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Cost of Attendance (COA)

The Cost of Attendance (COA) is the total of direct and indirect educational expenses for an academic year.

Direct expenses are charges by UAlbany to the student. These expenses include: tuition, fees, room charges, and meals. Students who live on campus while attending UAlbany will have different direct expenses than those students living off campus.

Indirect expenses are costs incurred while a student pursues their education. These costs include: books, supplies, personal items, transportation, and off-campus living expenses.

As part of the financial aid process, aid applicants are evaluated based on the housing and credit load, then assigned an estimated Cost of Attendance.

For specific information about the cost of tuition and fees, please visit the UAlbany Tuition and Costs page of the UAlbany Student Accounts website.

The UAlbany Cost of Attendance Increase Request process can be used to increase the cost of attendance for students with additional educational expenses. Examples of additional education expenses that could result in an increase include:
  • additional expense for on campus superior housing (Empire Commons, Freedom Apartments, and Liberty Terrace)
  • the purchase of a computer (one increase allowed per academic career)
  • child care
  • travel
Please contact the Student Financial Center either by phone, email or in-person and a Financial Aid Advisor will assist you.