Cost of Attendance

Your cost of attendance (COA) is an ESTIMATE of the expenses you might encounter while attending UW-Madison. Your COA includes more than just tuition and fees – see below. Most programs’ COAs are based on a full-time, 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 on your estimated COA.

To see actual tuition and fees for your specific degree and/or program, visit the Bursar’s Office, Tuition Rates page.  Tuition & Fees for 2021-22 were approved by the Wisconsin Board of Regents.   Residency for tuition purposes is determined by the Registrar’s Office.

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

COA Breakdowns

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Undergraduate

2021-2022 ESTIMATED Academic Year Cost of Attendance

Wisconsin Resident Non-Resident Minnesota Resident Commuter
Tuition & Fees $10,766.00 $38,654.00 $14,812.00 $10,766.00
Required Course Material & Educational Supplies $1,150.00 $1,150.00 $1,150.00 $1,150.00
Housing & Meals $12,548.00 $12,548.00 $12,548.00 $2,294.00
Personal $2,250.00 $2,250.00 $2,250.00 $2,250.00
Transportation $750.00 $1,220.00 $1,030.00 $750.00
Loan Fees $66.00 $66.00 $66.00 $66.00
Total $27,530.00 $55,888.00 $31,856.00 $17,276.00

2020-2021 ESTIMATED Academic Year Cost of Attendance

Wisconsin Resident Non-Resident Minnesota Resident Commuter
Tuition & Fees $10,746.00 $38,634.00 $15,058.00 $10,746.00
Required Course Material & Educational Supplies $1,150.00 $1,150.00 $1,150.00 $1,150.00
Housing & Meals $12,200.00 $12,200.00 $12,200.00 $2,230.00
Personal $2,266.00 $2,266.00 $2,266.00 $2,266.00
Transportation $800.00 $1,324.00 $1,100.00 $800.00
Loan Fees $66.00 $66.00 $66.00 $66.00
Total $27,228.00 $55,640.00 $31,840.00 $17,258.00

Notes

  • New Student 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 $1,999.92
  • College of Engineering Tuition Differential
    • All students (Residents, non-residents, and MN) are charged an additional $1,399.92.
  • International undergraduate students will have a 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

2021-2022 ESTIMATED Academic Year Cost of Attendance

Wisconsin Resident Non Resident Minnesota Resident
Tuition & Fees $12,220.00 $25,548.00 $19,052.00
Required Course Material & Educational Supplies $1,150.00 $1,150.00 $1,150.00
Housing & Meals $14,122.00 $14,122.00 $14,122.00
Personal $5,824.00 $5,824.00 $5,824.00
Transportation $782.00 $782.00 $782.00
Loan Fees $266.00 $266.00 $266.00
TOTAL COA $34,364.00 $47,692.00 $41,196.00

2020-2021 ESTIMATED Academic Year Cost of Attendance

Wisconsin Resident Non Resident Minnesota Resident
Tuition & Fees $12,200 $25,526.00 $19,052.00
Required Course Materials & Educational Supplies $1,150.00 $1,150.00 $1,150.00
Housing & Meals $13,766.00 $13,766.00 $13,766.00
Personal $5,792.00 $5,792.00 $5,792.00
Transportation $834.00 $834.00 $834.00
Loan Fees $262.00 $262.00 $262.00
TOTAL COA $34,004.00 $47,300.00 $40,856.00

Dissertator

2021-2022 ESTIMATED Academic Year Cost of Attendance

Wisconsin Resident Non Resident Minnesota Resident
Tuition & Fees $3,450.00 $4,650.00 $4,650.00
Required Course Material & Educational Supplies $1,150.00 $1,150.00 $1,150.00
Housing & Meals $14,122.00 $14,122.00 $14,122.00
Personal $5824.00 $5824.00 $5824.00
Transportation $782.00 $782.00 $782.00
Loan Fees $266.00 $266.00 $266.00
TOTAL COA $25,594.00 $26,794.00 $26,794.00

