The Cost of Attendance (COA) Calculator helps students and parents estimate the total cost of attending a school or university. It includes all major expenses like tuition fees, housing, and meal plans, as well as optional fields for transportation and miscellaneous costs.

## How to Use the Cost of Attendance Calculator

Follow these steps to calculate the total cost of attending a school or university:

- Enter the tuition fees in USD, which covers the cost of your courses.
- Input housing costs, which include dormitory fees or rent for off-campus housing.
- Optionally, you can add meal plan costs, transportation expenses, and any miscellaneous costs like books, supplies, and personal expenses.
- Click the 'Calculate Total Cost' button to view the total estimated cost of attendance.

### COA Formula

The formula used for calculating the total cost of attendance is:

**Total Cost of Attendance (COA):***COA = Tuition Fees + Housing Costs + Meal Plan Costs + Transportation Costs + Miscellaneous Costs*

### Example Calculation

For example, if the tuition fees are $20,000, housing costs are $8,000, and meal plan costs are $3,000, the total cost would be:

**Total COA = $20,000 + $8,000 + $3,000 = $31,000**

This estimate helps in financial planning and determining the total expense of attending a school or university.