Cost of Attendance
Additional Allowable Costs
With appropriate receipts, the following expenses may allow for a COA
- Childcare expenses
- Automobile repairs that are not considered
- Health care expenses not covered by medical
insurance and are deemed to be extraordinary and unanticipated.
How is Cost of
Cost of Attendance is the total amount of aid, including
scholarships, grants and loans, that you are eligible to receive for the entire
year. The Cost of Attendance is derived based on living expenses in the Winston-Salem area and information from student
surveys. The amount provided each year allows a medical student to live
comfortably alone, not luxuriously. Cutting costs in any way, including getting
a roommate, budgeting money for food and other expenses, and living as frugally
as possible are recommended.
It is not required that you accept the full Cost of
Attendance each year. The amount you accept is flexible. You are allowed
to return funds if you accept too much or request more if you run short as long
as you stay within the Cost of Attendance.
The Cost of Attendance varies for each class based on the
number of months the student is considered enrolled and the types of expenses
throughout the year such as additional transportation costs incurred during
third and fourth years.
How do I manage
The Office of Financial Aid is available to meet
with you one-on-one to talk about managing these disbursements. Due to
the strict amount allowed for each year, it is important that you have a
spending plan. There are many creative ways to manage these funds. For example, you might pay rent for the
entire semester when you receive your first disbursement and again in January.
Another way to make your money last is to deposit your disbursement into
a savings account and "pay" yourself monthly or bi-monthly.