Graduate Student Budgets

Graduate Student budgets try to estimate the full cost of a university education

While tuition and fees represent a large share of college costs, there are other costs that should be considered when estimating expenses. For example:

  • Room: Housing expenses including rent and utilities
  • Board: Groceries and other food expenses
  • Books & Supplies: Textbooks, notebooks, calculators, pens, etc.
  • Personal: Living essentials, entertainment and miscellaneous expenses
  • Transportation: Vehicle maintenance, insurance, fuel, parking permit, start and end of term travel to/from permanent residence

The following tables contain official figures for student budgets developed by the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships. Please note: Costs are subject to change and this may not be your final cost of attendance.    For exact fees go to the Cashiers Office.

2017-2018 Full Time Graduate Student Budgets


Nevada Residents

ExpenseOff CampusWith Family
Tuition & Fees $5,510 $5,510
Room $7,800 $2,000
Board $5,240 $1,800
Books & Supplies $1,300 $1,300
Personal $2,500 $2,500
Transportation $1,800 $2,000
Loan Fees $150 $150
Estimated Yearly Expenses $24,300 $15,260

Out of State (Non-Residents)

ExpenseOff CampusWith Family
Tuition & Fees $19,698 $5,378
Room $2,000 $2,000
Board $1,800 $1,800
Books & Supplies $1,300 $1,300
Personal $2,500 $2,500
Transportation $2,000 $2,000
Loan Fees $150 $150
Estimated Yearly Expenses $38,488 $29,448

2016-2017 Full Time Graduate Student Budgets


For the 2016-2017 aid year, if a graduate student accepts Federal Direct Loans then loan fees of $150 per year will be added to the budget.

Nevada Residents

ExpenseOff CampusWith Family
Tuition & Fees $5,378 $5,378
Room $7,800 $2,000
Board $4,900 $1,800
Books & Supplies $1,300 $1,300
Personal $2,500 $2,500
Transportation $2,000 $2,000
Estimated Yearly Expenses $23,878 $14,978

Out of State (Non-Residents)

ExpenseOff CampusWith Family
Tuition & Fees $19,288 $19,288
Room $7,800 $2,000
Board $4,900 $1,800
Books & Supplies $1,300 $1,300
Personal $2,500 $2,500
Transportation $2,000 $2,000
Estimated Yearly Expenses $37,788 $28,888