Stanford University Cost

2020-2021 Academic Year

The standard student budget applies to the typical Stanford undergraduate student:

  • financially dependent on parents

  • living in a residence hall or off-campus

  • attending full-time for Autumn, Winter and Spring quarters



Room and Board


Student Fees Allowance


Books and Supplies Allowance


Personal Expenses Allowance




Tuition, fees, room and board are all charged quarterly on the university bill. 

Books, supplies, personal expenses and transportation costs are estimates of your actual expenses and included for the purpose of determining the full cost of attendance and eligibility for aid, and typically are not charged on the university bill.

The amounts are based on a survey of current students and adjusted for inflation. If your actual expenses are significantly higher than the allowances, you can submit documentation of your costs to the Financial Aid Office; they may be able to adjust your budget and increase your financial aid eligibility.

Most students do not actually pay this full cost! Prospective students and parents can use our Net Price Calculator to obtain estimates of eligibility for need-based financial aid from Stanford.

2020-2021 Academic Year

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