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Doctor of Podiatric Medicine

Cost of Attendance Budget

When budgeting for graduate school you need to factor in the cost of tuition and the cost of living. To figure out what you’ll need, we’ve created a budget. We took tuition, added in the average cost of living in Des Moines, the cost of books and equipment, health insurance, food, transportation and other personal expenses. Each student is allowed to receive funding (from all resources i.e.: loans, scholarships, etc.) up to the budget. We used federal guidelines, so the amount represents the maximum funding you can receive. Budgets are adjusted each academic year to reflect any necessary changes.

Des Moines University is a private institution and has the same tuition for in-state and out-of-state students.

 2015-2016 Cost of Attendance BudgetYear 1Year 2**Year 3Year 4
Fall/Spring10 months


Fall/Spring10 months


Fall/Spring10 months


Summer2 months


Fall/Spring10 months


Living Expenses (rent, food, utilities, phone, personal)$14,480$14,480 $14,480$2,896$14,480
Health Insurance$2,884$2,884$2,884$0$2,884
Board Exams$0$900$0$2,130$675***
Travel for Rotations$0$0$0$1,015$2,030
Loan Fees$1,019$1,012$934$141$1,022

* Budget subject to change

** Includes 2nd year clinics.  Students will participate for four weeks in June or July

*** Includes $675 for travel for Clinical Skills Exam.

The total cost of attendance budget is the maximum amount of resources (i.e. -scholarships, loans, grants, etc.) that a student may receive.  If a student receives a late award (loan, scholarship, grant, etc.) the financial aid package is recalculated.  If possible, second disbursements are lowered, if not the late award is sent to the lender to reduce the amount of student loans.

For new students, relocation to Des Moines is an expense incurred prior to the program and cannot be included in this budget.  You should budget $1250 for a single student and $1800 or more for a family.

Keep in mind that according to Federal regulations, the budget is constructed for a single student only.

Day care for dependent children can be claimed as an expense for each child (see Daycare Expense Form).  Spouse must be employed or in school full time.  Budget increase for additional loan funds may be subject to credit approval.  Request a Dependent Day Care Expense form from the Financial Aid Office.

Past Year

Download the 2014-2015 Cost of Attendance Budget