Tuition Guarantee for Virginia Residents

Providing the predictability you need to plan your financial future

An important part of the W&M Promise is predictability for Virginia families when it comes to planning for the cost of tuition.

Incoming undergraduates

The plan gives all incoming Virginia undergraduates and their families a four-year promise that tuition won't rise. Once in-state tuition is set for an incoming class, that number will not change for the next four years. There will be some increases in fees and other costs, but tuition, which has historically been the most volatile part of total cost, will be frozen.

Returning undergraduates

The plan guarantees that in-state students enrolled before fall of 2013 will not see their tuition increase by more than the rate of inflation through their graduation year. For academic year 2015-16 that increase is just 2.4%. For in-state students who entered William & Mary in fall 2013 or later, their tuition rate is guaranteed for all four years as part of the W&M Promise. Learn more about how the new plan affects current students.


Tuition Guarantee for Virginia Residents

Freshmen and transfer students entering fall 2013

Your tuition was set at $10,428 for each of your four years at W&M. The total cost to attend W&M in fall 2015 – tuition, room, board and mandatory fees – is $26,800. This includes $10,428 for tuition, $5,394 for fees and $10,978 for room and board.

Freshmen and transfer students entering fall 2014

Your tuition will be set at $12,428 for each of your four years at W&M. The total cost to attend W&M in fall 2015 – tuition, room, board and mandatory fees – is $28,800. This includes $12,428 for tuition, $5,394 for fees and $10,978 for room and board.

Freshmen and transfer students entering fall 2015

Your tuition will be set at $13,978 for each of your four years at W&M. The total cost to attend W&M in fall 2015 – tuition, room, board and mandatory fees – is $30,350. This includes $13,978 for tuition, $5,394 for fees and $10,978 for room and board.

Learn more about how the W&M Promise affects future freshmen and future transfer students.

Looking ahead

The Board of Visitors approved the guaranteed tuition rates for each class of incoming in-state freshmen for fall 2013, 2014 and 2015. While the Board approved three years of guaranteed rates, the plan is for this new operating model to be an ongoing program with fixed in-state undergraduate tuition rates being set for each new class.


Out-of-state students will see a 2.9% tuition increase for fall 2015. W&M will continue to evaluate out-of-state tuition on an annual basis to ensure it is comparable to or less than the tuition charged by the peer universities with which we compete for students.
Learn more about how the W&M Promise affects you.