“Not unto ourselves alone are we born.” At Willamette, our motto inspires and guides us, including our approach to financial aid. Willamette is committed to helping families meet college costs. Look beyond the sticker price, and see how you can afford a life-changing Willamette education.
Find True Value at Willamette
Nationally Recognized for Quality and Value
Names us one of “The Best 384 Colleges” and a “College that Pays You Back.”
Places us on their “Top Liberal Arts Colleges” and “Best Bang for the Buck” lists.
U.S. News & World Report
Ranks us among the country’s “Best Colleges” and “Best Value Schools.”
How We Can Help
We offer generous financial assistance. Numerous scholarships are available, including merit scholarships up to $25,000 per year.
What You’ll Get for Your Money
At Willamette we help our students discover how to use their talents to improve the world around them every day. Because of the impact a Willamette education has on students’ lives, Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others have recognized us not just a top school, but a top value in higher education.
55% of Willamette students complete internships, one path for connecting with our Career Communities.
Zero courses across 40+ majors and programs are taught by graduate teaching assistants.
The city of Salem and 100 on-campus student organizations offer outstanding opportunities.
What It Will Cost
The “Sticker Price”
Let’s start with the “sticker price.” Remember, 99 percent of students receive financial aid, and the average yearly award is $35,895.
Willamette's cost, 2018-19
- $49,750 for tuition
- $12,560* for room and board
- $529* for fees
- Plus $990* for books and supplies
What You’ll Actually Pay
You’ll subtract the amount of your financial aid package, which can include the following elements depending on your situation:
- Merit scholarships of up to $25,000 annually
- Competitive scholarships in music, theatre, debate and S-STEM of up to $10,000, stackable on top of merit awards
- Need-based grants awarded based on information from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Work-study awarded based on information from the FAFSA
- Loans from a federal programs or private lenders
How You Can Afford to Pay Loans
We know the prospect of loans can be daunting. Before you think, “I could never afford that,” consider this:
Estimate Your Cost
The Net Price Calculator can help you estimate the amounts you may receive for some of these elements.