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.


Undergraduate in-state

Colorado Student
Living On Campus
Term Year
Tuition $3,528 $7,056
Fees $920 $1,840
Room $3,344 $6,688
Board $2,585 $5,170
Books/Supplies $620 $1,240
Transportation $1,142 $2,284
Personal/Misc. $640 $1,280
Federal Loan Fees $44 $88
  $12,823 $25,646
Colorado Student
Living Off Campus
Term Year
Tuition $3,528 $7,056
Fees $920 $1,840
Room $3,192 $6,384
Board $1,892 $3,784
Books/Supplies $620 $1,240
Transportation $1,142 $2,284
Personal/Misc. $640 $1,280
Federal Loan Fees $44 $88
  $11,978 $23,956
Colorado Student
Living At Home
Term Year
Tuition $3,528 $7,056
Fees $920 $1,840
Room $952 $1,904
Board $1,104 $2,208
Books/Supplies $620 $1,240
Transportation $740 $1,480
Personal/Misc. $572 $1,144
Federal Loan Fees $44 $88
  $8,480 $16,960

Undergraduate out-of-state

Out Of State Student
Living On Campus
Term Year
Tuition $8,856 $17,712
Fees $920 $1,840
Room $3,344 $6,688
Board $2,585 $5,170
Books/Supplies $620 $1,240
Transportation $1,254 $2,508
Personal/Misc. $640 $1,280
Federal Loan Fees $44 $88
  $18,263 $36,526
Out Of State Student
Living Off Campus
Term Year
Tuition $8,856 $17,712
Fees $920 $1,840
Room $3,192 $6,384
Board $1,892 $3,784
Books/Supplies $620 $1,240
Transportation $1,254 $2,508
Personal/Misc. $640 $1,280
Federal Loan Fees $44 $88
  $17,418 $34,836
Out of State Student
Living At Home
Term Year
Tuition $8,856 $17,712
Fees $920 $1,840
Room $952 $1,904
Board $1,104 $2,208
Books/Supplies $620 $1,240
Transportation $740 $1,480
Personal/Misc. $572 $1,144
Federal Loan Fees $44 $88
  $13,808 $27,616

Graduate in-state

Colorado Student
Living Off-Campus
Term Year
Tuition $3,186 $6,372
Fees $552 $1,104
Room $3,192 $6,384
Board $1,892 $3,784
Books/Supplies $800 $1,600
Transportation $1,142 $2,285
Personal/Misc. $640 $1,180
Federal Loan Fees $63 $126
  $11,467 $22,835

Graduate out-of-state

Out of State Student
Living Off-Campus
Term Year
Tuition $3,186 $6,372
Fees $552 $1,104
Room $3,192 $6,384
Board $1,892 $3,784
Books/Supplies $800 $1,600
Transportation $1,254 $2,508
Personal/Misc. $640 $1,280
Federal Loan Fees $63 $126
  $11,579 $23,158

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: