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

Off-campus (Nevada resident)
2020-21 Graduate Student Budget for Nevada Residents (Living Off-Campus)
Expense Full-Time Costs (18 credits/year) 3/4-Time Costs (16 credits/year)
1/2-Time Costs (12 credits/year)
Tuition $5,352 $4,756 $3,568
Fees $772 $754 $622
Books and Supplies $1,000 $700 $500
Room $8,000 $8,000 $8,000
Board (Meals) $5,792 $5,792 $5,792
Personal $2,500 $1,874 $1,250
Transportation $1,800 $1,350 $900
Loan Fees $150 $150 $150
Total Yearly Expenses $25,366 $23,376 $20,782

With parents (Nevada resident)
2020-21 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 $5,352 $4,756 $3,568
Fees $772 $754 $622
Books and Supplies $1,000 $700 $500
Room $2,000 $2,000 $2,000
Board (Meals) $3,000 $3,000 $3,000
Personal $2,500 $1,874 $1,250
Transportation $2,200 $1,650 $1,1100
Loan Fees $150 $150 $150
Total Yearly Expenses $16,974 $14,884 $12,190

 

Non-residents

Off-campus (Non-resident)
2020-21 Graduate Student Budget (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 $21,006 $20,410 $7,492
Fees $772 $754 $622
Books and Supplies $1,000 $700 $500
Room $8,000 $8,000 $8,000
Board (Meals) $5,792 $5,792 $5,792
Personal $2,500 $1,874 $1,250
Transportation $1,800 $1,350 $900
Loan Fees $150 $150 $150
Total Yearly Expenses $41,020 $39,030 $24,706

With parents (Non-resident)
2020-21 Graduate Student Budget (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 $21,006 $20,410 $7,492
Fees $772 $754 $622
Books and Supplies $1,000 $700 $500
Room $2,000 $2,000 $2,000
Board (Meals) $3,000 $3,000 $3,000
Personal $2,500 $1,874 $1,250
Transportation $2,200 $1,650 $1,100
Loan Fees $150 $150 $150
Total Yearly Expenses $32,628 $30,538 $16,114