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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.

Cost of attendance budget 2014-2015

Budget subject to change.

  Full Time
Minimum 9 credit hours
(5 months)
Half Time
Minimum 5 credit hours
(5 months)
Living Expenses    
Rent ($635/month) $3,175 $1,588
Utilities ($115/month) $575 $288
Telephone ($73/month) $365 $183
Food ($325/month) $1,625 $$813
Personal ($300/month) $1,500 750
Health Insurance (annual) $1,192 $1,192
Transportation and Travel    
Car Operation ($122/month) $610 $305
Car Insurance ($118/month) $590 $295
Des Moines/Home (annual) $513 $256
Educational Supplies    
Books $500 $250
Tuition/Fees    
Tuition $560 per credit hour $560 per credit hour
Background check $60 $60
Estimated fees withheld from loans $169 $94

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 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 $1,250 for a single student to $1,800 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 are subject to bank approval. Request a Dependent Day Care Expense form from the Financial Aid Office.