Your financial aid eligibility is based on a standard budget. We may be able to increase your budget—and your financial aid eligibility—if you have allowable expenses that you are incurring during the academic year that are higher than your standard financial aid budget, called a Cost of Attendance (COA) Adjustment. Please note that there is no COA Adjustment process for the summer term.
Expenses that may be considered for COA Adjustment include:
The cost of your rent and utilities or the cost of your university residence hall.
The cost of purchasing a computer; you can only request this once every three years.
The cost of uninsured medical, dental, or optical expenses.
The cost of transportation.
The cost of childcare expenses.
The cost of special books and supplies.
The cost of relocating expenses (entering student living off-campus only).
The Cost of Attendance Adjustment Request Form includes information about which expenses can be claimed and the proper documentation required. Please ensure that you have properly documented your expenses, as any expenses that are not properly documented will not be approved.
Please Note: Any changes to your financial aid awards will be contingent on the type of funds available, eligibility policies, and regulations. Adjustments typically result in increases to loan or work-study eligibility.
To find out more about the COA Adjustment process, please visit Cal Student Central, 120 Sproul Hall.