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Adjustments to Cost of Attendance for Graduate Students

Students may have an altered estimated cost of attendance based on a certain classification, such as a Resident Advisor or Psychology Intern.

Resident Advisors

Residential Life identifies students who receive free or reduced room and board as part of their assignment. These students either have a reduced amount or no amount of room and board included in their estimated cost of attendance.

What Happens?

Student Military Housing Assitance

Students who report living in housing located on a military base or housing for which they receive a basic allowance under Title 37 of the U.S.C. – Pay and Allowances of the Uniformed Services, are not eligible to receive a room allowance in the cost of attendance.

What Happens?

Psychology Intern

The Registrar’s Office identifies graduate students who are Psychology Interns. Although Oklahoma State University considers students to be “full-time” during these semesters, students are typically enrolled in 2 credit hours each semester. Students are typically only eligible for a cost of attendance that includes less than half-time tuition/fees, and full-time room/board, transportation and personal/miscellaneous expenses

What Happens?

Dependent Care

Federal law allows financial aid offices to consider the costs incurred by a student in providing care for a dependent. The term “dependent” applies not only to children, but can include an elderly or disabled adult (including the student’s spouse). To qualify, the dependent must be included in the student’s household size on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). We can include these costs when determining a student’s financial aid eligibility when costs are not covered by other sources.

How Does a Student Request This?

Computer

Federal law allows financial aid offices to consider the costs incurred by a student for the purchase of a computer one-time during their college career, per degree of study (undergraduate, masters, doctoral or veterinary medicine student). The maximum allowable costs may vary based on the program of study and requirements for a personal computer.

In general, the maximum allowable increase is $1000. Some exceptions:

  • Students majoring in Architecture: maximum allowable increase is $2700.
  • Students majoring in Art with a concentration in Graphic Design: maximum allowable increase is $4400.
  • Students majoring in Mechanical Engineering: maximum allowable increase is $2500.
  • Any other program that requires costs above the $1000 maximum not listed here must be documented by the department, and included with the student’s request.

How Does a Student Request This?

Commuter/Travel

Federal law allows financial aid offices to consider the costs incurred by a student for additional travel costs, if these costs are in addition to what is already included in the regular cost of attendance.
These costs must be required for your coursework, and may include commuting from outside of either the Stillwater or Tulsa campuses to respective classes in another location, or other travel required for a course (such as student teaching, internship, etc.).

How Does a Student Request This?

Actual Tuition/Fees

Federal law allows financial aid offices to consider the costs incurred by a student for actual tuition and fees paid to the University, if these costs are in addition to what is already included in the regular cost of attendance.

How Does a Student Request This?

Actual Books/Supplies

Federal law allows financial aid offices to consider the costs incurred by a student for actual books and supplies costs required for a course, if these costs are in addition to what is already included in the regular cost of attendance.

How Does a Student Request This?

Medical/Dental Expenses

Federal law allows financial aid offices to consider the costs incurred by a student for medical/dental expenses incurred by the student.

General guidelines:

  • Costs must occur during the academic year the student is requesting the cost of attendance adjustment
  • Costs can be for the student only (not spouse, parent, or other dependent)
  • Costs are evaluated on a case-by-case basis
  • Required documentation must include, but is not limited to:
    • Statement(s) from medical professionals regarding required treatment
    • Copies of invoices, medical bills, prescription receipts, etc.

How Does a Student Request This?

Disability Allowance

Federal law (Section 472(9)) allows financial aid offices to consider an allowance for students with disabilities. This allowance covers expenses related to the disability, such as special services, personal assistance, transportation, equipment and supplies that are reasonably incurred and not provided for by other assisting agencies.

A disabled student is one who meets the definitions contained in Section 602 (a)(1)(A) of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act and includes students who are:

  • Mentally retarded;
  • Hard of hearing or deaf;
  • Speech or language impaired;
  • Visually disabled;
  • Seriously emotionally disturbed;
  • Orthopedically impaired;
  • Autistic;
  • Who had traumatic brain injury;
  • Otherwise health impaired or who has specific learning disabilities requiring special education and related services

How Does a Student Request This?