Paying for College

Paying for College

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At Mountwest Community & Technical College, we know there are often many obstacles in the way of students beginning their college career. How to pay for college shouldn’t be one of them. 

The Office of Financial Aid  at Mountwest is designed to give you the opportunity to obtain the resources you need to enroll at Mountwest.  There are grants, loans and many tax advantages available to you because you attend a college. We’ll work hard on your behalf to get you what you need.

The cost to attend Mountwest differs for each student, depending on where you live, program of study and how many credits you take.  The 2015-2016 Financial Aid Budgets are listed below. Note that these amounts are average amounts and you should refer to the Tuition and Fees page for exact costs.

Cost of Attendance (COA) is the average cost to attend for one academic year. This includes actual and/or estimated numbers for tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation, and personal expenses. Tuition and fee rates vary by a student’s residency and enrollment status. The tuition and fee component in a student’s COA is a standard amount based on full-time enrollment.

The COA budget component for housing and meals for students who live with parents or reside off-campus are estimated.  Mountwest does not charge students for these amounts, but they are part of their Financial Aid COA budget to determine their financial aid eligibility. Housing and meal costs for a commuting student are variable and depend greatly on the student’s living arrangements.

Books and Supplies are variable costs and depend upon your  particular program of study. Transportation and Miscellaneous expenses are variable costs and can consume a large part of a your educational costs if you do not budget carefully.

In all cases, the total amount a student is awarded cannot exceed the COA established for that student. The Financial Aid Office determines your financial need by subtracting your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from your Cost of Attendance (COA). The information you report on your FAFSA is used in a formula established by the U.S. Congress, which determines your EFC.  To read more about how the amount of a student’s financial aid is determined click here.

Mountwest will offer you an initial award and notify you via email to view your award on MyMCTC. Any adjustments made to your award will generate another email so that you can view any changes made to your award as a result of residency changes, enrollment changes or changes to funding. To view your award see our instructions.

The charts below provide estimated average full-time costs for students for the 2015-16 academic year and are provided for planning purposes.

Financial Aid Budgets for 2015-2016

COSTS Resident W/Parent Resident Off Campus  Metro W/Parent Metro Off Campus Non-Resident W/Parent Non-Resident Off Campus
Books and Supplies 1348 1348 1348 1348 1348 1348
Average Loan Fee 18 18 18 18 18 18
Misc/Personal Expenses 986 1159 986 1159 986 1159
Room and Board 3848 6413 3848 6413 3848 6413
Tuition and Fees 3696 3696 6312 6312 9216 9216
Transportation 1982 1982 2448 2448 1982 2448
TOTAL 11878 14616 14960 17698 17398 20602