Cost Of Studying In The US As An International Student
Studying in America is a dream for millions of students around the world, but before applying, it is wise to know how much it will cost to study in America without sponsorship or scholarship.
NOTE: This list is subject to change depending on the country where the applicant is coming from and their choice of school and course.
Get your international passport
It is advisable that you don’t begin your application process until you have obtained an international passport. Ensure you stick to the name on your credentials and applications for your passport so as to avoid complications. The
cost of an international passport online is between $40 and $80 depending on the country you reside in.
Pass the GRE and TOEFL exams (for graduate admissions).
If you are applying for graduate admissions, you will need to take and pass standardized exams (GRE and TOEFL) that will test your general knowledge and intellect.The GRE costs about $200-$220 and you are given an opportunity to send your scores to 4 schools (to send your scores to additional schools you will need to pay an extra $20-$30 per school).
The TOEFL costs about $220-$250 and you are given an opportunity to send your scores to 4 schools (to send your scores to additional schools you will need to pay an extra $25-$35 per school).
Get and send WES Evaluated transcript
WES ( World Education Service) helps rate your transcript so that it can be accepted by universities in America the cost of getting your transcript evaluation is about $50-$70 and the cost of sending it is $30
Pay service fee
Every international students hoping to study in the United States must pay a service fee of $350.
If an applicant is provided admission they are expected to pay tuition fees to the university before the window is closed
tuition fees varies depending on the school they are admitted to
Tuition fees in the US cost between $10,000 and $30,000 ( can be less for students on scholarship)
When you are applying to an institution, you are required to pay an application fee. This is due to your choice of university and course of study. The price may vary, but it will be around $400-$600.
You can also watch out for app waivers. They can help you cut costs.
Get your visa
If you are paid the above fees it is time for you to get your Visa (Note: Some of the receipt of your fees will be needed for the Visa Interview)
Acquiring a Visa will cost about $150-$200
Purchase your flight ticket
it is good to budget for your flight ticket.
Flight tickets varies depending on the country you are coming from and the airline you are taking it can range from as low as $300 to as high as $1500
For students who will not be staying with sponsors or in College dorms you need to keep money aside for an apartment.
Houses in the US can cost around $400-$2,000 depending on the kind of apartment you want to live in
It is considered wise to travel with an extra $2,000- $5,000 incase of emergencies and miscellaneous.