University of Wisconsin–Madison
The cost of attendance includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, transportation, and room and board.

Cost of Attendance

Your cost of attendance (COA) is an ESTIMATE of what it will cost you to cover the expenses of attending UW-Madison. Your COA includes more than just tuition and fees – see below. Most programs’ COAs are based on a nine-month enrollment period, unless otherwise noted.

Although the actual cost of attending UW-Madison varies depending on your particular spending habits, the university bases your financial aid award on your COA.

These ESTIMATED figures are subject to change when tuition and fee rates are approved for 2017-18.

Residency for tuition purposes is determined by the Office of the Registrar.

COA Definitions

  • Assessed by the Office of the Registrar and paid to the Bursar’s Office
  • Billed by the Bursar’s Office to you, the student, and your authorized payer(s)
  • Tuition is the cost for instruction.
  • Segregated Fees are charges in addition to instructional fees assessed to all students for services, programs and facilities that support the primary mission of the university.
  • Estimated tuition rates are used until rates are officially set by the Board of Regents each summer
  • An allowance for the cost of housing (whether on- or off-campus) and food
  • Estimates are created by surveying students and local housing resources to determine an average of what students are spending
  • Your exact housing (room) amount may vary depending on WHERE you choose to live
    • University Housing
    • Off-campus
      • Options can vary drastically so research all of your available options to find what’s affordable for you.  The Campus Area Housing website is a great starting point.
      • Make sure to understand your lease, security deposit and monthly rent, as most off-campus housing options will not formally bill you.
  • Your food (board) costs may also vary depending on your own spending habits – budget accordingly!
  • An allowance for the costs of any class-related materials
  • This is NOT a billable cost – UW-Madison does not have a book purchasing/renting program.  Course-specific books are typically on hold at the library for use, otherwise you are responsible for purchasing books and can do so from any vendor.

This is NOT a billable cost.  However, these are general expenses that you will likely incur maintaining a healthy lifestyle and will vary depending on your specific spending habits.

Undergraduates

An allowance for clothing and upkeep, health care (not including insurance), personal/recreation, and a cell phone.

Graduate/Professionals

All of the above, plus an allowance for health insurance, separate from your general health care costs.

This is NOT a billable cost.  However, these are general expenses that you will likely incur traveling to and from campus.

On- and Off-Campus

An allowance for a UW student bus pass and travel home a few times each semester.

Living at Home

An allowance for the cost of traveling to and from campus, operating and maintaining a vehicle, and parking.

Some additional expenses can be accounted for with documentation, but are not necessarily included automatically:

  • Childcare costs for a dependent child of a student
  • Approved study abroad programs
  • Disability-related expenses

COA Breakdowns

  • Undergraduate

    ESTIMATED 2017-18 Academic Year Cost of Attendance

    **The below estimates account for the approved tuition increase for non-residents**

    Wisconsin Resident Non Resident Minnesota Resident Commuter
    On Campus Off Campus On Campus Off Campus On Campus Off Campus Off Campus
    Tuition & Fees $10,488.48 $10,488.48 $34,738.16 $34,738.16 $13,761.12 $13,761.12 $10,488.48
    Books & Supplies $1,200.00 $1,200.00 $1,200.00 $1,200.00 $1,200.00 $1,200.00 $1,200.00
    Room $8,060.00 $7,028.00 $8,060.00 $7,028.00 $8,060.00 $7,028.00 $824.00
    Board $2,782.00 $3,814.00 $2,782.00 $3,814.00 $2,782.00 $3,814.00 $1,156.00
    Miscellaneous $2,300.00 $2,300.00 $2,300.00 $2,300.00 $2,300.00 $2,300.00 $2,300.00
    Transportation $760.00 $760.00 $1,370.00 $1,370.00 $1,050.00 $1,050.00 $760.00
    Loan Fees $64.00 $64.00 $64.00 $64.00 $64.00 $64.00 $64.00
    TOTAL COA $25,654.48 $25,654.48 $50,514.16 $50,514.16 $29,217.12 $29,217.12 $16,792.48

