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COLLEGE PROFILE

Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC

TUITION AND EXPENSES

Cost of AttendanceIn-state: $19,806
Out-of-state: $30,199
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $7,027
Out-of-state: $17,420
Room and Board
$9,516
Books and Supplies
$753
Other Expenses
$2,510
Payment PlansCredit card, installment plan, external finance company

APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID

Financial Aid Office
E-mailfinaid@wcu.edu
Web SiteFinancial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL Net Price Calculator URL
Application Process
Application Deadline 
Award NotificationOn a rolling basis beginning April 1
Methodology for Awarding
Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms RequiredCost to File
FAFSA
Code is 002981
Free
Institution's own form 

PROFILE OF 2015-16 FINANCIAL AID

Freshmen
Financial Aid Applicants1,493 (90.7%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need1,128 (75.6%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid1,103 (97.8%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met765 (69.4%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met87%
Average Award$18,707
Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,046 (94.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $11,349
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 854 (77.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $7,256
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 310 (28.1%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift87 (5.3%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $5,031
All Undergraduates
Financial Aid Applicants6,614 (83.4%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need5,394 (81.6%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid5,285 (98.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met3,608 (68.3%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met87%
Average Award$18,861
Need-Based Gift
Received by 4,929 (93.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $10,922
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 4,176 (79.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $8,731
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 1,059 (20.0%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift406 (5.1%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $4,648
Borrowing
2016 Graduates Who
Took Out Loans
62%
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
$20,201
Parents Borrowing PLUS Loans 
Parents of Students
Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not
Receiving Aid
Not reported

FINANCIAL AID PROGRAMS

Loans
Federal LoansDirect subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans 
Other Loans 
Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based AvailableFederal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based AvailableAcademic scholarships, Creative arts/performance scholarships, Music/Drama scholarships, Athletic scholarships, State scholarships, Leadership scholarships
Non-Need Awards
Academic Interest/Achievement
Award Areas
English, Mathematics, Biological Sciences, Business, Communication, Education
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money
Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance
Award Areas
Art/Fine Arts, Music, Theater/Drama
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money
Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities
Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money
Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics
Award Areas
Ethnic Background, Handicapped Students, Local/State Students, Members of Minorities
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money
Awarded)
 
Employment
Work-Study ProgramsFederal work study available
Average Earnings from
On-Campus Employment
Not reported
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CLASS OF 2022 Profile of Students on COLLEGEdata
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  GPA SAT ACT
UW W M ERW  
Average 3.51 3.85 588 577 23
Low 2.80 3.00 490 490 17
High 4.00 5.00 690 670 32
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