COA is proud that our students have repeatedly ranked us among the top schools in the nation for financial aid, and we consistently do our best to make it possible for all students to afford the college.

Our net price calculator is one way to see how financial aid might reduce your out-of-pocket costs, but the best way to get a sense of the true net cost of a COA education is by applying for financial aid.

Basic information

If you’re new to financial aid, is a great resource for understanding the process and getting started. And our staff are always here to answer your questions—now and throughout the process.

Research and travel support

COA provides each student up to $1800 to support “expeditionary learning”.  This includes COA courses with a travel component as well as independent studies and residencies. These funds support both domestic and foreign travel. 

Financial aid staff 


The vast majority of COA students have a work-study job included as part of their financial aid package—and at COA, work-study is a big part of the student experience and campus life.  

Work-study perspectives

  • Discarded Resources
    Discarded Resources
    “A highlight of my work-study is definitely the discarded resource audit where we document and track everything that people discard of during a week and create an exhibit where community members can come face to face with their discards and challenge the “out of sight out of mind” mentality.” - Rachael Goldberg
  • Dorr Museum
    Dorr Museum
    “I love working at the Dorr Museum because it combines working with people and my love for the natural world. Working here has given me the opportunity to educate visitors of all ages on both the school and the natural sciences, as well as gain new knowledge and experience for myself.”-Agafia Andreyev
  • Discarded Resources
    Discarded Resources
    “My work-study makes me think one step before consumption and one step ahead”-Anđela Rončević