Cost of Attendance (COA) is a financial aid term used in determining your eligibility for financial aid. Your COA is the estimated amount that it will cost for you to go to school. The COA is also sometimes called your financial aid budget. The COA is calculated each year by the school, and is initially calculated based on attendance for the full school year (both fall and spring semesters), and may be adjusted to include summer semester if you choose to enroll. The COA may also be adjusted up or down depending on your actual enrollment. A student's COA will be based on several factors, including residency. The components used in the overall COA estimate are:
- Student Fees
- Room and Board
- Books and Supplies
- Miscellaneous Expenses
Additional allowance can also be made for students in extenuating circumstances. You can inquire about changes to your COA with your financial aid counselor.
The COA is not your bill. It is an estimate of the amount of money you will need to come up with in order to attend school for a given year. It is used in establishing eligibility for all aid programs.
The total amount of aid you receive cannot exceed your COA. This includes all Federal, state and institutional aid, as well as private loans and veterans' benefits.
Every student is different. Your Cost of Attendance may be very different from that of other students, depending on several different factors. To get an estimate of what your COA may be, you can use our Net Price Calculator to gauge what attendance at SUU may cost. You can also check the Cashier's website for current tuition and fee rates.