Budgets & Cost of Attendance
Cost of Attendance
Federal financial aid policies limit the amount students can borrow through educational loans to the Total Cost of Attendance (TCA). The TCA is the total cost for a student to attend school for one year. This amount includes tuition, fees, books, instrument costs, and living expenses like housing, food, transportation, etc. The TCA is set by UF’s Student Financial Affairs Office (not the student). Students cannot borrow more than the TCA through federal educational loans, even if a student’s personal costs are greater than the University of Florida’s TCA.
Students who are married and/or have children must understand that federal financial aid is designed to help pay for the costs for one student to attend school, not to support other family members. The sole exception to this that, under some circumstances, families with children may receive additional financial aid for daycare costs. For questions regarding these federal policies or other financial aid issues, send an email to FinancialAid@dental.ufl.edu.
Please visit the Student Financial Affairs Office website for more information about how these budgets are derived.
Tuition & Fees
2013 Tuition: D.M.D. Program
- Florida residents: $41,560
- Non-residents: $68,042
D.M.D. Program Costs
Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice. This amount is payable in two equal installments in August and January of each academic year. Dental students do not pay tuition in the summer semester.
Tuition costs at the University of Florida College of Dentistry are comparatively modest for Florida resident DMD students. The chart above compares UF dental school tuition by year of dental school with the average tuition for state residents and non-residents enrolled at all US dental schools. UF offers an outstanding value to its DMD students by providing a high quality educational experience at a very reasonable cost.
UF College of Dentistry Tuition and Average National Dental School Tuition, 2004–2005
American Dental Association, Surveys of Dental Education
Health Insurance: All students in the DMD program are required to be covered under a comprehensive health insurance policy either through their parents’ insurance or their own policy. A group health policy is available to UF students through the University of Florida Student Government.
Computer Policy: All UF students are required to have access to a computer and the Internet. The College of Dentistry further requires incoming students to have access to and on-going use of a laptop computer in order to be able to function in the current learning environment.
Instrument Leasing: Dental students lease instruments from the college for their use in the instructional program. Leased instruments are sterilized, maintained, repaired and replaced under reasonable use as part of the leasing program. Students pay an instrument lease fee each semester which is included in financial aid calculations.
Cost of living: Fortunately, the cost of living, including housing, food and transportation cost in Gainesville, Florida is comparatively low. This reduces the total costs of education to Florida dental students when compared with other metropolitan areas.
Bottom Line: For 2013-2014, the total cost of attendance (rent, meals, clothing, transportation, tuition, textbooks, instruments, computer, etc.) for the University of Florida College of Dentistry DMD program is just under $74,000/year for residents of the state of Florida.
Fees for Advanced & Graduate Programs
In addition to tuition, some programs are required to purchase instruments. In 2010-2011, students were budgeted the following amounts for purchasing instruments:
- Endodontics: $36,836
- Orthodontics – $1,870
- Periodontics – $10,985
- Prosthodontics – $3,850