The Cost of Attendance is our best estimate of what it will cost you to attend FSU for an academic year (typically includes fall and spring terms). Typically, your Cost of Attendance includes the following components:

  • Tuition and Fees (may be updated again if the state legislature alters the final costs for tuition and fees)
  • Housing and Food Costs
  • Allowances for Books and Supplies
  • Transportation
  • Personal Expenses

These costs form the basis for financial aid calculations and are an estimate of the average student’s costs. Actual costs may vary depending on individual choices and circumstances. We encourage you to view the Tuition and Fees page, the Cost Estimates 2023-2024 page, and use the Budget Worksheets to get a more accurate assessment of your costs depending on your career (undergraduate, graduate, law, or medical school), enrollment, residency and other factors that impact your cost. In addition, we encourage you to visit the FSU Net Price Calculator for an estimate of costs and average aid awarded*. Cost of attendance values are based on the assumption that a student will be enrolled full-time. We recommend 15 hours of enrollment each term. Cost of Attendance amounts may be prorated based on a student’s actual enrollment after the drop/add period.

The cost of attendance is used when determining a student’s eligibility for financial aid.  The Cost of attendance minus the Expected Family Contribution (from the FAFSA) determines the amount of need based aid a student can receive. Need-based aid, such as federal grants, work-study, subsidized federal loans, state grants, and university grants, can be awarded up to the amount of need.  Non-need-based aid such as the Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan and the Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) or Graduate PLUS loan can be awarded beyond the calculated need, up to the amount of the cost of attendance. The total of all aid awarded, however, cannot exceed the cost of attendance. For more information about financial aid, visit the FSU Financial Aid website.


*The FSU Net Price Calculator is a broad estimator of cost and financial aid and does not represent an individual offer of aid. (The calculator is intended for undergraduate students only, and does not represent costs or average aid awarded to graduate, medical, or law students).