Cost of Attendance

These cost-of-attendance budgets for the 2010-2011 academic year 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 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, therefore, 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.

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

  • Medical and dental care in excess of the benefits provided by the university health service.
  • Consideration is given if repayment of principal and/or interest is compulsory during medical school enrollment.
  • Childcare costs for married students are only allowed if the medical student’s spouse is working or in school.
  • Students living at greater than average distances from Cleveland may have higher travel costs.
  • It is recognized that medical students have additional transportation needs to fulfill their clinical rotation requirements.  While Federal Student Aid Legislation does not permit the use of student aid monies (even loans) for the purchase of an automobile, the Financial Aid Office will make every effort to be of non-monetary assistance to students for whom this poses a dilemma.

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

2010 - 2011 Academic Year Expenses
  Class of 2015 Class of 2014 Class of 2013 Class of 2012 Class of 2011
12-months 11-months 12-months 12-months 11-months
Tuition 47,730 47,730 47,730 47,730 47,730
Books, supplies, microscope & equipment 2,300 1,300 700 700 600
Housing* 10,450 9,600 10,450 10,450 9,600
Food* 3,480 3,190 3,480 3,480 3,190
Personal & other 3,950 3,600 3,950 3,950 3,600
Student health insurance ** 1,320 1,320 1,320 1,320 1,320
Activity fee 40 40 40 40 40
Transportation 2,200 2,200 2,200 2,200 2,200
Travel for clinical training 1,600 1,600 1,600 1,600 1,600
National board exam fees 0 510 0 1,0801 1,3002
Loan Fees 400 400 400 400 400
Graduation 0 0 0 0 200
Total Budget 73,470 71,490 71,870 72,950 71,780