The Cost of Attendance (COA) is a budget developed by the Office of Student Financial Services each year to estimate the expenses a typical student would have during periods of enrollment. The COA includes tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, transportation, and miscellaneous personal expenses. COA is used in conjunction with the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) from the FAFSA to determine a student’s financial need.
When comparing financial aid packages from other schools, make sure you are comparing the total cost of attending that school, not just the total financial aid awarded. It is important for you to budget and make wise decisions regarding how to utilize the limited financial aid funds you receive. As per federal regulations, students who receive need based aid are not allowed to receive aid that exceeds their COA. This includes federal, state, private, and institutional aid. Students who qualify for non-need based aid only can receive aid that exceeds their Cost of Attendance.
While the COA is an estimated budget used for groups of students, actual tuition and fee information can be found here:
2020-2021 – Cost of Attendance Information
|Category||Tuition||Loan Fees||Room & Board||Books||Transportation||Miscellaneous Costs||Total|
|Graduate Student, Full-time Enrollment, Fall, Spring, and Summer||11556||210||10843||973||1563||2207||27352|
|Undergraduate, Main Campus, Living Off-campus, Full-time Enrollment, Fall and Spring||30548||82||8132||1298||2345||1655||44060|
|Undergraduate, Main Campus, Resident Student, Full-time Enrollment, Fall & Spring||30548||82||11040||1298||1190||1655||45813|
|Undergraduate, Main Campus, Living with Parent, Full-time Enrollment, Fall & Spring||30548||82||2046||1298||2345||1655||37974|