Financial Aid - Cost of Attendance Budgets

Cost of Attendance Budgets

Listed below is the cost of attendance budgets for 2018-19 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 $7056
Fees $992 $1984
Room $3,388 $6,776
Board $2,372 $4,744
Books/Supplies $625 $1,250
Transportation $1,161 $2,322
Personal/Misc. $604 $1,208
Federal Loan Fees $44 $88
  $12,714 $25,428
Colorado Student
Living Off Campus
Term Year
Tuition $3,528 $7,056
Fees $992 $1984
Room $3,408 $6,816
Board $1,724 $3,448
Books/Supplies $625 $1,250
Transportation $1,161 $2,322
Personal/Misc. $604 $1,208
Federal Loan Fees $44 $88
  $12,086 $24,172
Colorado Student
Living At Home
Term Year
Tuition $3,528 $7,056
Fees $992 $1984
Room $900 $1,800
Board $1,096 $2,192
Books/Supplies $625 $1,250
Transportation $740 $1,480
Personal/Misc. $536 $1,072
Federal Loan Fees $44 $88
  $8,461 $16,922

Undergraduate out-of-state

Out Of State Student
Living On Campus
Term Year
Tuition $8,856 $17,712
Fees $992 $1984
Room $3,388 $6,776
Board $2,372 $4,744
Books/Supplies $625 $1,250
Transportation $1,173 $2,346
Personal/Misc. $604 $1,208
Federal Loan Fees $44 $88
  $18,054 $36,108
Out Of State Student
Living Off Campus
Term Year
Tuition $8,856 $17,712
Fees $992 $1984
Room $3,408 $6,816
Board $1,724 $3,448
Books/Supplies $625 $1,250
Transportation $1,173 $2,346
Personal/Misc. $604 $1,208
Federal Loan Fees $44 $88
  $17,426 $34,852
Out of State Student
Living At Home
Term Year
Tuition $8,856 $17,712
Fees $992 $1984
Room $900 $1,800
Board $1,096 $2,192
Books/Supplies $625 $1,250
Transportation $1,173 $2,346
Personal/Misc. $536 $1,072
Federal Loan Fees $44 $88
  $14,222 $28,444

Graduate in-state

Colorado Student
Living Off-Campus
Term Year
Tuition $3,186 $6,372
Fees $595 $1,190
Room $3,408 $6,816
Board $1,724 $3,448
Books/Supplies $900 $1,800
Transportation $1,161 $2,322
Personal/Misc. $604 $1,208
Federal Loan Fees $84 $168
  $11,662 $23,324

Graduate out-of-state

Out of State Student
Living Off-Campus
Term Year
Tuition $3,186 $6,372
Fees $595 $1,190
Room $3,408 $6,816
Board $1,724 $3,448
Books/Supplies $900 $1,800
Transportation $1,173 $2,346
Personal/Misc. $604 $1,208
Federal Loan Fees $84 $168
  $11,674 $23,348

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: