Cost of Attendance
A college education is an important investment. The FSU Office of Financial Aid awards over 280 million dollars of assistance each year to eligible students in the form of scholarships, grants, work-study, and loans to help them achieve their educational goals.
In order to award aid, a school must first establish an estimated cost of attendance. This includes fixed amounts, such as tuition and fees, as well as amounts that must be estimated, such as room, board, books, transportation, and personal expenses (laundry, toothbrushes, etc.).
Based on the estimated cost of attendance and the information from the FAFSA, the FSU Office of Financial aid processes award offers to continuing and admitted students.
Need based aid, such as Federal Grants, Work-Study, Federal Loans, State Grants and University Grants can be awarded up to the amount of need established through the federal formula. Loans such as the Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan and the Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) or Graduate PLUS loan can be awarded beyond the calculated need, up to the amount of the cost of attendance. The total of all aid awarded, however, cannot exceed the cost of attendance, as established by the school.
Because costs are only estimated, each student may find that their overall costs are more or less, depending on their educational requirements and their living arrangements. Additionally, it's important to realize that these expenses do not all come at once. Some costs, such as personal, transportation, or in some cases, housing and food, may be spread over the enrollment period. For awarding purposes, the FSU Office of Financial Aid will use the cost of attendance established, but for your own purposes, it's important for you to calculate what your own costs will be, so you can budget your finances, and manage your money wisely.
Estimating your costs:
Below are some resources you may find useful in estimating the cost of enrollment at Florida State University.
FSU Estimated Budgets (Cost of Attendance)
The budgets below are approximate. The actual budgets used to award aid may vary slightly to comply with any regulatory changes that are made after initial estimation.
In addition to the budget estimates below, if you will be coming to FSU as an undergraduate student, you may want to review the FSU Net Price Calculator for an estimate of costs and average aid awarded. The FSU Net Price Calculator is a broad estimator of cost and financial aid, and does not represent an individual offer of aid. (The calculator is intended for undergraduate students only, and does not represent costs or average aid awarded to graduate, medical or law students).
last updated: March 18, 2013