Net price calculator helps students and families estimate financial aid offers

Someone viewing a laptop screen featuring a website to estimate the cost to attend Washington State University.
The Net Price Calculator provides approximate expenses and estimated amounts of financial aid that a first-degree seeking student may qualify for at WSU.

Prospective and current students can now estimate their financial aid offers and net costs at WSU with a calculator powered by College Raptor, a college search and comparison tool.

Major changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) this year have delayed the usual timeline for student financial aid offers, which is especially troublesome for students and their families who rely on aid to attend school.

Colleges and universities also won’t start receiving student financial aid data until mid-March, a month later than expected, further delaying official aid offers.

“This calculator is a useful tool to provide students in the interim until we can give them an official offer,” said Joy Scourey, assistant vice provost for Student Financial Services.

Student Financial Services plans to start sending official financial aid offers to students at the end of April, Scourey said.

To calculate net price, grant and scholarship aid is subtracted from the total cost to attend WSU. Cost of attendance is estimated based on tuition and mandatory fees, housing and food, textbooks, and more. Learn more about the estimated cost of attendance on the Student Financial Services website.  

Student financial aid offers are estimated based on factors like state residency, family information, and whether the student is applying to the FAFSA or Washington Application for State Financial Aid.

The calculator can also estimate based on the Student Aid Index (SAI), which students receive when filling out the FAFSA. Students who don’t know their SAI can answer additional questions for a more accurate estimate.

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