The Student Budget

Overview

As you make plans for your enrollment at Stanford, you should be aware of the estimated expenses that you will incur. The Financial Aid Office provides a standard budget that you may find helpful in your planning process. We use the standard budget to determine your eligibility for student loans.

For a typical single graduate student living on-campus with no dependents, the standard budget is listed below. Students living off campus can expect living expenses to be 10% to 35% higher, depending on your living situation.

Standard Budget

2014–2015 Academic Year
Budget Item
Academic Year Quarter
9 month (A/W/S)
12 month (4 Qtrs)
Rent
3,730
11,190
14,920
Food
1,815
5,445
7,260
Personal Expenses
1,190
3,570
4,760
Transportation
410
1,230
1,640
Books and Supplies
490
1,470
1,960
Campus Health Service Fee
191
573
764
Cardinal Care Health Insurance*
1,432
4,296
4,296
Total Non-Tuition Expenses
$ 9,258 
$ 27,774
$  35,600

Tuition information for the 2014-2015 academic year is available from the Registrar’s website.

2013–2014 Academic Year
Budget Item
Academic Year Quarter
9 month (A/W/S)
12 month (4 Qtrs)
Rent
3,580
10,740
14,320
Food
1,990
5,970
7,960
Personal Expenses
980
2,940
3,920
Transportation
335
1,005
1,340
Books and Supplies
665
1,995
2,660
Campus Health Service Fee
185
555
740
Cardinal Care Health Insurance*
1,312
3,936
3,936
Total Non-Tuition Expenses
$9,047
$27,141
$34,876

Tuition information for the 2013-2014 academic year is available from the Registrar’s website.

*Cardinal Care is an annual plan (coverage extends through the summer regardless of your enrollment status). The annual cost is captured in Autumn, Winter and Spring charges. See the Vaden website for details.

After your financial aid application has been processed, you will be able to view your individual budget in the Finances section of the Student page of AXESS.

Your Tuition Charge

The actual amount of your quarterly tuition charge depends on your school (Engineering students pay higher rates) and your number of units. Students with research or teaching appointment are typically permitted to enroll in no more than 8-10 units; those not working typically enroll in 11-18 units. Upper level graduate students may also register TGR. You can find your particular tuition charge amount on the Registrar’s Office—Tuition and Fees website.

Estimated vs. Actual Expenses

The budget amounts for tuition, campus health service fee and medical insurance exactly reflect the amounts that you will be charged on your University bill.  All other budget items are allowances meant to estimate the typical costs incurred by graduate students.  If your actual expenses are significantly higher than the allowances, you can submit documentation of your costs to the Financial Aid Office; we may be able to adjust your budget and increase your loan eligibility. Most students find the allowances to be a realistic estimate of a conservative budget. If your circumstances allow you to spend less than the standard budget you should consider borrowing less than your full eligibility.

Family Expenses

If you have children or other legal dependents, we may be able to add allowances for dependent care and other costs to your budget.  You should list all of your family members and any expected child-care expenses on your Graduate Student Loan and FWS Application.

STEP Students

If you will be enrolling in the STEP program through the School of Education, you can review your four-quarter student budget information on our STEP Students page.

Updated on June 17, 2014 3:53 PM