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Paying for a post-secondary education is no easy task, as you may have already discovered. More than two-thirds of non-U.S. students use funds from their own personal accounts and from their families as the primary source of financing their education. Only about 20 percent of non-U.S. students receive most of their academic funding from a U.S. college or university.

The College Board regularly publishes results of surveys taken at colleges and universities around the United States. Not surprisingly, costs across U.S. campuses vary greatly. The average cost of one year's undergraduate tuition and fees (not including living expenses):

  • $2,713 at a two-year public college (offering primarily associate degrees)
  • $19,595 (out-of-state resident) at a four-year public college / university (offering bachelor and advanced degrees)
  • $27,293 at a four-year private college / university (offering bachelor and advanced degrees)

Here is a list of expenses pertinent to international students in particular:

Estimated Expenses, per Academic Year
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Low Range High Range
Application Fees, per school $ 0 $ 100
Entrance Exams, each $ 100 $ 200
Tuition and Fees $ 2,700 $ 40,000
Books and Study Materials $ 1,000 $ 2,000
Travel Costs $ 1,000 $ 2,000
Room and Board (Accommodations) $ 8,000 $ 12,000
Health Insurance $ 800 $ 1,200
Personal Expenses $ 1,500 $ 2,500
Totals $ 15,100 $ 60,000

Additional Resources

Local EducationUSA Advising Centers, funded by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is the official source on U.S. higher education. Centers may also provide current information about limited scholarship opportunities.

Funding for U.S. Study Online is an extensive database of scholarships, fellowships and grants organized and maintained by the Institute of International Education (IIE). Funding for U.S. Study includes all types of funding programs, for all levels of post-secondary study, across the full range of academic areas.


Funding your Education in the USA
from InternationalStudentLoan.com
Funding Your Education in the USA