Cost of Attendance 2013

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Cost: $299 per registrant (members and non-members)


This four week course focuses on cost of attendance (COA), including the process of COA construction, selecting appropriate methods of research to use for determining student budget expenses, identifying and describing the COA components, and identifying when a student’s COA must be recalculated. This 100% online course is a perfect collaborative learning tool for new financial aid professionals, or professionals with less than five years of experience in the industry. It would also be useful to professionals who are new to updating the value of budget components. While this course has been designed with the necessary tools, equipment and subject matter expertise to aid you through the four-week process. A credential is provided after successfully completing and passing the credential test, which is available at the conclusion of the course and included in your course fee.  

NASFAA University courses are 100% online with an asynchronous focus, meaning the individual attendee can log on anytime/anyplace (assuming they have Internet access) and participate in course requirements – naturally there are due dates they will need to adhere to, i.e. weekly assignments that must be completed. There are also weekly synchronous class meetings. However, these “live” classes are optional and recorded for on-demand viewing by the course attendee. While there will be no grade reductions for students that do not attend the live classes, we do encourage attendance to due to the highly collaborative nature of the courses. Please see the following detailed schedule for the live weekly classes:   

  • Class Meeting 1: 05/05/14 6pm - 7pm ET
  • Class Meeting 2: 05/12/14 6pm - 7pm ET
  • Class Meeting 3: 05/19/14 6pm - 7pm ET
  • Class Meeting 4: 05/27/14 6pm - 7pm ET


  • Lesson 1 – Introduction to COA, Student Budget Construction 
  • Lesson 2 – COA Components
  • Lesson 3 – COA Restrictions and Recalculations
  • Lesson 4 – Non-Title IV Aid and the COA  

Important Dates

  • 05/05/14 Class Begins 6am ET -- attendees may sign on 
  • 05/05/14 Class Meeting #1 (Optional Attendance) -- Live/Online 6pm - 7pm ET 
  • 05/11/14 Due - Homework, Weekly Discussions, and Quiz 
  • 05/12/14 Class Meeting #2 (Optional Attendance) -- Live/Online 6pm - 7pm ET 
  • 05/18/14 Due - Weekly Discussions and Quiz 
  • 05/19/14 Class Meeting #3 (Optional Attendance) -- Live/Online 6pm - 7pm ET 
  • 05/25/14 Due - Homework, Weekly Discussions, and Quiz 
  • 05/27/14 Class Meeting #4 (Optional Attendance) -- Live/Online 6pm - 7pm ET 
  • 06/01/14 Due - Weekly Discussions and Quiz 
  • 06/02/14 - 06/15/14 Credential Testing 

Course Facilitators and Guest Lecturer

David TolmanDavid Tolman’s career in financial aid began in 1992. Before joining NASFAA, he had been the Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships at Boise State University for nearly 12 years. His training experience includes many summers as faculty for WASFAA Summer Institutes, being a non-federal trainer with the U.S. Department of Education, and an instructor for NASFAA decentralized training. David also taught principles of microeconomics courses at Boise State University as an adjunct faculty member. His education includes a Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and a Master’s degree from Arizona State University.

Eunice Powell began her career in financial aid in 1979 at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she worked for more than 12 years in the Office of Student Financial Aid. Since 1994, Eunice has worked at NASFAA. Currently, she is a Senior Training Specialist in the division of Training and Regulatory Assistance. Eunice is responsible for researching and writing NASFAA training materials and webinars, updating NASFAA publications, and responding to technical questions regarding regulatory issues posed by NASFAA members. She is a graduate of Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland and Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois. 

NASFAA is also excited to have Stephen Brown, Assistant Dean at the Law School, Fordham University New York Campus as a guest lecturer during one of the live classes! Please stay tuned for the date and time he will be presenting live to the class.

Cancellation Policy

We limit our online class size to ensure that we provide an effective, collaborative learning environment where participants receive experience and attention they need. Requests to cancel must be sent to  

By submitting your registration, you agree to the following cancellation schedule:  

  • $25 cancellation fee before May 2 
  • $50 cancellation fee May 3-5  

If you do not cancel by 6:00 am ET May 5, you will be responsible for the full amount of the registration fee. Medical emergencies will be re-scheduled to another available course with a doctor’s note.