Financial Aid

Determining Demonstrated Financial Need

Demonstrated financial need is the difference between the cost of attendance and the expected family contribution. The cost of attendance (COA) includes direct expenses such as tuition and fees, and also includes indirect such as books, transportation and personal expenses. The expected family contribution (EFC) is determined by the federal needs analysis formula and is calculated by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Below you will find the estimated COA for all academic careers. 

2013-2014  Estimated COA for Full Time Undergraduate (12 Credits)

In State    Out of State NE Regional Proximity
Direct Costs
Tuition/Fees $12,097 $26,146 $19,760 $19,760
Room/Board $11,243 $11,243 $11,243 $11,243
Total Direct Costs $23,340 $37,389 $31,003 $28,794
Total Indirect Costs* $2,582 $2,582 $2,582 $2,582
Total COA $25,922 $39,971 $33,585 $33,585
*The indirect costs shown are for students living on campus

2013-2014  Estimated COA for Graduate (9 Credits)

In State    Out of State NE Regional Proximity
Direct Costs
Tuition/Fees $12,039 $21,874 $17,905 $17,905
Room/Board $11,243 $11,243 $11,243 $11,243
Total Direct Costs $23,282 $33,117 $29,148 $29,148
Total Indirect Costs* $3,836 $3,836 $3,836 $3,836
Total COA $27,118 $36,953 $32,984 $32,984

*The indirect costs shown are for students living on campus


2013-2014  Estimated COA for Full Time CSCDE (12 Credits)

Commuter  Off Campus  On Campus 
Direct Costs
Tuition/Fees $8,100 $8,100 $8,100
Room/Board

$11,243
Total Direct Costs $8,100 $8,100 $19,343
Total Indirect Costs   $4,582 $6,982 $2,582
Total COA $12,682 $15,082 $21,925


Average Debt per Borrower, Full-time Undergraduate Students

2012 Graduates 

Average cumulative principal (overall) $29,212

Average cumulative principal borrowed through federal loan programs $23,918