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Tuition, Fees and Residency

In this section:


  • Cost of an Academic Year's Work
  • Tuition and Fees
  • Identification Card


  • Residency Classification

Common Market:

  • Academic Common Market
  • Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Academic Common Market


  • Tuition and Fee Regulations
  • Refund of Tuition and Fees
  • Non-Sufficient Funds Check Policy


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Cost of an Academic Year’s Work

The WVU Financial Aid Office provides an estimate of the total cost of attendance for an academic year at . This estimate includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, off-campus room and board, transportation, and personal expenses in amounts designed to provide a modest, but adequate, lifestyle for students. Many students attending WVU obtain graduate assistantships offered by academic and non-academic units across campus. In addition to a waiver of University tuition, graduate assistantships also provide stipends that range in value according to the college, program, or work to be undertaken. Information about graduate assistantships is available at .

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Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fee structures vary by residency classification and academic program at WVU. Current tuition and fee costs can be found at . Students are charged for University tuition, College/School tuition, and University fees. In some cases, students are charged different rates for Extended Learning courses or programs. Senior citizens of West Virginia (age 65 and older) who meet WVU residency requirements may take courses at WVU for reduced tuition and fees. All West Virginia University tuition and fees are subject to change without notice.

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Identification Card

Students registered for the current semester are eligible for an identification card (Mountaineer Card). The Mountaineer Card gives access to certain activities and privileges depending on fees assessed. Students assessed on-campus fees have free access to the Student Recreation Center, the PRT, and athletic events, and may ride the local bus system (MountainLine) by using their ID card. On- and off-campus students have access to the WVU Libraries. Students taking Extended Learning classes may opt to pay the on-campus fees to participate in the other activities. WVU reserves the right to refuse issuance of an identification card and misuse may result in confiscation of the card. For more information about the Mountaineer Card visit .

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Residency policy is established by the WV Higher Education Policy Commission Series 25, which is posted at . The WVU Office of Admissions assigns students a residency classification for admission, tuition, and fee purposes. Students who are legal residents of West Virginia pay “resident” tuition and fees at WVU; students who are residents of other states and nations pay “non-resident” tuition and fees. Further information on residency classification is at .

Academic Common Market

West Virginia provides its residents the opportunity, through the Academic Common Market (ACM) and through other contract programs, to pursue academic majors or programs not available within the state. The contract programs and the ACM permit West Virginians to enter out-of-state institutions at reduced tuition rates. The ACM provides access to numerous undergraduate and graduate programs. The programs are restricted to West Virginia residents who have been accepted for admission to one of the specific programs at the designated out-of-state institutions. Through reciprocal agreements, WVU allows residents of states within the ACM to enroll in undergraduate and graduate programs on an in-state tuition basis. Further information may be obtained from the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Stewart Hall, West Virginia University, P.O. Box 6203, Morgantown, WV 26506-6203, or you may visit the SREB Academic Common Market site for eligible programs: . Application must be made through the higher education authority of the state of residence. West Virginia residents should apply through the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, 1018 Kanawha Boulevard East, Charleston, WV 25301. For more information see their brochure at: .

Regional contract programs have been established for study in optometry, podiatry, and veterinary medicine. Visit: for additional information.

SREB Academic Common Market

Through the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Academic Common Market, WVU allows students from SREB member states to enroll in certain WVU programs at in-state tuition rates. Typically these degree programs are not available to students in their home state. In addition to West Virginia, SREB member states are Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida (graduate only), Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina (graduate only), Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas (graduate only), and Virginia. Please refer to the SREB website for the most current information about programs offered to residents of your state.


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Tuition and Fee Regulations

All tuition and fees are payable to the Office of Student Accounts prior to the first day of each term. Exceptions and late fee charges are explained at . Students can review their charges, waivers, scholarships, and payments online through the STAR Information System, which can be accessed from MIX at . Payments can also be made from the same website. Payments of tuition, fees, and other charges by check, draft, or money order are subject to WVU’s Non-Sufficient Funds Check Policy available at . A service charge is collected on each check returned unpaid by the bank upon which it was drawn.

Arrangements can be made with the Office of Student Accounts for payment from officially accepted scholarships, loan funds, grants, or contracts. Students holding graduate assistantships normally are provided with a waiver of University tuition but must pay College/School tuition and University fees. Students holding fellowships may receive waivers or scholarships to cover tuition and fees according to the provisions of the fellowship. Waivers and scholarships will be applied to students’ accounts.

WVU places restrictions on students who have outstanding debts to the University. The restriction may include, but is not limited to, the withholding of a student’s registration, diploma, or transcript. No degree is conferred and no transcripts are issued to any student before payment is made of all tuition, fees, and other indebtedness to any unit of the University.

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Refund of Tuition and Fees

Current information on refunds can be found at .

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Non-Sufficient Funds Check Policy

Payments of tuition, fees, and other charges by check, draft, or money order are subject to WVU’s Non-Sufficient Funds Check Policy available at . A service charge is collected on each check returned unpaid by the bank upon which it was drawn.

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