Cost of Attendance Budgets

Listed below is the cost of attendance budgets for 2019-20 at Fort Lewis College for undergraduate and graduate students. The tuition and fee amounts are based on a student taking 30 credit hours (15 credits per Fall/Spring terms). Room & Board and other figures are averages and may not reflect a student’s circumstances. Other cost of attendance expenses, like books, transportation, etc., are costs that a student needs to plan for, but they are not billed by the college


Undergraduate in-state

Colorado Student
Living On Campus
Term Year
Tuition $3,528 $7,056
Fees $908 $1,816
Room $3,344 $6,688
Board $2,508 $5,016
Books/Supplies $620 $1,240
Transportation $1,112 $2,224
Personal/Misc. $624 $1,248
Federal Loan Fees $43 $86
  $12,687 $25,374
Colorado Student
Living Off Campus
Term Year
Tuition $3,528 $7,056
Fees $908 $1,816
Room $3,432 $6,864
Board $1,812 $3,624
Books/Supplies $620 $1,240
Transportation $1,112 $2,224
Personal/Misc. $624 $1,248
Federal Loan Fees $43 $86
  $12,079 $24,158
Colorado Student
Living At Home
Term Year
Tuition $3,528 $7,056
Fees $908 $1,816
Room $932 $1,864
Board $1,120 $2,240
Books/Supplies $620 $1,240
Transportation $740 $1,480
Personal/Misc. $556 $1,112
Federal Loan Fees $43 $86
  $8,447 $16,894

Undergraduate out-of-state

Out Of State Student
Living On Campus
Term Year
Tuition $8,856 $17,712
Fees $908 $1,816
Room $3,344 $6,688
Board $2,508 $5,016
Books/Supplies $620 $1,240
Transportation $1,351 $2,702
Personal/Misc. $624 $1,248
Federal Loan Fees $43 $86
  $18,254 $36,508
Out Of State Student
Living Off Campus
Term Year
Tuition $8,856 $17,712
Fees $908 $1,816
Room $3,432 $6,864
Board $1,812 $3,624
Books/Supplies $620 $1,240
Transportation $1,351 $2,702
Personal/Misc. $624 $1,248
Federal Loan Fees $43 $86
  $17,646 $35,292
Out of State Student
Living At Home
Term Year
Tuition $8,856 $17,712
Fees $908 $1,816
Room $932 $1,864
Board $1,120 $2,240
Books/Supplies $620 $1,240
Transportation $740 $1,480
Personal/Misc. $556 $1,112
Federal Loan Fees $43 $86
  $13,775 $27,550

Graduate in-state

Colorado Student
Living Off-Campus
Term Year
Tuition $3,186 $6,372
Fees $545 $1090
Room $3,432 $6,864
Board $1,812 $3,624
Books/Supplies $800 $1,600
Transportation $1,112 $2,224
Personal/Misc. $624 $1,248
Federal Loan Fees $127 $254
  $11,638 $23,276

Graduate out-of-state

Out of State Student
Living Off-Campus
Term Year
Tuition $3,186 $6,372
Fees $545 $1,090
Room $3,432 $6,864
Board $1,812 $3,624
Books/Supplies $800 $1,600
Transportation $1,351 $2,702
Personal/Misc. $624 $1,248
Federal Loan Fees $127 $254
  $11,877 $23,754

Estimated Family Contribution (EFC)

When a student completes the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) the Federal methodology formula is used to determine a student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC represents the amount the family is expected to contribute to the student’s education. For additional information on how the Department of Education determines a student’s EFC go to the  Federal Student Aid website.

Determining Financial Need

To receive many types of federal, state, and private financial aid, a student must have financial need. Financial need is determined by evaluating your family’s ability to pay for educational costs. This process is commonly referred to as a need analysis and is completed after the Financial Aid Office has received the results of your FAFSA containing a valid EFC. If the need analysis shows that the cost of attendance exceeds the amount you (and your parents if a dependent) can contribute (EFC), you will have demonstrated “Financial Need”, which will allow the Financial Aid Office to award you need-based and non-need-based aid.

Calculating Your Financial Need

   Cost of Attendance (COA)
– Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
= Financial Need

Need-based aid is financial aid that you can receive if you have financial need and meet other eligibility criteria. You can’t receive more need-based aid than the amount of your financial need. The following are examples of federal need-based student aid programs:

The following are examples of federal non-need-based student aid programs: