When you live on campus, your financial aid is determined from a cost of attendance that includes the exact cost of your room and the 16-meal plan. The Office of Student Accounts bills you for your room and meal plan when you live on campus. For off-campus housing, however, the cost of room and board will vary from student to student. To distribute Harvey Mudd College’s limited funds in the most equitable manner, we use a standard off-campus room and board budget for students living off campus. Since off-campus room and board costs depend on your specific lifestyle and situation, we do not adjust room and board budgets for actual expenses.
For the 2015-2016 academic year, the off-campus room allowance is $7,546 and the off-campus board allowance is $3,636 per year. If you are living with parents or relatives off-campus, the “at-home” room and board budget is $4,063.
Generally, the off-campus allowance is less than the cost of on-campus room and board. Therefore, if your contribution remains the same, moving off campus will decrease the amount of your need-based Harvey Mudd College Scholarship or other forms of aid you are eligible for.