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In light of the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, Stanford reaffirms its commitment to perform individualized, holistic review of each applicant to its graduate and professional programs. We recognize that students may have faced significant challenges during the period of disruption caused by the pandemic, and we will take such individual circumstances into account during application review. Importantly, we will respect decisions regarding the adoption of Credit/No Credit and other grading options during this unprecedented period of COVID-19 disruption, whether they are made by institutions or by individual students. Our goal remains to form graduate student cohorts that are excellent and encompass a diversity of perspectives, backgrounds and experiences that enrich the graduate educational experience.


We are aware of some school closings in areas impacted by the coronavirus outbreak, and that it may delay some courses of study as well as the reporting of official school documents. If you are impacted by this, please contact our office to request an extension: gradadmissions@stanford.edu. We will do our best to work with you and your department. 


Admitted students: see our special instructions for submitting transcripts.

Estimated Expense Budget

Graduate Tuition, 2020-21

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) $74,706  
M.D.  $62,193  
School of Law $64,350  

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.

2020-21 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 $5,325 $15,975 $20,180
Food $2,085 $6,255 $8,340
Personal $2,140 $6,420 $8,560
Transportation $460 $1,380 $1,840
Books/supplies $325 $975 $1,300
Campus Health Service Fee $232 $696 $928
Cardinal Care Health Insurance † $1,976 $5,928 $5,928
Total Living Allowance* $12,543 $37,629 $47,076
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** $24,313 $72,939 $94,156
Graduate Engineering** $25,083 $75,249 $97,236
* 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 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.