The Costs of Being an International Student

Financial Considerations

International students are responsible for securing their own funding.  In order to obtain an I-20 students must show a year's worth of funding (2 semesters) to cover tuition, books, fees, lodging, meals, day-today-expenses and health insurance.  Need based financial aid is not available for international students.  We recommend you research scholarship opportunities that may be available in your home country to study in the US.

Please refer to the proper table below to see an estimate of what it will cost to attend UAA for 1 year (US dollars).

Financial Requirements

Estimated Expenses Undergraduate Graduate
Tuition & Fees $22,860 $18.286
Housing & Meals $12,000 $12,000
Books $ 1,608 $     990
Day-to-Day Expenses $2,500 $ 2,500
Health Insurance $ 1,428 $ 1,428
Funding to Show $40,396 $35,204

 

 *Sister City Financial Requirement

Estimated Expenses Undergraduate Graduate
Tuition & Fees $  7,098 $  9,584
Housing & Meals $12,000 $12,000
Books $  1,608 $     990
Day-to-Day Expenses $  2,500 $  2,500
Health Insurance $  1,428 $  1,428
Funding to Show $24,634 $25,502

 

Special Program Total Estimated Expenses

Some programs charge a surcharge for their courses in addition to regular tuition. Students in these majors should be prepared to show additional funding, and pay a higher amount per major course.

College of Business $41,866 $36,878
College of Engineering $41,866 $36,878
Project Management N/A $43,592
College of Business $25,810 $28,176
College of Engineering $25,810 $28,176
Project Management N/A $34,890


 *Sister  city rates apply only to students who are residents of the following cities.  They must fill out a residency form and provide an official document from their government proving their residency in the city in order to be considered for eligibility.

Australia Darwin
Canada Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Whitehorse, Yukon Territory
China Harbin
England Whitby
India Pune
Japan Chitose, Hokkaido Prefecture, Nemuro, Noshiro, Obihiro,Saroma, Teshio
Korea Incheon
Mongolia Erdenet City
Norway Hammerfest, Mo, Tromso
Philippines Camiling
Taiwan Chiayi Township
Russia Khabarovsk, Magadan, Mirnyy, Noglicki, Okha, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski, Providenya, Yakutsk, Vladivostok, Yelisovo, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

 

Required Financial Documentation

In order to receive an I-20 document for international admission to UAA, U.S. federal immigration regulations require that international applicants provide proof of adequate financial resources to live and study in the U.S. for at least one full academic year.

The Affidavit of Financial Support is a statement from the student and/or his or her sponsor(s) stating that they will be responsible for the financial well-being of the student while attending UAA.

In addition to the Affidavit of Financial Support, financial proof, such as a bank statement or sponsorship letter from a government or agency must be provided to UAA.

Acceptable Forms of Documentation

The following may be used as documentation of funds:

  • An official dated bank statement that includes the name of the financial institution, the account holder’s name, and clearly indicates the currency and the account balance.
  • Letters of sponsorship must be on official letterhead, include exact dollar amount of support (in U.S. dollars) and dates of sponsorship. 
  • Letter of Sponsorship for Room and Board
    • Persons who own their own residence in Anchorage who anticipate hosting the student for the duration of his or her stay may complete the letter of sponsorship for room and board and may deduct this amount from what is required to be shown.

Each individual contributing financially to your education must complete the Affidavit of Financial Support for International Students, or Letter of Sponsorship.

Unacceptable Documentation of Funds

The following may not be used as documentation of funds:

  • Statements verifying employment and salary
  • Insurance premiums and policies
  • Property or personal assets (automobiles, land, buildings, jewelry, etc.)
  • Income tax returns

All documents (acceptable or unacceptable) submitted for issuing the immigration document become the property of the University of Alaska  and will not be returned to the student.

 

 

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