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Tuition Rates

Tuition rates are based on:

  • Student Classification (undergraduate or graduate)
  • Enrollment Status (full-time or part-time)
  • Delivery Mode (Web, On Demand (IL) or face-to-face).

We understand that it can be difficult to identify ways in which the tuition structure applies to you.

Our hope is that by providing additional information, you will be better informed and know what to expect when your tuition bill arrives.


Here are a few key items to keep in mind as you're reviewing current tuition rates on the Bursar's website:

Students enrolling exclusively in semester based web courses
are charged the standard distance learning rate, regardless of location.

2014-2015 Academic Year - Online (Web) Rate
Undergraduate Students $463 per Credit Hour*
Graduate Students $618 per Credit Hour
2014-2015 Academic Year - OnDemand Rate
Undergraduate Students $381 per Credit Hour
Graduate Students $515 per Credit Hour

*For Example: English 100 is 3 Credit Hours. Tuition for this course is $1,389.

Web based courses are identified on the class schedule as WEB.

Web courses are billed on a per credit hour basis for all graduate students, and all part-time students (regardless of whether the student is classified as a graduate or undergraduate student). This per credit hour rate is set according to student classification (grad/undergrad) and is referred to as the "distance learning rate."

Undergraduate students who are enrolled full-time, and have at least one credit hour in a class designated as being a face-to-face class, should refer to the full-time tuition rate.

Undergraduate students who use the full-time tuition rate will be charged an extra per credit hour fee for any web course. (Fee: $82 per Credit Hour)

Web courses and On Demand courses at WKU meet applicable guidelines for financial aid, making them financial aid eligible in the same way traditional face-to-face courses are financial aid eligible. Students must have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file, and be enrolled at least half time (half time for graduate students is a minimum of 4.5 credit hours; half time for undergraduate students is a minimum of 6 credit hours). For additional information, including access to the FAFSA, please visit http://www.wku.edu/online/financial-aid.php.

Financial Aid Eligibility: WKU web courses and on demand courses are financial aid eligible, as they meet all applicable federal guidelines for financial aid. WKU distance learning courses (web and on demand) are subject to the same applicaiton process as traditional face-to-face courses: a) The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be on file. Student may access this application online at https://fafsa.ed.gov/ b) Students must be enrolled at least half time (half time for graduate students is a minimum of 4.5 credit hours; half time for undergraduate students is a minimum of 6 credit hours) c) Students must meet basic eligibility requirements. This determination is made by submitting the FAFSA. d) Students enrolling in on demand courses must adhere to additional guidelines outlined at http://www.wku.edu/financialaid/il.php. For additional information, including access to the FAFSA, please visit http://www.wku.edu/online/financial-aid.php.

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 Last Modified 8/28/14