Estimated Cost of Attendance

The estimated cost of attendance, or COA, is a standardized estimate of the comprehensive cost of being a student at Nebraska for a specific enrollment period. It includes tuition and fees, housing and meals, books and supplies, and allowances for transportation, personal expenses, and loan fees. All costs are subject to actual fee structures as approved by the NU Board of Regents. Figures represent the best estimates of expenses a full-time student in a given category might expect to incur.

The COA is not necessarily what you will pay and is not a bill, but it is an estimated guide to what the overall cost of college is at Nebraska for a certain time period. There are many enrollment decisions and lifestyle choices you can make to reduce your individual cost. Also, you may receive certain scholarships or financial aid for certain costs, so those choices may also impact what you receive. It's always important to consult with your academic advisor regarding academic decisions and the Husker Hub with your financial decisions so that you can also stay on track to graduate in four years!

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Development of the Standardized Cost of Attendance:

The cost of attendance is developed based on average expenses that is researched, uses a variety of data sources, and arrives at reasonable and realistic figures. However, a student's individual costs may vary based on enrollment decisions and lifestyle choices with regard to tuition and fees, housing and meals, books and supplies, transportation and personal expenses, and loan borrowing.

The practical use of the cost of attendance is to help you estimate your overall costs and out-of-pocket "net price" (i.e., the cost of attendance minus scholarships and grants), but also the maximum amount of financial assistance you may receive from all sources combined. For students whose individuals educationally related costs are in excess of the standardized estimate, actual costs can be taken into consideration for financial aid purposes, if necessary.

Students enrolled less than full-time as of the census date of each term will have their cost of attendance reduced accordingly.

Tuition and Fees
  • The overall cost of attendance is based on a standardized 15 credits of base tuition per fall/spring semester for undergraduates and 9 credits for graduate students over a nine-month period
  • Law tuition and fees are based on 15 credit hours per semester for 2L and 3L students and 15 credits in the fall and 18 credits in the spring for first-year law students.
  • Fees include the technology fee, library fee, UPFF fee, and an average course fee.
Housing and Meals
  • For on-campus students, housing and meals costs are based on the most common rates.
  • For students who live off campus, housing figures are estimated based on living options in close proximity to campus and include utilities. Meals are estimated based on campus meal options available to off-campus students. Living costs for off-campus students may vary widely from standardized estimates.
  • Students who live at home with parent(s), relatives, or their legal guardian, and commute to school will have a lower, more individualized cost of attendance, as indicated on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Net Price Calculator
  • The net price calculator can help you estimate your scholarship and financial aid award eligibility in relation to your college cost to help you understand what your net price might be.
  • Nebraska's Net Price Calculator
Books and Supplies
  • Figures are based on student surveys and verified by random course selection and cost review.
Personal Expenses
  • Indirect expenses include personal (clothing, toiletries, sundries, etc.) and transportation (fuel, maintenance, travel home, etc.) costs. These may be items already budgeted and not an additional cost for an individual student. 
Loan Fees
  • Because the federal government charges origination fees on Federal Direct Loans, those fees are included as a cost for students who borrow Federal Direct Loans.
Other Educationally Related Expenses
  • The cost of daycare is not included in the standardized cost of attendance, but students with dependents may have their cost of attendance increased, if necessary, with documentation (email huskerhub@unl.edu for details).
Ideas for Reducing Expenses
  • The estimated Cost of Attendance is a standardized estimate across large categories of students. As your individual scholarships and financial aid may vary from the average, so may your college costs based on individual factors.
  • For ideas on how you might be able to reduce costs or to schedule a money management mentoring session, visit the Student Money Management Center at Nebraska.