Estimated Aid & Costs

Curious about what your financial aid package might look like?

Use our Net Price Calculator to receive an estimate of your financial aid award and remaining costs.

Committed to Affordability

With “quality academic offerings and affordable cost,” Warren Wilson College is, for the 15th time, a “best buy,” according to the “Fiske Guide to Colleges 2021.”

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 “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 $23,000 per year. Combined with your Work Grant and other need-based aid, we’re committed to making Warren Wilson an affordable option.

2024-2025 Costs


Listed below are the direct costs for the 2024-2025 academic year.
Costs are updated every Fall.

Tuition: $40,480*
Food & Housing: $13,050
Fees: $1,020
Total Estimated Costs: $54,550

Indirect costs include books, supplies, equipment, transportation, personal, and miscellaneous expenses totaling $4,100 for 2024-2025.  If you have questions about the total cost of attendance you can contact our Financial Aid Office at or call/text 828-771-2082. 

*Don’t forget that your $2,172 Work Grant and $4,000 Work Scholarship are applied directly to your tuition charges to reduce your costs!
(Work Scholarships are awarded to new students admitted for Fall 2023 and later. The Work Grant and Work Scholarship are dependent on successful participation in the Work Program.)

MFA Program for Writers

Listed below are the direct costs for the 2024-2025 academic year.

Annual Tuition: $19,950
Residency Food & Housing: $625 / semester
Culminating Residency: $625
Total 2-Year Costs: $43,025

Get information about loans and financial aid for the MFA program.

Student in Library

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

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.

Director of Financial Aid