Western Illinois University

Public, Four-years School Located in Macomb, IL

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How much is the Western Illinois tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, Western Illinois's tuition & fees is $13,661 for Illinois residents and $14,952 for out-of-state students.
With indirect costs not billed by school, such as room & boards and personal living expenses, the total cost of attendance for one academic year is $27,382 for Illinois residents and $28,673 for out-of-state students when a student lives on-campus.

Western Illinois Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
Illinois Residents Tuition & Fees$13,661
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$14,952
Books & Supplies Costs$1,200
On-campus Room & Board$10,500
On-campus Expenses$2,021
Off-campus Room & Board$10,500
Off-campus Expenses$3,761
2023-2024 Projection
Illinois Residents Tuition & Fees$14,261
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$14,261

How Much Does it Cost to Go to Western Illinois for 4 Years?

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $75,338 at Western Illinois. The estimated tuition rate is based on the changes over last 5 years. With room & board, books, and other personal expenses, the estimated 4 years costs of attendance is $125,322. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $83,295.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$16,365$28,876$19,747
Sophomore (2024-25)$17,912$30,413$20,421
Junior (2025-26)$19,604$32,095$21,159
Senior (2026-27)$21,457$33,938$21,968
4 Years Total$75,338$125,322$83,295
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$17,912$30,413$20,421
Sophomore (2025-26)$19,604$32,095$21,159
Junior (2026-27)$21,457$33,938$21,968
Senior (2027-28)$23,485$35,956$22,855
4 Years Total$82,457$132,402$86,403
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$19,604$32,095$21,159
Sophomore (2026-27)$21,457$33,938$21,968
Junior (2027-28)$23,485$35,956$22,855
Senior (2028-29)$25,704$38,165$23,826
4 Years Total$90,250$140,154$89,808
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$21,457$33,938$21,968
Sophomore (2027-28)$23,485$35,956$22,855
Junior (2028-29)$25,704$38,165$23,826
Senior (2029-30)$28,133$40,584$24,890
4 Years Total$98,778$148,643$93,539
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$23,485$35,956$22,855
Sophomore (2028-29)$25,704$38,165$23,826
Junior (2029-30)$28,133$40,584$24,890
Senior (2030-31)$30,792$43,233$26,056
4 Years Total$108,113$157,938$97,627

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, Western Illinois' tuition is slightly higher than the average tuition of $12,960. Compared to public, four-years colleges in Illinois, its tuition is comparable to the average tuition of $13,638.
Western Illinois University$13,661$14,952
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,672
Public Schools$7,199$12,960
Private Schools$20,937
Illinois Four-years Colleges$19,795
Public Schools$10,585$13,638
Private Schools$21,542

Compare Similar School's Tuition

The next table compares the tuition & fees between Western Illinois and similar schools. The similar colleges are selected by school type & level (public, four-years), ranking, and comparison frequency by our users. The comparison is based on 2022-2023 tuition rate.
Western Illinois UniversityMacomb, IL$13,661$14,952
Southern Illinois University-EdwardsvilleEdwardsville, IL$11,748$12,922
Governors State UniversityUniversity Park, IL$10,468$11,320
Eastern Illinois UniversityCharleston, IL$13,403$15,879
Chicago State UniversityChicago, IL$12,018$12,754

Financial Aid and COA

At Western Illinois University, 5,251 students (97%) received grant or scholarship from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources. The average amount of grant/scholarship received is $8,341.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at Western Illinois is $20,332 for students living on-campus and $22,072 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 847 students received any type of financial aid including grants/scholarship and student loans. The average amount of grant/scholarship for the first-time students is $15,632 and the average amount of student loans is $6,076.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
Illinois ResidentsOut-of-State
COA (on-campus)$27,382$28,673
COA (off-campus)$29,122$30,413
Tuition & Fees$13,661$14,952
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$13,721$13,721
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$15,461$15,461
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$19,041$20,332
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$20,781$22,072
Average Financial Aid$8,341$8,341
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship5,25197%$8,341
Pell Grants2,37644%$4,955
Federal Student Loan2,70650%$6,993
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid84794%-
Grants or Scholarships84794%$15,632
Federal Grants84794%$4,995
Pell Grants48754%$4,940
Other Federal Grants84093%$2,172
State/Local Grants49354%$5,298
Institutional Grants84393%$7,590
Student Loan Aid40445%$6,076
Federal Student Loans39844%$5,352
Other Student Loans374%$8,776
Income LevelNumber of StudentsNumber of Students AwardedAverage Amount Aid Awarded
All level633633$15,049
110,001 or more8181$8,805

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

Western Illinois's acceptance rate is 72.48%. A total of 7,156 applicants applied to and 5,187 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 920 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 17.74%.
To apply to Western Illinois, 4 items are required - Secondary school GPA, Secondary school record, Completion of college-preparatory program and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).
Acceptance Rate72.48%67.21%75.71%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)17.74%19.68%16.68%
Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankNeither Required Nor Recommended
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of college-preparatory programRequired
RecommendationsNeither Required Nor Recommended
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither Required Nor Recommended
Admission test scoresNeither Required Nor Recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither Required Nor Recommended

Student Population

Western Illinois University has a total of 7,643 students including 5,309 undergraduate and 2,334 graduate students. By gender, there are 3,231 male students and 4,224 female students attending Western Illinois. The school offers online degree programs and 1,807 students enrolled online exclusively (23.64% of all students).
Total7,455 3,2314,224
Undergraduate5,394 2,3473,047
Graduate2,061 8841,177

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
Address1 University Circle, Macomb, IL
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate, Graduate
Program Offered126 Programs
Online Program Offered32 Online Programs
Graduate Program Offered45 Graduate Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate75.00%
Student Population7,643
Graduation Rate47%
Transfer-out Rate30%
Retention Rate67% (Full-time), 29% (Part-time)
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate13 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties441 (Full-time), 60 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs1,193 (Full-time), 87 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$81,367
Average Staff Salary$56,464