Reading your award letter
- Grants, awards and scholarships are considered gift aid and do not need to be paid back.
- Work-study, cash and savings are considered other resources and do not need to be paid back.
- Loans need to be paid back over time, with interest.
Things to consider
Think about the costs for which you need additional help (Step 4 below).
- Do you work part-time/full-time and can you use your wages to pay your costs?
- Do you live at home or with your family and don’t need to worry about paying room/board?
- Do you need to borrow the full amount of student loans offered, or just a portion?
Determine the cost of college
A step-by-step guide to determine the cost of college.
- Step 1—Select your WSU Vancouver cost of attendance
- Step 2—List your financial aid awards/resources
- Step 3—Determine your tuition cost
- Step 4—Determine how much money you need
Step 1—Select your WSU Vancouver cost of attendance
Choose from one of the options listed below to determine your total cost of attendance.
Option 1—Not living with parents
|Room (Room and board costs may be covered by student loans or by other means, such as a spouse.)||$6,900|
|Miscellaneous living expenses||$2,108|
|Total cost of attendance (COA) =||$26,219|
Option 2—Living with parents
|Room (Room and board costs may be covered by student loans or by other means, such as parents.)||$3,430|
|Miscellaneous living expenses||$2,108|
|Total cost of attendance (COA) =||
- Costs are based on two full-time semesters (fall/spring) for a student attending WSU Vancouver.
- Costs reflect resident tuition. If you’re a non-resident student, increase the tuition line by your actual tuition costs (review the tuition chart in Step 3).
- These are standardized budgets that express average costs and are intended to provide sufficient funds to pay for educational expenses for most students in most circumstances. If your circumstances vary, please talk to a financial aid counselor for guidance.
Step 2—List your financial aid awards/resources
Gift aid—Grants/academic awards/scholarships
Some awards will be prorated and/or cancelled if you are enrolled in less than 12 credits.
Add together all of the following that you have received to determine your total gift aid:
- Grants (e.g. Pell, State Need, College Bound, Institutional)
- Academic achievement awards (e.g. Vancouver Academic Achievement, Vancouver Transfer Achievement)
Loans—Money that will need to be repaid
A minimum of 6 credits enrollment required to receive loans.
Add together all of the following loans that you plan to accept to determine your total loans:
- Parent PLUS loan (for dependent students)
Other resources/support—If applicable
Add together all of the following that you expect to have available to determine your total resources:
- Federal work-study
- Prepaid college savings plan
- Cash or other savings
Total financial aid packaging and resources
Now add your total gift aid, total loans and total resources together to determine your total financial aid packaging and resources.
Step 3—Determine your tuition cost
|2 (minimum charge)||$1,028||$2,452|
|6 (minimum required credits to receive financial aid)||$3,084||$7,356|
|10 – 18||$5,139.50||$12,257.50|
|More than 18||$5,140 + $514 per credit||$12,257.50 + $1,198 per credit|
Tuition per semester
Now multiply your tuition cost per semester by two to estimate your yearly cost of tuition (based on fall/spring attendance).
Step 4—Determine how much money you need
A) Compare your cost of tuition and books to your gift aid amount.
Add together your yearly cost of tuition (from Step 3) and your books (from Step 1) to determine your total tuition/books costs.
Now subtract your total gift aid (from Step 2) from your total tuition/books costs to determine your remaining costs for tuition/books.
Do you have enough gift aid to cover the cost of tuition and books?
If your remaining costs for tuition/books is a positive number, that means you do not have enough gift aid to cover tuition/books.
If your remaining costs for tuition/books is a negative number, that means you would receive a refund.
B) What portion of your cost of attendance do you need additional help with?
Add together your remaining costs for tuition/books (if a positive number), room/board, transportation costs and miscellaneous expenses (from Step 1) to determine your total help needed.
If you do not need help with some of these costs (such as room/board or transportation), do not add them to your total help needed.
C) How much in loans do you need?
Subtract your total resources (other resources/support from Step 2) and any gift aid refund you may recieve (after tuition/books costs) from your total help needed to determine your loans needed.
If you are borrowing student loans, make sure to complete the following steps: