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

Direct Costs are charges applied directly to the student account. Examples of direct costs are:

  • Tuition & Fees
  • Rent (if the student rents an on-campus apartment)
  • Student Bar Association (SBA) fee
  • Health Insurance
  • Wellness Center Fee

Indirect Costs

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
Living Expenses $9,788 $9,787 $19,575
Transportation $1,260 $1,260 $2,520


Estimated Additional Expenses — Evening Division Fall Spring Total
Books & Supplies $800 $800 $1,600
Living Expenses $9,788 $9,787 $19,575
Transportation $1,260 $1,260 $2,520

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.

Financial Need

A student's financial need is determined by subtracting the student's expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the Cost of Attendance.


Financial Aid Office
Email | 916.739.7158