Video: What is Cost of Attendance?

How much does college cost?

Each year, the Financial Aid Office calculates the costs of attending college at De Anza and develops a standard set of figures that can be used so that financial need is determined fairly for all students.

This means that students with similar circumstances will receive the same allowances for rent, food, personal expenses, books, supplies, transportation and fees.

Here is the Cost of Attendance for students attending in fall, winter and spring 2020. (You can also use the Net Price Calculator to determine your potential costs in more detail.)

2020-21 Academic Year (fall, winter and spring)

Student living at home, with no dependents:
Registration and fees
Books and supplies
Room and board

All other students:
 Registration and fees
 Books and supplies
 Room and board

Net Price Calculator

You can also use this tool to determine your potential costs in more detail.

Net Price Calculator

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About Financial Need

Most types of financial aid are awarded on the basis of financial need

  • The information you report on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA) is used to calculate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC is then used to determine your eligibility, under this formula:
    (Cost of Attendance) – (EFC)
    = Financial Need

  • A low EFC means you have greater need, and you may be eligible for more aid. However, funds are limited, so your award might fall short. To maximize your award, make sure you apply early.

  • Under some special circumstances – such as unusual debts or expenses, divorce or death – your estimated need may be adjusted by the Financial Aid Office. You will have to provide documentation of your family’s financial situation. For more information, see our "Accepting Your Award" page.​

About Eligibility

To be eligible for financial aid, you generally must show the following

  • Financial need

  • U.S. citizenship, federal status as an "eligible noncitizen" or – for state aid – qualification under the California Dream Act

  • No current defaults on student loans and no outstanding amounts owed to any financial aid office

  • Enrollment or acceptance in an eligible program for the purpose of obtaining a degree or certificate (or transfer)

  • High school diploma, GED certificate, state certificate of proficiency, home school diploma or previous qualification through testing or completion of degree-applicable units

  • Satisfactory academic progress

Male students also must satisfy Selective Service requirements for draft registration.   

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