Cost of Attendance


Cost of Attendance


Cost of Attendance (COA) is estimated cost of your education and living expenses for the period in which you are enrolled. It is an average based on your program, year in school and residency. It will include tuition, fees (known as direct expenses) as well as books/supplies, housing, transportation, loan fees and personal/miscellaneous expenses (these are called indirect expenses). The COA is then used by the Financial Aid Office to determine your eligibility for your offer of aid. All federal and institutional resources cannot exceed the cost of attendance.

Estimated Cost of Attendance

Adjustments to your COA

The office of Scholarships and Financial Aid realizes that there may be necessary adjustments to your Cost of Attendence. These adjustments may include, but are not limited to:

  • Cost of childcare
  • Disability expenses 
  • Medical expenses not covered by insurance
  • Please see Special Circumstance Form

Licensure Fees

You may retake a licensure exam during a period which you are enrolled.  If you would like to have it considered in your financial aid package, please contact our office.


A Great Place to Live


Houston, Texas covers 627 square miles and living expenses vary greatly across such a vast area. On average, 60 percent of BCM students do not accept the full amount allotted for cost of living. Your best sources for a clear understanding of the cost and quality of life in Houston are current students you meet during admission interviews. Talk with them, then assess for yourself the financial resources it will take to support your lifestyle in Houston.

Cost of living calculators available on our Housing web page can also help you obtain a clearer view of how expenses in Houston compare to other locations around Texas and the nation.

With cost of living below the national average, expansive options for housing and recreation, and the most diverse population of any major U.S. city, Houston is a great place to live while pursuing your education.

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