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CSU-Pueblo Cost Estimate

Estimated Cost of Attendance for Undergraduate Residents

Students may also be eligible for various forms of financial aid, thereby reducing the actual cost. Financial need is a factor in determining the financial aid eligibility and actual cost. Financial need is the difference between the Cost of Attendance (COA) and the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as calculated by the U.S. Department of Education via the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Financial need can be expressed as an equation: COA minus EFC equals financial need (COA - EFC = Financial Need). For each student, the COA, EFC, and financial need will be different. Financial aid is offered to help students cover their financial need depending on available funding and specific student characteristics. So, as an example, if the COA is $20,683 and the EFC is $10,000, the financial need is, thus $10,683. This need may be met by grants, scholarships, work programs, and/or loans.

To determine what the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is, students should complete the FAFSA or FAFSA 4caster at

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