Determining Your Financial Need

Once your application is complete, financial aid officers review your information to determine your eligibility for all types of aid based on your cost of attendance and financial need.

Determination of need

Financial need is defined as the difference between the cost of attendance, including tuition, books, living expenses, and transportation, and the expected family contribution, which is calculated by the federal processor from the data you (and parents if you are dependent) provide on the FAFSA.

Cost of attendanceExpected family contribution = Financial need

Scholarships, grants, and subsidized Federal Direct Loans cannot exceed your determined financial need. Unsubsidized Federal Direct and PLUS Loans are not based on need. Your total financial aid, including Unsubsidized Federal Direct and PLUS Loans, cannot exceed your cost of attendance.

2019-20 cost of attendance

For summer cost of attendance, see below.

The cost of attendance listed below is for students enrolling half time or more (at least 8 credits per term for fall or spring).

One term (4.5 months for fall or spring)
Housing and food $9,000
Books and supplies (based on 2 courses) $400
Personal $1,500
Transportation $400
Subtotal $11,300
+ Your tuition
Total cost of attendance
Two terms (9 months for fall and spring)
Housing and food $18,000
Books and supplies (based on 2 courses per term) $800
Personal $3,000
Transportation $800
Subtotal $22,600
+ Your tuition
Total cost of attendance

Estimated tuition for half time, 8 credits per term

Undergraduate candidate $3,680
Graduate candidates $5,680
Premedical candidates $3,680

The cost of attendance for students enrolling less than half time (fewer than 8 credits per term in the fall or spring) includes tuition, books and supplies, and transportation only.

2020 summer cost of attendance

The cost of attendance listed below is for students enrolling half time or more (at least 4 credits).

One term (seven weeks)
Housing and food $4,000
Books and supplies (based on 4 credits) $200
Personal $750
Transportation $200
Subtotal $5,150
+ Your tuition
Total cost of attendance

The above figures reflect living off campus. Students living on campus or enrolled in study abroad programs will incur different costs.