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Cost of Attendance Adjustment

When awarding your financial aid, the Office of Financial Aid will assign you a budget for the aid year, often referred to as a cost of attendance (COA). The COA includes an allowance for:

  • Tuition
  • Books and supplies
  • Housing and board (meals)
  • Transportation
  • Personal expenses

Sometimes you may incur additional educationally-related expenses for the aid year that are not included in the COA. A COA adjustment would allow the Office of Financial Aid to increase your COA to include the additional costs you've incurred and have your financial aid awards re-evaluated.

COA Adjustment Policy

Annually, and on a case-by-case basis, the Office of Financial Aid may increase your COA to include additional educationally-related expenses you've incurred during the aid year, provided you've been awarded financial aid. The 2014-2015 aid year includes Summer 2014, Fall 2014, and Spring 2015. 

Additional educationally-related expenses for which you may request an increase to your COA include:  

  • Additional costs above the cost of tuition and fees and books and supplies that are associated with your program of study (e.g., senior project costs, work experience, etc.).*
  • If you have a disability, school-related costs incurred because of your disability (e.g., special services, personal assistance, equipment, etc.) that are not covered by a third party.
  • Cost for the purchase or rental of a computer.
  • Unusually high child care or dependent care costs not covered by a third party.

*If you plan to study abroad, please visit our Study Abroad page for more information.

How to Apply

You must complete and return the 2014-2015 Cost of Attendance Adjustment Form and supporting documentation to Raider Connect by April 15, 2015. The submission of a Cost of Attendance Adjustment Form does not guarantee your COA will be adjusted.  

Upon receipt of your Cost of Attendance Adjustment Form, the Office of Financial Aid will review your expenses and supporting documentation. If you have additional expenses that qualify for a COA adjustment and you've been awarded financial aid, the Office of Financial Aid will adjust your COA and re-evaluate your financial aid awards for the aid year. 

You will be notified via your Wright State University e-mail account when the result of your Cost of Attendance Adjustment Form is available to view in WINGS Express.

Supporting Documentation

You are required to submit supporting documentation with your Cost of Attendance Adjustment Form. For the expenses which qualify for a cost of attendance adjustment, the following items are requested:

Additional Expense Requested Documentation
Additional costs above the cost of tuition and fees and books and supplies that are associated with your program of study

A written statement from the your department or college that:

  • Itemizes the additional costs you will incur for your program of study and
  • Lists the total dollar amount of the costs
If you have a disability, school-related costs incurred because of your disability that are not covered by a third party
  • Proof of school-related costs incurred because of your disability and the total dollar amount of the costs (e.g., bill statements, receipts, etc.) and
  • Proof the school-related costs are not covered by a third party (e.g., statement from insurance or other agencies, etc.)
Cost for the purchase or rental of a computer Proof of purchase or rental of a computer and the total dollar amount of the cost (e.g., bill statements, receipts, etc.)
Unusually high child care or dependent care costs not covered by a third party
  • Proof of child care or dependent care costs and the total dollar amount of the costs (e.g., bill statements, receipts, etc.),
  • The names and ages for the children/dependents receiving care, and
  • Proof the child care or dependent care costs are not covered by a third party (e.g., proof of payment, etc.)

If you are unable to provide the supporting documentation requested above, please contact Raider Connect to discuss your circumstance to determine if other forms of documentation may be considered.