The OSFA assigns each aid applicant a budget, or estimated cost of attendance (COA), before awarding aid. The COA is a good faith estimate of expenses a student will encounter in an academic year. If you feel that your COA does not accurately reflect your expenses, you can request to have your COA reevaluated by completing a Request for Budget Adjustment Form and submitting the appropriate supporting documentation. Keep in mind that a change is not guaranteed and there are situations when a student's COA is adjusted, but their aid eligibility does not change. Budget adjustments may occur for the purchase of a personal computer, expenses associated with a disability, child care costs, unusual transportation expenses, room and board expenses, etc.
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