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Twelve-Month Academic Year 2013-14

2013-14 low and moderate living expense budgets

This table shows living expense costs by region and metropolitan area over a 12-month period. Both a moderate and a low budget are provided. The budgets reflect increases in the Consumer Price Index (calculated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) of 1.030 percent for 2011, and an estimated adjustment of 1.014 percent for 2012.

The budgets are developed based on data from the most recent Consumer Expenditure Survey (CES) and the Indexes of Comparative Costs, both produced by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. Budget regions correspond to the metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. The CES sample changes about every 10 years, which changes the MSAs for which indexes can be developed. There were 28 MSAs for the period from 1996 to 2004, but that number dropped to 24 for 2005. Therefore, the regional tables of the living expense budget now reflect only 24 MSAs. Also, since a factor could not be established for every region of the country, no region is adjusted by a value of less than 1.0.

 Moderate 12-Month BudgetLow 12-Month Budget
United States $ 23,250 $ 15,580
Boston–Cambridge–Quincy, MA–NH 24,645 16,515
New York–Northern New Jersey–Long Island, NY–NJ–PA 25,575 17,138
Philadelphia–Camden–Wilmington, PA–NJ–DE–MD 24,645 16,515
Pittsburgh, PA 23,250 15,580
North Central:
Chicago–Naperville–Joliet, IL–IN–WI 24,180 16,203
Cleveland–Elyria–Mentor, OH 23,250 15,580
Detroit–Warren–Livonia, MI 22,785 15,268
Minneapolis–St. Paul–Bloomington, MN–WI 23,715 15,892
St. Louis, MO–IL 23,250 15,580
Atlanta–Sandy Springs–Marietta, GA 23,948 16,047
Baltimore–Towson, MD 25,343 16,982
Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington, TX 23,483 15,736
Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown, TX 23,715 15,892
Miami–Ft. Lauderdale–Miami Beach, FL 24,413 16,359
Washington–Arlington–Alexandria, DC–VA–MD–WV 26,970 18,073
Anchorage, AK 25,343 16,982
Denver–Aurora, CO 23,250 15,580
Los Angeles–Long Beach–Santa Ana, CA 25,808 17,294
Phoenix–Mesa–Scottsdale, AZ 24,180 16,203
Portland–Vancouver–Beaverton, OR–WA 24,180 16,203
San Diego–Carlsbad–San Marcos, CA 25,808 17,294
San Francisco–Oakland–Fremont, CA 27,668 18,540
Seattle–Tacoma, WA 25,110 16,826
Honolulu, HI 25,110 16,826

Note: These budgets are provided to assist financial aid officers in developing living expense budgets for their independent, off-campus students. The budgets should not be confused with the actual boarding expenses experienced by an on-campus student.

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