Listed below is the cost of attendance budgets for 2020-21 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 and 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.
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.
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.
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: