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Educational Costs

The cost of education is somewhat difficult to talk about. There are so many considerations and ways of viewing expenses related to college attendance, that it is easy to become confused. Costs change from year to year, so when estimating cost, it is important to account for annual inflation that roughly parallels the rise in the cost of living. The figures here are estimates determined before actual rates have been set. The actual costs may be higher or lower than what is presented on this cost listing, but estimates should be in the general ballpark. Sometimes aid award packages are adjusted later in the year if actual tuition costs come in a lot higher than what had been predicted in the estimate.
 
It is best to consider college expenses in three categories: 
  1. Direct educational expenses made up of tuition and fees.
  2. Living expenses made up of housing and meals.
  3. Personal and miscellaneous expenses made up of personal and travel allowance.
  4. Text Rental expenses made up for students to rent books. 
The chart below provides basic information about estimated costs for all the above categories. If you are attempting to predict the costs for a future year beyond what is shown, you might want to add an inflationary adjustment of 6%-8% per year.
These budgets show what it typically costs to attend UW-Stevens Point for one year or two semesters. They represent base cost for a student living on-campus at the undergraduate and graduate level. Our research shows that if a student opts to live off-campus instead, expect room costs to be higher than illustrated. If the student is married or has dependents, an additional amount is added to help with related additional living expenses. Remember, if there are any special expenses related to the student's education, it may be possible to add essential costs to the student's budget. That type of adjustment is made in conference with a financial aid counselor.
 
Estimated costs are only provided on the incoming freshmen financial aid award letters. Please be aware that actual tuition charges are often not determined by the Board of Regents until long after we commence the awarding of financial aid. Actual cost information will be shared with students attending new student orientation session during the summer, and a university bill is sent out in the month prior to the start of each term.
 
 

Cost of Attendance (COA) Financial Aid Budgets for 2015-2016

 Undergraduate Student Budgets  

Undergraduate: Wisconsin Resident
Tuition/fees $7,683
Books $500
Room (on campus) $4,136
Meals (on campus) $2,857
Personal $1,983
Travel allowance $452
Total Budget $17,611

 


 

Undergraduate: Minnesota Resident
Tuition/fees $8,183
Books $500
Room (on campus) $4,136
Meals (on campus) $2,857
Personal $1,983
Travel allowance $758
Total Budget $18,417

 

 

Undergraduate: Midwest Exchange
Tuition/fees $10,832
Books $500
Room (on campus) $4,136
Meals (on campus) $2,857
Personal $1,983
Travel allowance $758
Total Budget

$21,066

 


 

Undergraduate: Out-of-State Non-Resident

Tuition/fees $15,256
Books $500
Room (on campus) $4,136
Meals (on campus) $2,857
Personal $1,983
Travel allowance $758
Total Budget $25,490

 
 

Graduate Student Budgets

Graduate Student: Wisconsin Resident
Tuition/fees $8,890
Books $912
Room (on campus) $4,548
Meals (on campus) $3,175
Personal $1,983
Travel allowance $477
Total Budget $19,985


 

Graduate Student: Minnesota Resident
Tuition/fees $9,859
Books $912
Room (on campus) $4,548
Meals (on campus) $3,175
Personal $1,983
Travel allowance $783
Total Budget $21,260

 


 

Graduate Student: Out-of-State Non-Resident
Tuition/fees $17,961
Books $912
Room (on campus) $4,548
Meals (on campus) $3,175
Personal $1,983
Travel allowance $783
Total Budget $29,362