Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences

Process for Cost of Living Increase and Request for Additional Funds

OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine realizes that students come to medical school from varied backgrounds, experiences and lifestyles. However, the student budget allows only for the lifestyle of a full-time medical student.

In extreme circumstances, students occasionally incur expenses during the year that may be legitimate reasons to warrant an increase in our standard budget. Students may contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships to ask about potential budget increases.

Allowable Increases

  • Licensed day care (does not include private school tuition)
  • Unreimbursed medical expenses (including prescriptions)
  • Auto repair costs other than routine maintenance
  • Travel for education-related interviews
  • Home repairs – necessities only such as plumbing, HVAC, etc.  This does not include any cosmetic repairs such as painting, remodeling, etc.
  • Other costs as determined by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships that are directly related to the student's education

Non-Allowable Increases

  • Auto purchase
  • Credit card payments or consumer debt
  • Moving expenses and rental deposits
  • Expenses incurred outside the current academic year
  • Expenses incurred by another person in the household
  • Child support or other child care expenses other than day care for attending school
  • Life insurance/disability insurance
  • Legal fees, traffic tickets, fines, etc.
  • Veterinary expenses
  • Luxury items such as cable, restaurant expenses, vacations, airline tickets for non-educational related events, lawn service, weddings, parties/celebrations, extra-curricular activities for family members

Students who wish to have additional expenses added to their budget must complete an OSU-CHS Monthly Budget Increase Worksheet and provide receipts of their additional expenses to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. Requests are not automatically approved and may be subject to committee approval.

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