You deserve real value. WNE gives you that and more.
Real value for the real world—that’s what students and their families want from an investment in higher education. With a focus on career-readiness, your own team of advisors, and opportunities to apply what you learn in internships, WNE gives you excellent value with bottom line affordability.
Want an education that makes you in-demand? WNE is #5 in the U.S. and #1 in Massachusetts for getting a job, according to data from the Federal College Scorecard. In fact, our graduates earn an average of $6,916 a year more than 80% of students from other schools where our applicants typically consider enrolling. Now that’s a great return on investment.
So what is the cost of attending WNE?
Sticker Price Isn’t Actual Price: Compare the Bottom Line.
We know it’s hard to make apples to apples comparisons, especially when some schools toss in some oranges, such as lower tuition figures but higher fees. So don’t get stuck on sticker price. Look for the bottom line. When your personalized financial aid package factors in scholarships, grants, and other aid, our bottom line costs of attendance make WNE competitive with many institutions you may be considering—even public universities.
Our merit scholarships reward your previous academic performance to give you scholarships ranging from $10,000-$22,000 (2021-22) annually (each year you maintain good grades), as well as need-based grants. This means that most of our students pay significantly less than the
Housing/Meal Plan Options
Freshmen and sophomores normally reside in a residence hall composed of traditional rooms or suites, and they are required to participate in the board (meal) plan. The room and board rates are as follows (all double occupancy rooms) for the academic year:
Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Windham halls: $14,430
Commonwealth Hall: $15,820
LaRiviere Center: $15,820
Juniors & Seniors Options
Juniors and seniors normally reside in the Gateway Apartment complex, Evergreen Village townhouses, or Southwood apartments, all of which have kitchens. Various board options are available, and the room rates (for the academic year) are as follows:
Gateway Village - $8,820
Evergreen Village - $12,500
Southwood Hall - $12,500 ($13,550 single occupancy)
Commuters and upperclass students in on-campus housing without kitchens may also elect to purchase meal plans.
Health Insurance Option
The Student Health Benefit Plan required by Massachusetts state law is not included in the overall cost but a charge of $2,980 will be automatically added to your tuition bill. The charge will stay on the bill unless you go through the process to waive the insurance. The waiver process is typically available starting in mid-June.
For newly accepted students, a nonrefundable tuition deposit of $200 is required within two weeks of Admission or up until August 15th on a space-available basis. New students who plan to live on campus must submit an additional $300 nonrefundable housing deposit at the same time. These payments are credited to the first semester bill.
Tuition, fees, room, and board charges for the first semester are due and payable by August 1.
Calculating the Amount to Pay or Finance
To calculate the amount a family needs to finance, start with the charges above, subtracting deposits paid and the award amounts listed on the Financial Aid Award Letter, if the award has been made. Do NOT subtract Federal Work-Study funds, as they are not applied to the student account. Financing can be any combination of single payments, payments through a payment plan, or additional parent or student loans, above and beyond the Award Letter. Click here for further loan information. Many families budget to use a payment plan for some or all of the required amount in order to minimize the amount of borrowing.
Click here for a discussion of available payment plans to use as part of your financing plan.
Withdrawals and Refunds
Withdrawing from the University once classes have commenced incurs a financial penalty. Please review the University's refund schedule that applies to your courses. Full-time, undergraduate students are normally enrolled in 15 week courses.