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Your student budget is the amount of money we estimate you will need for tuition, books, and living expenses for the nine-month academic year (October-June). It is based on surveys of students’ costs, comparisons with other schools, input from housing and transportation agencies, and it reflects cost-of-living changes. The budget covers modest but adequate costs for most students attending UW Tacoma.

Student budgets can include only the student's educational costs; other family members' expenses cannot be included in the budget. The figures below are subject to change each academic year.

Students may submit a revision request form to have additional costs (childcare, uninsured medical/dental costs for the student, etc.) included in their individual budgets.

For detailed tuition rates, consult the tuition rates page. Use UW's net price calculator to estimate your financial need.

2019-20 Student budget nine-month expenses

 

Lives Away From Home

Lives With Parents

(Commuter)

Non-
Traditional

Graduate Students

(Commuter)

Graduate Students

(Traditional)

Resident Tuition*

$11,639

$11,639

$11,639

$17,151†

$17,151†

Books

$900

$900

$900

$825

$825

Room and Board

$11,748

$4,182

$15,174

$4,182

$15,174

Personal Expenses

$2,265

$2,265

$2,265

$2,265

$2,265

Transportation

$1,044

$1,044

$1,044

$1,044

$1,044

Resident Total

$27,596

$20,030

$31,022

$25,467

$36,459
 

Lives Away From Home

Lives With Parents

(Commuter)

Non-
Traditional

Graduate Students

(Commuter)

Graduate Students

(Traditional)

Non-Resident Tuition*

$38,340

$38,340

$38,340

$29,736†

$29,736†

Books

$900

$900

$900

$825

$825

Room and Board

$11,748

$4,182

$15,174

$4,182

$15,174

Personal Expenses

$2,265

$2,265

$2,265

$2,265

$2,265

Transportation

$1,044

$1,044

$1,044

$1,044

$1,044

Non-Resident Total

$54,297

$46,731

$57,723

$38,052

$49,044

†Figure shown is for Graduate Tier I programs. Graduate tuition varies by program.

Definitions

Lives away from home: All single, undergraduate students without dependents (spouse or children) who are living away from parents’ home; undergraduate married students without children, whose spouses are also students.

Non-traditional: All graduate/professional students; undergraduates who have children; married undergraduates whose spouses are not also enrolled.  Registered same-sex domestic partners may request consideration for additional living costs and will need to provide information about their partners’ financial resources when they make the request.

Room and board: This figure is intended to include food, utilities and housing.