As dictated by Congress, the Cost of Attendance or COA is the total of the average direct and indirect costs to attend for one academic year. It includes tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, transportation, and personal expenses.
Direct costs are the costs that are paid directly to the university, such as tuition and fees.
Indirect costs are not paid directly to the university but are reflective of the cost of living. Indirect costs include items like transportation and personal expenses.
Colleges adjust the COA yearly to reflect changes to these costs.
LeTourneau University has several official COAs that reflect differences in living costs (on campus, off campus, at home, or on-line). Your actual cost to attend might be more or less than the official COA depending on your major, participation in extracurricular activities, and travel expenses.
Your bottom line to attend any college is not the COA. It's the net price, which includes the total out-of-pocket cost that you will actually pay. These are the direct costs that will be on your statement.