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Cost of Attendance and Resource Planner

Whether the plan to pay for college has been years in the making or it is a conversation that's just beginning, there are many options available to make earning a college degree a reality.

The most important part of planning to attend college is to understand the costs, and make certain that the necessary financing is in place to pay your costs on time and assure the long term financial impacts are well considered and fully understood prior to enrollment.

To help families plan for the various expenses related to attending college, we have created this helpful tool to aid students and families in estimating the cost of attendance, applying financial aid and other resources to their costs, and then determine what additional funds will be needed to cover their costs.

                    Download the PDF tool to start planning!*

                        *For access to all of the functions of the planner, you must download the file to your device.

Additional Resources

College Savings Plans

If you invested in a college savings plan such as a 529 or prepaid college plan, it is important to contact your plan manager for instructions on how to send funds to the institution. Some plans only require a request from the plan holder while others need a bill printed from the student’s STAR account online.

Third-Party Sponsors

Third-Party Sponsors are entities which pay institutional charges for a student. Examples: Vocational Rehabilitation, military, employers, etc. Students may qualify for assistance through these entities.  Find information on what sponsors should provide.

Monthly Payment Plan

West Virginia University offers the TuitionPay monthly payment plan to help students spread all or a portion of their institutional charges over several months. View more information or sign up for TuitionPay.

Student Employment

Students can seek on- or off-campus employment to help with indirect costs – such as supplies, personal, and transportation costs – through the MountaineerTRAK system at

Private and Departmental Scholarships

Students should always continue seeking additional scholarship assistance through their department (i.e. program of study) and private establishments.  View a breakdown of different scholarship sources as well as tips on applying.

Credit-Based Loan Options (PLUS and Private)

There are a variety of different credit-based loan options from the federal government and private lenders. However, there are differences between federal and private loans such as the borrower, the lender, interest rates, fees, and terms. We have tools to help you determine what works best for you!