Financial Aid

Cost of Attendance Budgets

Listed below are the estimated 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.

These figures are subject to change. Final Board of Trustee approval for tuition, fees, room, and board costs will be determined in June.  Figures will be adjusted if applicable at that time. 


Undergraduate in-state

Colorado Student
Living On Campus
Term Year
Tuition $3,371 $6,742
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
  $13,399 $26,798
Colorado Student
Living Off Campus
Term Year
Tuition $3,371 $6,742
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
  $12,357 $24,714
Colorado Student
Living At Home
Term Year
Tuition $3,371 $6,742
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
  $9,307 $18,614

Undergraduate out-of-state

Out Of State Student
Living On Campus
Term Year
Tuition $8,438 $16,876
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
  $18,554 $37,108
Out Of State Student
Living Off Campus
Term Year
Tuition $8,438 $16,876
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
  $17,512 $35,024
Out of State Student
Living At Home
Term Year
Tuition $8,438 $16,876
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
  $14,820 $29,640

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: