The Office of Student Financial Assistance determines your financial aid eligibility by subtracting your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from your Cost of Attendance (COA). The information you report on your FAFSA is used in a formula established by the U.S. Congress, which determines your EFC.

The COA that your financial aid package is based upon reflects standard and reasonable costs. Tuition and fee rates vary by a student’s residency (i.e., West Virginia, Metro*, and Non-resident) and enrollment status. The tuition and fee component in your COA is a standard amount based on full-time enrollment; however, it can vary slightly due to additional fees assessments for course/lab fees, specific program fees, and on-line course fees.

*Metro tuition/fees apply to students who reside in Gallia, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Pike or Scioto Counties in Ohio and Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Floyd, Greenup, Johnson, Lawrence, Martin, and Pike Counties in Kentucky.

Housing & Food charges vary based upon residence hall assignment and meal plan. When you live on campus, you will be billed directly for your room and your meal plan. Marshall University policy requires all full-time freshmen and sophomores to live on campus. You may only request an exemption from this policy if your parent/legal guardian(s) live within 50 miles of campus by completing a Housing Release Request form. You may obtain the Housing Release Request form by visiting The COA budget component for housing and meals for students who live with parents or reside in off-campus housing are estimated.  Marshall University does not charge you for these amounts, but they are part of your Financial Aid COA budget to determine your financial aid eligibility. Housing and meal costs for a commuting student are variable and depend greatly on the student’s living arrangements.

Books and Supplies are variable costs and depend upon your particular program of study. Transportation and Miscellaneousexpensesare variable costs and can consume a large part of your educational costs if you don’t budget carefully.

In all cases, the total amount a student is awarded cannot exceed the cost of a Marshall University education. In some instances, when Title IV (certain Federal Financial Aid programs) and certain WV Higher Education Programs are awarded, students are limited to receive grants and scholarships up to the student’s demonstrated financial need.

If you are not living on campus, your institutional scholarships may not exceed tuition, fees and an additional $1,000. Should you choose to live off campus and your institutional scholarships exceed this amount, your institutional scholarship awards may be reduced. This does not include other scholarships and financial aid you may receive from federal, state, and external sources unless those funds have specific restrictions.

The charts below provide estimated average full-time costs for students for the 2014-15 academic year and are provided for planning purposes. For actual tuition and fee charges visit the Bursar website at