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Cost of Attendance for 2023-2024

Your RUSH experience will give you access to caring, experienced instructors and top-of-the-line facilities. To ensure the quality of your education, the costs to attend Rush include the following items and assistance:

  • Tuition and fees are published annually by the Student Business Office. Your tuition will include a budgeted amount that should cover the hours you plan to take in the academic year. This is based on the published plan of study or the projected enrollment form (as applicable). If changes to your enrollment occur, this may result in a required aid adjustment.
  • A living allowance, which a student may receive based on the following:
    • Living at home with parents
    • Living in an off-campus home or apartment 


Living Allowance

Living situation Monthly living allowance
Home or apartment $2,821
At home with relatives $1,151

*incorporated 8.7% cost of living adjustment for the 2023 year based on the social security administration notice.*

The calculated monthly living allowances are based on survey data from RUSH University students as well as metropolitan-area data regarding average cost of living expenses. Living allowances are provided for the student only. Student loans are not meant to cover living expenses for other family members or dependents of the student. Please be aware that the living allowance is meant to cover not only rent, but also utilities, groceries, transportation and personal items.

The monthly living allowance for a student living off campus breaks down to an estimated amount for the following categories. These items listed under each category is by no means an exhaustive list as each student’s financial responsibilities may be different. 

Rent, utilities, etc. = $2,017
Transportation (normal maintenance, insurance, gas, etc) = $528 per month
Miscellaneous (food, entertainment etc.) = $276 per month

  • Health insurance allowance: The allowance for all students is based on the currently published rate for the academic year. Additional information about the student health insurance can be found online.
  • books and supplies allowance is included as part of the student financial aid package. The amount included is listed below for the current academic year

Listed below are the per-student, monthly living allowances and annual book and supply allowances for the academic year.


Book and supply allowance

Graduate and professional programs

Program First year Second year Third year Fourth year
Audiology $1,185 $1,167 $328 -
Speech-language pathology $1,935 $286 - -
Medical laboratory science $1,425 $404 - -
Clinical laboratory management $1,680 $564 - -
Clinical nutrition $549 $226 - -
Graduate college $240 $240 $240 $240
Graduate nursing (excluding generalist entry master’s) $1,056 $1,056 - -
Generalist entry master’s (Fall Term Starts) - See details below** (licensure exams) $2,013 $2,013 - -
GEM NCLEX Exams - $1,578 - -
Health systems management $1,870 $938 - -
Occupational therapy (OTD) $3,003 $768 - -
Perfusion technology $1,635 - - -
Respiratory care $1,335 - - -
Physician assistant $1,560 $1,446 - -
Specialist in Blood Bank Technology (Cert) $1,545 - - -


Professional Program

Doctor of Medicine M1 M2 M3 M4
RUSH Medical College books & supplies $1,204 $1,086 $1,589 $530
UUSMLE Step Exams (1, 2CK, 2CS) N/A $660 $1,320 N/A
Residency Interview Expenses (M4’s Only) N/A N/A N/A $6,604
Core Clerkship/Away Rotation Related Travel Expenses N/A N/A $978 $978

 *books and supplies are allocated per cohort and distributed equally between each payment period in the cohort.*


Undergraduate programs

Program First year Second year Third year Fourth year
Health sciences $576 $384 - -
Imaging sciences $1,167 $1,016 - -
Vascular ultrasound and technology $1,590 $236 - -

*the book and supply allowance is allocated based on individual student program of study and full-time year round enrollment*


Other expenses that may be considered

Certain expenses, while not included in the standard cost of attendance, may be considered for increasing the cost of attendance based on a student appeal. These expenses must be incurred within the academic year that the student is requesting the increase. Students wishing to have these expenses considered as part of their cost of attendance should submit an appeal request via email or in writing to the Office of Student Financial Aid. Documentation should be provided (if applicable). 

Such expenses incurred within the academic year may include the following:

Revision 10/05/2023