2020-2021 ESTIMATED Academic Year Cost of Attendance

Wisconsin Resident Non Resident Minnesota Resident
Tuition & Fees $3,444.00 $4,644.00 $4,644.00
Required Course Material & Educational Supplies $1,150.00 $1,150.00 $1,150.00
Housing & Meals $13,766.00 $13,766.00 $13,766.00
Personal $5,792.00 $5,792.00 $5,792.00
Transportation $834.00 $834.00 $834.00
Loan Fees $262.00 $262.00 $262.00
TOTAL COA $25,248.00 $26,448.00 $26,448.00

Business Graduate

2021-2022 ESTIMATED Academic Year Cost of Attendance

Wisconsin Resident Non Resident Minnesota Resident
Tuition & Fees $24,858.00 $48,506.00 $41,668.00
Required Course Material & Educational Supplies $1,150.00 $1,150.00 $1,150.00
Housing & Meals $14,122.00 $14,122.00 $14,122.00
Personal $5,824.00 $5,824.00 $5,824.00
Transportation $782.00 $782.00 $782.00
Loan Fees $266.00 $266.00 $266.00
TOTAL COA $47,002.00 $70,650.00 $63,812.00

2020-2021 ESTIMATED Academic Year Cost of Attendance

Wisconsin Resident Non Resident Minnesota Resident
Tuition & Fees $24,836.00 $48,486.00 $41,648.00
Required Course Material & Educational Supplies $1,150.00 $1,150.00 $1,150.00
Housing & Meals $13,766.00 $13,766.00 $13,766.00
Personal $5,792.00 $5,792.00 $5,792.00
Transportation $834.00 $834.00 $834.00
Loan Fees $262.00 $262.00 $262.00
TOTAL COA $46,640.00 $70,290.00 $63,452.00

Notes

  • First-year Business Graduate Students have $1,500 added to their required course material and educational supplies budget for the purchase of a computer.

Law

2021-2022 ESTIMATED Academic Year Cost of Attendance

Wisconsin Resident Non Resident Minnesota Resident
Tuition & Fees $30,282.00 $48,978.00 $46,424.00
Required Course Material & Educational Supplies $2,450.00 $2,450.00 $2,450.00
Housing & Meals $14,122.00 $14,122.00 $14,122.00
Personal $5,824.00 $5,824.00 $5,824.00
Transportation $782.00 $782.00 $782.00
Loan Fees $266.00 $266.00 $266.00
TOTAL COA $53,726.00 $72,422.00 $69,868.00

2020-2021 ESTIMATED Academic Year Cost of Attendance

Wisconsin Resident Non Resident Minnesota Resident
Tuition & Fees $27,708.00 $46,404.00 $46,404.00
Required Course Material & Educational Supplies $2,450.00 $2,450.00 $2,450.00
Housing & Meals $13,766.00 $13,766.00 $13,766.00
Personal $5,792.00 $5,792.00 $5,792.00
Transportation $834.00 $834.00 $834.00
Loan Fees $262.00 $262.00 $262.00
TOTAL COA $50,812.00 $69,508.00 $69,508.00
Notes
  • First Year Law Students have $1,000 added to their required course materials and educational supplies budget for the purchase of a computer.

Pharmacy

2021-2022 ESTIMATED Academic Year Cost of Attendance

1st – 3rd Year
Wisconsin Resident Non Resident Minnesota Resident
Tuition & Fees $27,204.00 $45,046.00 $29,356.00
Required Course Material & Educational Supplies $1,150.00 $1,150.00 $1,150.00
Housing & Meals  $14,122.00 $14,122.00 $14,122.00
Personal $5,824.00 $5,824.00 $5,824.00
Transportation $782.00 $782.00 $782.00
Loan Fees $266.00 $266.00 $266.00
TOTAL COA $49,348.00 $67,190.00 $51,500.00
4th Year (summer, fall, and spring terms)
Wisconsin Resident Non Resident Minnesota Resident
Tuition & Fees $37,480.00 $61,258.00 $44,032.00
Required Course Material & Educational Supplies $1,400.00 $1,400.00 $1,400.00
Housing & Meals $18,830.00 $18,830.00 $18,830.00
Personal $7,766.00 $7,766.00 $7,766.00
Transportation $1,044.00 $1,044.00 $1,044.00
Loan Fees $266.00 $266.00 $266.00
TOTAL COA $66,786.00 $90,564.00 $73,338.00

