Cost of Attendance
Cost of Attendance (COA) is an estimate of what it should cost a student to go to school for a specified period. It includes estimates of tuition and fees, estimated room and board, allowances for books and supplies, estimated cost to travel to and from school, etc. The Office of Financial Aid surveys a sample of students every 2-3 years to help estimate costs accurately. In addition, estimated room and board cost is calculated using housing data form the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and food plans from the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Students and their families are expected to make a reasonable effort to assist in financing educational expenses. Financial aid assistance and other sources should be viewed as a supplement to the efforts of the family/student. The Office of Financial Aid cannot award over a student's COA.
Cost of Attendance is listed on the award page of PAWS.