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Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

Tuition and 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.

2014-2015 Cost of Attendance Budget

Budget subject to change.


Year 1

Year 2**

Year 3

Year 4


10 months

10 months

10 months

11 months

Living Expenses (rent, food, utilities, phone, personal) 14480



14480 15928
Health Insurance 2438 2438 2438 2438
Transportation 3425 3425 3425 3665
Books/Equipment 3583 1491 955 955
Board Exams 0 570 1815 750**
Travel for Rotations 0 0 2796 3045
Travel for Clinical Exams in DM 0 0 580 0
Tuition/Fees 44042 44042 44042 44157
Loan Fees 1540 1475 1650 1596
Total 69508 67921 72181 72534

** $750 for travel for P.E. Test

The total cost of attendance budget is the maximum amount of resources (o/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 2013-2014 Cost of Attendance Budget