2020-2021 ESTIMATED Academic Year Cost of Attendance

1st – 3rd Year
Wisconsin Resident Non Resident Minnesota Resident
Tuition & Fees $27,182.00 $45,024.00 $29,336.00
Required Course Material & Educational Supplies $1,150.00 $1,150.00 $1,150.00
Housing & Meals $13,766.00 $13,766.00 $13,766.00
Personal $5,792.00 $5,792.00 $5,792.00
Transportation $834.00 $834.00 $834.00
Loan Fees $262.00 $262.00 $262.00
TOTAL COA $48,986.00 $66,828.00 $51,140.00
4th Year (summer, fall, and spring terms)
Wisconsin Resident Non Resident Minnesota Resident
Tuition & Fees $36,708.00 $60,518.00 $44,004.00
Required Course Material & Educational Supplies $1,400.00 $1,400.00 $1,400.00
Housing & Meals $18,354.00 $19,100.00 $19,100.00
Personal $7,722.67 $7,934.00 $7,934.00
Transportation $1,112.00 $1,184.00 $1,184.00
Loan Fees $262.00 $262.00 $262.00
TOTAL COA $65,559.33 $90,398.00 $73,884.00

Notes

  • Summer COA based on enrollment in three summer blocks in your fourth year.

Veterinary Medicine

2021-2022 ESTIMATED Academic Year Cost of Attendance

1st Year 2nd  & 3rd Year 4th Year
Tuition & Fees $32,922.00 $32,922.00 $32,922.00
Required Course Material & Educational Supplies $1,480.00 $1,780.00 $1,540.00
Housing & Meals $14,742.00 $14,742.00 $19,656.00
Personal $5,824.00 $5,824.00 $7,765.33
Transportation $782.00 $782.00 $1,042.67
Loan Fees $266.00 $266.00 $266.00
WI Resident Total $56,016.00 $56,316.00 $63,192.00
Non-Resident Extra Tuition $19,250.00 $19,250.00 $19,250.00
Non-Resident Total $75,266.00 $75,566.00 $82,442.00

2020-21 ESTIMATED Academic Year Cost of Attendance

1st Year 2nd  & 3rd Year 4th Year
Tuition & Fees $32,902.00 $32,902.00 $32,902.00
Required Course Material & Educational Supplies $1,480.00 $1,780.00 $1,540.00
Housing & Meals $13,766.00 $13,766.00 $18,354.00
Personal $5,792.00 $5,792.00 $7,722.00
Transportation $834.00 $834.00 $1,660.00
Loan Fees $262.00 $262.00 $262.00
WI Resident Total $55,036.00 $55,336.00 $62,440.00
Non-Resident Extra Tuition $19,248.00 $19,248.00 $19,248.00
Non-Resident Total $74,284.00 $74,584.00 $81,688.00

Medicine

2021-2022 ESTIMATED Academic Year Cost of Attendance

Med 1 (1st year) Med 2 (2nd year) Med 3 (3rd year) Med 4 (4th year)
Tuition & Fees $39,636.00 $39,636.00 $39,636.00 $39,636.00
Books $1,389.00 $1,605.00 $1,103.00 $1,045.00
Instruments $860.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Laptop Computer $1,250.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Rotational Travel $0.00 $470.00 $470.00 $470.00
Additional Travel $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $8,775.00
National Boards $0.00 $0.00 $2620.00 $0.00
Loan Fees $266.00 $266.00 $266.00 $266.00
$43,401.00 $41,977.00 $44,095.00 $50,192.00
Living Costs Per Month
Rent, Utilities, & Renter’s Insurance $1,092.00 $1,092.00 $1,092.00 $1,092.00
Food & Household $477.00 $477.00 $477.00 $477.00
Transportation $87.00 $87.00 $87.00 $87.00
Personal $647.00 $647.00 $647.00 $647.00
Total Monthly Costs $2,303.00 $2,303.00 $2,303.00 $2,303.00
Annual Living Costs $24,181.00 $27,636.00 $27,636.00 $27,636.00
Total WI Resident Budget $67,582.00 $69,613.00 $71,731.00 $77,828.00
Non Resident Tuition Add-On $16,176.00 $16,176.00 $16,176.00 $16,176.00
Total Non-Resident Budget $83,758.00 $85,789.00 $87,907.00 $94,004.00

