Committed to Affordability

With “quality academic offerings and affordable cost,” Warren Wilson College is, for the 11th time, a “best buy,” according to the “Fiske Guide to Colleges 2017.”

A five out of five-star student quality of life rating along with “a strong international and environmental orientation” place the College in a select class of 47 “best buy” institutions.

  • The average cost of undergraduate attendance after financial aid is awarded: $24,419 per year
  • 100% of our residential students receive some form of financial aid
  • Default rate: 5.3% (6% lower than the national average of 11.3%)

Our NC Free Tuition Plan and Milepost One Scholarship Programs go even further, offering eligible undergraduates the opportunity to attend Warren Wilson tuition-free.

Not eligible for a free tuition program?

Don’t worry! All admitted undergraduates are considered for Merit Scholarships, which can be as high as $18,500 per year. Combined with your Work Grant and other need-based aid, we’re committed to making Warren Wilson an affordable option.

2018-2019 Costs


Listed below are the direct costs for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Tuition: *$35,536
Room and Board: $10,980
Fees: $744
Total Estimated Costs: $47,260

*Don’t forget that your $2,175 Work Grant is applied directly to your tuition charges to reduce your tuition costs!

MA in Critical & Historical Craft Studies

Annual Tuition: $22,000
Culminating Residency: $2,000
Total 2-Year Costs: $46,000

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Our FAFSA Code: 002979

Our Financial Aid Office awards need-based grants based on the results of your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In addition to federal loans and grants, we award need-based grants in-house. Our FAFSA school code is 002979

SALT: Financial Literacy for Families

Warren Wilson is proud to provide students and alumni with access to SALT. SALT is a financial literacy program that works with you to help remove financial barriers to higher education and let you freely and confidently pursue your dreams.

Powered by the nonprofit American Student Assistance, SALT features an easy online platform and one-on-one counseling to help you plan for, pay for, and repay the cost of a degree. You’ll receive:

  • Guidance on the best ways to pay for school, so you can obtain a degree, but not the stress that comes with determining how to pay for it.
  • Personalized student loan help so you can make borrowing and repayment decisions that fit your life.
  • Money management advice and straightforward budgeting tools that build your financial skills.

Our goal in the Financial Aid Office is to help you make smart financial choices. SALT is one of the ways we fulfill that commitment.

Why Is It Called “SALT”?

Back in the day (way, way back in the day), salt was the universal currency. It’s why SALT goes back to basics to give you universal info and smart strategies to help you take control of your money.

Helping students and families successfully navigate the financial aid process is incredibly rewarding. We’re your partners, here for you every step of the way.

Lori Lewis, Director of Financial Aid