Suggestions for Estimating a College Budget

While actual total expenses may vary with fees and the number of semester hours in which a student is enrolled, a typical schedule of basic annual costs is as follows (2019-20 costs):

Fee Amount
Tuition $34,400
Fees $1,580
Room and Board $12,400
Books $400
Total $48,780

In addition to the charges listed for tuition, fees, room and board, the financial aid office estimates the following expenses per year:

Fee Amount
Resident
Personal, incidental, and recreational expenses, including local transportation
$2,400
Off-Campus Resident
Room and board — average costs for rent, utilities, food for two-three students sharing an apartment, plus personal, incidental, and recreational expenses, including local transportation
$15,500
Commuter
Transportation and personal expenses
$6350