Financial Need

To qualify for most financial aid, you must have financial need. Financial need is the difference between the cost of attending WCC and what you and your parent(s) can afford to pay.

The U.S. Department of Education determines how much you can afford. It calculates this number from information you supply on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The resulting number is called the Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

The total amount of financial aid you receive cannot exceed the cost of attending WCC.

How much does WCC cost?

The cost of attending WCC depends on your residency status: in district, out of district, or out of state. The Financial Aid office has estimated a cost of attendance for full-time enrollment at each tuition rate for the 2020-2021 academic year. The numbers are for one semester:

In district - 1 semester

Tuition and fees:
$1,260
Books:
$529
Miscellaneous:
$150
Room and board:
$4,588
Transportation:
$800
Loan Fees:
$28
Total:
$7,355

Out of district - 1 semester

Tuition and fees:
$2,088
Books:
$529
Miscellaneous:
$150
Room and board:
$4,192
Transportation:
$1,000
Loan Fees:
$28
Total:
$7,987

Out of state - 1 semester

Tuition and fees:
$2,844
Books:
$529
Miscellaneous:
$150
Room and board:
$4,588
Transportation:
$800
Loan Fees:
$28
Total:
$8,939

International - 1 semester

Tuition and fees:
$3,336
Books:
$529
Miscellaneous:
$150
Room and board:
$4,588
Transportation:
$800
Loan Fees:
$28
Total:
$9,431

See the current tuition rates.

At times, a student’s family situation may be unusual and have an impact on the household’s ability to pay for college. Examples of unusual circumstance may include, but are not limited to: a change in income/employment, divorce or separation or death of a spouse or parent. If the student (or parent of a dependent student) believes they have an unusual circumstance, please contact the Financial Aid Office. The Financial Aid Office may perform a professional judgment based on the family situation.

Try the net price calculator

To get an idea about how much it will actually cost you to attend WCC, try our Net Price Calculator. It provides an estimated amount that students like you will pay—after grants and scholarships but before student loans and work-study—to attend WCC for a year.

The calculator also provides an estimate of how much financial aid you’ll receive in grants and scholarships.