2020-2021 ESTIMATED Academic Year Cost of Attendance

Med 1 (1st year) Med 2 (2nd year) Med 3 (3rd year) Med 4 (4th year)
Tuition & Fees $39,614.00 $39,614.00 $39,614.00 $39,614.00
Books $1,389.00 $1,605.00 $1,103.00 $1,045.00
Instruments $860.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Laptop Computer $1,250.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Rotational Travel $0.00 $470.00 $470.00 $470.00
Additional Travel $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $8,775.00
National Boards $0.00 $0.00 $2620.00 $0.00
Loan Fees $262.00 $262.00 $262.00 $262.00
$43,375.00 $41,951.00 $44,571.00 $50,726.00
Living Costs Per Month
Rent, Utilities, & Renter’s Insurance $1,070.00 $1,070.00 $1,070.00 $1,070.00
Food & Household $460.00 $460.00 $460.00 $460.00
Transportation $92.00 $92.00 $92.00 $92.00
Personal $644.00 $644.00 $644.00 $644.00
Total Monthly Costs $2,266.00 $2,266.00 $2,266.00 $2,266.00
Annual Living Costs $23,793.00 $27,192.00 $27,192.00 $27,192.00
Total WI Resident Budget $67,168.00 $69,143.00 $71,261.00 $77,358.00
Non Resident Tuition Add-On $16,176.00 $16,176.00 $16,176.00 $16,176.00
Total Non-Resident Budget $83,344.00 $85,319.00 $87,437.00 $93,534.00

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 may adjust aid for Med 4’s for this cost upon request.

Historical COAs

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Historic Cost of Attendance

UW-Madison Online COA

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Spring and Summer 2021

2020-2021 ESTIMATED Academic Year Cost of Attendance

Enrollment Status
Full-Time
(12+ credits)
Three-Quarter Time
(9-11 credits)
Half-Time
(6-8 credits)
Tuition $13,800 $10,350 $6,900
Housing & Meals $12,200 $9,150 $6,100
Required Course Material & Educational Supplies $1,150 $1,150 $1,150
Personal $2,266 $2,266 $2,266
Total $29,416 $22,916 $16,416

Fall 2021

2021-2022 ESTIMATED Academic Year Cost of Attendance

Enrollment Status
Full-Time
(12+ credits)
Three-Quarter Time
(9-11 credits)
Half-Time
(6-8 credits)
Tuition $16,200 $12,150 $8,100
Housing & Meals $12,548 $9,411 $6,274
Required Course Material & Educational Supplies $1,150 $1,150 $1,150
Personal $2,250 $2,250 $2,250
Total $32,200 $24,916 $17,774

Notes for fully online undergraduate degrees

Tuition

  • Starting fall 2021, tuition for UW–Madison Online courses will increase from $575 to $675 per credit hour.
  • For UW–Madison Online, the tuition rate is the same for all students regardless of whether you are a resident of Wisconsin.

Fees

COA Definitions

  • The tuition rates listed in our cost of attendance are estimates only. To view actual tuition and fees for your specific degree and/or program, visit the Bursar’s Office Tuition Rates page
  • Assessed by 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 most students for services, programs and facilities that support the primary mission of the university. UW-Madison Online students do not pay these fees.
  • An Official Document Fee is charged to all new UW-Madison students; beginning Fall 2021 it will be $130.
  • 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
      • Billed with tuition & fees by the Bursar’s Office.  You, the student, will be charged based on your selected room type.
    • 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 meal costs may also vary depending on your own spending (and eating) habits.
  • An allowance for the costs of your course-related materials
  • This is NOT a billable cost – UW-Madison does not have a book purchasing/renting program though some courses use eTextbooks with an associated fee.  Course-specific books are typically on hold at the library for use, otherwise you are responsible for purchasing your course material and supplies 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.

Living 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

Contact our office for information on how we can account for these types of costs.