Cost of Attendance

The Cost of Attendance (COA) budget is to assist you in planning for the costs associated with your education for the current academic year. These costs are average cost estimates based on full-time enrollment (12 credits) for a dependent or independent student. The Cost of Attendance should not be confused with the costs that will show directly on your Account Statement (bill).

The COA is the cornerstone of establishing your financial need, and it sets a limit on the total aid that you may receive. The COA includes Direct Costs - those paid directly to CEI, such as tuition/general fees. It also includes Indirect Costs - those that will not be on your bill, such as books, personal expenses, transportation, and room and board.

The current 2022-2023 tuition/general fee rate is $140 per credit for In-District Residents. The Out-of-District rate is an additional $50 per credit up to $500; Out-of-State rate is $280 per credit.

Below is an estimate of the expenses an average CEI student is likely to encounter for a semester or academic year. The COA is based on several factors such as housing, enrollment, and state residency.

Estimated Cost of Education Budget


Resident

Dependent Living with Parent
Expenses One Semester Two Semesters
Tuition and Fees $1,680 $3,360
Average Program Cost $1,493 $2,986
Books and Supplies $826 $1,652
Room and Board $1,505 $3,010
Transportation $1,243 $2,486
Personal Expenses $842 $1,684
TOTALS $7,589 $15,178

Independent Living Off-Campus

Expenses One Semester Two Semesters
Tuition and Fees $1,680 $3,360
Average Program Cost $1,493 $2,986
Books and Supplies $826 $1,451
Room and Board $3,641 $7,282
Transportation $1,243 $2,486
Personal Expenses $1,444 $2,888
TOTALS $10,327 $20,654

Out-of-State Non-Resident

Expenses One Semester Two Semesters
Tuition and Fees $3,360 $6,720
Average Program Cost $1,493 $2,986
Books and Supplies $826 $1,652
Room and Board $3,641 $7,282
Transportation $1,243 $2,486
Personal Expenses $1,444 $2,888
TOTALS $12,007 $24,014

Total Cost of Attendance

  • Tuition/General Fees - Estimate of the tuition/general fees that will be charged to the student account, based on full time enrollment (12 credits), current CEI tuition/general fee rates.
  • Average Program Costs - In addition to tuition/general fees, a student can expect to pay costs related to their program, such as tools, supplies, testing, and miscellaneous fees. Estimated costs for program requirements based on an average of CEI programs.
  • Books and Supplies - Estimate of the cost for books and other required supplies, based on an average the bookstore charges.
  • Room and Board - Estimate of the amount you may need for housing and meals while attending school, based on the United States Census Bureau for Bonneville County and the State of Idaho.
  • Transportation - Estimate of the amount you may pay or the cost for traveling to and from school.
  • Personal Expenses - Estimate of the amount you may need for other miscellaneous costs.

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