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Adjustments to Cost of Attendance

Students may have an altered estimated cost of attendance based on a certain classification or receipt of certain benefits.

Student Military Housing Assistance

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?

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.

For Veterinary Medicine students, the cost of a computer should be automatically included in your costs as a first-year student. If you did not receive funding for the purchase of a computer, the maximum allowable increase is $2200.

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 the Stillwater or Tulsa campuses to respective classes at the Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences.

Student Additional Travel Costs for 4th Year Students on Clinical Rotations

The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid includes travel costs in a student’s estimated cost of attendance, including additional travel costs built in for 4th Year Veterinary Medicine students who are on clinical rotations and may have added travel costs due to rotations outside of the College of Veterinary Medicine.

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?