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Cost of Attendance

Cost of Attendance (COA) is a figure calculated annually by financial aid offices that represents an estimate of the total cost (including tuition, fees, books & supplies, room & board, transportation, and misc. personal expenses) for a full-time student to attend their university during the academic year.

Separate COA figures are determined for students living On-Campus, Off-Campus, and With Parents. The COA can help families budget for all the expenses to attend college. It is important to note that only a portion of the total COA is paid directly to the University. Additionally, the COA is a standardized estimate, and may be adjusted for students on a case-by-case basis with proper documentation (refer to Special Circumstances).

The cost of attendance is an important factor in determining student financial aid eligibility. The Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which is calculated from the FAFSA data by the federal processor, represents the amount the student and his or her family are expected to contribute to the COA. The EFC is subtracted from the COA to determine the student's financial Need. Financial aid is then awarded to help offset the student's COA. 

If the financial aid is not enough to cover the Need, then the remaining amount is considered Unmet Need. It is important to note that a student is not required to have financial Need to be eligible to receive Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans, PLUS loans, or merit-based scholarships. 

Below are our COA budgets for the 2012/13 Academic Year:

Undergraduate Resident Full-Time Students

Allowances

With Parent

On-Campus

Off-Campus

Room & Board (est.)

$ 4,401

$ 8,787

$ 11,304

Transportation (est.)

$ 1,482

$ 1,377

$ 1,443

Misc. Personal Expenses (est.)

$ 2,622

$ 3,027

$ 3,054

Books & Supplies (est.)

$ 1,752

$ 1,752

$ 1,752

Sub-Total

$ 10,257

$ 14,943

$ 17,553

Tuition Fees (est.)

$ 7,207

$ 7,207

$ 7,207

COA Budget

$ 17,464

$ 22,150

$ 24,760

Teacher Credential Resident Full-Time Students

Allowances

With Parent

On-Campus

Off-Campus

Room & Board (est.)

$ 4,401

$ 8,787

$ 11,304

Transportation (est.)

$ 1,482

$ 1,377

$ 1,443

Misc. Personal Expenses (est.)

$ 2,622

$ 3,027

$ 3,054

Books & Supplies (est.)

$ 1,752

$ 1,752

$ 1,752

Sub-Total

$ 10,257

$ 14,943

$ 17,553

Tuition Fees (est.)

$ 8,167

$ 8,167

$ 8,167

COA Budget

$ 18,424

$ 23,110

$ 25,720

Graduate Resident Full-Time Students

Allowances

With Parent

On-Campus

Off-Campus

Room & Board (est.)

$ 4,401

$ 8,787

$ 11,304

Transportation (est.)

$ 1,482

$ 1,377

$ 1,443

Misc. Personal Expenses (est.)

$ 2,622

$ 3,027

$ 3,054

Books & Supplies (est.)

$ 1,752

$ 1,752

$ 1,752

Sub-Total

$ 10,257

$ 14,943

$ 17,553

Tuition Fees (est.)

$ 8,593

$ 8,593

$ 8,593

COA Budget

$ 18,850

$ 23,536

$ 26,146

Notes:

  • Non-resident Fees are an additional $248 per unit
  • Graduate MBA Fees are an additional $185 per unit


Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

9001 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA 93311-1022 

Phone: (661) 654-3016
Fax: (661) 654-6800
Email: finaid@csub.edu