance, insurance, fuel, parking permit, start and end of term travel to/from permanent residence

The following tables contain official figures for student budgets developed by the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Costs are subject to change and this may not be your final cost of attendance.

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Nevada residents

On-campus (Nevada resident)
2020-21 Undergraduate Student Budget (Living On-Campus)
Expense Full-Time Costs (30 credits/year) 3/4-Time Costs (20 credits/year)
1/2-Time Costs (12 credits/year)
Tuition $7,268 $4,846 $2,908
Fees $1,098 $946 $826
Books and Supplies $1,000 $700 $500
Room $6,424 $6,424 $6,424
Board (Meals) $5,792 $5,792 $5,792
Personal $2,500 $1,874 $1,250
Transportation $1,800 $1,350 $900
Loan Fees $70 $70 $70
Total Yearly Expenses $25,952 $22,002 $18,670

Off-campus (Nevada resident)
2020-21 Undergraduate Student Budget (Living Off-Campus)
Expense Full-Time Costs (30 credits/year) 3/4-Time Costs (20 credits/year)
1/2-Time Costs (12 credits/year)
Tuition $7,268 $4,846 $2,908
Fees $1,098 $946 $826
Books and Supplies $1,000 $700 $500
Room $6,424 $6,424 $6,424
Board (Meals) $5,792 $5,792 $5,792
Personal $2,500 $1,874 $1,250
Transportation $1,800 $1,350 $900
Loan Fees $70 $70 $70
Total Yearly Expenses $25,952 $22,002 $18,670

With parents (Nevada resident)
2020-21 Undergraduate Student Budget (Living with Parents)
Expense Full-Time Costs (30 credits/year) 3/4-Time Costs (20 credits/year)
1/2-Time Costs (12 credits/year)
Tuition $7,268 $4,846 $2,908
Fees $1,098 $946 $826
Books and Supplies $1,000 $700 $500
Room $2,000 $2,000 $2,000
Board (Meals) $3,000 $3,000 $3,000
Personal $2,500 $1,874 $1,250
Transportation $2,200 $1,650 $1,100
Loan Fees $70 $70 $70
Total Yearly Expenses $19,136 $15,086 $11,654

 

Non-residents

Learn more about tuition for Western Undergraduate Exchange Scholarship or Nevada Advantage Scholarship recipients.

On-campus (Non-resident)
2020-21 Undergraduate Student Budget (Living On-Campus)
Expense Full-Time Costs (30 credits/year) 3/4-Time Costs (20 credits/year)
1/2-Time Costs (12 credits/year)
Tuition $22,922 $20,500 $6,106
Fees $1,098 $946 $826
Books and Supplies $1,000 $700 $500
Room $6,424 $6,424 $6,424
Board (Meals) $5,792 $5,792 $5,792
Personal $2,500 $1,874 $1,250
Transportation $1,800 $1,350 $900
Loan Fees $70 $70 $70
Total Yearly Expenses $41,606 $37,656 $21,868

Off-campus (Non-resident)
2020-21 Undergraduate Student Budget (Living Off-Campus)
Expense Full-Time Costs (30 credits/year) 3/4-Time Costs (20 credits/year)
1/2-Time Costs (12 credits/year)
Tuition $22,922 $20,500 $6,106
Fees $1,098 $946 $826
Books and Supplies $1,000 $700 $500
Room $6,424 $6,424 $6,424
Board (Meals) $5,792 $5,792 $5,792
Personal $2,500 $1,874 $1,250
Transportation $1,800 $1,350 $900
Loan Fees $70 $70 $70
Total Yearly Expenses $41,606 $37,656 $21,868

With parents (Non-resident)
2020-21 Undergraduate Student Budget (Living with Parents)
Expense Full-Time Costs (30 credits/year) 3/4-Time Costs (20 credits/year)
1/2-Time Costs (12 credits/year)
Tuition $22,922 $20,500 $6,106
Fees $1,098 $946 $826
Books and Supplies $1,000 $700 $500
Room $2,000 $2,000 $2,000
Board (Meals) $3,000 $3,000 $3,000
Personal $2,500 $1,874 $1,250
Transportation $2,200 $1,650 $1,100
Loan Fees $70 $70 $70
Total Yearly Expenses $34,790 $30,740 $14,852

 

Western Undergraduate Exchange Scholarship recipients

On-campus (WUE)
2020-21 Undergraduate Student Budget with WUE Scholarship (Living On-Campus)
Expense Full-Time Costs (30 credits/year)
Out-of-State Tuition $22,922
WUE Scholarship/Discount* ($12,020)
WUE Tuition $10,902
Fees $1,098
Books and Supplies $1,000
Room $6,424
Board (Meals) $5,792
Personal $2,500
Transportation $1,800
Loan Fees $70
Total Yearly Expenses $29,586

*WUE scholarship will be included in your offer letter

Off-campus (WUE)
2020-21 Undergraduate Student Budget with WUE Scholarship (Living Off-Campus)
Expense Full-Time Costs (30 credits/year)
Out-of-State Tuition $22,922
WUE Scholarship/Discount* ($12,020)
WUE Tuition $10,902
Fees $1,098
Books and Supplies $1,000
Room $6,424
Board (Meals) $5,792
Personal $2,500
Transportation $1,800
Loan Fees $70
Total Yearly Expenses $29,586

*WUE scholarship will be included in your offer letter

 

Nevada Advantage Scholarship recipients

On-campus (Nevada Advantage)

2020-21 Undergraduate Student Budget with Nevada Advantage Scholarship
(Living On-Campus)

Expense Full-Time Costs (30 credits/year)
Out-of-State Tuition $22,922
Nevada Advantage Scholarship/Discount* ($8,386)
Nevada Advantage Tuition $14,536
Fees $1,098
Books and Supplies $1,000
Room $6,424
Board (Meals) $5,792
Personal $2,500
Transportation $1,800
Loan Fees $70
Total Yearly Expenses $33,220

*Nevada Advantage scholarship will be included in your offer letter

Off-campus (Nevada Advantage)

2020-21 Undergraduate Student Budget with Nevada Advantage Scholarship
(Living Off-Campus)

Expense Full-Time Costs (30 credits/year)
Out-of-State Tuition $22,922
Nevada Advantage Scholarship/Discount* ($8,386)
Nevada Advantage Tuition $14,536
Fees $1,098
Books and Supplies $1,000
Room $6,424
Board (Meals) $5,792
Personal $2,500
Transportation $1,800
Loan Fees $70
Total Yearly Expenses $33,220

*Nevada Advantage scholarship will be included in your offer letter