Cost of Attendance

Office of Financial Aid
Understanding the Cost of Attendance
The Cost of Attendance (COA) at Lamar Institute of Technology is developed in compliance with the Higher Education Act, section 472.  The cost of attendance is an estimate for planning purposes and to determine your initial financial aid offers.  It includes the costs associated with the student’s education for the academic year (fall and spring).  The summer semester is optional and has a separate COA.
In accordance with federal guidelines, we use the following components to develop an estimated cost of attendance.

Tuition and Fees
Tuition is based upon the number of semester credit hours for which students register and is determined by the student’s classification as a Texas resident or non-Texas resident. Determination of legal residence for tuition purposes is determined by the statutes of the State of Texas via the Office of Admissions and can be found here.  LIT Tuition and Fees.  The current rate is $80 per semester credit hour for Texas residents and $488 per semester credit hour for non-Texas residents.  The undergraduate cost is initially set at 30 credits hours (15 credit hours per term)

Books and Supplies
The cost for books and supplies is determined by utilizing an average book cost for several academic programs and projecting that cost for 5 books per term plus the cost of supplies.  Book prices were obtained from Lamar University Barnes & Noble Bookstore.  The average cost for a computer was determined by reviewing low to high cost options for purchase.  Credential testing has been included in the Books and Supplies category and represented as an average cost of the current program credentials and cost.  The average credential cost has been added to the Cost of Attendance two times.

Living Expenses
The cost of food and housing is developed by averaging the costs for select on-campus residence halls, Lamar University Housing and Residential Life, as well as information from Beaumont Cost of Living.  

Transportation costs for students are calculated to ensure that students have adequate funding for traveling between campus, residences and place of work.  The COA should include costs associated with having a car on campus, parking fees, gas and regular maintenance.  The national standard mileage reimbursement rate was used with an estimated 4 trips per week at 40 miles per day.

Personal Expense
Personal expenses are calculated using the 2022 Allowable Living Expenses National Standards for food, clothing and other items for a single person.
Cost of Attendance
Lamar Institute of Technology
Fall 2023 and Spring 2024

The budgets below are estimated.  The actual budgets used to award aid may vary to comply with tuition charges, etc.

Estimated budgets are for the purposes of awarding financial aid, and may not represent the actual cost for each individual student, as enrollment and life styles choices will impact actual costs.

These budgets are for two semesters (Fall and Spring) of regular study at Lamar Institute of Technology.  The totals are based on 15 credits per semester.
(15 credits per term)
Annual Cost Living On/Off Campus Living with Parents
  In state Out of State In State Out of State
Book/Supplies  $              2,707.00  $              2,707.00  $              2,707.00  $                         2,707.00
Personal Expense  $              3,186.00  $              3,186.00  $              2,826.00  $                         2,826.00
Living Expenses  $            10,855.00  $            10,855.00  $              3,879.00  $                         3,879.00
Tuition & Fees  $              3,540.00  $            16,140.00  $              3,540.00  $                      16,140.00
Transportation  $              4,056.00  $              4,056.00  $              4,056.00  $                         4,056.00
   $            24,344.00  $            36,944.00  $            17,008.00  $                      29,608.00