Tuition and Fees in the West

The West’s definitive resource on public higher education tuition and fees

Each year, WICHE curates tuition and fees data from the 350-plus public colleges and universities in 16 Western U.S. states and territories, then publishes these data by institution, sector, state, and region for resident and non-resident undergraduate and graduates rates. In doing so, WICHE provides the West’s most definitive resource on college tuition and fees. Complete results can be found in the November 2021, Tuition and Fees in the West, 2021-22: Detailed Data Tables report. Tuition and fees and state financing trends are featured in an interactive Tableau dashboard, and a May 2022 WICHE Insights discusses 2021-22 tuition and fees in the context of recent higher education finance trends including an overview of recent COVID-19 relief funds.


Data Tables

View the results of WICHE’s survey of tuition and fees in the West by institution, as well as state and regional averages. Download the detailed data tables below, which include weighted and unweighted average tuition and fees rates for undergraduates and graduates in the West.

Download the complete dataset in Excel format, which provides all institution-level tuition and fees, enrollments, and institutional characteristics needed to reproduce published data tables.

WICHE Insights

Tuition and Fees, Appropriations, and Financial Aid in the West, 2021-22: Trends and Implications

This edition of WICHE Insights, Tuition and Fees, Appropriations, and Financial Aid in the West, 2021-22: Trends and Implications. This edition of WICHE Insights discusses the most recent results of WICHE’s annual survey, Tuition and Fees in the West, as well as the recent trends in state appropriations and state financial aid. Overall, the most recent data highlights a positive trend in state higher education finance as most states reported minimal tuition rate changes along with increases in state appropriations and financial aid over the past academic and fiscal years. Although most states are facing a positive fiscal outlook for the upcoming fiscal year, higher education institutions and systems are facing rising costs and declining enrollments, presenting challenges in addressing affordability. Key takeaways from the brief include:


  • Regional average tuition and fees for resident undergraduates at public four-year institutions were $10,028 in AY 2021-22, an increase of 1.2% from AY 2020-21.
  • Regional average in-district tuition and fees at public two-year institutions increased 3.4% from AY 2020-21 to $4,217 in AY 2021-22.
  • State appropriations in the West reached an all-time high in FY 2022, with over $32 billion in state support going to higher education in the current fiscal year. In addition to state dollars, states used about $924 million in COVID-19 relief funds for higher education in FY 2022.
  • State financial aid per undergraduate increased between AY 2018-19 and AY 2019-20 and was at about the same amount as the national average, although state grant aid continues to be more likely based on need in the West compared to the national average.
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For more information, contact:

Colleen Falkenstern

Senior Research Analyst, Policy Analysis and Research