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Estimated Expense Budget

Graduate Tuition, 2021-22

Three quarters of graduate tuition is:

  11-18 units 8, 9, 10 units
Regular Graduate $54,315 $35,310
School of Engineering $57,861 $37,620
M.B.A. (first year) TBD  
M.D.  TBD  
School of Law TBD  

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.

2021-22 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/rent $5,530 $16,590 $20,955
Food $2,130 $6,390 $8,520
Personal $2,185 $6,555 $8,740
Transportation $460 $1,380 $1,840
Books/supplies $330 $990 $1,315
Campus Health Service Fee $232 $696 $928
Cardinal Care Health Insurance † $2,064 $6,192 $6,192
Total Living Allowance* $12,931 $38,793 $48,490
Tuition (8-10 units)
Regular Graduate $11,770 $35,310 $47,080
Graduate Engineering $12,540 $37,620 $50,160
Tuition and Living Total
Regular Graduate** $24,701 $74,103 $95,570
Graduate Engineering** $25,471 $76,413 $98,650
* 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 $1,000 - $3,000 per month (or more).

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

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.