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Cost of Attendance

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Knowing the cost of attendance can help you budget and better plan the financing of your education. The costs are an average for an academic year (fall and spring) and have been approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Our office takes the cost of attendance into consideration, along with your financial need, when awarding grants, work-study and federal student and parent loans. The combination of any federal, state and institutional aid cannot exceed the cost of attendance. The official cost of attendance is based on the cost of attendance components.

 

 


Cost of Attendance Proration and Enrollment

Financial aid is awarded to you on the assumption that you will be enrolled full time for the academic year. If you will not be enrolling as a full-time student, adjustments will need to be made to your awards and cost of attendance prior to disbursement. When determining your enrollment status, be sure to exclude any courses you have previously passed and are repeating for the second or subsequent time. Such courses are not aid eligible.

If you do not plan to enroll as a full-time student during the academic year, please complete the Enrollment Change Form. This form will need to be submitted prior to the disbursement of any Direct Loans. Please allow 7 – 10 business days for the processing of this form.

If you are not enrolled at least full time on the census date for the semester (e.g., 12th day of classes for fall and spring) but did not indicate as such via the Enrollment Change Form, your financial aid cost of attendance will be reduced and prorated based on your actual enrollment. Such a reduction may result in your becoming ineligible for financial aid that you have already received. As a result, you will be required, as set forth by federal regulations, to repay the aid for which you are no longer eligible.

Your enrollment status is based only on the hours for which you are actually enrolled. Federal rules do not permit us to adjust enrollment based on internships, student teaching or recommendations from the Office of Disability Services.

Also, the retaking of previously-passed coursework for the second or subsequent time cannot be considered for aid eligibility. If you are enrolled in such hours on the census day (e.g., 12th day of classes during the fall or spring semester), your aid-eligible enrollment will be reduced, accordingly. Therefore, you may be required to repay any aid that you received for such courses.


Cost of Attendance Components

Tuition and Fees

The average cost of tuition and fees for a typical student based on enrolling for 30 hours per year. The actual costs that a student incurs will vary depending on the student's degree or certificate program. To determine your actual tuition and fees charges, visit Texas State Tuition & Fees, Room & Board Rates.

Room and Board

A reasonable estimate of what it would cost to live in San Marcos while attending school. Actual costs may vary by individual choices related to location.

Books and Supplies

The average cost of books and supplies for a typical student for an entire academic year.

Travel

The travel allowance is allocated for the expenses you incur traveling to and from campus. It is not designed to include such expenditures as vehicle maintenance and the purchase of a vehicle.

Personal and Miscellaneous Expenses

These expenses include miscellaneous items you will purchase throughout the academic year that are related to your educational costs. Your actual miscellaneous expenses will vary from the budgeted average depending on your spending habits.

Your actual costs will vary depending on the following factors:

  • Number of credit hours
  • Residency (Texas resident or non-Texas resident)
  • Room and board choices
  • Degree plan
  • Personal expenses

Cost of Attendance

2014-2015 (9 month) Average Cost of Attendance--Texas Resident*

Budget Item

On Campus

Off Campus

At Home with Parent

Tuition and Fees

$9,500

$9,500

$9,500

Books and Supplies

 $810

$810

 $810

Room and Board

 $7,940

$7,110

$2,070

Transportation

$1,310

$2,100

$4,010

Personal and Misc.

$1,700

$1,740

$2,160

Total

$21,260

$21,260

$18,550

 
*Based on 15 hours per semester.

Note 1: The in-district Austin Community College (ACC) tuition
and fees portion for Pathway program students can be
found at ACC.
Note 2: Tuition and fees for students in the Guaranteed Price
Plan will vary. For actual tuition and fees costs, visit
Student Business Services.


 

2014-2015 (9 month) Average Cost of Attendance--Non Resident*

Budget Item

On Campus

Off Campus

At Home with Parent

Tuition and Fees

$20,360

$20,360

$20,360

Books and Supplies

 $810

$810

 $810

Room and Board

 $7,940

$7,110

$2,070

Transportation

$1,310

$2,100

$4,010

Personal and Misc.

$1,700

$1,740

$2,160

Total

$32,120

$32,120

$29,410

 
*Based on 15 hours per semester.

 

Summer 2014 Average Cost of Attendance--Texas Resident*

Budget Item

On Campus

Off Campus

At Home with Parent

Tuition and Fees

$3,750

$3,750

$3,750

Books and Supplies

 $170

$170

 $170

Room and Board

 $1,710

$1,530

$440

Transportation

$280

$450

$860

Personal and Misc.

$360

$370

$460

Total

$6,270

$6,270

$5,680


*Based on 12 hours per semester.

 

Summer 2014 Average Cost of Attendance--Non Resident*

Budget Item

On Campus

Off Campus

At Home with Parent

Tuition and Fees

$8,000

$8,000

$8,000

Books and Supplies

 $170

$170

 $170

Room and Board

 $1,710

$1,530

$440

Transportation

$280

$450

$860

Personal and Misc.

$360

$370

$460

Total

$10,520

$10,520

$9,930

 
*Based on 12 hours per semester.