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2016-2017 PhD Cost of Attendance

Smith College recognizes that a college education is a major life investment. Like all sound investments it requires planning and preparation. We are committed to providing our students with the information they need to plan and prepare for payment/financing of this major investment.

The Total Cost of Attendance is set by Smith College. Billed expenses by Smith include: tuition and student activity fee. Additional expenses, not directly billed by Smith include: living expenses, supervisory fees and books.

For students who plan to utilize Student Loan/s to assist in financing their education, the Total Cost of Attendance (less any other aid received in an academic year) represents a student’s maximum borrowing eligibility. Please see Federal Student Loans for application requirements and other important loan information.

Standard Billed Fees

Program Year each year
1 & 2

final summer
16-17 Tuition* $28,920 $6,500
Student Activity Fee $45 $45
Subtotal $28,965 $6,545

*Tuition and fees are updated each academic year in late January.

Also, see General Billing Processes and Policies as well as Chart of Important SSW Process Dates and Related Info for bill and due dates and other important time lines.

Budget for Additional Expenses

Months/Academic Year 11 1.25
Living Expenses $23,600 $2,675
Books & Supplies $900 $900
Subtotal $24,500 $3,575

Total Cost of Attendance

T otal $53,465 $10,120

The standard budget for living expenses shown is an estimate. Living expenses include rent, utilities, meals, travel, and other personal expenses. Your actual expenses may be less and will vary based on living and travel arrangements, field placement location and other personal choices.

PhD students are also responsible for PhD supervisory fees.

Please plan your budget carefully and borrow conservatively to reflect your own personal expenses. The Department of Education provides a budget calculator to assist in your planning.

Special circumstances sometimes warrant an increase in the standard cost of attendance budget based on a student’s actual expenses in order to create additional loan eligibility. Examples include PhD supervisory fees, high unreimbursed medical expenses, dependent care and/or dependent maintenance expenses. Please see our Budget Adjustments section on the Student Loans page for more information on submitting a Cost of Attendance appeal form.