Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine

of Case Western Reserve University

Tuition/Financial Aid > Attendance Cost

Tuition/Financial Aid

Cost of Attendance

These cost-of-attendance budgets for the 2020-2021 academic year are based in large part on data from a biannual survey of what our current medical students are actually spending for books and supplies, housing, food, personal expenses and transportation.

The costs reflect living expenses for the academic year only. Living expenses for non-school periods and for spouses and other dependents are not included because they are treated in the need-analysis formula as an allowance against income rather than a direct cost. In the case of a married student, therefore, the spouse’s living costs are not included in the budget, but the expected family contribution is reduced by the amount appropriate to maintain the spouse and home.

Some students have extenuating circumstances that may justify an individual cost-of-attendance that is higher than the standard one. This would be done primarily to validate the need for outside loan assistance. In all cases, you must provide appropriate documentation. Examples of potentially appropriate adjustments include:

  • Medical and dental care in excess of the benefits provided by the university health service
  • Compulsory repayment of principal and/or interest during medical school enrollment
  • Childcare costs for married students if the medical student’s spouse is working or in school
  • Living at greater-than-average distance from Cleveland, resulting in higher travel costs
  • Additional transportation needs to fulfill clinical rotation requirements. While Federal Student Aid Legislation does not permit the use of student aid monies (even loans) for the purchase of a car, the Financial Aid Office will make every effort to provide non-monetary help to students in need.

Other expenses may be allowed if they are necessary and related to attending medical school.