Cost of Attendance

The Financial Aid 2021-2022 Cost of Attendance (COA) is an estimate of the expenses you can expect to have while attending Madison College. The COA is based on average expenses that are typical in the Madison College district. It does not represent every expense that you might incur during the year, but it is a useful estimate for figuring out your budget for attending Madison College.

The COA is composed of the following expenses:

  • Tuition & Fees

    Tuition and fee expenses are determined by the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Board. Your amount will be based on your enrollment status as of the Pell Recalculation Date for each semester. Actual enrollment and any additional costs added (e.g., online class fees, out of state tuition, etc.) may change the total.

  • Books

    Book expenses reflect the typical cost of books and supplies based on your enrollment status as of the Pell Recalculation Date for each semester. These costs will vary based on your program, classes and books required. Madison College has a Book Charge Program that you may qualify for if you meet the eligibility requirements.

    Madison College offers students the option to rent versus purchase textbooks for certain programs. To learn more about the rental process, visit textbook rentals.

  • Personal

    Personal expenses are a variable cost that includes all of the miscellaneous expenses associated with attending school, such as personal care, clothing and phone. It is important to keep in mind that you control many of these costs and may need to make adjustments to make sure that you can afford to cover these and all other expenses.

  • Room and Board

    Room and board are the average expenses for housing and food. You will either have “Away from Home” or “At Home” expenses for room and board based on your housing choice listed on your FAFSA. Your actual costs may be different based on your housing situation and your food choices.

  • Transportation

    Transportation expenses reflect the typical costs of traveling to attend school. Your actual costs may be different based on your transportation choices. Purchasing a vehicle, car loan payments, insurance costs and major repairs are not included in these costs.

  • Federal direct loan fees

    Federal direct loan fees are based on interest that may accrue on subsidized and/or unsubsidized student loans. 

  • Miscellaneous items

    This can include general living expenses such as food, utilities, child care and more. 

Financial Need

The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is a number that determines students’ eligibility for certain types of federal student aid. This number is calculated by a formula using information you provided on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  The Financial Office will use this number to subtract it from your cost of attendance at Madison College to determine your financial need.

Financial Need is the difference between your COA and your EFC (COA - EFC = Financial Need) and identifies how much need-based financial aid you can receive toward your cost of attendance at Madison College.

Some types of aid, such as grantsFederal Direct Subsidized Loans and work study, are based on financial need and the availability of funds. The total aid from all sources cannot exceed your COA. If your COA is exceeded (over awarded), your financial aid may need to be adjusted accordingly. It is your responsibility to inform the Financial Aid Office of any other aid (e.g., scholarships, state grants, etc.) that are not listed on your award.

Can I Increase My COA?

If you have additional expenses or other unrelated expenses that are not already included, you can ask to have your COA evaluated for a potential adjustment.

See if your situation qualifies as a special condition.