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. 

2015-2016 Estimated COA for Full Time Undergraduate (12 Credits)

In State    Out of State NE Regional Proximity
Direct Costs
Tuition/Fees $13,427 $29,125 $22,739 $22,739
Room/Board $11,670 $11,670 $11,670 $11,670
Total Direct Costs $25,097 $40,795 $34,409 $34,409
Total Indirect Costs* $2,626 $2,626 $2,626 $2,626
Total COA $27,723 $43,421 37,035 $37,035
*The indirect costs shown are for students living on campus

2015-2016  Estimated COA for Graduate (9 Credits)

In State    Out of State NE Regional Proximity
Direct Costs
Tuition/Fees $13,799 $24,478 $20,509 $20,509
Room/Board $11,670 $11,670 $11,670 $11,670
Total Direct Costs $25,469 $36,148 $32,179 $32,179
Total Indirect Costs* $3,862 $3,862 $3,862 $3,862
Total COA $29,331 $40,010 $36,041 $36,041

*The indirect costs shown are for students living on campus


2015-2016  Estimated COA for Full Time CSCDE (12 Credits)

Commuter  Off Campus  On Campus 
Direct Costs
Tuition/Fees $8,220 $8,220 $8,220
Room/Board

$11,670
Total Direct Costs $8,220 $8,220 $19,890
Total Indirect Costs   $4,626 $8,276 $2,626
Total COA $12,846 $16,496 $22,516


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