Cost of Attendance Policy

A student’s cost of attendance (COA) is established for use in determining a student’s eligibility for all FSA program funds, including the Federal Pell Grant Program, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Federal Work-Study (FWS), Federal Direct Subsidized Loan, Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, Federal Direct PLUS Loan, and the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program. It is an estimate of the student’s educational expenses for the academic year.

The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), defines the COA components for all federal student aid (FSA) programs. These components include direct and indirect expenses.

The university COA consists of the following components:

  • Tuition and Fees
  • Books and Supplies
  • Room and Board
  • Other Educational Costs (Miscellaneous Loan Fees)

The university reviews, and if necessary, updates each component annually and reviews actual institutional data.

Loans at Multiple Schools

If a student is attending other schools while attending the university and receiving Federal Direct Subsidized, Unsubsidized, or PLUS loans at the other school(s) for the same period of enrollment, the university will coordinate with other school(s) to ensure there is no duplication of living expenses (room and board) when determining the student’s COA.

For the official list of Cost of Attendance, click on the respective link below.

Independent Student
Dependent Student

If you have questions about WGU’s cost of attendance or your financial aid award, please contact the Financial Aid Office at

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