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