The master list of costs incurred

Unlike the post The costs of applying to PhD programs, where I make an estimate of projected and actual expenditures already made, here I will only list the actual expenditures I made in chronological order. If no country-specific currency code is mentioned, $CAN are assumed.

  • Subject GRE: $159 ($US150) for the April 5 sitting (had to book my spot months in advance, September to be exact, as I was a little past the October sitting deadline)
  • General GRE: $207 ($US185) for the Jan. 18 sitting
  • TOEFL: $276 ($US240) for the Feb. 22 sitting
  • Transcript translations: $200 (incurred on July 9)
  • Hardcopy transcripts: $44 (incurred on October 14)
  • GRE score reports: $374 (12 @ $US27 apiece, 11 purchased on October 14, and 1 on December 12)
  • TOEFL score reports: $264 (12 @ $US19 apiece, 11 purchased on October 14, and 1 on December 12)

Total expenditures prior to application submission: $1,524

  • Washington University in St. Louis: $US45
  • Notre Dame: $US75
  • Dartmouth: $US50
  • Minnesota: $US95
  • Michigan: $US90
  • Princeton: $US90
  • UPenn: $US80
  • Tufts: $US75
  • UChicago: $US55
  • Columbia: $US105

Carnegie Mellon (and Vanderbilt) are free applications so they don’t make it on the list. However, the total cost of the apps themselves is $US760 ($CAN888).

SEVIS fee: $US200 (incurred on April 16, 2015)

Total expenditures to date: $2,412+$US200

Now everyone will know about the costs of actually applying to PhD programs from a student’s standpoint…

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