Room and Board Allowance
There is a single room and board allowance added into the cost of attendance of every student. This amount represents what students typically spend for room and board and is not individualized per student. Changing dorms or choosing a more or less expensive meal plan will not change your financial aid award.
The cost of attendance consists of tuition and fees, room and board, and books and personal expenses. When a student moves off-campus, the on-campus room and board component of his/her cost of attendance is replaced with an off-campus living allowance. Because it is generally less expensive to live off campus with a few roommates, the off-campus living allowance is approximately $3,000 less than the on-campus budget.
Families should not be concerned that they will need to pay more if their student no longer lives in the dorms. The family and student contributions are determined in the same manner regardless of the type of housing chosen. However, since the University grant is the last to be awarded, students who reside off-campus will receive approximately $3,000 less than those residing on campus.