Financial Aid

Cost of Attendance Budgets

Listed below is the cost of attendance budgets for 2017-18 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 $3,360 $6,720
Fees $944 $1,888
Room $3,320 $6,640
Board $2,314 $4,628
Books/Supplies $625 $1,250
Transportation $1,098 $2,196
Personal/Misc. $1,684 $3,368
Federal Loan Fees $43 $86
  $13,388 $26,776
Colorado Student
Living Off Campus
Term Year
Tuition $3,360 $6,720
Fees $944 $1,888
Room $2,944 $5,888
Board $1,648 $3,296
Books/Supplies $625 $1,250
Transportation $1,098 $2,196
Personal/Misc. $1,684 $3,368
Federal Loan Fees $43 $86
  $12,346 $24,692
Colorado Student
Living At Home
Term Year
Tuition $3,360 $6,720
Fees $944 $1,888
Room $872 $1,744
Board $1,096 $2,192
Books/Supplies $625 $1,250
Transportation $740 $1,480
Personal/Misc. $1,616 $3,232
Federal Loan Fees $43 $86
  $9,296 $18,592

Undergraduate out-of-state

Out Of State Student
Living On Campus
Term Year
Tuition $8,436 $16,872
Fees $944 $1,888
Room $3,320 $6,640
Board $2,314 $4,628
Books/Supplies $625 $1,250
Transportation $1,186 $2,372
Personal/Misc. $1,684 $3,368
Federal Loan Fees $43 $86
  $18,552 $37,104
Out Of State Student
Living Off Campus
Term Year
Tuition $8,436 $16,872
Fees $944 $1,888
Room $2,944 $5,888
Board $1,648 $3,296
Books/Supplies $625 $1,250
Transportation $1,186 $2,272
Personal/Misc. $1,684 $3,368
Federal Loan Fees $43 $86
  $17,510 $35,020
Out of State Student
Living At Home
Term Year
Tuition $8,436 $16,872
Fees $944 $1,888
Room $872 $1,744
Board $1,096 $2,192
Books/Supplies $625 $1,250
Transportation $1,186 $2,372
Personal/Misc. $1,616 $3,232
Federal Loan Fees $43 $86
  $14,818 $29,636

Graduate in-state

Colorado Student
Living Off-Campus
Term Year
Tuition $3,033 $6,066
Fees $567 $1131
Room $2,944 $5,888
Board $1,648 $3,296
Books/Supplies $900 $1,800
Transportation $1,098 $2,196
Personal/Misc. $1,684 $3,368
Federal Loan Fees $47 $94
  $11,921 $23,841

Graduate out-of-state

Out of State Student
Living Off-Campus
Term Year
Tuition $3,033 $6,066
Fees $567 $1,133
Room $2,944 $5,888
Board $1,648 $3,296
Books/Supplies $900 $1,800
Transportation $1,186 $2,372
Personal/Misc. $1,684 $3,368
Federal Loan Fees $47 $94
  $12,009 $24,017

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: