Cost of Attendance

The Estimated Cost of Attendance or COA includes estimates of the student’s educational expenses for the period of enrollment.  Please note that the COA does not represent actual charges.  Signifying average costs for the different expense categories of tuition* and fees, room and board (meals), books and supplies, miscellaneous and personal, and transportation, the estimated COA is used to determine the maximum amount of financial aid that may be awarded.  The initial COA figures are based on full-time enrollment, however are adjusted at the start of the corresponding term on the financial aid census date to reflect the student’s enrollment status.  *The allowance for tuition is tied to the student’s residency classification, WI Resident, Nonresident, etc. 

The Expected Family Contribution or EFC is calculated by the U.S. Department of Education based on the student’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA.  The EFC is not the amount of money the student’s family will have to pay for college nor is it the amount of financial aid the student will receive; it is the number used to calculate the amount of federal and state aid the student is eligible to receive. 

The resulting Financial Need figure determines your eligibility for certain types of aid programs, most grants, Federal Work-Study, and need-based loans (Direct Subsidized Loans); a student must demonstrate financial need in order to be eligible for need-based financial aid programs.

An aid applicant's estimated Cost of Attendance, EFC, and Financial Need may be viewed in PRISM at Main Menu > Self Service > Student Center > View Financial Aid > Financial Aid Summary.

 

ESTIMATED COST OF ATTENDANCE (COA)
minus
EXPECTED FAMILY CONTRIBUTION (EFC)
equals
FINANCIAL NEED

2017-18 Academic Year COA (WI Residents)
 Expense Students living
with parents
Students living
on their own
UWC Tuition & Fees* $5,186 $5,186
Books & Supplies $800 $800
Total $5,986 $5,986
Allowance for:    
Room $5,620
Board $3,030 $3,030
Transportation $2,370 $2,370
Miscellaneous** $1,950 $1,950
Total Budget $13,336 $18,956

* Estimated average cost assuming full-time enrollment. For actual tuition numbers, see the tuition page.

** Miscellaneous includes Direct Loan fees, personal costs, clothing, recreation, and minor medical costs.

2016-17 Academic Year COA (WI Residents)
 Expense Students living
with parents
Students living
on their own
UWC Tuition & Fees* $5,170 $5,170
Books & Supplies $800 $800
Total $5,970 $5,970
Allowance for:    
Room $5,540
Board $2,980 $2,980
Transportation $2,480 $2,480
Miscellaneous** $1,920 $1,920
Total Budget $13,350 $18,890

* Estimated average cost assuming full-time enrollment. For actual tuition numbers, see the tuition page.

** Miscellaneous includes Direct Loan fees, personal costs, clothing, recreation, and minor medical costs.