Student Expense Budgets

​​The Student Expense Budget is determined by the Financial Aid Office and is based on the estimated costs a student will incur during the academic year.

Included in the budget are

  • tuition,
  • books and supplies,
  • room and board,
  • transportation, and
  • personal/miscellaneous expenses.

The budget the student will be placed in will vary depending on whether a student chooses to live at home with their parents or independently.

The estimated costs reflect typical expense patterns for DMACC students. While actual expenses will depend on your lifestyle and level of enrollment, the estimated costs listed on this page should assist you in planning your own personal student budget.


​(Independent or Dependent)


​(Independent or Dependent)


​(Independent or Dependent)

The Net Price Calculator can also be used in planning a budget while attending school.

  • Tuition is based on 15 credits per semester (fall & spring) and 10 credits for summer semester. Full-time enrollment for fall and spring semester is 12-18 credits (8+ credits for summer). Actual tuition expenses will increase or decrease based on enrollment.
  • Room and Board amount is based on a Cost of Living Survey. This amount is based on the average cost of rental cost in the local area or the estimated cost of living with parents. Actual costs may vary by individual choices related to location and circumstances.
  • Books and Supplies is the average cost of books and supplies for a typical student enrolled in for Fall/Spring (15 credits each semester) or Summer semester (10 credits).
  • Transportation expenses are based on a Cost of Living/Consumer Expenditure survey.
  • Personal and Miscellaneous expenses are based on a Cost of Living/Consumer Expenditure survey.