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 2021 WICHE Insights discusses 2020-21 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.

WICHE Insights

Tuition and Fees, Appropriations, and Financial Aid in the West: Aligning Resources to Aid COVID-19 Recovery Efforts

This issue of WICHE Insights, Tuition and Fees, Appropriations, and Financial Aid in the West: Aligning Fiscal Resources to Aid COVID-19 Recovery Efforts 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. In addition, the Insights highlights the role of federal relief aid to higher education of the past year. Lastly, the brief highlights the importance of aligned appropriations, tuition, and financial aid as states address COVID-19 recovery and reengagement priorities, situating these trends in a discussion of affordability efforts in the West. Key takeaways from the Insights include:

  • Regional average tuition and fees for resident undergraduates at public four-year institutions were $9,890 in 2020-21, an increase of 1.2 percent from 2019-20.
  • Regional average in-district tuition and fees at public two-year institutions increased 0.7 percent from 2019-20 to $4,051 in 2020-21.
  • State financial aid per student was slightly lower than the national average in 2018-19, but the share of need-based aid was well above the national average.
  • Overall in the region, state support for higher education decreased 6.3 percent between FY 2020 and FY 2021, although when taking into the account the $649 million in federal COVID-19 relief spending, the decrease over the past year was 4.0 percent.
  • COVID-19 recovery and reengagement efforts should be addressed through strategic alignment of appropriations, tuition, and financial aid.
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For more information, contact:

Colleen Falkenstern

Senior Research Analyst, Policy Analysis and Research