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Cost of Attendance

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Just like it sounds, the Cost of Attendance is an estimate of the average cost to attend Boise State for one academic year.

How Cost of Attendance is Determined


Your Cost of Attendance is estimated based on your overall expenses for a year. The estimate includes the direct costs that you can expect, like tuition, fees and housing. It also considers indirect costs like books and supplies, transportation and personal expenses.

How Cost of Attendance Affects your Financial Aid Award


Your entire financial aid award (loans, grants, work-study, scholarships, outside assistance, private loans) cannot exceed your estimated Cost of Attendance, even though your actual expenses may be more than what we estimate.

You could receive the full estimated Cost of Attendance, or you may receive less. In cases where you have additional expenses that aren’t included in the Cost of Attendance, you can ask us about Budget Increase options. Examples of extra expenses are the purchase of a computer, daycare, medical, or significant transportation expenses.

Enrollment Impact on Financial Aid


Your Cost of Attendance is impacted by your enrollment status and takes into consideration:

  • Your degree – undergraduate, graduate
  • Your residency – Idaho resident, non-resident
  • Your housing plans disclosed on FAFSA – on campus, off campus, living with parents
  • Your enrollment level – full-time, three-quarter time, half-time, less than half-time

Your initial aid award will be based on full time enrollment (12+ undergraduate, 9+ graduate credits) and assigned a full-time Cost of Attendance budget. If you attend less than full-time, you will see reductions to your aid based on Cost of Attendance adjustments.

How to View your Cost of Attendance


You can view your Cost of Attendance in your Student Center:

  • View Financial Aid
  • Select Aid Year
  • Budget Resources and Need
  • Estimated Cost of Attendance