Tuition and Aid

Financing a college education is one of the most important investments that you and your family will make. Even as the cost of college has grown, the earnings premium — the additional amount college graduates typically earn over the course of their working lives — has grown even more.

Willamette offers need-based financial aid and merit scholarships to help families afford the cost of education — 90% of our students receive financial aid.


DescriptionCostPer Term
Tuition $49,750 $24,875
Fees $528.50 $264.25
Room and Board $12,560* $6,280*
Residential Hall Fees (Estimated) $150 $75
Books and Supplies (Estimated) $990 $445
Green Fund Fee $50*** $25***
Health Insurance  $2,440** Split**
Orientation Fee $120.00**** Fall Only
Total Estimated Costs $66,588.50 $33,027.25-Fall  $33,341.25-Spring

* The Room and Board rate is based upon standard multiple occupancy in a residence hall and Meal Plan C. Actual rates may differ depending upon room type and meal plan selected.

** If you have comparable coverage you may waive this yearly premium.  Fall rate is $1,063 and Spring rate is $1,377    For complete information concerning student health insurance please see the Student Insurance web page.

*** The Green Fund Fee may be declined by the student. This new fee provides students with a previously unavailable opportunity to develop, fund, and lead sustainability projects on and off campus. The fee was approved by a student body vote during the 2014 spring semester.

**** The Orientation Fee is a one time only fee that is charged in the Fall term for new students, both incoming Freshman and Transfers. The purpose is intended to cover the cost of the Opening Days festivities.

Financial Aid

Willamette’s approach to aid: Our financial aid process is both merit and need-driven, influenced by the quality of a student’s academic record and their financial resources. Strong students will receive scholarship recognition from us regardless of whether they qualify for need-based aid. For students with demonstrated financial need, academic standing also is a strong factor in how much gift aid (scholarships and grants) they receive.

Sources of aid: The primary sources of aid we offer include Willamette grants and scholarships, federal and state grants, federal student loans and work opportunities. After students are admitted to Willamette, they receive a financial aid award letter detailing the different types of aid we are offering.

Additional ways to pay: In addition to the aid we offer, we encourage students and their families to pursue all possible sources outside of the university. These could include state grant and scholarship programs, local community scholarships, work opportunities, Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS loans) and home equity loans. Learn more

Have more questions about paying for college or financial aid? Visit Financial Aid or call us at 877-542-2787.