Cost of attendance (COA) is the total amount of money that a student needs for educational purposes.
U.S. federal law allows the value of COA to include:
When you apply for a loan we'll ask you to tell us about your individual costs. The University will calculate your COA to reflect typical student expenses – with a number of costs based on averages.
General living allowance
An amount for ‘general living allowance’ will be included within your COA.
For 2016/2017, these set figures include:
- £800 per month for living costs (as stated by UKVI)
- £900 per year for first year students (£300 per year for continuing students) towards the purchase of a computer or software
- £1,000 per year for books/photocopying
- Loan origination fees
When you apply for your loan you will be able to provide individual costs for:
- Tuition fees
- Visa application fees (including Immigration Healthcare Surcharge)
- Childcare costs during term time (for dependant children)
- Return airfare to America
- Costs associated with a disability
- Any additional study costs (such as costs for field trips, conferences, etc. as a course requirement and not included in your tuition fees)
Where can I get help with budgeting?
Online budgeting resources to help you prepare for the costs you may face at University are provided by the U.S. Department of Education: