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Tuition and Fees

Seize the Opportunity for an Affordable Degree

NC Promise will provide dramatically reduced tuition costs for students.


Western Carolina University is an NC Promise campus, where we aim to address college affordability by reducing the cost of tuition with funding from the state of North Carolina. This ensures the same high-quality educational experience for an even greater value.

Tuition rates are reviewed and set annually by the North Carolina legislature. The University reserves the right to alter any charges without prior notice. 

Please Note: Some or all instructional formats for all or part of the 2020-21 academic year may change due to the public health emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. As has always been the case, tuition and fees are charged at the beginning of the semester and will remain in place regardless of any changes in instructional format. Tuition and fees will not be refunded in the event that instructional format changes for any part of the 2020-21 academic year.

NC Promise Tuition Plan

The ground-breaking NC Promise tuition plan from the State of North Carolina gives all undergraduate students, both residential and online, attending WCU dramatically reduced student tuition costs Learn More

Fall 2021 & Spring 2022


Use of Tuition Statement

Western Carolina University is a publicly supported institution.  Tuition and fees meet only a part of the total cost of the education of students enrolled. Tuition and fee rates included on this bill have been approved by  the University System of North Carolina Board of Governors, not inconsistent with actions of the General Assembly.

Students and parents may find additional information about Western Carolina University's use of tuition by going to Western Carolina University's Use of Tuition Statement This statement provides detail on an annual basis for the UNC Board of Governors approved tuition and fees only. See additional information of both UNC Board of Governors and WCU's fees.

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