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Costs, Scholarships, and Visas for International Students

Student Visas

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 2014-2015 academic year. Cost increases of five to ten percent should be expected for each subsequent academic year.

Estimated Cost of Attendance for International Undergraduate Students

2014-15 average costs for student
Full-time tuition, fees, and books and supplies* (9 months) $22,445
Mandatory health insurance (12 months) $2,098
Living expenses, including room and board and personal/miscellaneous expenses (transportation, clothing, entertainment, etc.) for 12 months $14,627
Total $39,170

* The tuition and fee figure above includes a $836 student service fee, $510 collegiate fee (may vary based on your college), $290 international student fee, $250 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 2015-16 academic year will be finalized in July, 2015.

Additional estimated expenses for family member(s) accompanying student to the U.S. (12 months)
One dependent $8,292
Two dependents $11,652
Three dependents $14,352
Four dependents $17,100
Five dependents $19,764

Summer Session Costs (2014)

Average costs for tuition, fees, and books and supplies for summer session are $10,200. Room and board and living expenses are included in this figure.

Included in the summer session fees are a $167 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.

Financial support and documentation

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. The Financial Certification Statement may be submitted online at http://admissions.tc.umn.edu/forms/fincert.html or a paper copy of the form is available at http://admissions.tc.umn.edu/PDFs/FinCert.pdf. (Residents of Manitoba, Canada should submit the online form.) The University reserves the right to request a deposit in a local U.S. bank before sending an I-20 form.

Academic scholarships

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 2014, the values of the awards are $3,625 or $7,250. 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.

Beginning fall 2015, new international freshman admitted to the University will 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). For more information on the specific criteria and to submit an application for these scholarships, please visit http://passport.umn.edu/undergrad/costs.

Student Visas

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.

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Office of Admissions, a Division of the Office of Undergraduate Education • 240 Williamson Hall • 231 Pillsbury Drive S.E. • Minneapolis, MN 55455-0213 • P: 1-800-752-1000 • F: 612-626-1693