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.

 

Nevada residents

  • On-campus (Nevada resident)
    2021-22 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 $7,470 $4,980 $2,988
    Fees $1,118 $966 $846
    Books and Supplies $1,200 $800 $600
    Room $6,424 $6,424 $6,424
    Board (Meals) $5,792 $5,792 $5,792
    Personal $2,592 $1,728 $1,260
    Transportation $2,200 $1,650 $1,100
    Loan Fees $80 $80 $80
    Total Yearly Expenses $26,876 $22,420 $19,080

  • Off-campus (Nevada resident)
    2021-22 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 $7,470 $4,980 $2,988
    Fees $1,118 $966 $846
    Books and Supplies $1,200 $800 $600
    Room $6,424 $6,424 $6,424
    Board (Meals) $5,792 $5,792 $5,792
    Personal $2,592 $1,728 $1,260
    Transportation $2,200 $1,650 $1,100
    Loan Fees $80 $80 $80
    Total Yearly Expenses $26,876 $22,420 $19,080

  • With parents (Nevada resident)
    2021-22 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 $7,470 $4,980 $2,988
    Fees $1,118 $966 $846
    Books and Supplies $1,200 $800 $600
    Room $1,846 $1,846 $1,846
    Board (Meals) $3,000 $3,000 $3,000
    Personal $2,592 $1,728 $1,260
    Transportation $2,200 $1,650 $1,100
    Loan Fees $80 $80 $80
    Total Yearly Expenses $19,506 $15,050 $11,710

 

Non-residents

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

  • On-campus (Non-resident)
    2021-22 Undergraduate Student Budget (Living with On-Campus)
    Expense Full-Time Costs (30 credits/year) 3/4-Time Costs (20 credits/year)
    1/2-Time Costs (12 credits/year)
    Tuition $23,562 $21,072 $6,276
    Fees $1,118 $966 $846
    Books and Supplies $1,200 $800 $600
    Room $6,424 $6,424 $6,424
    Board (Meals) $5,792 $5,792 $5,792
    Personal $2,592 $1,728 $1,250
    Transportation $2,200 $1,650 $1,100
    Loan Fees $80 $80 $80
    Total Yearly Expenses $42,968 $38,512 $23,368

  • Off-campus (Non-resident)
    2021-22 Undergraduate Student Budget (Living with Off-Campus)
    Expense Full-Time Costs (30 credits/year) 3/4-Time Costs (20 credits/year)
    1/2-Time Costs (12 credits/year)
    Tuition $23,562 $21,072 $6,276
    Fees $1,118 $966 $846
    Books and Supplies $1,200 $800 $600
    Room $6,424 $6,424 $6,424
    Board (Meals) $5,792 $5,792 $5,792
    Personal $2,592 $1,728 $1,250
    Transportation $2,200 $1,650 $1,100
    Loan Fees $80 $80 $80
    Total Yearly Expenses $42,968 $38,512 $23,368

  • With parents (Non-resident)
    2021-22 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 $23,562 $21,072 $6,276
    Fees $1,118 $966 $846
    Books and Supplies $1,200 $800 $600
    Room $1,846 $1,846 $1,846
    Board (Meals) $3,000 $3,000 $3,000
    Personal $2,592 $1,728 $1,250
    Transportation $2,200 $1,650 $1,100
    Loan Fees $80 $80 $80
    Total Yearly Expenses $35,598 $31,142 $14,998

 

Western Undergraduate Exchange Scholarship recipients

  • Living with Parents (WUE)
    2021-22 Undergraduate Student Budget (WUE, 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 $11,206 $7,470 $4,482
    Fees $1,118 $966 $846
    Books and Supplies $1,200 $800 $600
    Room $1,846 $1,846 $1,846
    Board (Meals) $3,000 $3,000 $3,000
    Personal $2,592 $1,728 $1,250
    Transportation $2,200 $1,650 $1,100
    Loan Fees $80 $80 $80
    Total Yearly Expenses $23,242 $17,540 $13,204

  • On-campus (WUE)
    2021-22 Undergraduate Student Budget (WUE, 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 $11,206 $7,470 $4,482
    Fees $1,118 $966 $846
    Books and Supplies $1,200 $800 $600
    Room $6,424 $6,424 $6,424
    Board (Meals) $5,792 $5,792 $5,792
    Personal $2,592 $1,728 $1,250
    Transportation $2,200 $1,650 $1,100
    Loan Fees $80 $80 $80
    Total Yearly Expenses $30,612 $24,910 $20,574

  • Off-campus (WUE)
    2021-22 Undergraduate Student Budget (WUE, 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 $11,206 $7,470 $4,482
    Fees $1,118 $966 $846
    Books and Supplies $1,200 $800 $600
    Room $6,424 $6,424 $6,424
    Board (Meals) $5,792 $5,792 $5,792
    Personal $2,592 $1,728 $1,250
    Transportation $2,200 $1,650 $1,100
    Loan Fees $80 $80 $80
    Total Yearly Expenses $30,612 $24,910 $20,574

 

Nevada Advantage Scholarship recipients

  • Living with Parents (Nevada Advantage)
    2021-22 Undergraduate Student Budget (Nevada Advantage, 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 $14,940 $9,960 $5,976
    Fees $1,118 $966 $846
    Books and Supplies $1,200 $800 $600
    Room $1,846 $1,846 $1,846
    Board (Meals) $3,000 $3,000 $3,000
    Personal $2,592 $1,728 $1,250
    Transportation $2,200 $1,650 $1,100
    Loan Fees $80 $80 $80
    Total Yearly Expenses $26,976 $20,030 $14,698

  • On-campus (Nevada Advantage)
    2021-22 Undergraduate Student Budget (Nevada Advantage, 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 $14,940 $9,960 $5,976
    Fees $1,118 $966 $846
    Books and Supplies $1,200 $800 $600
    Room $6,424 $6,424 $6,424
    Board (Meals) $5,792 $5,792 $5,792
    Personal $2,592 $1,728 $1,250
    Transportation $2,200 $1,650 $1,100
    Loan Fees $80 $80 $80
    Total Yearly Expenses $34,346 $27,400 $22,068

  • Off-campus (Nevada Advantage)
    2021-22 Undergraduate Student Budget (Nevada Advantage, 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 $14,940 $9,960 $5,976
    Fees $1,118 $966 $846
    Books and Supplies $1,200 $800 $600
    Room $6,424 $6,424 $6,424
    Board (Meals) $5,792 $5,792 $5,792
    Personal $2,592 $1,728 $1,250
    Transportation $2,200 $1,650 $1,100
    Loan Fees $80 $80 $80
    Total Yearly Expenses $34,346 $27,400 $22,068