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Budget Increase Information

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Because every student’s financial situation is unique, we have some flexibility to consider exceptions.

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. This estimate is used for all students who apply for financial aid. It is also the maximum amount that can be awarded in financial aid.

In some cases, your budget may need to be adjusted for certain types of expenses you have that may not apply to all students. Increasing your budget may allow more eligibility for aid but is not always a guarantee of additional aid.

Have you incurred exceptional expenses as a student or family?


We recommend discussing your situation with our office or reviewing some of the budget increase options below. All budget increases begin with a review of a form and documentation. Here are forms for submission: