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A formal award certifying the satisfactory completion of a postsecondary education program.

Cost of Attendance

Affordable tuition and the cost of attendance, including fixed expenses (e.g., tuition and fees) and reasonable living expenses for the nine months students are enrolled for the fall and spring semesters. Individual expenses will vary based on student-specific living arrangements, whether they intend to borrow federal student loans, and personal spending decisions.