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Tuition and Fees

IMPORTANT:  Proposed rates are subject to change until they are approved by the UNC Board of Governors, reviewed and authorized by the state legislature, and signed into the state budget as law by the Governor.

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. 

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

2023-2024 Tuition and Fees



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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