The Cost of Attendance (COA) is an estimate designed to help students determine what it may cost to attend Appalachian for an academic year. The COA (sometimes referred to as a “budget”) is not a final bill but is an estimate of education expenses.
This budgeting tool is based on full-time enrollment and is made up of direct and indirect costs.
Direct costs are the expenses that are billed to the student by the university. These expenses include tuition and fees, on-campus housing, meal plans, and book rentals.
Indirect costs are expenses a student will likely incur, but will not pay to the university. Indirect costs vary from student to student and may include off-campus housing, transportation to and from campus, books, and personal expenses.
Each student's cost of attendance is based upon full-time enrollment and residency status. The Office of Financial Aid reviews enrollment each semester after the Add/Drop period ends and makes adjustments to a student's COA if needed.
The cost of attendance is not a final bill but is an estimate of educational expenses for the period of enrollment.