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Budgeting and Awarding Procedures


Family Resources

It is expected that parents, to the maximum extent that they can contribute, have the primary responsibility for financing the cost of the studentís education. A standard formula used for all applicants determines this amount. The information you report on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid is used in calculating your contribution. Factors such as income, assets, and benefits (for example, unemployment or Social Security) are all considered in this calculation. Whatever the origin, ALL resources available MUST be reported as soon as they become known.  Failure to report resources may result in repayment to the district of funds already received. 

Dependency Determination

Whether or not we consider your parentsí income and asset information depends upon whether or not you are considered a dependent or independent student.

By federal regulation you are considered an "independent" student for the 20
14-2015 academic year:

  1. If you were born before January 1, 1991.

  2. If you, at any time since the age of 13, were a ward of the court (a current or former foster youth for example);  or both parents are deceased.

  3. If you are or were in legal guardianship until age 18; or were an emancipated minor as determined by a court.

  4. If you were homeless at any time on or after July 1, 2013.

  5. If you are a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces or currently serving in the military on Active Duty.

  6. If you have legal dependents.

  7. If you are married.

If you do not meet one of the above requirements, you will be considered a "dependent" student and will be required to provide parental information.

Total Budget

The Financial Aid Office uses standard student budgets that reflect average costs you will face when attending college. They are intended to provide sufficient funds for most students in most circumstances. Student budgets are not and cannot be intended to meet each personís full financial responsibilities.

Standard Student Budgets for Full-Time Attendance

Housing Status

Living with Parent(s)

Living away from Parent(s)



Books and Supplies 1600 1600
Food and Housing 4600 11100
Personal Expenses 2500 2800
Transportation 1200 1200
TOTAL 11,226 18,026

Additions to Budgets
Out of State Tuition cost per unit: ($193 - subject to change)
Dependent Care Costs (documented)

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