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Cost of Attendance

The cost of attendance (COA) is the estimated cost of completing a full year as a full-time student. The Cost of Attendance includes:

Students with half-time attendance or more Students with less-than-half-time attendance
Tuition & Fees Tuition & Fees
Room and Board (housing and food allowances for off-campus students) N/A
Books, Supplies, & Transportation Allowances Books, Supplies, & Transportation Allowances
Loan Fees N/A
Dependent Child Care Dependent Child Care
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses N/A
Costs Related to Disability Expenses N/A

NOTE: Feel free to talk to the Student Financial Services staff if you have any unusual expenses that might affect your cost of attendance, such as:

  • Studying Abroad
  • Graduate Students on campus housing
  • Additional Music Student Fees
  • Lab Fees

To calculate the amount of need-based aid for which you are eligible, Purchase College uses a calculation method called the Federal Methodology (FM) formula. This provides a standardized means of assessing you and your family's ability to afford the costs of your education over time at Purchase College.

Who Helps to Pay for a Purchase College Education?
The federal government expects the family to be the primary source of financial assistance to the student. However, when the family does not have the ability to pay, according to the formula described above, the federal, state, institutional or other outside agency may help you pay some of the cost of your education.

ALL items are subject to change without notice.

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