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Financial Aid - Cost of Attendance


The financing of college education is the responsibility of the individual student and the student’s family.  In situations where the student is unable to secure sufficient funds to attend, the Financial Aid Office attempts, when possible, to bridge the gap between the cost of attending, and the student’s available resources. 







What is the Cost Of Attendance (COA)?

The Cost of Attendance, also known as the "Student Budget", includes most everything related to college expenses for one academic year. 

  • Tuition & Fees
  • Room & Board
  • Books & Supplies
  • Transportation
  • Miscellaneous Educational Expenses


How is eligility determined?

Colleges determine and offer students financial aid based on the following:


Cost of Attendance (COA)

- Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

= Financial Need (Financial Aid Eligibility)



What is the Expected Family Contribution (EFC)?

A figure derived from the information that the student and/or parents provided on the FAFSA form. It is used to determine the types and amounts of financial aid a student may receive from the Federal government, the State Government and the school.



What is Financial Need?

Financial need is calculated as being the difference between the Cost of Attendance and the Expected Family Contribution. The amount of aid you receive is then based on your financial need. Even if you have no financial need, you are still able to receive non-need based financial aid, such as scholarships or Federal Unsubsidized Direct Stafford loans. Financial Need will vary from school to school.




Will Outside Funding Affect My Financial Aid Award?

Your total Financial Aid package - money from the federal government, State Grant agency, college and outside resources - cannot exceed your Cost of Attendance (COA). Other types of funding may reduce your eligibility for federal and state financial aid. Any outside resource you receive must be used when determining the types and amounts of financial aid may be awarded. Some common outside resources include:

  • Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)
  • Scholarships
  • Employer reimbursement/Tuition Assistance
  • Trade Act or TRDW sponsorship



                                                                    2014-2015 Cost of Attendance (COA)

  Butler County Residents All Other Counties
  Commuter Off-Campus Commuter Off-Campus
Tuition 2790 2790 5580 5580
Room & Board 1400 3200 1400 3200
Books & Supplies 1200 1200 1200 1200
Transportation 800 800 800 800
Personal 600 600 600 600
BC3 Fees 930 930 930 930
TOTALS 7770 9520 10510 12310


    Budgets are based on full-time, full year enrollment

    Medical students receive an additional $400 in supplies due to increased expenses

    Loan recipients receive an additional $50 to cover loan fees charged by the servicer


  • Commuter-Living at home with parents, or being provided room and board without charge


  • Off-Campus-Living in your own home





                                                                          Summer 2014 Budget


                                                   Summer Tuition + Budget = Cost of Attendance


                                                        Commuter                          Off Campus

                              Full Time             1111                                      1511

                               3/4 Time              833                                       1133

                               1/2 Time              556                                        756




















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Financial Aid Office

Butler County Community College

107 College Drive

Butler PA  16003


phone     724.284.8509

fax        724.287.4961


Federal School Code:  003240


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8am - 4pm


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