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.

2024–2025 Typical First-Year Budget

  Residential Student Commuter Student
Tuition $66,020 $66,020
Housing $10,812 $3,340
Meal Plan $7,950 $1,086
Fees $654 $654
Matriculation Fee $700 $700
Books $1,200 $1,200
Personal Expenses $1,350 $1,350
Transportation variable variable
Total Cost $88,686 $74,350


Additional Nursing Fees $1,190 $1,190

Case Western Reserve University reserves the right to adjust the cost of attendance because of unexpected campus closures and/or adjustments to the academic calendar. These circumstances could include, but not be limited to, a sudden natural disaster or health crisis. In these situations financial aid eligibility is adjusted accordingly.

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. A student’s financial aid eligibility is determined by subtracting their family’s contribution from their cost of attendance (tuition, fees, living expenses, books and personal expenses). For those students who choose to commute from home or live off-campus (not with family), the university uses a smaller cost of attendance or budget to award need-based grant. These students typically receive less grant assistance than those living on campus.

For students living off campus, their cost of attendance will reflect an off-campus living allowance. For students living with their parents, their cost of attendance will reflect a commuter living allowance of $4,426. For students living in a Greek life house, their cost of attendance will reflect actual Greek-life housing costs and the unlimited meals-per-week plan.