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Estimated Expense Budget

Graduate Tuition, 2018-19

Three quarters of graduate tuition is:

  11 or more units 8, 9, 10 units
Regular Graduate $50,703 $32,970
School of Engineering $54,015 $35,100
M.B.A. (first year) $70,590  
M.D.  $58,197  
School of Law $60,072  

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.

2018-19 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 $4,910 $14,730 $18,606
Food $1,985 $5,955 $7,940
Personal $1,380 $4,140 $5,520
Local transportation $440 $1,320 $1,760
Books/supplies $510 $1,530 $2,040
Campus Health Service Fee $217 $651 $868
Cardinal Care Health Insurance † $1,736 $5,208 $5,208
Total Living Allowance* $11,178 $33,534 $41,942
Tuition (8-10 units)
Regular Graduate $10,990 $32,970 $43,960
Graduate Engineering $11,700 $35,100 $46,800
Tuition and Living Total
Regular Graduate** $22,168 $66,504 $85,902
Graduate Engineering** $22,878 $68,634 $88,742
* 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 - $2,200 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.