What is the Cost of Attendance?
- 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 university directly to the student. 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.
Find detailed information on the estimated cost of attendance for full-time undergraduate students living on campus, off campus, or with a parent/relative.