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Cost of attendance

Your student budget is the amount of money we estimate you will need for tuition, books and living expenses for the nine-month academic year (October–June).

Student budgets are subject to change each academic year. Budgets for prior years are also available.

The UW accepts Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET). For more information on how GET (Washington state’s 529 prepaid college tuition) works with the UW, contact Student Fiscal Services.

Seattle undergraduate student budget

Nine-month expenses for 2023-24

Budget items Lives with parents/relatives Lives on/off campus Students with dependents
Books & course supplies $900 $900 $900
Housing & food $5,715 $17,982 $22,251
Personal/miscellaneous $2,508 $2,508 $2,508
Transportation $789 $519 $1,581
Resident tuition $12,645 $12,645 $12,645
Resident total costs $22,557 $34,554 $39,885
Non-resident tuition $41,997 $41,997 $41,997
Non-resident total costs $51,909 $63,906 $69,237


  • See the Office of Planning & Budgeting website for other tuition rates.
  • For Seattle students, the annual U-Pass expense of $276 is included in the Tuition & Fees category.
  • Budgets at our Bothell and Tacoma campuses may vary due to differing fees and local area costs.
  • International students pay non-resident tuition.
  • The UW does not provide financial aid or scholarships to undergraduate international students. Undergraduate international students should be prepared to cover all expenses.