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Nine-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 nine-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 9-Month  BudgetLow 9-Month Budget
United States $ 17,440 $ 11,690
Boston–Cambridge–Quincy, MA–NH 18,486 12,391
New York–Northern New Jersey–Long Island, NY–NJ–PA 19,184 12,859
Philadelphia–Camden–Wilmington, PA–NJ–DE–MD 18,486 12,391
Pittsburgh, PA 17,440 11,690
North Central:
Chicago–Naperville–Joliet, IL–IN–WI 18,138 12,158
Cleveland–Elyria–Mentor, OH 17,440 11,690
Detroit–Warren–Livonia, MI 17,091 11,456
Minneapolis–St. Paul–Bloomington, MN–WI 17,789 11,924
St. Louis, MO–IL 17,440 11,690
Atlanta–Sandy Springs–Marietta, GA 17,963 12,041
Baltimore–Towson, MD 19,010 12,742
Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington, TX 17,614 11,807
Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown, TX 17,789 11,924
Miami–Ft. Lauderdale–Miami Beach, FL 18,312 12,275
Washington–Arlington–Alexandria, DC–VA–MD–WV 20,230 13,560
Anchorage, AK 19,010 12,742
Denver–Aurora, CO 17,440 11,690
Los Angeles–Long Beach–Santa Ana, CA 19,358 13,976
Phoenix–Mesa–Scottsdale, AZ 18,138 12,158
Portland–Vancouver–Beaverton, OR–WA 18,138 12,158
San Diego–Carlsbad–San Marcos, CA 19,358 12,976
San Francisco–Oakland–Fremont, CA 20,754 13,911
Seattle–Tacoma, WA 18,835 12,625
Honolulu, HI 18,835 12,625

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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