In order to comply with Washington statutory requirements, WSU has made the following information available to students as a supplement to their tuition statements.
Pursuant to legislative provisions, Washington State University provides students with information on the estimated amount that the state contributes in support of their education.
The following table indicates the average state support per Full Time Equivalent (FTE) student attending WSU. (A full time equivalent student in this context is calculated based on 30 credits per year for an undergraduate and 20 credits per year for a graduate student). Expenses associated with health science related fields, research and public service are excluded from this calculation.
* Operating tuition is one component of the total cost of attendance. For complete estimates of the cost of attendance, please see the Student Financial Aid website.
WSU reports all sources of institutional revenue in its annual audited financial statements. Please see the University’s Annual Financial Statements page.
Tuition revenue, as defined by RCW 28B.15.020, includes the Building Fee and the Operating Fee. Building Fee revenue is appropriated by the legislature specifically for buildings, equipment, maintenance and other capital projects. The pie chart and descriptions below show the major activities supported by Operating fees revenue in fiscal year 2012.
Instruction, Research, Public Service
Approximately 62% of tuition funding supports the faculty and staff directly delivering WSU's instruction, research and service mission. These activities extend across the state at four campuses, five agricultural research centers, and at extension offices in every county. During 2011-12 these activities served approximately 25,000 undergraduate, graduate, & professional students and produced 6,390 graduates (bachelor and advanced degree recipients) in 2010-11.
Primary Academic Support
Provides front-line supervision and support of instruction, research and service activities in each college and campus. Services include course development, course scheduling, advising for upper division students, program accreditation/certification, learning assessment, and performance reviews. Other activities include online degree offerings, graduate student services, research compliance, and academic computing.
Supports staffing in library facilities across the four campuses and provide funding for library acquisitions and collection maintenance.
Provides essential services supporting students in their path to degree, including admissions, financial aid, course registration, advising, counseling, career planning, recruitment, and study abroad.
Provides support for the day-to-day operation and supervision of Washington State University. Key services include: human resources, accounting, payroll, purchasing, information technology, student and financial information systems, institutional research, intellectual property, administration, and research compliance.
Plant Operations & Maintenance
Includes activities to operate and maintain four campuses, five agricultural research centers, and extension centers. Expenses include gas and electric utilities, building repair and upkeep, custodial, grounds keeping, waste management, police/campus safety, and environmental health and safety.
WSU reports accountability and performance data each year. For more information, please see WSU's most recent report.
Additional performance data for Washington State University, as well as for Washington’s other public four-year universities and colleges, is available on the Office of Financial Management website.
Students or their families may qualify for federal tax credit programs such as the American Opportunity Credit and the Lifetime Learning Credit. All students are encouraged to inquire about these programs and apply for these credits, if applicable. For more information, please see the Internal Revenue Service Tax Benefits for Education Information Center website.