Cost of Attendance

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College is a great investment in your future­—WPI’s cost of attendance is listed below. These budgets are used by the Office of Financial Aid to calculate financial aid and eligibility for need-based aid.

The Office of Financial Aid provides detailed Cost of Attendance Budgets for undergraduate and graduate students. We use these budgets to calculate your financial aid awards and your eligibility for need-based aid. We also encourage families to use these budgets to plan for your college expenses.

 

Current student rates, payment policies, and dates can be found on our WPI Bursar’s website.

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What exactly is the “cost of attendance?”

The cost of attendance (COA)—sometimes referred to as the "student budget"—is an estimate of what it costs a typical student to attend a college or university for one academic year. Don't be startled by the COA you see on your financial aid offer from WPI. Your cost of attendance doesn't only include tuition; it also takes your basic living expenses into account.

Why is this listed on my financial aid offer?

Every student who applies for aid is assigned a cost of attendance.

This COA serves two purposes:

  1. to give you an estimate of the cost to attend WPI for one year, and
  2. to set a limit on the amount of financial aid you can receive during the academic year (which federal regulations require us to do).

This means your actual expenses may be different from what's listed on your aid offer, and the total amount of your aid—including scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study—can't exceed your total cost of attendance.

2024-2025 Estimated Cost of Attendance for First-Year Undergraduate Students**

WPI's priority is to make sure you realize the full benefit of your investment in your education here. We’re proud to have our value recognized in many rankings, including as a Top 10 Transformative College by Money Magazine and Top 50 Colleges that Create Futures by The Princeton Review.

Our student-focused approach is shown through our innovative project-based curriculum that gives you a top-tier education in an environment prioritizing collaboration and inclusion. It all results in your success in an interdisciplinary, globally connected world with skills that employers and graduate schools love.

  LIVING ON CAMPUS LIVING OFF CAMPUS COMMUTING
TUITION $59,700.00 $59,700.00 $59,700.00
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT LIFE FEE $385.00 $385.00 $385.00
HEALTH AND WELLNESS FEE  $680.00 $680.00 $680.00
NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION FEE $200.00 $200.00 $200.00
TOTAL OF TUITION & FEES $60,965.00 $60,965.00 $60,965.00
HOUSING $10,000.00 $10,000.00* $5,000.00*
FOOD $8,386.00 $8,386.00* $3,462.00*
TRANSPORTATION EXPENSES Not Applicable  Not Applicable $1,500.00
BOOKS, COURSE MATERIALS, SUPPLIES, AND EQUIPMENT $1,200.00 $1,200.00 $1,200.00
PERSONAL EXPENSES $1,200.00 $1,200.00 $1,200.00
TOTAL BUDGETED COSTS $81,751.00 $81,751.00 $73,327.00

* Housing and Food budgeted items for students that are living off campus or commuting are defined as “a standard allowance for rent or other housing costs” that are associated with living off campus or commuting.  These are indirect costs, meaning you will not be charged by WPI for these expenses but may incur these types of expenses for housing and food.  

** Budget items are subject to change without notice.

  • Books, Course Materials, Supplies, and Equipment, as well as Personal Expenses are budgeted Items that are not billed directly by the school but are estimates of what your expenses may be. There may be additional course or program specific fees not listed here.
  • All students are required to have health insurance. If you do not have health insurance WPI will bill you for a plan. The cost of the health insurance plan is $2,186, for the 2023-2024 academic year.
  • Please be aware that students who commute and live at home, who have reduced costs for housing and food, may be subject to an adjustment in their need-based financial aid.
2023-2024 Cost of Attendance for Returning Undergraduate Students
  LIVING ON CAMPUS LIVING OFF CAMPUS COMMUTING
TUITION $57,960.00 $57,960.00 $57,960.00
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT LIFE FEE $330.00 $330.00 $330.00
HEALTH AND WELLNESS FEE  $580.00 $580.00 $580.00
TOTAL OF TUITION & FEES $58,870.00 $58,870.00 $58,870.00
HOUSING $9,800.00 $9,800.00 $1,640.00
FOOD $8,272.00 $8,272.00 $3,360.00
TRANSPORTATION EXPENSES  Not Applicable Not Applicable $1,500.00
BOOKS, COURSE MATERIALS, SUPPLIES, AND EQUIPMENT $1,200.00 $1,200.00 $1,200.00
PERSONAL EXPENSES $1,200.00 $1,200.00 $1,200.00
TOTAL BUDGETED COSTS $79,342.00 $79,342.00 $67,770.00

