Allowable Budget Adjustments

Federal Regulations specify the components of your cost of attendance and we use a standard budget to determine your financial aid eligibility. However, if you have special circumstances we may be able to add additional items to your cost of attendance. While budget adjustments can increase your loan eligibility, they do not typically increase your fellowship award.

Medical Expenses or Childcare Costs

If you can submit documentation of required medical expenses not covered by insurance and/or childcare costs, we may be able to adjust your budget. The most common budget allowances are for unusual medical expenses and childcare costs, when both the student and spouse are working or attending school full-time.

Global Experience Requirement Expenses

Stanford MBA students complete their Global Experience Requirement prior to winter quarter of their second academic year. Global Study Trips and the Stanford Tsinghua Exchange Program can be allowable budget adjustments. We add the required costs for these programs to your budget so you can receive fellowships (if eligible) and loans to help cover these expenses. Other programs that satisfy the GER requirements, such as the Global Management Immersion Experience (GMIX) and self-directed global experiences, cannot be added to your budget.


We assume that most students already have laptops and will not need to purchase a new one. However, if you do need to purchase a laptop, we will consider a reasonable purchase price for financial aid purposes. Once you have been admitted, you will be provided with more detailed information on how this expense can be incorporated into your cost of attendance.

Travel to and from Home

Your flight costs to and from home can be considered as part of your cost of attendance. Stanford GSB allows two round-trip tickets to be added to the cost of attendance each academic year.

Last Updated 12 Jun 2019