Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce

Westfield State University freezes tuition and fees for 2021–22

For immediate release: February 24, 2021

Contact: Troy Watkins,, 413.572.5523


Westfield State University freezes tuition and fees for 2021–22  


WESTFIELD—Westfield State University will maintain its current undergraduate tuition and mandatory fee rates for the 2021–22 academic year to help its returning and prospective students through the financial challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. The University’s Board of Trustees approved the rates at its Feb. 9, 2021, public meeting.


“Westfield State prides itself on a student-centered approach,” said Daniel Forster, University’s vice president for enrollment management. “We are pleased to help ease the burden of many students and families during this difficult time. Offering accessible, quality programs is central to the mission of Westfield State.”


Full-time in-state undergraduate students pay $11,139 in tuition and fees. Campus housing costs range from $7,700 to $8,500—depending on the residence option selected—while a full meal plan charge is $4,500.


In addition, tuition and fees for all graduate programs have also been frozen for the 2021–22 academic year, with one exception. Students enrolling in the highly popular Master of Science in physician assistant studies two-year program, beginning in the spring 2022 semester, will incur an increase of 5.9% to $780 per credit for the next two years. According to Forster, the University’s physician assistant studies program remains a best value as the most affordable in western Massachusetts.


Westfield State typically enlists minimal annual increases in fees to accommodate and serve students, comparable to its Massachusetts state university sister institutions. At the same time, however, the amount of financial aid available to Westfield State students and families has increased in the past four years: In 2017, $2.7 million in institutional financial aid was distributed; in 2020, $3.3 million was allotted.


In addition to the temporary freeze on tuition and fees and the increased Financial Aid, Westfield State’s recent announcement of the Paul W. Dower Live Strong Excellence Award will provide further help by rewarding high-achieving prospective students with an annual $10,000 scholarship for four years. It is the first such scholarship for the University.


“Mr. Dower’s transformational gift will help aspiring scholars for generations to come,” said Roy H. Saigo, Ph.D. interim president. “We are proud to offer such a scholarship for the first time at Westfield State, beginning this fall.”


For more information, visit the University’s web page for tuition and financial aid.


Founded in 1839 by Horace Mann, Westfield State University is an education leader committed to providing every generation of students with a learning experience built on its founding principle as the first public co-educational college in America to offer an education without barrier to race, gender or economic status. This spirit of innovative thinking and social responsibility is forged in a curriculum of liberal arts and professional studies that creates a vital community of engaged learners who become confident, capable individuals prepared for leadership and service to society. For more information, visit,, or



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