Tuition Fees & Study Costs in the United States
Both the tuition and living costs vary considerably between different universities/colleges, educations and cities. Tuition is usually between $5,000 and $50,000 per year. Costs for food and living are normally between $8,000 and $12,000 dollars per year. In addition to paying tuition, you need money for transportation, course literature and personal expenses.
These expenses may be daunting, but there are a number of support systems in place for students to get financial assistance. Thousands of students get funding for college in the USA through grants and loans. Loans are amounts of borrowed money that must be paid back with interest (interest rates are usually low for students). Grants are gifts of money which do not need to be paid back. However, grants often have stipulations such as maintaining a certain grade point average to keep the money.
Many students may also be eligible for scholarships, which must be earned, whether through academic merit, athletic talent, or civic performance. Be cautious of fraudulent scholarship agencies, which often charge a fee in exchange for information. There is also financial aid available for international students to study in the United States, often for education at a graduate level.
We recommend you to do a personal calculation of all the costs to make sure that you have enough in your budget before you arrive in the USA, and begin researching sources of financial aid well in advance. Some scholarships are available to international students to help them cover costs while they study abroad.
There're numerous scholarships and funding programs that covers tuition fees in the United States:
- Fulbright Foreign Student Program: enables graduate students, young professionals and artists from abroad to study and conduct research.
- Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program: provides ten months of non-degree academic study and related professional experiences.
- The Tortuga Study Abroad Scholarship: it's awarded biannually to passionate students who want to study abroad.
- Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship Program: for outstanding postgraduate students from selected developing countries who have no other means of financing their studies.
Students can also apply for scholarships and grants directly to the university of their interest in the USA. Click the button below to learn more about scholarships.
Student Accommodation in the United States
There are three accommodation options for students in the United States:
- On-campus accommodation: You live on the school’s campus in a student room or student apartment. This accommodation can be more expensive, but you get to know a lot of students very fast. On-campus accommodation can be good for your first year at the school to be a part of campus life and meet other students. Meals may also be included in your on-campus accommodation.
- Off-campus accommodation: You hire a private/shared apartment outside of campus, usually for a lower price than living on-campus. The International Office at the university can usually help you with information about private apartments and where to look for them. It can also be useful for temporary accommodation in the first few weeks upon arriving.
- Host family accommodation: This accommodation alternative is only offered by a few universities. It is more expensive compared to living off-campus, but gives you the extra support of a family and ingrains you in American culture quickly.