Graduate student budgets

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

  • 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. Costs are subject to change and this may not be your final cost of attendance.

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Nevada residents

With parents (Nevada resident)
2021-22 Graduate Student Budget for Nevada Residents (Living with Parents)
Expense Full-Time Costs (18 credits/year) 3/4-Time Costs (16 credits/year)
1/2-Time Costs (12 credits/year)
Tuition $5,550 $4,888 $3,666
Fees $792 $774 $642
Books and Supplies $924 $822 $616
Room $3,000 $3,000 $3,000
Board (Meals) $2,250 $2,250 $2,250
Personal $3,179 $2,824 $2,118
Transportation $2,500 $1,876 $1,250
Loan Fees $150 $150 $150
Total Yearly Expenses $18,294 $16,584 $13,692

On-campus (Nevada Resident)
2021-22 Graduate Student Budget for Nevada Residents (Living On-Campus)
Expense Full-Time Costs (30 credits/year) 3/4-Time Costs (20 credits/year)
1/2-Time Costs (12 credits/year)
Tuition $5,500 $4,888 $3,666
Fees $792 $774 $642
Books and Supplies $924 $822 $616
Room $7,020 $7,020 $7,020
Board (Meals) $5,792 $5,792 $5,792
Personal $2,466 $2,192 $1,544
Transportation $2,500 $1,876 $1,250
Loan Fees $150 $150 $150
Total Yearly Expenses $25,144 $23,514 $20,680

Off-campus (Nevada resident)
2021-22 Graduate Student Budget for Nevada Residents (Living Off-Campus)
Expense Full-Time Costs (30 credits/year) 3/4-Time Costs (20 credits/year)
1/2-Time Costs (12 credits/year)
Tuition $5,500 $4,888 $3,666
Fees $792 $774 $642
Books and Supplies $924 $822 $616
Room $9,914 $9,914 $9,914
Board (Meals) $5,792 $5,792 $5,792
Personal $3,178 $2,824 $2,118
Transportation $2,500 $1,876 $1,250
Loan Fees $150 $150 $150
Total Yearly Expenses $28,750 $27,040 $24,148

 

Non-residents

With parents (Non-resident)
2021-22 Graduate Student Budget for Non-Residents (Living with Parents)
Expense Full-Time Costs (18 credits/year) 3/4-Time Costs (16 credits/year)
1/2-Time Costs (12 credits/year)
Tuition $21,592 $20,980 $7,698
Fees $792 $774 $642
Books and Supplies $924 $822 $616
Room $3,000 $3,000 $3,000
Board (Meals) $2,250 $2,250 $2,250
Personal $3,178 $2,824 $2,118
Transportation $2,500 $1,876 $1,250
Loan Fees $150 $150 $150
Total Yearly Expenses $34,386 $32,676 $17,724

On-campus (Non-resident)
2021-22 Graduate Student Budget for Non-Residents (Living On-Campus)
Expense Full-Time Costs (30 credits/year) 3/4-Time Costs (20 credits/year)
1/2-Time Costs (12 credits/year)
Tuition $21,592 $20,980 $7,698
Fees $792 $774 $642
Books and Supplies $924 $822 $616
Room $7,020 $7,020 $7,020
Board (Meals) $5,792 $5,792 $5,792
Personal $2,466 $2,192 $1,544
Transportation $2,500 $1,876 $1,250
Loan Fees $150 $150 $150
Total Yearly Expenses $41,236 $39,606 $24,712

Off-campus (Non-resident)
2021-22 Graduate Student Budget for Non-Residents (Living Off-Campus)
Expense Full-Time Costs (30 credits/year) 3/4-Time Costs (20 credits/year)
1/2-Time Costs (12 credits/year)
Tuition $21,592 $20,980 $7,698
Fees $792 $774 $642
Books and Supplies $924 $822 $616
Room $9,914 $9,914 $9,914
Board (Meals) $5,792 $5,792 $5,792
Personal $3,626 $3,232 $2,424
Transportation $3,560 $3,164 $2,374
Loan Fees $150 $150 $150
Total Yearly Expenses $46,360 $44,828 $29,610