International Students' Cost to Attend

icon of dollar sign over green circleTo obtain an F-1 student visa, international students must provide proof that they have adequate funding for their time of study in the U.S.


Proof of Adequate Funding Documentation

In order to obtain an I-20, students must show a year's worth of funding (two semesters) to cover tuition, books, fees, lodging, meals, day-to-day expenses, and required health insurance.

The documentation that must be submitted includes a bank statement or bank letter along with a copy of the Affidavit of Financial Support, found on the Forms Page, signed by the owner of the bank statement.

Some programs charge a surcharge for their courses in addition to regular tuition. Students in these majors are required to show additional funding, and pay a higher amount for the programs' courses.

Basic Financial Requirements

Estimated Expenses Undergraduate Graduate
Tuition & Fees $26,970 $20,961
Food & Housing $13,150 $13,150
Books $720 $560
Day-to-Day Expenses $3,000 $ 3,000
Health Insurance $2,000 $2,000
Total $45,840 $39,671

Please see the requirements that must be met in order to qualify for sister city status if you are an established resident of a sister city and will be arriving directly from the sister city to UAA.

Insufficient Funding Sources

UAA Scholarships

International students are responsible for securing their own funding. International students can apply for UAA scholarships, however, UAA does not offer substantial scholarship opportunities that would cover the majority of funding for a year.

U.S. Federal Financial Aid

International Students are not eligible to apply for US Federal Financial Aid and should not complete a FASFA unless they are an eligible noncitizen.

Resident Tuition

Similarly, unless they are an eligible noncitizen, international students are not eligible to apply for residency/resident tuition based on physical presence. 

Working on Campus

International students may work on-campus; however, this funding will not be substantial enough to fully support one’s tuition, fees and living expenses during the school year. International students are not eligible to work off-campus without explicit authorization.