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Cost of Attendance

The Cost of Attendance is an estimate of the average cost to attend Boise State for one academic year.

How Cost of Attendance Affects your Financial Aid Award

Your entire financial aid award (loans, grants, work-study, scholarships, outside assistance, private loans) cannot exceed your estimated Cost of Attendance, even though your actual expenses may be more than what we estimate.

You could receive the full estimated Cost of Attendance, or you may receive less. In cases where you have additional expenses that aren’t included in the Cost of Attendance, you can ask us about Budget Increase options. Examples of extra expenses are the purchase of a computer, daycare, medical, or significant transportation expenses.

How Cost of Attendance is Determined

Your Cost of Attendance is estimated based on your overall expenses for a year. The estimate includes the direct costs that you can expect, like tuition, fees and housing. It also considers indirect costs like books and supplies, transportation and personal expenses.

Your Cost of Attendance takes into consideration:

  • Your degree – undergraduate, graduate
  • Your residency – Idaho resident, non-resident
  • Your housing plans disclosed on FAFSA – on campus, off campus, living with parents
  • Your enrollment level – full-time, three-quarter time, half-time, less than half-time

Enrollment Impact on Financial Aid

Your initial aid award will be based on full time enrollment (12+ undergraduate, 9+ graduate credits) and assigned a full-time Cost of Attendance budget. If you attend less than full-time, you may see reductions to your aid based on Cost of Attendance adjustments.

In some situations, when awarded or disbursed financial aid exceeds the Cost of Attendance, you may need to repay some financial aid or have spring loans reduced so that you stay within your allotted budget.

Checking your Cost of Attendance

Many plans require students to provide them a Cost of Attendance to withdraw funds. To check your Cost of Attendance:

  • Log into your Student Center, located under “My Resources” in your myBoiseState left menu
Screenshot of myBoiseState left menu bar with Student Center highlighted under My Resources
  • Once you are logged in, click on the Student Homepage tile, then click on the Financial Aid tile
Screenshot of Student Homepage

Screenshot of Financial Aid Tile on Student Homepage

  • Select the appropriate Aid Year
Screenshot of where to select Aid Year on View Financial Aid
  • Click Budget, Resources and Need
Screenshot of Budgets, Resources and Need link
  • Click on the BLUE amount total after Estimated Financial Aid Budget to get a breakdown of your Cost of Attendance calculation
Screenshot of where to click for a breakdown of your Estimated Financial Aid Budget/Cost of Attendance

General Cost of Attendance Tables

We do not build Cost of Attendance for students who do not fill out a FAFSA. If you are in this group, please use the tables below to determine which of our Cost of Attendance categories would apply to you.

The following tables are for the 2023-2024 Academic Year.

  • All amounts are for a single fall/spring semester.
  • Please double the amount to determine the full year amount.
  • Please contact our office if you need amounts for the summer semester or self support programs as these are unique situations.

Keep in mind that the amounts below are for a full time student taking 12 or more credits as an undergraduate student and 9 or more credits for graduate students. We would be happy to help you if you would like information on other enrollment levels. The Food and Housing category is the same for all enrollment levels unless someone is taking 5 or less credits.

Full Time Undergraduate Resident (12 + credits)

Cost CategoryOff CampusOn CampusOn Campus w/DependentsLiving with Parent(s)
Tuition & Fees$4,441$4,441$4,441$4,441
Books & Supplies$613$613$613$613
Food & Housing$6,540$8,305$8,366$3,002
Personal/Miscellaneous $1,703$1,703$1,703$1,703

Full Time Undergraduate Non-Resident (12 + credits)

Cost CategoryOff CampusOn CampusOn Campus w/DependentsLiving With Parent(s)
Nonresident Tuition & Fees
Books & Supplies$613$613$613$613
Food & Housing$6,540$8,305$8,366$3,002
Personal/Miscellaneous $1,703$1,703$1,703$1,703

Full Time Graduate Resident (9 + credits)

Cost CategoryOff CampusOn CampusOn Campus w/DependentsLiving with Parent(s)
Tuition & Fees$5,243$5,243$5,243$5,243
Books & Supplies$613$613$613$613
Food & Housing$6,540$6,938$8,366$3,002
Personal/Miscellaneous $1,703$1,703$1,703$1,703

Full Time Graduate Non-Resident (9 + credits)

Cost CategoryOff CampusOn CampusOn Campus w/DependentsLiving With Parent(s)
Nonresident Tuition & Fees$14,303$14,303$14,303$14,303
Books & Supplies$613$613$613$613
Food & Housing$6,540$6,938$8,366$3,002