Numbers to Know

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Annual average income, bachelor's degree: $60,112

Annual average income, high school grad: $35,984

Unemployment rate for bachelor's degree grads: 2.7%

Unemployment rate for those with only a high school diploma: 5.2%

Federal Direct Loan Default Rate:

National Average: 11.3%

WWU: 0.4%

Perkins Loan Default Rate:

National Average: 11.39%

WWU: 1.57%

Think Cost, Not Price

This represents the typical financial package for a student with maximum need, a 3.0 high school cumulative GPA and an Out-of-Area Grant. Actual packages vary based on need as established through the financial aid application process. Apply for admission and financial aid and let us create a financial plan for you.

Institutional aid

Federal grant aid

Student summer/school year earnings


Total Financial Aid and Employment






Is community college cheaper? Probably not.

Starting at a community college probably won’t save you any money. In fact, because of our freshman scholarship program, you could save $4,000 by attending WWU all four years, when compared to attending a community college for two years and then transferring to WWU.

The Bottom Line

  • 90% of WWU students qualified for financial aid last year.
  • Last year the average annual award was $22,958.
  • WWU awarded $43.2M in financial aid last school year.
  • WWU awards your achievements: we offer merit-based scholarship packages, some more than $53,500 over four years.
  • Washington State has one of the highest minimum wages in the country--you could earn around $6,000 a year towards college.
  • WWU offers great grants: up to $15,000 WWU need-based grant, $2,000 Out-of-Area Grant, NPUC Grant, $2,000 annual church matching grant, and more.

Your Next Move

Submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as October 1, prior to the academic period.

Contact Walla Walla University Student Financial Services:

(800) 656-2815 • (509) 527-2815 •