Statements concerning expenses are not to be regarded as forming an irrevocable contract between the student and the University. The costs of instruction and other services outlined herein are those in effect on the date of publication of this bulletin, and the University reserves the right to change without notice the cost of instruction and other services at any time.

Charges are due in full on August 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester. Faculty regulations require that student accounts be settled in full before the student is entitled to receive an official transcript or diploma, or to register for classes.

If the University deems it necessary to engage the services of a collection agency or attorney to collect or to settle any dispute in connection with an unpaid balance on a student account, the student will be liable for all attorney’s fees, reasonable expenses and costs incurred.


Fee Per Semester Per Year
Full-time $26,174 $52,348
Part-time $2,170/semester hour*
Student Activity Fee $100 $200
Student Health Fee $213 $426
Audit Fee $75/semester hour
Wellness Fee $174 $348

Students should expect an increase yearly in tuition. Students must obtain approval for part-time status prior to the beginning of the semester from the Office of Academic Advising to be eligible for part-time tuition.

Students enrolled in the College or in the School of Business for full-time residence credit are entitled to full privileges regarding libraries, laboratories, athletic contests, concerts, publications, the Student Union, the University Theatre, and the Student Health Service. Part-time students are entitled to the use of the libraries, laboratories, and Student Health Service but not to the other privileges mentioned above.

Students are required to arrive on campus by the last day to add a course for each semester.  Students who do not arrive by this date and have not attended or participated in any classes will be refunded full tuition for that semester, less the deposit.

Room Charges

Room Type Per Semester Per Year
Single rooms and all apartments $5,528 $11,056
Double rooms $4,641 $9,282

Dining Plans

All resident students are required to sign up for a dining plan. Off-campus students may purchase a dining plan, but are not required to do so. All students, regardless of class year, can change (increase or decrease) their meal plan for the fall semester through August 1, adhering to area and class year minimums. Plan decreases for the fall semester are not allowed after August 1; however, plan increases will be accepted through the end of the room change period at the beginning of the fall semester adhering to area and class year minimums. Information regarding spring semester meal plan changes will be published by the residence life and housing office prior to the beginning of that semester. 

Deacon Dollars

In addition to a dining plan, students may also purchase Deacon Dollars. The Deacon Dollar account is a debit account system on the student ID card that allows purchases throughout campus. An amount of $1,000 per semester is recommended for campus purchases at the Bookstore, Benson Food Court, Subway, convenience stores, and all other dining locations.  

Dining Plan Options

Meal Plan Food Dollars Cost/Semester
All Access $400 $3,187.00 (Available to everyone; Includes 10 Guest Meals)
Black 200 Block $400 $2,715.50 (Available to everyone, including first-year students)
Base 225 Block $200 $2,430.00 (First-year students minimum, available to everyone)
Gold 125 Block $700 $2,350.50 (Available to all upper-class and off-campus students)
Screamin’ 100 Block $400 $1,617.00 (Minimum for Quad, Palmer/Piccolo, Dogwood & Magnolia. Also available to Apartments, Road Houses and off campus only)
Apartment Style Plan 50 $250 $929.50 (Minimum for all Apartments (including Martin & Polo) and Road Houses. Also available to off-campus students)
Commuter 30 Block** $250 $585.50 (Available to off-campus students only)

Other Charges/Fees 

An admission application fee of $65 is required with each application for admission to cover the cost of processing and is nonrefundable.

An admission deposit of $500 is required for students applying to Wake Forest University. All admissions deposits must be submitted to the director of admissions and are nonrefundable. The applicable deposit is credited to the student’s charges for the semester for which he or she has been accepted for admission.

Individual instruction music fees are required in addition to tuition for students enrolling for individual study in applied music in the Department of Music and are billed to the student account by Financial Services. The fee is $325 for ½-hour music classes and $650 for 1-hour music classes with a maximum fee of $650 per semester.

Library fees are charged for lost or damaged books and are payable in the library.

A one-time new-student orientation fee of $270 is charged to all students in the fall semester.

A student health fee of $426 per year is charged for all full-time Reynolda Campus students.

A tuition deposit of $500 is required by March 31st of students enrolled in the spring semester who expect to return for the fall semester. It is credited to the student’s fall semester University charges and is nonrefundable.

Returned check fee of $25 is charged for each returned check or returned DEAC payment by the Office of Financial and Accounting Services.

A study abroad enrollment fee is charged to students enrolled in an Affiliate (non-Wake Forest) program. The fee is 12% of tuition for the semester ($3,141 per semester for 2018/2019).

Student Health Insurance

Student Health Insurance Premium. Wake Forest University requires health insurance for all full-time, degree-seeking students. Students who demonstrate coverage that meets our criteria may waive the insurance provided by WFU. Students who only need part-time status to complete their degree are eligible for the student insurance. Students may apply for a waiver or enroll at http://www.bcbsnc.com/wfu beginning June 1 st. Premiums for student health insur­ance will be determined each year and published on the Wake Forest University website. Complete details and criteria can be found at https://shi.wfu.edu/.

Medical Withdrawal or Medical Change to Continuous Enrollment Status. Students enrolled in the health insurance plan may continue coverage for a maximum of one year while on a medical leave or on medical continuous enrollment status approved by the University. Students must intend to return and remain a degree-seeking candidate and remit appropriate premiums. To determine if you are eligible, please contact Student Blue for more information at 800-579-8022 or Ann Madigan at 336-758-4247.