Cost of Attendance Details


In order to assist students with budgeting expenses, the Office of Financial Aid thought it may be helpful to explain the components in detail that are built into the student’s cost of attendance.  We hope you find this information helpful when completing your annual spending plan. 

Tuition/Fees:   This reflects the current tuition and includes any mandatory fees the student will be charged.

Room and Board:  This component combines these two elements on the award notice.  Included in this figure is a monthly allowance for food, rent and utilities during months in which a student is enrolled.  The housing allowance takes into consideration whether a student is living on or off campus per the financial aid application, the year of study and therefore the number of months the student is enrolled, and where the student will be required to live based on their program– i.e. Portland, Boston or Springfield area.  There is an expectation that a student will reside with a roommate during periods of enrollment regardless of the area in which they’ll be living (Portland, Boston, Springfield, etc).

Books and Supplies:   This is the average amount the Office of Financial Aid has determined the student will spend on books, supplies and equipment that are required.  Books that are recommended are not included in this figure, however, students may request an increase if they feel they will need additional funds and can document what they’ve spent to date on required books, supplies and/or equipment[DJ1] 

Transportation: The Office of Financial Aid has carefully determined the average amount a student will spend on transportation costs during each year of study.  This figure will vary during each year of study as MD students in their 1st and 2nd year of study are participating in CAP as well as attending classes at TUSM.  MD Students in their 3rd and 4th year of study are completing clerkship requirements which may vary depending on the hospital they are at.  Extensive reviews, including student surveys, provide us with an average mileage figure for clerkships which is then calculated based upon the allowable IRS mileage rate* to determine the final allowance. 

In addition, we’ve also included a MBTA Standard Link pass and miscellaneous travel amounts when determining the final transportation allowance.  Students who are driving excessive distances, unable to commute using public transportation, renting a zip car, paying tolls and/or are required to pay for parking during their clerkships, should inquire with the Office of Financial Aid to determine if a budget increase is necessary.  This does not enable a student to request a budget increase for the purpose of parking at their residence. 

Loan Fees: The average amount of loan fees is included in your budget.  Should you be paying more loan fees than the average, you may request to have the actual figures used in place of the estimates.

Health Insurance: This figure represents the amount of the school’s health insurance plan as this is a required amount that the student must pay annually if they do not have external coverage. 

Personal/Miscellaneous Fees:  This is the estimated amount that a student would be spending on miscellaneous expenses, i.e. laundry expenses, clothing, and necessary personal items, etc.


* IRS mileage reimbursement rates are intended to cover gas, insurance, license and registration, repairs, oil, & tires