** Budget items are subject to change without notice.

  • Books, Course Materials, Supplies, and Equipment, as well as Personal Expenses are budgeted Items that are not billed directly by the school but are estimates of what your expenses may be. There may be additional course or program specific fees not listed here.
  • All students are required to have health insurance. If you do not have health insurance WPI will bill you for a plan. The cost of the health insurance plan is $2,186, for the 2023-2024 academic year.
  • Please be aware that students who commute and live at home, who have reduced costs for housing and food, may be subject to an adjustment in their need-based financial aid.
2023-2024 Cost of Attendance for Graduate Students
  LIVING OFF CAMPUS LIVING ON CAMPUS
TUITION* $28,980.00 $28,980.00
GRADUATE FEE $60.00 $60.00
HOUSING $9,800.00 $9,800.00 (Varies, see Bursar’s page*)
FOOD $8,27200 $8,272.00 (Varies, see Bursar’s page*)
MEDICAL INSURANCE $2,186.00 $2,186.00
BOOKS, COURSE MATERIALS, SUPPLIES, AND EQUIPMENT $1,200.00 $1,200.00
PERSONAL EXPENSES $8,193.00 $8,193.00
HEALTH AND WELLNESS FEE (optional) $580.00 $580.00
TOTAL BUDGETED COSTS $59,271.00 $59,271.00 (*could vary based on actual room and board)

*This estimated tuition is using general graduate tuition rates at $1,610 per credit and for a student enrolled in 18 credit hours. For specific tuition pricing, please visit the Bursar’s website.

** Budget items are subject to change without notice.

  • Books, Course Materials, Supplies, and Equipment, as well as Personal Expenses are budgeted Items that are not billed directly by the school but are estimates of what your expenses may be. There may be additional course or program specific fees not listed here.
  • All students are required to have health insurance. If you do not have health insurance WPI will bill you for a plan. The cost of the health insurance plan is $2,186, for the 2023-2024 academic year.

Current student rates, payment policies, and dates can be found on our WPI Bursar’s website.

2024 Summer (E Term) Costs
WPI Undergraduate Summer (E Term) Costs  
 Tuition (reflects 50% discount for E Term 2024)  for 9 credits (3 classes) - $2,415 per class $7,245
 Housing $2,450
 Food $1,828
 Books, Course Materials, Supplies, and Equipment $600
 Total E Term Budget      $12,123

 

E Term 2024 Project Center Estimated Costs  
Bar Harbor, Maine (IQP) $11,570*
Buenos Aires, Argentina (HUA) $10,745*
Fes, Morocco (HUA) $8,445*
Japan - Multiple Cities (HUA) $10,045*
London, England (HUA) $9,183*
London, England (IQP) $11,345*
Lyon, France (IQP) $9,495*
Taipei, Taiwan (HUA) $8,945*
Venice, Italy (IQP) $11,745*

*Includes E term tuition (with 50% discount) and billable program fee. Costs assume travel to project centers. Should travel not be allowed due to COVID, the costs would be more reflective of an on campus budget.
 

** Budget items are subject to change without notice.

Graduate students can find their summer tuition costs on the Bursar's website.

To apply for any type of loan for E term, please complete and submit the Summer Application for Student Loans, found below.

Please review our Applying for Aid page for more information about E term financial aid options.

Current student rates, payment policies, and dates can be found on our WPI Bursar’s website.

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