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Estimated International Student Annual Expenses

Proof of Funding Requirement

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). 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.

Acceptable Documentation of Funding

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.

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 or during a visa interview.

Estimated Cost of Attendance By Degree Level: 2022-2023 Rates

Costs are subject to change.

Variable Undergraduate Graduate (MPS/MLA/MS/ PhD)
Tuition (full-time) $18,720 $24,255
Fees $2,196 $1,925
Health Insurance $2,500 $2,500
Books and Supplies $1,240 $1,240
Room $7,350 $6,680
Board (meals) $8,220 $3,500
Personal Expenses $450 $450
Transportation $800 $800
Total Estimated Expenses $41,476 $41,350

Dependent Expenses (including insurance):

  • For spouse: $11,500/year
  • For first child: $6,600/year
  • For each additional child: $6,600/year

Funding Sources and Opportunities

For information about funding opportunities, access:

  • Financial Aid & Scholarships
  • SUNY-ESF Graduate Funding Sources
  • Non-ESF Sources of Graduate Funding
  • IIE Funding US Study