Tuition & Expenses

How much is tuition?

Tuition is charged by the credit hour; students pay for the courses taken rather than a flat semester/annual rate. This allows students to switch between full-time and part-time status.

Tuition:  $1,765 per credit hour for the 2017-2018 school year

Public Administration and Public Policy courses are typically three credits.  To be considered full-time, graduate students must be registered for at least three courses, totaling nine credit hours.  Fees can be expected to increase incrementally in subsequent years.

The Step Into The World guide is produced by the International Services Office. This is a helpful and informative booklet written for international students, but may be useful to all incoming students. It covers money matters and other frequently asked questions and helpful tips about GW, housing issues, life in the US and more.

Estimated Costs and Expenses

The following is a cost estimate for a single full-time student living in a location close to campus involving a commute, with a shared apartment for 12 months. The stated expenses represent an estimate only. Your expenses will differ based on your standard of living and the choices you make about housing and discretionary costs. Expenses associated with overseas travel, temporary housing, health care, maternity and children, and other similar costs are not included. Students expecting to live alone should plan to pay $1,200 or more per month for an efficiency (small single room) or one-bedroom apartment near GW. Students with disabilities (blind, deaf, physically disabled or learning disabled) may require additional services that could add to the estimated maintenance expenses. Plan on an increase of about 10% per year in your living expenses, and a similar increase in tuition and University fees each year. For questions about payment and balances, visit the Office of Student Accounts website at Colonial Central or call them at 202-994-7350.

Estimated Individual Expenses for One Year

Tuition & Fees


average tuition and fees for two semesters (assumes 18 credits); actual costs may vary

Living expenses (food, housing & utilities)


twelve months at $1,900/month

Books & Supplies


nine-month academic year

Health Insurance


twelve months at $165/month




International students: if you are married and plan to bring your spouse and/or children, you must also certify at least an additional $10,796 per year for your spouse and $5,394 per year for each child. Also see GW Visa Request and Financial Certificate form, part of application for admission.

Where is the financial aid office? What is Colonial Central?

Our financial aid office is Colonial Central, which houses the Offices of Student Financial Assistance, Student Accounts, the Cashier, and the Registrar.

When will I be billed for classes? Where do I pay?

Information about billing is provided from Colonial Central.