Tuition and Living Expenses

Tuition fees for in-state, out-state, and international students are all the same students. 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 Fees

Graduate tuition is charged per credit hour unless otherwise noted. Rates vary by program and location.  Students are charged tuition by their program rate, therefore 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 below are effective for Fall 2021and Spring 2022.

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* $1,825 $5,475 $16,425 $32,850
Art Therapy $1,720 $5,160 $15,480 $30,960
Clinical Psychology, PsyD $1,720 $5,160 $15,480 $30,960
Corcoran - Exhibition Design $1,570 $4,710 $14,130 $28,260
Corcoran - Museum Collections Management and Care (Online) $1,205 $3,615 $10,845 (12 Credit Program)
Corcoran - Museum Studies $1,720 $5,160 $15,480 $30,960
Corcoran - New Media Photojournalism $1,720 $5,160 $15,480 $30,960
Forensic Psychology $1,395 $4,185 $12,555 $25,110
Organizational Sciences $1,395 $4,185 $12,555 $25,110
LGBT Health Policy and Practice  $1,395 $4,185 $12,555 $25,110
All Trachtenberg Programs (Cert, ENRP, MPA, MPP, PhD) $1,960 $5,880 $17,640 $35,280

* This does not include the Classical Acting program. This program is not broken down by per credit hour, only for the total program cost ($45,455 - Fall 2021/Spring 2022).

University Fees and Other Expenses

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 2021-2022 Single coverage ranges from $2,180 - $3,330 per year

Living Expenses

Finding housing in the Washington Metropolitan area can be tricky- That's why we want to help our students find resources and give examples of where our 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. Below are the top 5 areas where students search for housing that may accommodate the price range and location you may be looking for!

Foggy Bottom

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: $1250 - $1600

Average Rent for 1 Bedroom: $1500 - $1800

Average Rent: $2824

Capitol Hill

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: $1900 - $2500

Average Rent for 1 Bedroom: $2900 - $4000

Silver Springs

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 Rent for Studio: $1300

Average Rent for 1 Bedroom: $1700

Bethesda, MD

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 Rent for Studio: $1550

Average Rent for 1 Bedroom: $1800


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: $1200

Average Rent for 1 Bedroom: $1400


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: $1400

Average Rent for 1 Bedroom: $1600

International Students (F-1 Students)

If you are an international student requiring an F-1 visa from The George Washington University, you must show that you can financially support yourself for the duration of the program. A detailed outline can be found on the Tuition and cost for international students page. This page breaks down the cost and expenses necessary for each program for one academic year. The total amount must be shown in the students' bank account through liquid funds or external funds. For more information about the visa process, please visit our International applicants webpage.