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Division of Student Affairs

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Budget Increase

A student budget, also known as Cost of Attendance (COA), is required by federal regulations in order to determine financial need and financial aid award amounts (among other factors).  The student budget is designed to provide students with a projection of reasonable costs to attend school for a nine month period.  If it is determined that a student has or will exceed the COA during the academic year, adjustments to the budget may be made on a case-by-case basis with appropriate documentation.

2016-2017 Academic Year

  • Form available for Spring 2017: February 17, 2017
  • If attending Academic Year/Spring 2017 only deadline: April 14, 2017

Students can select more than one allowable expense. Each expense must be documented have been paid for by the student.

  • Safety-related car repair expenses*
  • Active health insurance premiums and/or out-of-pocket medical expenses not covered by insurance*
  • Costs for before/after school care (Child care expense) needed for your children under the age of 12 so you can attend classes.  A Supplemental Sheet for Child Care Expenses is required for each child
  • Purchase of a computer
  • Commute in excess of 100 miles roundtrip per day
  • Education related expenses required for program of study

*We may not be able to include the full expense you submit due to regulatory restrictions

Each allowable expense must be documented using the following requirements.  Attach the documentation to the Budget Increase Appeal before submitting.

  • All requests must be accompanied by legible copies and official (paid) receipts/invoices
  • All documentation MUST be dated within the current academic year or the semester of applying
  • All documents must identify the student as the purchaser, including business name, address, phone number, etc.

Important Appeal Process
If you have already accepted academic year awards up to the annual limits or were offered loans and declined them, you do not qualify for a budget increase
Summer sessions are excluded
Budget increases will only be processed with complete / correct documentation
Expenses that do not meet the eligibility requirements will be excluded from the review process
If approved, the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office will revise your awards accordingly and send you a revised award notification
You will be notified if your appeal is denied
Full documentation is an absolute requirement for this process
Budget appeals are reviewed on a case-by-case basis

Eligibility requirements and processes are subject to change due to policy and/or regulation changes. The Budget Increase appeal is avialable on a semester basis on the Financial Aid & Scholarships website under the Forms section.  Submit the complete appeal with documentation at the Student Service Center. Processing time is 3 weeks.

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6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819-6044
Phone: (916) 278-1000
Fax: (916) 278-6082

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Phone: (916) 278-6179