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College Costs

Student Accounts Tuition and Fee Calculator: 

The UCA Student Accounts Office offers a Tuition and Fees Calculator to provide students with an estimate of direct charges. Direct charges include those costs directly charged by UCA such as tuition and fees and room and meals for students living on campus.

Policies regarding changes in residency status are determined by the Office of the Registrar: https://uca.edu/registrar/files/2016/04/FINAL_UCA-Residency-2016.pdf

Out-of-State Tuition Scholarship/Waiver information may be found on the UCA Student Accounts website at: https://uca.edu/studentaccounts/fee-waivers/


Financial Aid Net Price Calculator:

The University of Central Arkansas’ Net Price Calculator is available to help families plan for educational costs. Results are based on 2021-2022 Cost of Attendance figures and student aid eligibility requirements. The intent of this tool is to provide you with estimates only. Actual costs will be determined once you are enrolled in coursework and make final housing and meal plan decisions. The amount of student financial aid you are eligible to receive depends on your actual Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) results and your official academic records.

Based on the information you enter, the Net Price Calculator will return an estimate of typical expenses for a student like you to attend UCA and an estimate of financial aid that you may be eligible to receive. The estimates will help you determine your “net cost” – your likely out-of-pocket expenses – to attend UCA. Please contact the University of Central Arkansas Financial Aid Office for more details.


UCA College Cost and Budget Worksheet:

The UCA College Cost and Budget Worksheet gives you an opportunity to create a budget for both direct and indirect college costs.


Federal Financial Aid Cost of Attendance:

A student’s Cost of Attendance (COA), also referred to as the student’s budget, is an estimated amount that it will cost to attend school. It is determined using rules established by federal and state laws. This number is used by the school to determine the maximum amount of financial aid (loans, grants, scholarships, fee-waivers, etc.) a student can receive for that award year. For more information see the Cost of Attendance page.

2021/2022 Cost of Attendance


Books and Supplies:

Although not a direct charge placed on the student’s bill, required books and supplies can be a significant expense. Nationwide, average books and supplies are $600 per full time semester. This cost may be reduced if you purchase used books or rent books.

If your financial aid is sufficient to pay your direct costs to UCA (tuition/fees and on campus room/meals) and funds remain, you may charge your books at the UCA Bookstore or receive funds to purchase them off campus prior to the start of the term. Please see the Student Accounts website for their policies relative to charging books.