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Cost of Attendance

The cost of attendance (COA) is the estimated total amount it will cost you to go to college for that year. The COA includes tuition and fees; on-campus room and board (or a housing and food allowance for off-campus students); and allowances for books, supplies, transportation, loan fees, and, if applicable, dependent care. It can also include other expenses like an allowance for the rental or purchase of a personal computer, or costs related to a disability.

Not included in COA - Currently, BCC does not vary cost of attendance for particular programs including study abroad or online coursework.

For students attending less than half-time, the COA includes tuition and fees and an allowance for books, supplies, transportation, and dependent care expenses. Contact the financial aid office at the college you are attending if you have any unusual expenses that might affect your cost of attendance.

Determination of Cost of Attendance – Every year, BCC’s Financial Aid Office reviews the California Student Aid Commission’s most current Student Expenses and Resources Survey (SEARS). It is a broad survey of students’ budgets and expenses from UCs, CSUs, community colleges, and independent and private career institutions.
Each year California legislators establish the cost per unit for California Residents. Current fees can be found online at here.

The BCC Board of Trustees establishes the out of state tuition amount each year and it is published in the Schedule of Classes.

The Cost of Attendance (COA) is subject to change depending on legislative activity. It sets the maximum amount of financial aid a student can receive for the year and represents a modest budget by which a student can live adequately while attending BCC.

Please refer to your College Financing Plan (formerly known as the Federal Shopping Sheet) located in your mybarstow portal ( portal for further assistance with understanding your Cost of Attendance. There is a tutorial available to assist you with accessing and understanding the College Financing Plan. You can find the Tutorial here.

College Financing Plan/Cost of Attendance Example:

shopping sheet




*ENROLLMENT FEES: $46 per unit, average 12 units per semester is used to calculate budget for full time fees. $46 per unit, average of 5 units per semester is used to calculate budget for less than half time fees.

  1. At Home Budget is for those students living with parents, Away Home budget is for those students not living with parents.
  2. Tuition and fees include all mandatory fees.
  3. Books & supplies include books, educational supplies, course material fees, and computer-related expenses, excluding those costs associated with the purchase of a personal computer.
  4. Housing and food includes food, snacks and meals on campus, household supplies, rent, and utilities.
  5. Transportation includes travel to and from parent’s residence and transportation costs to and from classes and work. (e.g., bus fare, gasoline, tolls, and parking.)
  6. Miscellaneous/personal items include clothing, laundry, and dry-cleaning, personal care, gifts, recreation, medical, etc.
  7. Child/dependent care may be added with adequate documentation provided by the student, depending upon age and number of children.