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Cost of attendance: MBS program

The cost of attendance (COA), also referred to as the “student budget,” is the estimated expenses a student will incur during the academic year for tuition and fees paid to Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine and for academic and living expenses related to enrollment.

Students should review the COA chart for each program and determine if the estimated expenses can be minimized in any way. If you need the full amounts listed for each expense item, then you will need financial assistance up to the total COA. However, living expenses are estimated and students may set an individual budget that is less than the total cost of attendance, thereby minimizing the amount needed to borrow. If needed, the financial aid office is available for budgeting assistance. See COA for more information on estimated living expenses according to your year of enrollment.

Although a student’s non-tuition/fees costs vary considerably according to individual means, lifestyle choices and budgeting skills, federal aid regulations mandate that financial aid offices develop annual COA budgets that define and limit expenses eligible for financial aid funding. The COA budget provides for a modest but feasible student lifestyle in northeastern Pennsylvania.

The individual student budget components are described in the COA section of the Financial Aid Guidebook. Chapters 5 and 8 of the guidebook provide more detailed information on tuition and fees and COA. Living expenses listed are for independent graduate students not living with their parents. Living expenses will be less for students living with parents.

2018 – 2019 MBS program tuition and fees*

* These amounts are pending for the 2018 – 2019 academic year until June 2018 and are subject to change.

Tuition and fees (educational expenses)
Tuition for the MBS program is charged on a per credit basis for the 2018 – 2019 academic year. The cost per credit is $1,240.00.

Other required graduate program educational fees are listed below:

  • Student service fee: $292.50 per semester
  • Technology fee: $300.00 per semester
  • Graduation fee: $200.00 one-time charge

Please note: Students taking nine credits or less in a semester will be charged a total of $300.00 for both the student service and technology fees for the semester when they are registered for nine or less credits.

Living expenses (non-educational expenses)
Living expenses for all graduate programs are prorated according to the length of the student’s program and are listed below:

  • Rent/Utilities: $816.50 per month (based on double occupancy)
  • Food: $287.00 per month
  • Miscellaneous: $603.50 per month
  • Transportation: $375.00 per month
  • Health insurance: $6,180 (for entire year/12 months)

Example
If your program is seven months in length, you would multiply seven by the categories outlined here to get the maximum allotment for living expenses and then decide if you want to include the health insurance allotment to your living expenses. In addition, you would add the number of credits and fees you would be charged to arrive at an overall cost of attendance (includes living expenses, tuition and fees).