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Costs of Attendance

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If you’re trying to budget for the upcoming school year, check out the estimated costs of attendance (COA) in the table below. These figures provide an estimate of what it costs to attend a college of DCCCD as a credit student for a traditional nine-month academic year.

Your actual costs of attendance will vary according to the number of credit hours you register for, your residency status, the housing you choose and your lifestyle, but this page may help you plan ahead and figure how much money you’ll need.

Need help paying for college? Remember, we have financial aid available to help you! To begin your application for financial aid, please visit www.fafsa.ed.gov to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Note that the standard amounts allowed for each COA component provided on this page are used to determine financial aid eligibility. (See below for more information.)

2013-2014 Colleges of DCCCD Estimated COA Figures
(Costs are annual and assume a course load of 15 credit hours each for two long semesters.)

  In District - On Campus In District - At Home With Parents In District - Off Campus Out of District - At Home With Parents Out of District - Off Campus Out of State and International - At Home With Parents Out of State and International - Off Campus
Tuition and Fees N/A $1,560 $1,560 $2,910 $2,910 $4,590 $4,590
Books and Supplies N/A $1,400 $1,400 $1,400 $1,400 $1,400 $1,400
Room and Board N/A $3,339 $8,253 $3,339 $8,253 $3,339 $8,253
Transportation N/A $720 $720 $720 $720 $720 $720
Personal Misc. Expenses N/A $1,170 $1,170 $1,170 $1,170 $1,170 $1,170
Total N/A $8,189 $13,103 $9,539 $14,453 $11,219 $16,133

Definitions:

Tuition and Fees — The average cost of tuition and fees for a typical student based on enrolling for 30 hours per year.  The actual costs that a student incurs will vary depending on the student’s degree or certificate program.

Books and Supplies — The average cost of books and supplies for a typical student for an entire academic year.

Room and Board — A reasonable estimate of what it would cost to live in the Dallas metro area while attending school. Actual costs may vary by individual choices related to location and circumstances.

Transportation — An estimate of what it would cost for a student to get to and from the college campus, not to maintain a vehicle.

Personal and Misc. — A reasonable estimate of personal living expenses during the enrollment period. Actual expenses will vary.

How Estimated Costs of Attendance Affect Financial Aid

The costs of attendance (COA) figures in the chart above provide an estimate of what it costs to attend a college of DCCCD for a traditional nine-month academic year. Your actual expenses may vary, but the standard amounts allowed for each COA component provided on this page are used to determine financial aid eligibility. Each financial aid applicant is assigned a COA according to how the student fits into the classifications in the chart.
 
The Financial Aid Office must make sure that the combined total of federal, state or local financial aid awarded does not exceed a student’s COA. The COA for the colleges of DCCCD is revised and recorded annually with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Texas Aid for College Calculator — Compare College Costs

To compare estimated cost of attendance and potential financial aid for Texas educational institutions (including the colleges of DCCCD), you can use the Texas Aid for College calculator.