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Estimated Expense Budget

Graduate Tuition, 2019-20

Three quarters of graduate tuition is:

  11 or more units 8, 9, 10 units
Regular Graduate $52,479 $34,110
School of Engineering $55,905 $36,330
M.B.A. (first year) $73,062  
M.D.  $60,234  
School of Law $62,175  

Full-time enrollment may be considered 8-10 units per quarter or 11 or more units per quarter depending on the type of financial support and the program.

2019-20 Average Graduate Student Expense Budget

Single on-campus*
    Academic Year, 3 Quarters 12 Months
Living Costs Per Quarter Autumn, Winter, Spring Autumn, Winter, Spring, Summer
Campus housing $5,100 $15,300 $19,330
Food $2,000 $6,000 $8,000
Personal $2,075 $6,225 $8,300
Local transportation $435 $1,305 $1,740
Books/supplies $325 $975 $1,300
Campus Health Service Fee $224 $672 $896
Cardinal Care Health Insurance † $1,864 $5,592 $5,592
Total Living Allowance* $12,023 $36,069 $45,158
Tuition (8-10 units)
Regular Graduate $11,370 $34,110 $45,480
Graduate Engineering $12,110 $36,330 $48,440
Tuition and Living Total
Regular Graduate** $23,393 $70,179 $90,638
Graduate Engineering** $24,133 $72,399 $93,598
* Students living off-campus should add 10-40% to the total living allowance for a more realistic estimate.
† Cardinal Care is an annual plan, with coverage extending through Summer quarter regardless of enrollment status.  See the Vaden Health Center web site for details.

Child Care: Costs can range from $900 - $2,500 per month.

Living Costs for Spouse: $12,000 (9 months); $16,000 (12 months).

Living Costs for Children: $3,000 (9 months); $4,000 (12 months).

Medical Insurance for Spouse and/or Children: See the Vaden Health Center web site or contact the Insurance Office at (650) 723-2135 or email healthinsurance@stanford.edu.

Taxation: Fellowship stipends and assistantship salaries are subject to taxation. This tax liability should be included in budget planning.

**Visa Authorization Eligibility: For verification of funds for visa authorizations, international students must provide evidence of the amount indicated, plus $500 per adult and $250 per child for relocation costs and vacation periods. International students receiving stipends from Stanford must also verify access to an additional 14% to cover U.S. taxes on the stipend unless a federal tax treaty applies to this income.

EFS 688 Intensive English Program: Proof of additional funding for visa authorization is required of international students who sign up for this program. See program financial information on the EFS 688 Application Information page.