Test Preview: Cost of Attendance

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To earn this credential, you will need to know the basic principles and processes of student budget construction. You will need to know the standard components of a student’s cost of attendance (COA), allowable additional costs, and rules related to recalculation of the COA. This will help you demonstrate the ability to protect the integrity of the Title IV programs by ensuring your school’s COA policies and procedures result in the construction of accurate and appropriate student budgets, which directly affects the equitable distribution of financial aid funding. 

The range of topics in this test include:

  • Student Budget Construction
  • Cost of Attendance Components and Restrictions
  • Recalculations and Non-Title IV Aid

Tests may include questions pertaining to a variety of program structures, such as credit- or clock-hour, term or nonterm, standard or nonstandard term, undergraduate or graduate/professional programs, and programs of various length (shorter than one year, two-year, four-year, certificate, etc.).

Sample Test Questions

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Review the following examples, which are similar in structure and scope to the questions that will appear on the test for this topic. Check your answers by selecting the question's link.

1. Which of the following costs cannot be included in a student’s cost of attendance?

    • A computer purchased in the summer for use in the fall
    • Purchase of a vehicle to provide transportation to and from school
    • Child care during a study group session
    • A fee for a licensing exam

2. Which of the following Title IV programs is always based on the cost of full-time attendance for a nine-month academic year?

    • TEACH Grant
    • Direct Loans
    • Campus-Based Aid
    • Federal Pell Grant

3. For students enrolled less than half time, the school cannot include __________ in the cost of attendance.

    • transportation
    • food and housing
    • miscellaneous and personal expenses
    • an allowance for dependent-care expenses

4. What is the maximum number of semesters (or equivalent) a less than half-time student may have food and housing included in the cost of attendance?

    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4

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