The cost of attendance (COA) is not the bill that you may get from your college; it is the total amount it will cost you to go to college each year. The COA includes tuition and fees; on-campus room and board (or a housing and food allowance for off-campus students); and allowances for books, supplies, transportation, loan fees, and, if applicable, dependent care.
It can also include other expenses like an allowance for the rental or purchase of a personal computer, costs related to a disability, or costs for eligible study-abroad programs.
Note: The COA for graduate and professional programs is usually higher than for undergraduate programs.
For students attending less than half-time, the COA includes tuition and fees and an allowance for books, supplies, transportation and dependent care expenses; but can also include room and board for up to three semesters or the equivalent at the institution, but no more than two of those semesters or the equivalent may be consecutive. Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid if you have any unusual expenses that might affect your cost of attendance.
Right to Know: The TYPES OF COSTS used to calculate cost of attendance are determined by federal law (Higher Education Act, Sec. 472) and are not subject to regulation by the university or the Office of Student of Financial Aid. This makes it possible for students to compare COA for colleges or universities during the college search process. The law specifies the types of costs that are included in the cost of attendance; the university is responsible for determining the appropriate amount to include for each category for students attending UTEP.
Federal School Code: 003661