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 2020, Tuition and Fees in the West, 2020-21: Detailed Data Tables report. Tuition and fees and state financing trends are featured in an interactive Tableau dashboard, and a May 2020 WICHE Insights discusses 2019-20 tuition and fees in the context of recent higher education finance trends as well as national and state efforts to define and address affordability.


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, and printable copies of all state and regional average tables from the report.

WICHE Insights

Tuition and Fees, Appropriations, and Financial Aid in the West: Strategic Alignment in Time of Uncertainty

This issue of WICHE Insights, Tuition and Fees, Appropriations, and Financial Aid in the West: Strategic Alignment in Time of Uncertainty, discusses the results of WICHE’s annual survey of tuition and fees up through 2019-20 in public higher education in the WICHE region, recent trends in state appropriations and fiscal support, and state grant aid programs and situates these trends in a discussion of affordability efforts in the West. And while the financial implications of the COVID-19 crisis present a bleak economic outlook, this WICHE Insights highlights the importance of strategic alignment of appropriations, tuition, and financial aid in advancing affordability under severe fiscal constraints. Key takeaways from the Insights include:

  • Regional average tuition and fees for resident undergraduates at public four-year institutions were $9,759 in 2019-20, a 2.1 percent increase from 2018-19.
  • Regional average in-district tuition and fees at two-year institutions increased 3.1 percent from 2018-19 to $4,025 in 2019-20.
  • Regional average appropriations per student increased 4.8 percent between FY 2018 and FY 2019, a higher rate of increase than the national average.
  • State financial aid per student was slightly lower than the national average in 2017-18, but the share of need-based aid was well above the national average.
  • States undertook efforts to address affordability but face data limitations for assessing affordability.
  • The dismal economic outlook as a result of the COVID-19 crisis makes it imperative that states strategically align state finance policies to address affordability.
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For more information, contact:

Colleen Falkenstern

Senior Research Analyst, Policy Analysis and Research