Chiropractic Program Cost of Attendance


Cost of Tuition + Cost of Living x Length of Time in School = Cost of Attendance

LIFE is a private institution and therefore has the same tuition rate for all students, whether they have in-state residency or out-of-state residency.

To find the Cost of Tuition you have to factor in the cost per credit and the number of credits you will enroll in each quarter:

Cost per credit in the DC Program:    $316    
Quarterly student fee:   $350


Below is the Cost of Attendance (COA), or the maximum amount of financial aid you are eligible to receive each quarter, based on number of credits enrolled in. Keep in mind, these amounts are not the cost of tuition.

Credits Per Quarter       COA    
           6-11     $11,202
          12-18     $13,241
          19-25     $15,482
          26-31     $17,506


More complicated, but equally important, is calculating the Cost of Living. You will want to do your own research to figure out what it will cost you to live in Marietta, GA. There are ample inexpensive options for local housing and basic needs. Most students find the cost of living here to be very reasonable, especially when you realize you are getting all the benefits of proximity to a big city, but with small-town prices.

Length of Time in School is another factor that can only be determined by you. LIFE's Chiropractic program is delivered to full-time students as a 14-quarter curriculum. This means that you can graduate as a Doctor of Chiropractic in as few as 3.5 years. However, some students choose to take a lighter load in order to accommodate work or family life, and therefore graduate after a longer period of time.

Cost of Attendance:

  • Student attending a college or university has a cost of attendance (COA) determined for them by the Financial Aid Office. The cost of attendance is a budget comprised of tuition, fees, books and supplies and living expenses related to the student’s education.
  • Students frequently refer to the cost of attendance as their “financial aid budget.”
  • The COA (or financial aid budget) is not a personal budget for the student comprised of their personal expenses; it is comprised of expenses that the government considers to be related to the pursuit of the student’s degree or certificate.
  • The financial aid budget can have a limited amount of rent or mortgage expenses, and limited amount of transportation costs.
  • A student’s financial aid budget may not be used for credit card debt(s) or car payments. Those are examples of personal debt for which each student is personally responsible, and that debt would exist whether or not they were attending school.
  • The federal government will not subsidize students to pay their personal debt, only to assist with costs related to their current pursuit of a degree or a certificate.

       To calculate your potential cost of attendance, click here.


Components included in COA

  • Tuition & Fees
  • Books & Supplies
  • Loan Fees
  • Room and Board
  • Personal
  • Transportation



The final factor you will need to consider is the Return on Investment. Chiropractic schools are vastly different from each other in philosophy, in content and in the kind of professionals they produce. Consider your options carefully to determine what school will best help you to realize your unique desires and dreams for the future.

What's the best way to dig deeper and make sure you are making a sound investment in your future? We highly recommend that you visit every chiropractic college you are considering attending. Sign up to visit LIFE today!

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