Cost of Attendance - May 2023

Start Date: May 16, 2023
Duration: 4 Weeks
Price: $299.00

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This four-week interactive online course will focus on cost of attendance (COA) components and calculations, including the items that must be included in a student's COA and those which can be applied through the use of Professional Judgment (PJ). They'll also cover COA construction and elements of a school's COA policies and procedures, including policies on required and optional COA recalculations. This training opportunity is suited for a range of financial aid professionals, from those new to the field to those with more experience who want to review their school's COA methods and policies.

This course is eligible for NASFAA Learning Credit usage and Institution/Organization Registration.

Course Outline

  • Lesson 1 - Overview and Cost of Attendance Elements
  • Lesson 2 - Methods for Developing a Cost of Attendance
  • Lesson 3 -  Adjustments to an Individual Student's Cost of Attendance
  • Lesson 4 - Exercising Professional Judgment

Course Structure

This course utilizes multiple teaching and learning methods to ensure participants develop a true understanding of the topic. Live instruction, reading assignments, discussion forums, interactive content, and assessments will reinforce key course concepts. 

As a participant of this course you will be asked to:

  • Review educational video lessons
  • Complete learning assessments
  • Engage in online discussions
  • Collaborate with other financial administrators 

Weekly due dates for assessments are included in the course syllabus, and all assessments must be submitted by the course end date. The live instruction classes last approximately one hour and are recorded for on-demand viewing by the course attendee. While attendance in the live sessions is optional, we do encourage you to attend due to the collaborative nature of the courses. Please see the Live Instruction Schedule below for this course (subject to change at the discretion of the course instructors).

Live Instruction Schedule 





2:00 p.m. ET

Intro Session and Lesson 1 Instruction


2:00 p.m. ET

Application Session


2:00 p.m. ET

Lesson 1 Review and Lesson 2 Instruction


2:00 p.m. ET

Application Session


2:00 p.m. ET

Lesson 2 Review and Lesson 3 Instruction


2:00 p.m. ET

Application Session


2:00 p.m. ET

Lesson 3 Review and Lesson 4 Instruction


2:00 p.m. ET

Application Session


2:00 p.m. ET

Lesson 4 Review & Wrap-Up

Credential Test Access

Complimentary access to the credential test is provided after successfully completing and passing the course. 

Certified Financial Aid Administrator® Recertification Points

If you are a certified FAA, this course is eligible for eight Certified Financial Aid Administrator® Recertification Points (RPs). After successfully completing and passing the course, the points will automatically be added to your Dashboard.

Course Instructors

David Tolman Photo Tonya Hsiung Sarah Everitt
David Tolman
NASFAA Instructional Design & Content Specialist
Tonya Hsiung
NASFAA U Manager
Sarah Everitt, FAAC®
Adjunct Instructor

NASFAA U Course Policies

Attendance Requirements and Due Dates

While there is flexibility built into our online courses to accommodate busy work and life schedules, our courses have weekly due dates, and all assessments must be submitted by the course end date. These due dates will be available in the syllabus, which becomes available on the first day of the course. 

We also strongly encourage participation in the live instruction sessions, but archives will be available for on-demand viewing. 

Technical Requirements

Your online course will be fully browser-based. We strongly recommend using Google Chrome or Firefox as your internet browser for the live instruction meetings. Internet Explorer is not supported. The audio portion of online courses will be delivered directly through your computer's speakers or attached headphones. We recommend you test your computer's ability to stream audio prior to joining the first live session. We encourage you to have a microphone set up so you can participate in our live instruction sessions, although it is not required. 


If you require any special accommodations for this course, please contact us at [email protected]. Accommodations must be requested at least two weeks prior to the start of the course.


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

  • $25 cancellation fee before May 11, 2023

  • $50 cancellation fee May 11, 2023 - May 15, 2023

If you do not cancel by 6:00 a.m. ET, May 16, 2023, you will be responsible for the full amount of the registration fee. Medical emergencies will be rescheduled to another available course with a doctor's note.

Requests to cancel must be sent to [email protected].

Additional Questions

For additional questions, please review the helpful guide of Online Course Frequently Asked Questions.

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