Cost of Attendance

If we assume tuition rates stay the same, your tuition and stipend would look like the below base case. In your second year, all Design Impact students have the opportunity to do a Course Assistantship (termed CA) in an undergraduate design class for all three quarters. This is a wonderful opportunity to cement your skills (learn by teaching) and also receive a reduction in tuition and a stipend. Please see the Assistantships page for details.

Funding Base Case1st Year2nd Year
AutumnWinterSpringAutumnWinterSpring
Tuition$10,930$10,930$10,930$10,930$10,930$10,930
Tuition Allowance000($5,465)($5,465)($5,465)
Stipend($4,644)($4,644)($4,644)
Total Cost$10,930$10,930$10,930~$1,500*~$1,500*~$1,500*

* Taxable amount of stipend will vary by student, run your own calculations.

Some students may receive a CA in their first and second years, in which case their tuition and stipend would look like this:

Funding Possible Case1st Year (25% CA)2nd Year (25% CA)
AutumnWinterSpringAutumnWinterSpring
Tuition$10,930$10,930$10,930$10,930$10,930$10,930
Tuition Allowance($5,465)($5,465)($5,465)($5,465)($5,465)($5,465)
Stipend($4,644)($4,644)($4,644)($4,644)($4,644)($4,644)
Total Cost~$1,500*~$1,500*~$1,500*~$1,500*~$1,500*~$1,500*

* Taxable amount of stipend will vary by student, run your own calculations.

The Registrar has the current Tuition Schedule and historically, tuition is increased slightly year-to-year.  Our estimates are not binding on the University – they are just estimates to help you with your financial planning while at Stanford.

The Design Impact Program falls under the tuition category of “Graduate Engineering, 8, 9, 10 unit rate” per quarter. The program will span six quarters total, organized over two years of Autumn, Winter, and Spring Quarter enrollment.

Keep in mind, tuition is not the only cost you will incur while at Stanford. There is very little on-campus housing, and rent can be high. You should expect to live off-campus.

We recommend this page for a good perspective: Estimated Cost of Living in the Bay Area

While it was written for Postdoctoral Researchers, much of the information applies, especially the financial cost-of-living calculators.