Western Kentucky University

Other Expenses (Per Semester)

Meals  ($1,103 to $1,622)
WKU has numerous eating facilities available.  Please visit the Dining Services website at www.wkudining.com for more information on food services and meal plans.

Textbooks/Course Materials
Although the prices of course materials vary depending on the professor or the major a student selects, an average of $500 per semester is a recommended minimum budget.  Textbooks also range in price based on the availability of new versus used books.  Visit www.wkustore.com to determine current and future course requirements.  Course materials can be purchased in-store and online from The WKU Store, a full service operation specializing in used textbooks.  Their Textbook Reservation Program is also available to both new and returning students for Fall and Spring semesters.

Personal
Students should also make budget allowances for miscellaneous personal expenses and travel which will vary greatly depending upon individual habits and needs but are estimated to range from $300 to $600 per semester.

Rooms Per Semester ($1,985 to $2,185)
Throughout our 15 residence halls, we have a variety of living options designed to meet the needs of our ever changing population.  These options include:

  • Double Rooms - The majority of rooms in the residence halls are designed for double occupancy.
  • Suite Style Rooms - This living option is available in Zacharias and Meredith Hall.  These halls have a bathroom in between two bedrooms and there is a maximum of 4 residents who share the bathroom.
  • Private Bath Halls -  McLean, Southwest, Northwest and Bates Runner have private bathrooms.  Each resident's room has its own bathroom so two people share the bathroom.

On-campus housing is also available for summer term at a double occupancy rate of approximately $100 per person for each week in residence. 

For additional information on Residence Hall features and rates, please visit the Housing and Residence Life website at www.wku.edu/housing.

Program Expenses in College of Health & Human Services
Students enrolled in the College of Health and Human Services programs should consult with the appropriate department about potential expenses required for program completion; for example, some students may be required to undergo criminal background checks and drug testing and to provide proof of health insurance, liability insurance and/or immunization records prior to participating in any required experiences at selected off-campus facilities/agencies.  Additionally, there may be certifications, training seminars or other requirements specified by the facility/agency that a student must meet in order to be eligible for field or practical experiences at the facility.  It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all institutional and/or facility requirements are met as a condition of participating in the on or off-campus experiences; students may be responsible in part or in full for any costs incurred to meet such requirements.  Students are also responsible for transportation to and from off-campus experiences.  In some CHHS programs, the students are responsible for rental fees for clinical instruments and supplies, purchasing uniforms, equipment and possible course and program fees above the regular tuition (for example, a $400 per semester program fee will be assessed to students enrolled in the BSN pre-licensure program).  At the completion of the program, students may also be responsible for fees related to national and regional licensing exams.  These requirements vary across programs within the college.

Course Fees
Occasionally there is an additional fee charged in relation to a specific course.  Please refer to the Course Fees link under "Cost of Attendance" for specific courses and related fees. 

Schedule Change Fees 
A $50 schedule change fee will be assessed per course for student-initiated schedule changes.  The fee will be levied when classes are added or dropped after the sixth day of class in each term.  Effective dates for the fee are printed in each term's Registration Guide, available from the Office of the Registrar or online at http://www.wku.edu/registrar

Late Registration Fee
Students who register for classes beginning the first day of a term will be assessed a $50 late registration fee.

Fees for Auditing Courses
All students who audit a course are charged the same fee that they would pay if they took it for credit.

Application for Graduation Fee
Candidates for the associate and baccalaureate degree will be charged a fee of $50.  Candidates for graduate degrees will be charged a fee of $55.  This fee will cover the cost of cap and gown, diploma and other necessary expenses. The graduation fee must be paid and the Application for Graduation must be filed after 90 hours are earned for baccalaureate degree students and after 48 hours for students pursuing associate degrees.  Contact the Office of the Registrar for additional information or visit their site at www.wku.edu/registrar.  

Transcript Fees
A $7 fee is charged for an official transcript.  Official transcripts may be ordered through the Office of the Registrar.

Parking Fees

  • Motor Vehicle Registration - Per School Year $90
  • South Campus Vehicle Registration - Per School Year $50

Students who register a vehicle should refer to Hilltopics, A Handbook for University Life, for vehicle regulations and assessments. Parking rules and regulations are distributed at the time you purchase a parking permit.  For additional information, contact Parking and Transportation or visit their site at www.wku.edu/transportation.

 Last Modified 8/2/13