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2013-2014 Cost of Attendance

**This is NOT the actual cost of attending Teachers College; it simply provides an estimated look of your costs.  If you want to determine your actual cost, please read this page thoroughly, and complete the budgeting worksheet at the end of this page.**


The primary mission of our office is to assist students in securing adequate funding from a variety of sources to meet their educational expenses. We are committed to improving the financial literacy of our graduate students, as well as providing financial planning information for life before and after graduation. The financial planning process should begin well before you are admitted to the institution and continue throughout your academic career. We hope that you will find the information below helpful as you work to decide if a Teachers College (TC) education is feasible for you.

Tuition and Fees for the 2013-2014 Academic Year
  • Fall 2013: $1,344 per credit/point
  • Spring 2014: $1,344 per credit/point
  • Summer 2014: $1,344 per credit/point

The price of tuition per credit/point is the same for both master's and doctoral students. There is no in-state or out-of-state tuition rate; everyone will pay $1,344 per credit/point (with the exception of a few special cohort programs).

Budgeting Groups for the 2013-2014 Academic Year
  • Full-Time Student: A student enrolled in 12 or more credits/points per semester.
  • Three Quarter-Time Student: A student enrolled in 9-11 credits/points per semester.
  • Half-Time Student: A student enrolled in 6-8 credits/points per semester.
  • Less-Than-Half-Time Student: A student enrolled in 5 or less credits/points per semester. These students are not eligible to receive federal aid.

Fall 2013 Semester Tuition and Fees
Enrollment (Total Number of Credits/Points): 6 credits/points
  • Total Cost of Tuition: $8,064
  • Total Mandatory Fees*: College Fee, $408
  • Total Tuition & Fees: $8,472
Enrollment (Total Number of Credits/Points): 9 credits/points
  • Total Cost of Tuition: $12,096
  • Total Mandatory Fees*: College Fee, $408
  • Total Tuition & Fees: $12,504
Enrollment (Total Number of Credits/Points): 12 credits/points
  • Total Cost of Tuition: $16,128
  • Total Mandatory Fees*: College Fee ($408) + Health Program Fee** ($429) = $837
  • Total Tuition & Fees: $16,965
Enrollment (Total Number of Credits/Points): 15 credits/points
  • Total Cost of Tuition: $20,160
  • Total Mandatory Fees*: College Fee ($408) + Health Program Fee** ($429) = $837
  • Total Tuition & Fees: $20,997
*Mandatory Fees vary depending on enrollment and cannot be waived.
**Students enrolling in all three semesters of the academic year (Fall, Spring, Summer) will only be charged the Health Program Fee in the Fall and Spring.
**Students enrolled less than full-time may voluntarily enroll in TC Health Insurance; these students will be required to pay the Health Program Fee, in addition to the cost of health insurance coverage.


Spring 2014 Semester Tuition and Fees

Enrollment (Total Number of Credits/Points): 6 credits/points
  • Total Cost of Tuition: $8,064
  • Total Mandatory Fees*: College Fee, $408
  • Total Tuition & Fees: $8,472
Enrollment (Total Number of Credits/Points): 9 credits/points
  • Total Cost of Tuition: $12,096
  • Total Mandatory Fees*: College Fee, $408
  • Total Tuition & Fees: $12,504
Enrollment (Total Number of Credits/Points): 12 credits/points
  • Total Cost of Tuition: $16,128
  • Total Mandatory Fees*: College Fee ($408) + Health Program Fee** ($429) = $837
  • Total Tuition & Fees: $16,965
Enrollment (Total Number of Credits/Points): 15 credits/points
  • Total Cost of Tuition: $20,160
  • Total Mandatory Fees*: College Fee ($408) + Health Program Fee** ($429) = $837
  • Total Tuition & Fees: $20,997
*Mandatory Fees vary depending on enrollment and cannot be waived.
**Students enrolling in all three semesters of the academic year (Fall, Spring, Summer) will only be charged the Health Program Fee in the Fall and Spring.
**Students enrolled less than full-time may voluntarily enroll in TC Health Insurance; these students will be required to pay the Health Program Fee, in addition to the cost of health insurance coverage.

If you plan on attending the entire academic year (Fall and Spring), simply add your 'Total: Tuition + Fees' for Fall 2013 to those of Spring 2014 to estimate tuition and fees for the entire 2013-2014 year. The Summer of 2014 may also be added in, should you plan to attend in the Summer (students attending in the Summer are always charged the College Fee, but may not be charged the Health Program Fee – please see **note above).


Additional Items Factored into Your 2013-2014 Budget

These items represent additional expenses that you may incur over the course of the year while attending TC. These figures are purely estimates and are NOT mandatory/applicable to all students. Please note that while every student is allotted an annual budget for the items listed below, they are optional to include in one's own budgeting calculations. The figures used for our 2013-2014 Cost of Attendance budget were derived from results we gathered after surveying our student body. Questions on the survey focused on the estimated costs and expenses incurred over the course of the year while at TC.

 Additional Items  Estimated Annual Budgets*
Basic Health Insurance**: $3,785
Books and Supplies: $2,110
Travel Allowance: $5,382
Personal Expenses: $14,139
Living Expenses (Room and Board): $18,594
*Estimated annual budgets are based on the 2013-2014 TC Cost of Attendance for a full-time student taking 24 credits/year (over nine months); budgeted figures may be different for those enrolling in more or less credits.
**All students enrolled in 12 or more credits and/or living in the residence halls are required to have health insurance coverage (TC or external). Full-time students/those living on-campus are automatically enrolled in TC's Basic Health Insurance; this coverage may be waived with proper proof of external coverage.

**The Basic Health Insurance will cover you from 9/1/13 to 8/31/14.


Student Budgeting Worksheets & Other Helpful Item
s

Note: These guides are intended to help you budget for Fall 2013 and Spring 2014. Fall/Spring students are enrolled for a total of nine months, which is the number of months used to determine some of the numbers found in the budget(s). If you intend to enroll in only one term, or if you plan to enroll in the summer, contact our office to discuss your budget.

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