Costs must be considered when a student is making decisions about whether, where, or when to attend college. A student budget is used as an estimate of the amount of money it will cost a student to attend college.
The budget includes allowances for tuition, fees, books, transportation, housing, food and personal expenses. Additional allowances may be made for unusual expenses such as dependent-care costs.
Student budgets are set each year by CUNY (City University of New York). They reflect the average expenses of all students who are living with their parents or living away from their parents. Students with disabilities should speak to a financial aid counselor about budget adjustments for their special needs.
The 2016-2017 Hunter College expense budgets for full-time graduate students, who are charged the NY State Resident tuition rate, are as follows for the 9-month period of the fall and spring semesters: