Cost of Attendance and Financial Aid Eligibility

Cost of Attendance (COA) is based on campus, housing arrangements, residency, and enrollment status including tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, personal expenses, and transportation. A student may not receive financial aid in excess of the COA. If a student receives a graduate assistantship, that amount is considered an additional resource and is used in the formula to determine financial need. In order to remain compliant with federal regulations, the amount of a graduate assistantship is subtracted from the COA to determine the student's remaining financial aid eligibility. This may result in a decrease in the amount of your loan eligibility. Example: If your COA is $30,000 and you have a graduate assistantship for $10,000, you have financial aid eligibility of $20,000 and can only borrow up to that amount (if you have no other aid resources). If you have any questions regarding student loans, please call the Office of Student Financial Assistance 513-529-8734 and ask to speak to a Financial Assistance Counselor. You may visit the website at

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