    Notes

    • An Official Document Fee of $65 is charged to all new UW-Madison students.
    • A First Year Experience Fee of $275 is charged for incoming Freshmen and $200 for new Transfer students.
    • Wisconsin School of Business Tuition Differential
      • Wisconsin residents and non-residents are charged an additional $1,000.08.
      • Minnesota residents are charged an additional $2,000.16
    • College of Engineering Tuition Differential
      • Wisconsin residents and non-residents are charged an additional $1,399.92.
      • There is no additional charge for Minnesota residents.
    • Undergraduate international students will have a tuition surcharge added to their tuition as well as International Student Fees.  Visit the International Student Services (ISS) Office website for more information on funding & scholarships options.
  • Graduate

    ESTIMATED 2017-18 Academic Year Cost of Attendance

    Wisconsin Resident Non Resident Minnesota Resident
    Tuition & Fees $11,942.32 $25,269.20 $17,454.80
    Books & Supplies $1,200.00 $1,200.00 $1,200.00
    Room $8,158.00 $8,158.00 $8,158.00
    Board $3,670.00 $3,670.00 $3,670.00
    Miscellaneous $5,056.00 $5,056.00 $5,056.00
    Transportation $800.00 $800.00 $800.00
    Loan Fees $216.00 $216.00 $216.00
    TOTAL COA $31,042.32 $44,369.20 $36,554.80

    Notes

    • The miscellaneous amount includes $2,756 for the cost of health insurance.
  • Dissertator

    ESTIMATED 2017-18 Academic Year Cost of Attendance

    Wisconsin Resident Non Resident Minnesota Resident
    On Campus Off Campus On Campus Off Campus On Campus Off Campus
    Tuition & Fees $3,342.12 $3,342.12 $4,542.12 $4,542.12 $4,542.12 $4,542.12
    Books & Supplies $1,200.00 $1,200.00 $1,200.00 $1,200.00 $1,200.00 $1,200.00
    Room $8,158.00 $8,158.00 $8,158.00 $8,158.00 $8,158.00 $8,158.00
    Board $3,670.00 $3,670.00 $3,670.00 $3,670.00 $3,670.00 $3,670.00
    Miscellaneous $5,056.00 $5,056.00 $5,056.00 $5,056.00 $5,056.00 $5,056.00
    Transportation $800.00 $800.00 $800.00 $800.00 $800.00 $800.00
    Loan Fees $216.00 $216.00 $216.00 $216.00 $216.00 $216.00
    TOTAL COA $22,442.12 $22,442.12 $23,642.12 $23,642.12 $23,642.12 $23,642.12
  • Business Graduate

    ESTIMATED 2017-18 Academic Year Cost of Attendance

    **The below estimates account for the proposed and approved tuition increase**

    Wisconsin Resident Non Resident Minnesota Resident
    Tuition & Fees $18,666.40 $36,530.80 $33,378.80
    Books & Supplies $1,200.00 $1,200.00 $1,200.00
    Room $8,158.00 $8,158.00 $8,158.00
    Board $3,670.00 $3,670.00 $3,670.00
    Miscellaneous $5,056.00 $5,056.00 $5,056.00
    Transportation $800.00 $800.00 $800.00
    Loan Fees $216.00 $216.00 $216.00
    TOTAL COA $37,766.40 $55,630.80 $52,478.80

    Notes

    • The miscellaneous amount includes $2,756 for the cost of health insurance.
    • ONLY first-year Business Graduate Students have $1,500 added to their budget for the purchase of a computer.
  • Law

    ESTIMATED 2017-18 Academic Year Cost of Attendance

    **The below estimates account for the proposed and approved tuition increase**

    Wisconsin Resident Non Resident Minnesota Resident
    Tuition & Fees $22,450.48 $41,146.72 $40,146.72
    Books & Supplies $2,450.00 $2,450.00 $2,450.00
    Room $8,158.00 $8,158.00 $8,158.00
    Board $3,670.00 $3,670.00 $3,670.00
    Miscellaneous $5,056.00 $5,056.00 $5,056.00
    Transportation $800.00 $800.00 $800.00
    Loan Fees $216.00 $216.00 $216.00
    TOTAL COA $41,800.48 $60,496.72 $59,496.72

    Notes

    • Miscellaneous includes $2,756 for the cost of health insurance.
    • First Year Law Students have $1,000 added to their budget for the purchase of a computer.
  • Pharmacy

