William Paterson University strives to make education affordable for all and to provide assistance to students and their families for understanding various funding options. The University has held tuition and fee increases to 2 percent or less in each of the last seven years and the increase for 2017-18 is 1.8 percent (a $230 increase to 12,804 for New Jersey residents.) The William Paterson University Board of Trustees is responsible for establishing tuition, fees, housing, and board plan rates. Rates are set by the Board each year at an open public meeting following an annual public hearing each April at which students and the campus community can express their views. Tuition and fee schedules are subject to change without notice and upon the action of the Board of Trustees.
Costs: For the 2017-18 academic year, an undergraduate student who is a resident of New Jersey taking between 12 and 19 credits per semester would pay $12,804 ($6,402 per semester) for tuition and the Student Government Association fee.
Funding options: The University administers a number of financial aid programs (grants, scholarships, waivers, loans and campus employment) designed to assist students in funding their college education.
Scholarships: William Paterson maintains a merit scholarship program for incoming freshman and transfer applicants. Additional scholarship opportunities for incoming and currently enrolled students are also available. Click here for more information about our scholarship program. Outside scholarships, which students research and apply for on their own, are also accepted.
Financial Aid: To help eligible students afford a William Paterson education, the University offers grants, student employment, information about loans, tuition waivers programs, and tuition payment plans.
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Net Price Calculator: The net price calculator can help you estimate your net price for attending the University. Net price is the difference between the "sticker" price (full cost) to attend, minus any grants and scholarships for which you may be eligible. Click here to estimate your net price »