Cost of Attendance

The Office of Financial Aid establishes standard student budgets yearly as a basis for awarding financial aid funds. A budget or an estimated cost of attendance (COA) is designed to assist students with their educational expenses for the academic year.  The budget represent our best estimate of what an average student may spend. 

The estimated cost of attendance includes direct and indirect costs.

  • Direct costs include charges a student pays directly to the university, for example, Tuition, Fees, Room and Board (if residing on campus).
  • Indirect costs are those expenses not billed directly to the student’s account. It may include books and supplies, personal and transportation.

The components of an estimated cost of attendance includes the following:

  • Tuition and Fees
  • Average cost for Room and Board (on and off campus)
  • Estimated cost for Books and Supplies
  • Estimated Personal Expenses
  • Estimated Transportation Costs

The student’s specific cost of attendance can be viewed on Aggie Access (the student’s online portal). 

Each student's cost of attendance/budget is based upon full-time (12 hours for Undergraduate and 9 hours for Graduate students) enrollment and residency. Once the add/drop period ends (each semester), the cost of attendance will be adjusted to reflect less than full-time enrollment.