Warren Wilson is committed to providing a unique and valuable educational experience to talented students from any financial situation. We have been widely recognized by college guides for the value of our education, and with our alumni successful even in this difficult economy, Warren Wilson remains a sound investment. Don’t be frightened by the tuition “sticker price” — through the Work Program, all Warren Wilson students receive compensation towards their tuition in the Work Program. With our personal method of reviewing scholarship and aid applications, over 70% of students receive additional aid tailored to their merit and personal needs.
The Triad of academics, work and service provides Warren Wilson graduates with tools to gain employment or to continue their education at the graduate level. Unlike their peers from other schools, Warren Wilson alumni leave the College with several years of marketable work experience. Add to this their service, and it’s obvious why 75% of Warren Wilson students reported being employed full-time within 6 months of graduation (and 67% attend graduate school within five years) — even during a time of national recession and high unemployment. They are confident, their résumés are impressive, and they have learned social skills in our tight-knit community. Most importantly, our graduates leave with a deep sense of civic responsibility and the desire to make a difference. Their record of finding work is not only a sign that they are financially stable — it is a sign that they are helping everyone around them.
The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2013 has named Warren Wilson College as one of the nation’s 25 “Best Buys” among private colleges and universities for the seventh time since 2005. According to the 2013 guide, schools “qualify as Best Buys based on the quality of the academic offerings in relation to the cost of attendance” — or as the book also puts it, “outstanding academics with relatively modest prices.” Warren Wilson is also recognized for value in “Barron’s Best Buys in College Education,” and The Parent Soup Financial Aid and College Guide “Discounts and Deals at the Nation’s 360 Best Colleges.”
Despite being more affordable than our peer private colleges, Warren Wilson’s cost can look daunting to a family struggling to make ends meet. Don’t worry — none of the students at Warren Wilson are paying our published tuition price, and most of our students receive generous aid in addition to the work compensation that all students earn.
Every Warren Wilson student receives an estimated $3,480 in wages each year toward the cost of tuition (this is taxable according to IRS rules). A guaranteed job is a real advantage at a time when young people often cannot find work. Beyond that, an average of 70% of students are awarded further financial assistance. In addition to federal aid, the College has generous institutional awards, including scholarships that recognize technical work experience, service involvement and sustainability leadership.
|Tuition and Fees:||$29,540|
|Room and Board:||$8,796|
|Minus Estimated Work Compensation (*Taxable per the IRS):||$3,480 credit*|
|Tuition, Room, and Board Cost after work compensation:||$34,904|
|Fall Orientation Fee:||$260|
|Lab fees, field trips, private lessons||Varies|
|(Off-Campus Day Student Fee per semester)||$500|
The U.S. Department of Education requires all colleges to provide a Net Price Calculator for first-year students, but we consider more than just a set of numbers when deciding to accept a student or award a scholarship. Although the calculator computes an estimate of aid based on some basic indicators of merit and need, it cannot predict how most of our institutional scholarships will be awarded. Those scholarships are awarded only after consideration of your individual application, and they can often make a real difference in whether Warren Wilson College is affordable for you. If you choose to use the calculator, please remember that most of our significant scholarships are not represented there.
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Warren Wilson College does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, or sexual orientation in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, or financial aid programs. The tuition refund policy can be found in the Warren Wilson College Catalog.