Cost of Attendance

The Arkansas Colleges of Health Education establishes a Cost of Attendance (COA) budget for students annually dependent upon his or her program of study and in accordance with regulations governing federal student aid programs. Cost of attendance is an estimated amount of student’s educational expenses for an enrollment period. The COA number is used to determine the maximum amount of financial aid (loans, scholarships, etc.) a student may receive for an award year.

Cost of attendance budgets are an estimate of a student’s educational expenses based upon if a student lives on-campus (The Residents) or off-campus. Educational expenses include direct costs and indirect costs a study may reasonably expect to incur while enrolled in his or her program of study. Direct costs include the actual costs billed to the student for tuition, fees and any institution-billed supplies. Indirect costs are an estimate of a student’s required books and supplies, housing, food, transportation and miscellaneous personal expenses. Educational expenses do not include non-allowable costs (consumer debt, spousal expenses, relocation expenses or vehicle purchase/lease).

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Plan Ahead

Students should plan to cover expenses that are due before they receive their financial aid refunds! Students should consider out-of-pocket expenses, such as books, supplies, relocation, deposits for housing and utilities, monthly payments, daycare, etc.

Cost of Attendance Adjustments

An individual student’s Cost of Attendance will not be adjusted unless a professional judgement request is approved by the Director of Financial Aid in limited circumstances. Professional judgement request forms may be requested from the Office of Financial Aid after July 1st of each aid year.  Each individual request will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis in the following circumstances, but are not limited to:

  • Dependent Care
  • Major Vehicle Repairs
  • Disability-related expenses
  • Academically-related expenses (travel, exams, etc.)