Costs: On-Campus Housing

All freshman and sophomore students (as defined in the undergraduate catalog) are required to live, and are guaranteed space in, University residence halls. Sophomore students who have lived in residence halls for four semesters are exempt if they apply in writing for an official exemption.

Students residing with parents and commuting from parental homes located within a 40-mile radius of Macomb; veterans with one year of active service; and students who are married, are in a documented domestic partnership, or have primary custody of dependent children are exempt from this policy but must contact University Housing and Dining Services in writing to obtain an official exemption. All exemptions to this policy must be approved in advance by submitting a petition form to University Housing and Dining Services, Seal Hall. Residence hall applications/contracts are for the academic year for all students. Freshman and sophomore students not in compliance with the University's residency policy will be restricted from registering for classes and may be subject to the appropriate financial charges for the period they were not in compliance with the policy.

Students of junior and senior standing (as defined in the undergraduate catalog) may reside in accommodations of their choosing.

Western Illinois University offers guaranteed room and board rates as well as guaranteed tuition rates for each new class of entering students. The guaranteed rates remain in effect for four years as long as students maintain continuous enrollment. The 2009–2010 residence hall room and board rates per semester for new students appear below. Room and board rates are subject to change without notice by action of the WIU Board of Trustees.

Room and Board Rates Per Semester
Occupancy Type Traditional Residence Halls Grote Hall Suites
Double Occupancy $2,306.00 $2,631.00 $2,556.00
Single Occupancy $3,343.00 $3,289.00 $4,345.00
Super Single $3,459.00
Board: a la carte $1,515.00

Expected Expenses

A full-time, in-state, new undergraduate student with 15 semester hours could expect to incur the following expenses during the 2009-2010 academic year:

Semester Academic Year
Tuition $3,389 $6,778
University Fees and Health Insurance 1,419 2,838
Room & Board (double room) 3,821 7,642
Total Tuition, Fees, and Room/Board $8,629 $17,258
Other Estimated Costs
Books (estimate) $600 $1,200
Personal Expenses (estimate) 1,800 3,600
Total Estimated Costs
In-State Total (estimate) 11,029 20,058
Out-of-State Total (estimate) $12,724 $23,448

Amounts are subject to change without notice by action of the WIU Board of Trustees.

A cost estimator, which allows individuals to obtain cost estimates based upon specific student choices, is available on the Billing and Receivables Office website, wiu.edu/billing. Expected expenses for returning students may be obtained by contacting the Office of Financial Aid in Room 127, Sherman Hall, telephone (309) 298-2446.

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