International students must prove that they have sufficient funds available to pay for their educational and personal expenses. The following is the estimated average cost for a single undergraduate student for the 2016-2017 academic year. Cost increases of five to ten percent should be expected for each subsequent academic year.
|2016-17 average costs for student|
|Full-time tuition, fees, and books and supplies* (9 months)||$27,279|
|Mandatory health insurance (12 months)||$1,998|
|Living expenses, including room and board and personal/miscellaneous expenses (transportation, clothing, entertainment, etc.) for 12 months||$14,979|
* The tuition and fee figure above includes a $862 student service fee, $510 collegiate fee (may vary based on your college), $500 international student fee, $258 international student academic services fee, and $250 in miscellaneous fees. In addition, books and supplies are averaged at $1,000. Fees and changes are subject to change without notice as necessitated by University or legislative action. Tuition for the 2016-17 academic year will be finalized in July 2016.
|Additional estimated expenses for family member(s) accompanying student to the U.S. (12 months)|
Average costs for tuition, fees, and books and supplies for summer session are $10,730. Room and board and living expenses are included in this figure.
Included in the summer session fees are a $197 student service fee, $155 collegiate fee (may vary based on your college), $70 international student fee, $125 international student academic services fee, and $28 in miscellaneous fees. In addition, books and supplies are averaged at $500.
Students who will be studying at the University on a temporary student visa are required to submit a Financial Certification Statement. Students are issued an I-20 document after they have confirmed their enrollment and demonstrated in their Financial Certification Statement that they have the funds necessary to cover their cost of attendance for the first year of study.
After students are admitted, they will be invited to submit a Financial Certification Statement and a copy of their passport. The Financial Certification Statement may be submitted online, or a paper copy of the form is available. (Residents of Manitoba, Canada should submit the online form or a Manitoba-specific paper form.) A copy of the passport can be submitted online. The University reserves the right to request a deposit in a local U.S. bank before sending an I-20 form.
The University of Minnesota offers a limited number of Global Excellence Scholarships for incoming freshmen and transfer international students studying on an F-1 visa and admitted for fall semesters. The Gold Global Excellence Scholarship awards the full difference between resident and non-resident tuition (freshmen only) and the Maroon Global Excellence Scholarship awards 50% of the difference between resident and non-resident tuition (freshmen and transfer students). For fall 2016, we estimate that the value of the awards will be $11,314 and $5,658. All admitted students are automatically reviewed for this scholarship so no separate scholarship application is required. Students are considered for these awards based on an overall assessment of the admission application. View more information on admission requirements and review.
New international freshman admitted to the University will also be considered for the Undergraduate Research Scholarship. Recipients receive $1,400 for participation in a faculty sponsored University of Minnesota research project and up to an additional $300 in support of supplies and expenses related to their research project.
Undergraduate research at the University spans all academic disciplines and interests. The Undergraduate Research Scholarship allows students to pursue special research projects outside their regular courses. Learn more about the program.
A small number of additional need-based scholarships for international students are also available through International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). View more information about the specific criteria for these scholarships, and how to submit an application.
A visa is required for international students to enter the United States. Most international students enter the U.S. on an F-1 student visa, which is a nonimmigrant visa that is granted to applicants who want to enroll full-time at a U.S. college or university.
International students are responsible for all educational and personal expenses for the duration of their F-1 status at the University of Minnesota. In order to issue an I-20, which is needed to obtain an F-1 student visa, the University of Minnesota is required by the United States government to maintain records that demonstrate that students have the funds necessary to cover their cost of attendance for the first year of study. Students demonstrate that they have sufficient funds by submitting a Financial Certification Statement. Students who anticipate not being able to meet the cost of their education and living expenses are advised to request a postponement of enrollment until they have secured adequate funding.