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Cost of attendance

Cost of Attendance (COA) is the average cost to attend for one academic year. This includes standards and estimated numbers for tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation, and personal expenses. Tuition and fee rates vary by a student’s residency and enrollment status. The tuition and fee component in a student’s COA is a standard amount based on full-time enrollment.

The COA budget component for housing and meals for students who live with parents or reside off-campus are estimated. New River Community and Technical College does not charge students for these amounts, but they are part of their Financial Aid COA budget to determine their financial aid eligibility. Housing and meal costs for a commuting student are variable and depend greatly on the student’s living arrangements.


Books and Supplies are variable costs and depend upon their particular program of study. Transportation and Miscellaneous expenses are variable costs and can consume a large part of a student’s educational costs if they do not budget carefully.

In all cases, the total amount a student is awarded cannot exceed the COA established for that student. In some instances, when certain Federal Financial Aid programs and certain WV Higher Education Programs are awarded, students are limited to receive grants and scholarships up to the student’s demonstrated financial need. The Financial Aid Office determines a student’s financial need by subtracting their Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from their Cost of Attendance (COA). The information the student reports on their FAFSA is used in a formula established by the U.S. Congress, which determines their EFC.

The information below provides estimated average full-time costs for students for the 2021-22 academic year and are provided for planning purposes. For actual tuition and fee charges students may view the Account Summary by Term section of their Self-Service Banner account after they have registered for classes.

Fall and Spring, Full-Time (12 Credit hours)
WV Resident living with parents working toward an Associate or Certificate
Average Tuition and Fees* $ 4,590
*some programs may require added fees
Books and Supplies $ 1,400
Living Expenses (Housing/Food) $ 2,200
Transportation $ 1,400
Personal $ 1,400
Total $ 10,990

Fall and Spring, Full-Time (12 Credit hours)
WV Resident off-campus working toward an Associate or Certificate
Average Tuition and Fees* $ 4,590
*some programs may require added fees
Books and Supplies $ 1,400
Living Expenses (Housing/Food) $ 4,300
Transportation $ 1,400
Personal $ 1,400
Total $ 13,090


Fall and Spring, Full-Time (12 Credit hours)
Non-Resident off-campus working toward an Associate or Certificate Average Tuition and Fees* $ 6,900
*some programs may require added fees
Books and Supplies $ 1,350
Living Expenses (Housing/Food) $ 4,200
Transportation $ 1,350
Personal $ 1,350
Total $ 15,150