Nicholls State University


Cost of Attending Nicholls

When planning for college expenses, you will want to consider “cost of attendance,” which is the sum of tuition and fees, housing, and personal expenses (which range from textbooks to travel to toothpaste). When you apply for financial aid, the University will use this “cost of attendance” figure when calculating your financial aid package. This ensures you are aware of all financial aid resources available to you to assist with college expenses.

The following links can provide more precise information regarding cost:

Cost of attendance (COA) is the maximum amount of financial aid and scholarships a student can receive. Cost of attendance does not represent an amount you will owe to the university. The cost of attending Nicholls State University can vary, depending on a student’s classification, enrollment, residency as well as the type of program. It is composed of direct and indirect costs.

  • Direct costs are institutional charges billed to you by Nicholls and include tuition, fees and, if residing on campus, food and housing.
  • Indirect costs are estimates of costs that may be associated with your attendance, but are not typically University charges. Examples include books and supplies, transportation, and personal expenses.

The following breakdown is an ESTIMATED cost for an undergraduate resident student enrolling full-time in the fall and spring semesters. The tuition and fees listed below cover one academic year (two semesters) of enrollment. The figures below are estimated for the 2023-2024 academic year and are shared for planning purposes. For specific information regarding fees, please visit the Fee Collection Center or contact 985.448.4058.

2023-2024 Academic Year

On Campus Off Campus With Parent
Tuition and Mandatory Fees 8,652 8,652 8,652
Food and Housing 10,574     –     –
Estimated Total Direct Costs          19,226 8,652 8,652
    –     –     –
Food and Housing 11,338 4,032
Books and Supplies 1,300 1,300 1,300
Personal/Misc 2,500 2,500 2,500
Transportation 3,424 3,424 3,424
Loan Fees 72 72 72
Estimated Total Indirect Costs 7296 18634 11,328
Total 26,522 27,286 19,980

Personal expenses are estimated indirect costs not billed to your student account. Your financial aid refund and/or work-study earnings, if you receive them, will help cover these expenses. You control these costs, so amounts will vary.

Loan Fees: Students who choose to take out a federal direct student loan incur origination fees set up by the federal program. These fees are included in the cost of attendance as the average amount paid by students who borrowed in the previous year at our school. Students who choose not to borrow do not incur any loan fees.


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