Cost of Attendance

The Cost of Attendance (COA) is the estimated total cost of attending college for one year. It includes tuition and fees, room, board, books & supplies, personal expenses, and travel expenses. The Financial Aid Office estimates the Cost of Attendance for an incoming, typical resident, commuter, or student who lives at home to attend McDaniel College for the 2017-2018 year.

Cost of living table
Student Budget (COA) 2017-2018 Campus Resident Commuter Living with Parents
Tuition (12-20 Credits) $41,800 $41,800 $41,800
One-time Matriculation Fee $400 $400 $400
Room $5,100 $4,600 $0
Board $6,010 $2,000 $2,000
Books & Supplies $1,200 $1,200 $1,200
Transportation $750 $1,200 $1,200
Personal Expenses &
Miscellaneous Fees
$900 $900 $900
Loan Fee $70 $70 $70
Total $56,230 $52,170 $47,570

The above chart represents the Cost of Attendance for a Dependent Student. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for information regarding the Cost of Attendance for Independent Undergraduate Students.

For a variety of reasons, the actual cost for any given student might differ from these standard budgets. Most notable are students who live in an off-campus apartment (without their parents) and independent students. A student cannot receive more than the Cost of Attendance from any combination of institutional, federal, state, or private funding source. This includes merit- and need-based aid as well as tuition benefits, ROTC awards, and RA contracts.

If the amount you and your family must pay is more than you think your family can afford-- don't panic! The process used to evaluate your eligibility for need-based aid is based on national norms and ordinary situations. Since individual circumstances vary, some applications require a more personalized approach. Talk to a member of the Financial Aid staff about your situation.

Recognize, however, that the primary responsibility for meeting college costs rests with you and your family. Financial aid is intended to supplement, not replace, family effort.