Cost of Attendance Information
Cost of Attendance
Find Out Your Cost of Attendance before you Start School
Know up front what your estimated costs are for attendance at Martinsburg College. The Needs Analysis – or Cost of Attendance – below gives you a picture of what you need to budget to attend the college. This calculation is used to determine your “financial need,” which is the basis of financial aid award packages, as well as eligibility for other types of financial assistance.
The tuition rate will vary depending upon the number of credits taken per year and the number of transfer credits awarded. For certificate programs, the per credit tuition cost is $250 and for associate’s degrees, the per credit cost is $250.
Indirect and Direct Costs
Both direct and indirect costs make up the cost of attendance.
- Direct costs are usually paid directly to the institution. These include: tuition and any fees.
- Indirect costs are additional expenses you may incur while attending school, which are not paid to the college. Personal expenses, room and board are examples of indirect costs.
Even though Martinsburg College is a fully distance learning institution, we are permitted by federal regulations to include reasonable cost for living expenses (room and board). However, the room cost is excluded for students who live in military housing or receive a military housing stipend.
The following budget items are included as part of the Cost of Attendance:
- Materials, supplies and miscellaneous fees
- Loan fees (if applicable)
- Room and board
- Dependent care (if applicable)
Example of Budget and Needs Analysis Calculation for an Academic Year:
Please Note: The estimates above apply to full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students only.
These estimates do not represent a final determination, or actual award, of financial assistance or a final net price; they are only estimates. Cost of attendance and financial aid availability change year to year. These estimates shall not be binding on the Secretary of Education, the institution of higher education, or the State.
Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to determine their eligibility for Federal financial aid that includes Federal grant, loan, or work-study assistance. For more information on applying for Federal student aid, go to http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/.
Note: Room and board is an allowance not an actual charge. The personal expense category is an allowance and not a charge. Each of these allowances is listed to assist students to cover expenses necessary for school attendance. However, students do not have to use federal funds to cover these expenses.