Cost of Attendance vs. Tuition

Do not be startled by the sticker price of a college education. The cost of attendance (COA) does not just cover college tuition. It also takes into account basic living expenses, too. Think about this: it is going to cost the same amount to live for the next few years whether you are in college or not.

Each year our office will determine the estimated COA for a typical student attending Centenary College. The COA for Centenary will include direct costs that students will be billed for such as tuition, fees, and room and board if the student is living on campus. The COA also includes “out-of-pocket” expenses such as books, supplies, travel, off-campus living expenses, and other miscellaneous expenses.

The total amount of financial aid that a student is receiving cannot exceed the Cost of Attendance.

Some students will spend more, while others may spend less than the estimates. A lot of it depends on individual tastes and circumstances.

In planning, students and families may also be interested in Centenary’s Net Price Calculator. It’s designed to provide an estimate of eligibility for financial aid at Centenary.

Centenary is fortunate to have a robust program of merit and need-based scholarships. Centenary distributes over $15 million per year. Students will be reviewed for financial aid once the student is admitted and the FAFSA is received, so there is no need to complete an additional application to be considered for financial aid at Centenary.

Cost of Attendance vs. Tuition Chart Full-Time Undergraduate

Cost of Attendance versus Tuition Chart Part-Time Undergraduate

Helpful Definitions for Understanding COA

Tuition and Fees: The average cost of tuition and fees for a typical student based on enrolling for a certain number of credits per year. The actual costs that a student incurs will vary depending on the student’s degree and residency.

Living Expenses: A reasonable estimate of what it would cost to live while attending school. Actual costs will vary by individual choices related to location and circumstances. Typically includes rent, food, snacks, household supplies and utilities.

Books and Supplies: The average cost of books and supplies for a typical student for an entire academic year. Typically includes books, educational supplies, course materials, and computer-related expenses excluding the purchase of a personal computer.

Transportation: Represents travel to and from parent's residence for on-campus residents as well as transportation costs to and from class and work (e.g., bus fare, gasoline, tolls, parking)

Miscellaneous: Estimate of costs for clothing, haircuts, entertainment and other miscellaneous expenses. What a student actually spends on these types of items may be higher or lower depending on their lifestyle. The figures also allow for a personal spending allowance to cover things such as toiletries and those late-night runs for pizza and froyo.

Please Note:

  • Tuition is subject to change at any time. This is an estimate based on averages.
  • Some courses may have additional course fees or course related expenses.
  • Centenary College reserves the right to change the fees, policies, procedures, rules, regulations, requirements for graduation, course offerings and any other contents of this web site at any time.

Additional tuition and fee information is available at the Student Billing Office Website.

Staff Contact Info

Staff Information

Tonya Williams
Director of Financial Aid

Rebecca Rees
Assistant Director of Financial Aid

Eloise Murray
Financial Aid Counselor

Miguelinne Timoteo
Administrative Assistant of Financial Aid