    ESTIMATED 2017-18 Academic Year Cost of Attendance

    **The below estimates account for the proposed and approved tuition increase**

    1st – 3rd Year
    Wisconsin Resident Non Resident Minnesota Resident
    Tuition & Fees $20,988.04 $37,238.84 $26,955.12
    Books & Supplies $1,200.00 $1,200.00 $1,200.00
    Room $8,158.00 $8,158.00 $8,158.00
    Board $3,670.00 $3,670.00 $3,670.00
    Miscellaneous $5,056.00 $5,056.00 $5,056.00
    Transportation $800.00 $800.00 $800.00
    Loan Fees $216.00 $216.00 $216.00
    TOTAL COA $40,088.04 $56,338.84 $46,055.12
    4th Year (summer, fall, and spring terms)
    Wisconsin Resident Non Resident Minnesota Resident
    Tuition & Fees $28,744.18 $50,777.54 $40,128.90
    Books & Supplies $1,467.00 $1,467.00 $1,467.00
    Room $12,478.00 $12,478.00 $12,478.00
    Board $5,614.00 $5,614.00 $5,614.00
    Miscellaneous $7,738.00 $7,738.00 $7,738.00
    Transportation $1,232.00 $1,232.00 $1,232.00
    Loan Fees $296.00 $296.00 $296.00
    TOTAL COA $57,569.18 $79,602.54 $68,953.90

    Notes

    • The miscellaneous amount includes $2,756 for the cost of health insurance.
    • Fourth year cost of attendance budgets for three summer blocks.
  • Veterinary Medicine

    ESTIMATED 2017-18 Academic Year Cost of Attendance

    **The below estimates account for the proposed and approved tuition increase**

    1st Year 2nd  & 3rd Year 4th Year
    Tuition & Fees $26,841.20 $26,841.20 $26,842.20
    Books & Supplies $1,480.00 $1,780.00 $1,540.00
    Room & Board $11,828.00 $11,828.00 $15,775.00
    Miscellaneous $5,056.00 $5,056.00 $6,745.00
    Transportation $800.00 $800.00 $1,582.00
    Loan Fees $216.00 $216.00 $216.00
    WI Resident Total $46,221.20 $46,521.20 $52,699.20
    Non-Resident Extra Tuition $15,643.20 $15,643.20 $15,643.20
    Non-Resident Total $61,864.40 $62,164.40 $68,342.40

    Notes

    • The miscellaneous amount includes $2,756 for the cost of health insurance.
  • Medicine

    ESTIMATED 2017-2018 Academic Year Cost of Attendance

    **The below estimates account for the proposed and approved tuition increase**

    Med 1 (1st year) Med 2 (2nd year) Med 3 (3rd year) Med 4 (4th year)
    Tuition and Fees $32,643.82 $32,643.82 $32,643.82 $32,643.82
    Books $1,432.00 $1,515.00 $1,650.00 $1,045.00
    Instruments $680.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
    Laptop Computer $1,250.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
    Rotational Travel $0.00 $0.00 $470.00 $470.00
    National Boards $0.00 $605.00 $0.00 $605.00
    Loan Fees $216.00 $216.00 $216.00 $216.00
    $36,221.82 $34,979.82 $34,979.82 $34,979.82
    Living Costs Per Month
    Rent, Utilities, & Renter’s Insurance $906.00 $906.00 $906.00 $906.00
    Food & Household $408.00 $408.00 $408.00 $408.00
    Transportation $186.00 $186.00 $186.00 $186.00
    Miscellaneous $562.00 $562.00 $562.00 $562.00
    Total Monthly Costs $2,062.00 $2,062.00 $2,062.00 $2,062.00
    Annual Living Costs (2) $21,652.00 $24,744.00 $24,744.00 $24,744.00
    Total WI Resident Budget $57,873.82 $59,723.82 $59,723.82 $59,723.82
    Non Resident Tuition Add-On $10,856.10 $10,856.10 $10,856.10 $10,856.10
    Total Non-Resident Budget $68,729.92 $70,579.92 $70,579.92 $70,579.92

    Notes

    • Med 4 students are required to take the USMLE Step II Clinical Skills exam. The cost is $1,275 plus transportation and/or hotel (one night) to the test site (probably Chicago). We will adjust aid for Med 4’s for this cost upon request.
    • Med 1 students have a 10.5 month budget for living expenses. Med 2, 3 and 4 students have a 12 month budget for living expenses.

To help you estimate how much financial aid you can expect to help cover your expenses – see our Net Price/Award Calculator.

Cost of Attendance for 2016-2017

Cost of Attendance for 2015-2016