Costs & Budgeting

Tuition and Fees

Because IIW is a University of Illinois program, program tuition is the same as regular campus tuition, which can be looked up here. Your student account will be billed for tuition, fees, and housing.  You can pay that account off in the manner you would ordinarily pay amounts charged to your student account.  You can apply for the same financial aid as you if you were taking courses on the main campus.  Often, the Political Science Department and IIW will offer small fellowships and stipends on a competitive basis.

While in IIW, your school fees are somewhat less because only the general fee (and, if applicable, the health insurance fee), are required and the University waives all of your on-campus fees.  However, there is a $1000 program fee for Illinois in Washington.

Books and Supplies

Fewer books and academic supplies are required than on campus.

Housing and Living Expenses

Housing and living expenses are higher than on campus. Housing is in shared apartments or a group house provided by WIHN. Currently, students live together in shared apartments on Capitol Hill within easy walking distance from Congress, Union Station and the subway. Housing costs $4,500 per semester and $3,600 for the summer.

Financial Aid

If you are on financial aid, you may apply for additional loan amounts to cover these costs.  IIW can provide you with a budget to submit to financial aid. If you have any questions about how your financial aid may work with this program, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Estimated Budget

The tuition for IIW is the same as the cost for classes offered at the main campus.  You must pay a $1000 IIW course fee, but you will not have to pay the roughly $1300 in campus fees that you would pay for attending class on the main campus.  The cost of living is somewhat higher in Washington, DC than in Illinois.  Below is a rough estimate of semester costs.

Fixed costs:

  • Tuition: the same tuition as main campus enrollment (a tuition calculator available at https://cost.illinois.edu/ can help you calculate the cost)
  • Course Fee: you will be charge a $1000 IIW course fee, but you will not be charged more than $1000 in campus fees associated with main campus enrollment
  • WIHN housing: rent is roughly $4500 per semester in the fall and spring; there is also a $400 refundable security deposit, which will be refunded to you if you leave your apartment in good repair and return your apartment key

Variable costs:

  • Airfare: $200-500
  • Meals: $700 to $2400
  • Books and supplies: $50
  • Local transportation: $250-500
  • Personal expenses: $200 to $1500