Estimating Your Costs


In addition to the budget estimates (view term links on the left-hand menu), 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).


The Cost of Attendance is an estimate of how much it will cost a student to attend FSU.  It includes tuition and fees, room and board costs, and allowances for books and supplies, transportation, and personal expenses.  Since the cost of attendance is an estimate of the average student’s costs, your actual costs may vary.


Cost of attendance values are based on the assumption that a student will be enrolled full time.  We recommend 15 hours of enrollment each term.  Cost of Attendance amounts may be prorated based on a student’s actual enrollment after drop/add.


The cost of attendance is used when determining a student’s eligibility for financial aid.  The Cost of attendance minus the Expected Family Contribution (from the FAFSA) determines the amount of need based aid a student can receive.  Need based aid, such as Federal Grants, Work-Study, Subsidized Federal Loans, State Grants and University Grants, can be awarded up to the amount of need.  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.


To help students determine their expenses and establish a budget we have created an interactive budget worksheet, which can be found here.


Last updated 2/19/2019
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