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Costs of Attendance

The Office of Financial Aid establishes standard student budgets each year as a basis for awarding financial aid funds. The cost of attendance for a student is an estimate of that student’s educational expenses for the period of enrollment. SUNY Downstate uses an average, rather than actual expenses. The cost of attendance for the financial aid programs is a student’s cost for the period in which the aid is intended.

The cost of attendance is determined by law (Higher Education Act, Sec. 472) and is not subject to regulation by the Department of Education. The law specifies the types of costs that are included in the cost of attendance, but SUNY Downstate determines the appropriate amount to include.

Cost of Attendance and Your Aid Eligibility

The cost of attendance represents a student's maximum financial aid eligibility.

Cost of attendance (also known as "COA" for short, or "budget") = tuition + fees + living expenses

Below are more specifics and links to information for identifying your cost of attendance.

Tuition Rates and Fees

The Tuition Rates and Fees pages lay out the tuition, fees, and other charges. Nearly all students will also need to pay other charges associated with their coursework and life at Downstate, such as meal plans, health insurance, technology fees, etc. These fees and other charges will be billed to your Student Account Statement, so consider them in your calculations.

Books and Supplies

Book and supply costs vary greatly by program and between full-time and part-time enrollment so it is estimated for your COA.

Room and Board

Rent in New York can be expensive. We estimated this for your COA but actual costs related to University housing, visit:

Housing – Residence Hall Rates

Living Expenses

Living expenses related to your education can include costs related to commuting, clothing, food, personal items and utilities.

Direct charges

Include tuition, fees, & dorm charges if you reside in a dorm room.

Indirect Costs

These are costs you are likely to incur while attending school but are not paid directly to the school.

* After you have received your award letter for next year if you have concerns that you have unusual school related expenses that go beyond or are not reflected below you may come to the Office of Financial Aid and consult with the staff about those concerns. You should bring receipts to show the actual amounts paid so we may determine how and if they may be taken into consideration.

Billing and Payment Options

Student account payments payment plan options should be made online via the secure Banner Self Service.

Health Insurance

Students covered by comparable medical insurance of their own may elect to waive this fee. Waiver forms can be found on the Student Health Service website.