Cost of Attendance

Cost of Attendance Budgets

The cost of attendance budgets below are approved annually by the School of Medicine for the upcoming academic year. They are based in large part on data from a bi-annual survey of what our current medical students are actually spending for books and supplies, housing, food, personal expenses, and transportation.

The costs included in these budgets reflect living expenses for the academic year only. Living expenses for non-school periods and for spouses and/or other dependents are not included because they are treated in the need analysis formula as an allowance against income rather than a direct cost. In the case of a married student, the spouse's living costs are not included in the budget, but the expected family contribution is reduced by the amount appropriate to maintain the spouse and home.

MD 19/20 Cost of Attendance Budget

  Class of 2023 (11 months) Class of 2022 (11 months) Class of 2021 (12 months) Class of 2020 (11 months)
Tuition $65,476 $65,476 $65,476 $65,476
Books and Supplies $1,000 $1,000 $500 $500
Housing and Utilities* $10,982 $10,982 $11,910 $10,982
Food* $3,784 $3,784 $4,062 $4,062
Personal and Other $3,964 $3,964 $4,448 $3,964
Student Health Insurance $2,330 $2,330 $2,330 $2,330
Activity Fee $40 $40 $40 $40
Graduate Student Council Fee $30 $30 $30 $30
Transportation $2,868 $2,868 $2,868 $2,868
Travel for Clinical Training -- -- $1,648 $1,648
National Board Exam Fees -- $630 $1,290 (1) $1,570(2)
Loan Fees $1,538 $1,538 $1,538 $1,538
Graduation -- -- -- $214
Total Budgets $92,012 $92,642 $96,140 $94,944

* In the case of a married student whose spouse is employed, the spouse is expected to cover housing and food.
(1) USMLE Step 2 CS Exam Fee
(2) USMLE Step 2 CK Exam Fee and travel to take Step CS

PA 19/20 Cost of Attendance Budget

  Class of 2021 (1st year Summer, Fall, Spring) Class of 2020 (2nd year Summer, Fall, Spring) Class of 2019 (3rd year Summer)
Tuition $39,588 $37,704 $12,070
Fees* $1,362 $476 --
Books and Supplies $2,500 $1,600 $500
Housing and Utilities $11,910 $11,910 $2,978
Food $4,062 $4,062 $1,016
Personal and Other $4,448 $4,448 $1,112
Student Health Insurance $2,692 $2,330 --
Transportation $2,868 $2,868 $716
Loan Fees $1,382 $1,382 $460
Total Budgets $70,813 $66,780 $18,852


* $900 - Medical Equipment  - Fall, 1st year only
  $86 - Anatomy Scrub Fee - Fall, 1st year only
  $75 - Disability Insurance - Fall, 1st year
  $25 - OAPA Professional Dues - Fall, 1st year
  $75 - AAPA Professional Dues - Fall, 1st year
  $131 - Exxat Fee - Fall and Spring, 1st year
  $95 - Disability Insurance - Fall, 2nd year
  $50 - Cleveland Clinic Workshop Fee - Fall, 2nd year
  $40 - PA Activity Fee - Fall and Spring
  $30 - Graduate Student Council Fee - Fall and Spring

Some students have extenuating circumstances that may justify construction of an individual cost of attendance that is higher than the standard one. Such adjustments are primarily applicable for the purpose of validating need for outside loan assistance. In all cases, appropriate documentation must be provided. Examples of potentially appropriate adjustments are below.

  • Medical/dental care costs
  • Education debt repayment
  • Dependent care
  • Transportation
  • Car repairs

Other expenses may be allowed if they are necessary and related to attendance at medical school.