Cost of College Confusion

Why is my cost of college on the award letter or website higher than the calculated cost of college on the Phillips website?

The cost of college listed on the Phillips Website comes from the direct costs that will be billed to you, tuition, mandatory fees, room and board. Colleges often provide a Cost of Attendance, which includes other expenses, such as your personal travel, and the cost of books and supplies. That is why the cost figures on the Phillips website may be less than the college’s published Cost of Attendance, which includes both direct and non-direct costs.

Related FAQs

How do I calculate the cost of college if I am not living on campus?

If you are living at your family’s home, use only the tuition and fees for your college and then add $4,000 instead of room and board costs. This is the commuter allowance, which recognizes that there are extra costs for commuters, even though they don’t pay rent or buy food. If you are living off-campus or if you are an independent student, you still use the school’s costs for room and board as a way to approximate the costs you have for living on your own.

I received some one-time scholarships for my first year in college, but won't receive them next year. How do I show that on the application?

If you are a current college student, list the name of each outside scholarship you receive in the “Other Financial Awards” section of the “Your Phillips Eligibility” page of the application and enter the award amount. Also indicate if the award is renewable or non-renewable for next year.


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Anton Pettiford

The 2013-2014 Phillips Alumni Scholar Award Winner

Anton-Pettiford-Tall-PhotoAnton Pettiford is currently a junior at the University of Hartford, where he plans to major in Criminal Justice with the eventual goal of becoming a lawyer. Before entering the University of Hartford this year, Anton completed his Associates Degree at Manchester Community College in Manchester, Connecticut. While at MCC, Anton quickly became a student leader to his peers and an advocate for community service.

In November of 2011, Anton was inducted into the Alpha Upsilon Alpha Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa-International Honor Society of two year colleges; six months after his induction, Anton was elected chapter president.

As president, Anton sought out many opportunities to give back to the community. Under his leadership, the society sponsored a school-supply drive for local school children. Anton and his peers collected backpacks and school supplies for two to three hundred families in the Hartford area. Anton also facilitated a Community College Completion Corp (C4) Signing Drive to raise awareness for success and completion of the course of study at Manchester Community College. Through this initiative, over one hundred students committed to completing their degree. Anton also organized a peer mentor program called “Pay it Forward: Coaching for Student Success,” which continues to be supported by the current president of Phi Theta Kappa.

Anton was also the president of the Criminal Justice Club from 2011 to 2012. During his tenure, Anton participated as a Hartford Police Explorers volunteer and as a Community Partners in Action (CPA) volunteer. It was through this organization that Anton helped to donate toys to children with incarcerated parents and facilitated an initiative to provide teddy bears for children who were victims of crime or witnessed domestic crime.

This past April, Anton was honored as a member of the All-Connecticut Academic Team. Students chosen for this unique honor are recognized for academic achievement and leadership in the community colleges and junior colleges of Connecticut. Anton also received the Community College Leadership Award which recognizes minority students for academic excellence and commitment to community service.

Anton has also been very active in the Manchester Area Community of Churches (MACC), an organization comprised of twelve churches dedicated to providing shelter and meal services to the Manchester community. At the MACC center, Anton served as the evening shelter assistant on weekends and enjoyed interacting with the members of the community who might otherwise be overlooked. Currently, Anton is working as a Client Supervisor at a halfway house in Willimantic where he helps recovering drug users.


The Phillips Alumni Scholar Award goes to a new recipient of the scholarship who clearly exemplifies a “sense of other,” strong work ethic, academic strength and commitment to community service that are the hallmarks of the Phillips Scholar.  With his track record in service to others, Anton clearly fills the bill as this year’s Alumni Scholar.   The funds for the Alumni Scholar’s award come from the generosity of Phillips Scholarship Alumni who donate so that others may have the opportunity to overcome the same financial barriers to education that they found. We are deeply grateful for the support of our Alumni.