Cost of Attendance

Cost of Attendance

The Financial Aid Office determines a Cost of Attendance (COA) budget which is an estimate of the educational expenses for an academic year or loan period. It is an estimate of the cost of attending and does not represent the actual cost charged to a student’s account. The budget serves as the foundation for determining the amount of aid that can be offered to you to cover direct costs and living expenses.

When looking at the cost of college and budgeting your funds, there are two types of costs you need to consider: direct costs and indirect costs.

Direct costs are those that must be paid to MTSA to attend (i.e. tuition and fees). Indirect costs are books, living expenses, transportation, miscellaneous expenses, etc. and both are included in the Cost of Attendance budget.

Keep in mind that financial aid awards cannot exceed the total cost of attendance.

Below are typical COA budgets for a given academic year:

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