Cost of Attendance
Save money and stretch your financial aid!
Tuition and fees at Hinds are less than half the cost of attending a public four-year university in Mississippi and a fraction of the cost of attending a private college or university. Students can avoid student loan debt during their freshmen and sophomore years by choosing the more affordable route of a community college.
If you are considering a for-profit institution for a career or technical certificate or degree, the cost difference is magnified. Money matters – make a wise choice and enroll in an accredited program at Hinds Community College.
Cost of Attendance
Out of State
Tuition (12 credits per semester)
Books and Supplies
Cost of Attendance Budget
Personal expenses, room and board, and transportation costs vary greatly according to the individual’s circumstances and spending habits. For financial aid purposes, estimated costs are used. Costs for dependent care related to the student’s educational program, unreimbursed costs related to disability, required tools and program kits, and the documented cost of a lease or purchased personal computer related to the student’s educational program may be considered in adjustments to the cost of attendance budget. Documentation must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office for such determination. Additional aid might not be available.
Need is the difference between the cost of attendance at Hinds Community College and the family’s formula-calculated ability to pay. The family’s ability to pay, called the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), is determined by completing a need analysis application called the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov. When students return to www.fafsa.ed.gov for a subsequent year, a renewal FAFSA is available to students who have applied previously; many of the questions will already be completed. The FAFSA enables a Hinds Community College student to apply without charge for all types of need-based aid. The application, which collects income and asset information from the student (and spouse, if married, or parents of a dependent student), must be submitted for the following academic year as soon after January 1 as tax returns can be completed for the previous year.
Student Cost of Attendance (COA) Budget - Total Expected Family Contribution = Financial Need
Estimated tuition, fees, books, supplies, room and board, personal and miscellaneous expenses, transportation and loan fees.
Calculated through FAFSA formula from parent/student/spouse's income, assets, and other resources
The amount Hinds may award in need-based aid
There are many websites for students to use in deciding the best college to attend. Recommended websites are:
Federal Student Aid – Prepare for College – Choosing a School – Things to Consider
This tool provides information to help you decide which schools are the best fit for you. It also provides links to the College Navigator and College Scorecard.
This tool provides information for specific schools that can be used in comparing one school to another.
The College Scorecard can be used to find out more about a college’s affordability and value so you can make more informed decisions about which college to attend.
Financial Aid Shopping Sheet
To view your Financial Aid Shopping Sheet, go to your my.hinds account and click on Financial Aid under the Self Service menu and then Financial Aid Shopping Sheet.
The Financial Aid Shopping Sheet is used to notify students about their financial aid package. It is a standardized form that simplifies the information that prospective students receive about costs and financial aid so that they can easily compare institutions and make informed decisions about where to attend school.
Paying for College
This tool provides help for students in making informed financial decisions about how to pay for college.