Cost of Attendance (COA) is an estimate of the total cost of attending a college or university for one academic year. It includes both direct costs (tuition, fees, and room and board) and indirect costs (books, supplies, transportation, and personal expenses).
The COA is intended to give students and families a comprehensive understanding of the total cost of attending a college or university, including both direct and indirect expenses. By understanding the COA, students can better plan for the costs of attending college and make informed decisions about how to pay for college.
The COA can vary widely between colleges and universities and even between programs within a single institution. Factors influencing the COA include the type of institution (public or private), location, size, and the student's circumstances (such as whether they live on-campus or off-campus).
It is important to note that the COA is not the same as the amount a student will actually pay to attend college. Financial aid, scholarships can reduce the COA, and other forms of assistance, and the actual cost to attend will depend on a variety of factors, including a student's financial need, academic merit, and other factors.