Budget Review Request


Students that apply for financial aid are assigned a Cost of Attendance (COA) budget.  Your COA (or budget) is based on standard educational expenses based on your degree and residency status.  These costs are used to determine your eligibility for financial aid.  You can view your COA in Trailhead with your financial aid awards.  You may also view our general 9-month fall/spring COA here:

Undergraduate Cost of Attendance

Graduate Cost of Attendance

If you will incur additional educational expenses and/or if your COA allowances do not reflect your actual cost of living expenses, you may request a budget review using the form below.

Increasing your COA (or budget) will not result in additional grants or scholarships, however you may qualify for additional loan eligibility (PLUS or Private Education Loan). If we can increase your COA (or budget) and you are seeking additional funding, you must complete the appropriate loan application once the review is complete.

Budget Review Requests will not be processed for 529/College Plan/tax purposes. Most plans require the original Cost of Attendance found at the links above.

Please contact the Office of Financial Aid with questions about allowable expenses, unique circumstances, or questions about this process.

Budget Review Request

Budget review request for expenses that exceed your general Cost of Attendance amounts.

  • Your MONTHLY share of rent/mortgage and utilities like gas/electric/water/cable/internet/trash/phone.
  • Your MONTHLY share of groceries and a reasonable expense for other food.
  • Your MONTHLY personal expenses like medical expenses, clothes, entertainment, etc.
  • Your MONTHLY expenses for gas, car insurance, parking, bus pass. Do not include car loan payments.
  • If your dependent requires care while you are at school, include those MONTHLY expenses here.
  • Include your ONE-TIME computer purchase expense
  • Study Abroad Flights or emergency one-time transportation expenses.
  • If you use this field, please explain these expenses in your reason for review request above.
  • If you have supporting documentation, you may upload it here. Supporting documentation is not always required. Examples include lease agreements, child-care bills, computer receipts, etc. You may redact any sensitive information before upload.
    Drop files here or
    Max. file size: 50 MB.

    Contact Info

    Mailing address:
    Colorado School of Mines
    Financial Aid Office
    1301 19th Street
    Golden, CO 80401

    Office Location:
    Ben Parker Student Center, E160
    1200 16th St
    Golden, CO 80401 

    Toll-free: 1-888-446-9489

    For scholarship questions, email scholarship@mines.edu

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