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2021-2022 Cost of Attendance (COA) Component Annual Budget Justification

IMPORTANT UPDATE (2021-2022): The Financial Aid Office has updated their Cost of Attendance (COA) Components Annual Budget Justification for federal financial aid purposes for 2021-2022 aid year.
(see 2021-2022 Cost of Attendance (COA) Component Annual Budget Justification- PDF)  

Student budgets are an important component in the financial aid process. Standard student budgets reflecting the SUNY Orange average student population cost of attendance at a modest, but adequate standard of living is used to award financial aid. The Director of Financial Aid, and Assistants on a case-by-case basis, may approve special budget considerations


Cost of attendance (COA), or “BUDGET” is determined by law (Higher Education Act, Sec. 472) and is not subject to regulation by the Department. The law specifies the types of costs that are included in the COA, but each school must determine the appropriate and reasonable amounts to include for each eligible COA category for its students, based on the criteria described in 2021-2022 Federal Student Aid Handbook. The cost of attendance is an estimate of that student’s educational expenses for the period of enrollment. The cost of attendance budget is determined by reviewing each year the cost of living in the community in the following components:

Budget components are delegated between Direct or “billable” costs and Indirect or “non-billable” costs.  Direct, or “billable”, are those costs paid directly to the college and billed through your mySUNYOrange Student Accounts (Tuition and Fees).  Indirect, or “non-billable”, are other educational estimated expenses that are not paid to the college but paid by the student.  These are additional costs that may be acquired during an academic year.  Indirect costs vary per student, but the college uses an average estimated indirect cost.  Since SUNY Orange does not offer on-campus housing or meal plan, the only Direct, or “billable” cost, is tuition & fees.

DIRECT COST (Billable) INDIRECT COST (Non-Billable)
Tuition and Fees Living Allowance (Room & Board)
  Books and Supplies
Direct Loan Fees
  Other (ie: child care, one-time laptop purchase)
  Loan Fees, if applicable


2021-2022 Tuition and Fees

(click the link above for the 2021-2022 tuition and fees rates)

The Office of Administration and Finance reviews the state and county subsidy allocated per student then determines the amount of additional funds needed to cover the cost of educating each student.  This proposed tuition amount is brought forward, during the spring term (March) for approval by the Cabinet and Board of Trustees. To qualify for NY resident tuition rates, a student must have maintained legal residence in New York State for one year and in the county for six months immediately proceeding the first day of the semester.  All New York State residents, who do not meet/complete the residency requirements, will be charged as a non-resident. Proof of residence must be submitted annually. Fees are assessed to students to cover the costs associated with

In accordance with New York State Education Law, Section 6301 each full-time and part-time student residing in New York State must file a Certificate of Residence. The County of Legal Residence for a New York State resident attending a community college contributes to the College a portion of the College's cost for providing services to the student. The basis for assessing counties for this money is the Certificate of Residence.  Certificates are valid for 12 months from the date of issue. A new Certificate must be submitted each year. Residency certification is handled through the Office of Student Accounts.

Academic Year:                 2021-2022
Academic Terms:              Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 and Summer 2022.

2021-2022 Estimated Living Costs for Students Based on Full Time Enrollment (12+ credits)

Living Expenses
Student Living With Parent/Relative
All Other In-State Students
Out-Of-State Students
Books and Supplies
$1,500 $1,500 $1500
Living Allowance (Room & Board)
$3,878 $11,632 $11,632
Transportation $1,588 $1,588 $1,588
Personal $5,195 $5195 $5195
Direct Loan Fee
1.057% x the amount borrowed with the Federal Direct Student Loan Program
4.228% x the amount borrowed with the Federal Direct Parent Plus Loan program
Total $15,161
$ 19,915 $19,915


  • Tuition is based on costs for the 2021-2022 academic year.
  • New Student Fee:  Onboarding one-time fee for first time, new freshman/transfer students.  Will only be charged one time during their first term in the amount of $175.
  • All Direct Cost figures above are subject to possible change.
  • Double tuition is charged to out-of-state students and international students unless residency is proved.
  • The above Estimated Annual Living Costs will not be billed by SUNY Orange. These estimated costs are used by SUNY Orange to determine a student's need for financial aid.
  • “All Other In-State Students” refers to dependent students living away from home and/or independent students living on their own.
  • If an independent student is living with a non-parent family member, or a parent who is supplying room and board, or a public entity, the student’s financial aid budget will be adjusted accordingly.
  • Students who have costs for child care should submit proof of those additional expenses to the Financial Aid Office.
  • Students who are attending less than full time (less than 12 credits) will have their budgets adjusted based on enrollment for Books and Supplies, Tuition and Fees
  • Students who are attending less than half time (5 or less credits) will only have budget component for Tuition and Fees, Books and Supplies.
  • Enrollment Breakdown
    • Full Time Enrollment (FT) = 12+ credits
    • Three-Quarter Time Enrollment (3/4T) = 9 to 11 credits
    • Half Time Enrollment (HT) = 6 to 8 credits
    • Less than Half Time (LTHT) = 5 or less credits.