Estimated Annual Expenses
Office of International Education
- Acceptable Documentation of Funding
- Cost of Attendance By Degree Level
- Dependent Expenses
- Funding Sources and Opportunities
Immigration regulations require international students to prove that they have sufficient funds available to cover all expenses for the duration of their academic program including: tuition and fees; academic and living expenses, health insurance; and dependent costs (if applicable).
- Students in F-1 status or applying for F-1 status must provide official documentary evidence (e.g., assistantship/scholarship letter; personal/family bank statements; affidavit of support) that they have enough funds readily available to meet all expenses for the first year of study in order to be issued an I-20 for attendance at ESF, renew a visa, or make updates to their I-20. A potential F-1 student applying for admission to ESF must complete the “FSA-4 - Foreign Student Financial Statement Form” and submit credible documentary evidence of their funding.
- Students in J-1 status or applying for J-1 status, must prove that they have enough funds readily available to meet all expenses for the their entire program of study.
It is expected that barring unforeseen circumstances, students will have adequate funds available for each subsequent year of study from the same source or from one or more other specifically identified and reliable financial sources.
Documentation of sufficient funding may come from any combination of dependable sources, including scholarships, assistantships, fellowships, sponsoring agencies, personal funds, or funds from a student's family.
- Documentation of scholarships, assistantships, and fellowships must be in the form of an official award letter from the school or sponsoring agency.
- Documentation of personal or family funds should be on an official signed letter of support from the bank that includes the U.S. dollar amount of support and/or certified bank statements which indicate that the sponsor has sufficient funds to meet one year of a student's expenses at ESF (the bank statement does not have to show the full amount of the account). A legally binding affidavit (Form I-134), "Affidavit of Support," can be used to document support being provided by a U.S. citizen or U.S. legal permanent resident.
- Government-sponsored applicants should submit a certified copy of the award letter that includes the U.S. dollar amount of the award per year, the duration of the award, and a list of expenses covered by the award.
Proof of funding will also be verified when requesting an immigration document update (e.g., I-20 or DS-2019 extension) and may also be checked at the U.S. port of entry.
|Undergraduate||Graduate (MPS/MLA/MS/ PhD)|
|Books and Supplies||$1,200||$1,200|
|Total Estimated Expenses||$36,750||$39,475|
- For spouse: $10,500/year
- For first child: $5,250/year
- For each additional child: $5,250/year
For information about funding opportunities, access:
- Financial Aid & Scholarships
- SUNY-ESF Graduate Funding Sources
- Non-ESF Sources of Graduate Funding
- IIE Funding US Study
Be mindful of the eligibility requirements, degree-level, and whether or not international students can apply.