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Cost of Attendance (COA)

OSFA award letters list anticipated expenses which reflect the Cost of Attendance (COA) students may encounter during the academic year. The total COA is an estimate, not a bill, and actual costs may vary. These costs include:

  • Tuition
  • Fees
  • Tuition Differential (if applicable)
  • Books and Supplies
  • Room and Board
  • Travel
  • Miscellaneous Personal Expenses
  • Direct Loan Fees (if borrowed)

The total COA is not the amount you owe the university for the year. Students should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid to request a review of their cost of attendance if actual expenses are significantly different from the costs listed on their financial aid award letter. Child care, computer, study abroad and disability related expenses can be taken into consideration with the submission of the proper paperwork.

Direct vs. Indirect Costs:

  • Direct Costs are paid to the university bill and include tuition and differential, fees, and room and board for students living on campus.
  • Indirect Costs are anticipated expenses students may incur. These costs include books and supplies, travel, and miscellaneous personal expenses. Room and board are indirect costs for students living off campus.

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