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Is Community College Cheaper?

It May Not Be.

Starting at a community college may not save you money. If you transfer to WWU after the first two years, your out-of-pocket expense could be more than $4,000 higher than if you attended WWU all four years.

WW COMMUNITY COLLEGE   TRANSFER TO WWU                     WALLA WALLA UNIVERSITY
                      COST AND AID ESTIMATE                       COST AND AID ESTIMATE
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
Tuition (resident) $4,203 $4,203 $26,100 $26,100 $26,100 $26,100 $26,100 $26,100
Fees $882 $882 $882 $882 $882 $882
Room & Board $3,000 $3,000 $6,990 $6,990 $6,990 $6,990 $6,990 $6,990
Transportation $1,370 $1,370 $1,125 $1,125 $1,125 $1,125 $1,125 $1,125
TOTAL COST $8,573 $8,573 $35,097 $35,097

$35,097

$35,097 $35,097 $35,097
Achievement Scholarship $0 $0 $0 $0 $10,000 $10,000 $10,000 $10,000
Transfer Scholarship $0 $0 $4,000 $4,000 $0 $0 $0 $0
Direct Loans $3,500 $4,500 $7,500 $7,500 $5,500 $6,500 $7,500 $7,500
SEOG $0 $0 $1,800 $1,800 $1,800 $1,800 $1,800 $1,800
Pell $5,815 $5,815 $5,815 $5,815 $5,815 $5,815 $5,815 $5,815
NPUC $0 $0 $0 $0 $600 $600 $600 $600
WWU Grant $0 $0 $0 $0 $2,300 $2,300 $2,300 $2,300
Perkins $0 $0 $1,600 $1,600 $3,600 $2,600 $1,600 $1,600
Subtotal $9,315 $10,315 $20,715 $20,715 $29,519 $29,519 $29,519 $29,519
OUT OF POCKET ($742) ($1,742) $14,382 $14,382 $5,482 $5,482 $5,482 $5,482
TOTAL OUT OF POCKET IF TRANSFER $26,280 TOTAL OUT OF POCKET IF 4 YRS WWU $21,928
Notes: Based on:
WWCC budget figures are from wwcc.edu Maximum Pell eligibility
Study is using stationary costs for four years 3.75 high school GPA
Study assumes student lives at home while at WWCC On time financial aid file
WWU has higher loans for freshman & sophomore year
If WWCC student reduces loans, it increases total out of pocket
Last update on April 25, 2017