Cost of Attendance
Cost of Attendance (COA) is a total of all the usual expenses of being a student. The COA sets the maximum amount of financial aid a student can receive. Students can see their COA within MyCharleston. The categories are defined by federal law but the amounts are determined by surveys of students at the College. Students with unique mitigating circumstances, such as medical conditions, can request a review of their COA.
Although the COA is based on average expenses, many families find that their actual expenses can be less through careful planning. The College bill includes Tuition and Fees for all students and Room and Board for students living on-campus or with a meal plan. The other components are indirect costs that may occur largely at the beginning of the semester, like Books and Supplies, or spread out of the semester, like Personal/Miscellaneous.