All students need to have a budget for personal expenses such clothing, personal items, laundry, going to a movie, or buying a pizza. The estimate we provide, $185 per month, is for planning purposes only; it does not represent a direct cost of personal expenses while attending the university.
Expenses vary from one student to the next based on their particular needs and life style, particularly with regard to transportation. Some students use bikes and public transportation to get everywhere they need to do, while others students opt to maintain their own vehicles. Non-resident students usually have increased transportation expense due to trips home during the holiday breaks.
You are the best person to determine your own costs. The amount that we have allowed in the Cost of Attendance is a standard amount which you can allocate in the manner that best meets your needs.