Tuition and Living Expenses

Tuition fees for in-state, out-state and international students are all the same. Tuition is charged per credit hour at your program rate unless otherwise noted. You can utilize this page to estimate your cost based on your academic program & credits, university expenses and living cost.

Tuition & Costs for International (F-1) Students

Graduate tuition is charged per credit hour unless otherwise noted. Rates vary by program and location. Students are charged tuition by their program rate; if you take a course outside your program, you will be charged your regular program rate. Tuition is subject to annual increases of approximately 3-4%. 

The tuition amounts shown are effective for Fall 2024 and Spring 2025.

Programs Per Credit Hour 3 Credits (Typical Course) 9 Credits (Full-Time, Per Semester) 18 Credits (Full-Time, Per Year)
All programs not listed below* $2,020 $6,060 $18,180 $36,360
Art Therapy $1,873 $5,619 $16,857 $33,714
Clinical Psychology, PsyD $1,873 $5,619 $16,857 $33,714
Corcoran - Exhibition Design $1,904 $5,712 $17,136 $34,272
Corcoran - Museum Collections Management and Care (Online) $1,335 $4,005 $12,015 (12 Credit Program)
Corcoran - Museum Studies $1,904 $5,712 $17,136 $34,272
Corcoran - New Media Photojournalism $1,904 $5,712 $17,136 $34,272
Forensic Psychology $1,532 $4,596 $13,788 $27,576
Organizational Sciences $1,532 $4,596 $13,788 $27,576

* This does not include the Classical Acting program. This program is not broken down by per credit hour, only for the total program cost ($49,306 - Fall 2024/Spring 2025/Summer 2025).

In addition to the tuition, there are some mandatory fees associated with your enrollment, these are listed below.  Additionally, some courses have miscellaneous fees such as Laboratory or Studio fees.  You can find a comprehensive list of University fees on the Student Accounts website.
Fees (excluding course-specific fees) Amount
Student Association Fee  $3 per credit
CCAS Matriculation Fee (one-time charge at the start of your program) $350
Admission Application Fee $80
International Student Fee (charged each Fall and Spring for F-1 and J-1 students) $45 (each Fall and Spring semester)
Registration fee for off-campus and online programs  $35 (per semester)


General Expenses Amount
Books and Supplies $500 per year (estimated)
GW Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) Varies (For 2022-2023, single coverage ranges from $2,700 - $4,094 per year)

Living Expenses

Where should you start looking for housing near campus? Finding housing in the Washington Metropolitan area can be tricky; that's why we provide examples of where our graduate students live in Washington, D.C., and its surrounding areas. GW's Off-Campus Housing website is an excellent first step to finding housing options. You can find listings for graduate students, and there are message boards and other resources to assist your search. 

See the top areas where students search for housing:

Foggy Bottom, DC

Foggy Bottom is home to GW's largest campus. Housing is convenient but can be very expensive and limited. The advantages of living in this area include very close proximity to campus as well as the Orange, Blue, and Silver lines of the Metro and other D.C. attractions. Housing options include high-rise apartments and townhouses. 

Average Commute Time: 0-10 minutes' walk

Average Rent for Studio: $2,061

Average Rent for 1 Bedroom: $3,179

Capitol Hill, DC

The “Hill”, as it is sometimes called, is a community of restored row houses and a few apartment communities.  Capitol Hill is home to many restaurants, shops, and boutiques that serve area locals and tourists. Capitol Hill/Eastern Market is accessible by the Capitol South and Eastern Market stops on the blue line of the Metrorail.

Average Commute Time: 15-18 minutes by Metro (Orange-Silver-Blue lines)

Average Rent for Studio: $1,850

Average Rent for 1 Bedroom: $2,350

Silver Spring, MD

Silver Spring serves as the primary urban area in Montgomery County and its revitalization has ushered in a diverse mix of people. It contains many reasonably priced apartments. In recent years the Downtown area has been revitalized with an eclectic mix of entertainment, restaurants, and shopping centers. Silver Spring is located on the Red Line of the Metrorail.

Average Commute Time: 35-45 minutes by Metro (Red line)

Average Rent for Studio: $1,512

Average Rent for 1 Bedroom: $1,815


Bethesda, MD

Bethesda is located just over the District’s northern border. It is home to the National Institute of Health, National Naval Medical Center, and the headquarters of both Marriott International and the Lockheed Martin Corporation. Bethesda is best known for its large number of restaurants. There are many apartment buildings and condominiums in downtown Bethesda. This lively urban community is located near two metro stops on the Red line (Bethesda and Medical Center).

Average Commute Time: 30-40 minutes by Metro (Red line)

Average Rent for Studio: $1,711

Average Rent for 1 Bedroom: $2,191

Arlington, VA

There are many types of housing in the North Arlington area including townhouses, garden apartments, large high-rises, luxury apartments, duplexes, and individual homes. Rent is typically lower in Virginia. 

Average Commute Time: 10-20 minutes by Metro from stops like Pentagon City, Clarendon, or Ballston (Blue-Silver-Orange lines)

Average Rent for Studio: $1,965

Average Rent for 1 Bedroom: $2,361

Alexandria, VA

Alexandria, a historic city, offers a wide price range in housing and various types of housing, although many landlords may not advertise in newspapers. A key attraction of Alexandria is Old Town, a restored colonial area with a wide array of shops and other attractions. 

Average Commute Time: 25-30 minutes from King Street and Huntington Metro (Yellow Line)

Average Rent for Studio: $1,765

Average Rent for 1 Bedroom: $1,943