Cost of Attendance

Undergraduate Tuition, Fees and Living Expenses

Case Western Reserve University is committed to providing you with a state-of-the-art education. We make smart investments in the resources we believe are essential in preparing you for the wider world, including fiber optic and wireless networks, cutting-edge laboratories, renowned faculty, technologically advanced classrooms, sophisticated recreational facilities, comfortable residence halls, and an enormous array of student services and support activities.

Below is a breakdown of the major expenses of attending CWRU for the current academic year.

2018–2019 Typical First-Year Budget

  Residential Student Commuter Student
Tuition $48,604 $48,604
Housing and Meal Plan $15,190 $4,070
Fees $438 $438
Matriculation Fee $555 $555
Books $1,200 $1,200
Personal Expenses $1,350 $1,350
Transportation variable variable
Total Cost $67,337 $56,217

Case Western Reserve University will add a transportation allowance of up to $2,000 based on the student’s state of residence.

Review a more detailed account of attendance cost and fees for returning undergraduates.

Off-Campus Housing

Case Western Reserve University is primarily a residential university, and we believe undergraduate students benefit from living on campus. Students' financial aid eligibility is determined by subtracting the family contribution from the cost of attendance (tuition, fees, living expenses, books and personal expenses). For those returning students who choose to commute or live off campus (not with family), the university uses a smaller commuter cost of attendance or budget to award need-based grant. These students typically receive less grant assistance than those living on campus. For the 2018-19 academic year, students who matriculated in the fall of 2016 or earlier will receive $13,600 less in need-based grant, if the student has eligibility, if they choose to live off campus.

Students who entered beginning the fall semester of 2017 (and beyond):

  • Students living off campus: cost of attendance will reflect an off-campus living allowance
  • Students in Greek life: cost of attendance will reflect actual Greek-life living costs