Student Costs: Direct and Indirect
Being a student at UWG involves having knowledge about what it costs to attend as well as how those amounts are determined. Some costs are upfront with your bill (direct) while others may be deferred until later (indirect). The following questions and answers are provided to help you have a better understanding about financial aid, budgets and cost of attendance.
Have you ever had questions about how your budget is decided on for your financial aid?
Each year, the Director of Financial Aid determines student budgets based on tuition and fees, room and board, transportation, books and supplies, personal expenses and an average loan fee. Also, each year this budget is increased by a moderate amount. All student budgets are based upon full time enrollment. Budget amounts also vary depending on if you are a dependent, independent or graduate student.
What if I have a special consideration and my budget needs to be increased?
If you have special budget situations such as traveling more than 150 miles per week to attend classes, childcare expenses, or additional books and supplies, there may be other options for you. Circumstances will be reviewed by the Department of Financial Aid on an individual basis with the final approval to be made by the Director.
I know my budget includes cost of tuition & fees, room & board, transportation, books & supplies, personal expenses but what exactly does that mean?
Tuition and Fees
The Board of Regents determines tuition by the type of college (i.e. college, university, etc.). Fee increases are requested by UWG and are either approved or denied by the Board of Regents. They are not determined on a local level. The Guaranteed Tuition Plan set by the Board of Regents for students incoming in the Fall semester of 2006 and then each year afterwards, also makes a difference in the amount of tuition a student pays.
Room and Board
Room expenses are based on the type of residence hall or apartment that a student chooses to live in. The cost can vary depending on several things. For example, if the student is on campus as opposed to off campus, the expense will be less. If the student chooses to have a private room over a shared one, the cost would go up. The budget averages both on and off campus living including utilities. Board (i.e. food), is calculated per month and is included using UWG meal plan amounts.
UWG is both a commuter school as well as a residential one. Therefore, students are allocated 100 miles per week if they live on campus and commuter students are allowed 150 miles per week. The commuter student amount is based on students traveling from Newnan and Douglasville. Mileage rates are determined by the Board of Regents. If you travel more than 150 miles per week you may apply for an adjustment with the Financial Aid department.
Books and Supplies
Books and Supplies are budgeted for $500 per semester for all students. This figure is determined based on the standard provided by the University Bookstore. If this amount is not sufficient, a student may be eligible for an increase in the books. For example, many students such as Art and Nursing majors, frequently have additional costs for books and might be eligible to increase their budget.
Personal Expenses can vary from one student to the next. However, UWG calculates an average based on whether you are a dependent or independent student. These are divided on a weekly basis and take in account expenses such as entertainment, medical needs, laundry, etc.