A typical student will spend approximately $185 a month on personal expenses which include the cost of some mode of local transportation. Non-resident students usually have increased transportation expense due to trips home during the holiday breaks. Expenses vary from one student to the next based on their particular needs and life style. Some students use bikes and public transportation to get to and from school, work, and home. Some students may be very frugal spending less than $50 per month on themselves for personal items. Other students may find it necessary to maintain their own vehicles and may have a higher standard of living. You are the best person to determine your own costs. The amount that we have allowed in the cost of attendance is a standard amount which you can allocate in the manner that best meets your needs.