The cost of attendance is determined by the Financial Aid Office and is defined as the total budget required by each student for the nine-month academic year. The cost of attendance reflects a budget that includes both direct and non-direct costs.
Direct Costs are charges applied directly to the student account. Examples of direct costs are:
Non-direct costs are charges not applied to the student account. Examples of non-direct costs include rent (if the student lives off-campus), board, books, supplies, transportation, and personal expenses. Although individual expenses for non-direct costs may vary, the financial aid budget closely estimates the actual expense of each above-mentioned cost. The chart bellows shows a sample nine-month living expense budget based on expected prices for the pending school year. Actual cost will vary by student.
|Estimated Additional Expenses — Day Division||Fall||Spring||Total|
|Books & Supplies||$1,075||$1,075||$2,150|
|Estimated Additional Expenses — Evening Division||Fall||Spring||Total|
|Books & Supplies||$800||$800||$1,600|
Many students ask for an increase to the budget for special unusual and extraordinary expenses by completing a Petition to Change your Financial Aid Package and providing documentation of those expenses to the Financial Aid Office.
A student's financial need is determined by subtracting the student's expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the Cost of Attendance.