The Cost of Attendance (COA) is a standardized budget for the academic year. The COA is established and applied to all FAFSA and California Dream Act applicants (CADAA). Each students COA is based on their residency status and housing plans as listed on their application (FAFSA or CADAA). The COA is meant to assist students with planning and budgeting for the year and the Financial Aid Office uses the COA to determine a student’s financial need for grants, scholarships and loans.
The COA is an estimate of a student’s expenses throughout the year which includes both direct costs and indirect costs. Direct costs are paid to the college and are directly related to your attendance (includes tuition and fees; housing but only if you are living in the dorms). Indirect costs are for your personal expenses that you would incur regardless of whether you're attending college (Rent to landlord, utility bills, grocery bills, gas, medical, etc.). The majority of indirect costs are already being paid for by you (or your family), prior to you attending college. Please reach out to the Financial Aid Office if you have any questions about your specific COA.
Phone: (530) 938-5209
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