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Cost of Attendance

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). 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 following cost of attendance components.

Cost of Attendance Components

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  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • These expenses include miscellaneous items your 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 Proration and Enrollment

  • Financial aid is awarded to you on the assumption that you will be enrolled full time (in courses that count toward your degree) 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. For more information, visit Eligibility to Apply.

    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 in courses that count toward your degree on the census date for the semester (i.e., 12th class day of each fall and spring semester and the 4th class day in July for the summer semester) 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 for financial aid purposes is based only on the hours for which you are actually enrolled and that count toward your degree. 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 of subsequent time cannot be considered for aid eligibility. If you are enrolled in such hours on the census day (i.e., 12th class day of each fall and spring semester and the 4th class day in July for the summer 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