Costs, Scholarships, and Visas for International Students

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 2018-2019 academic year. Tuition and fees are subject to change and actual expenses will vary for individual students. The University of Minnesota is not responsible for any difference between these estimated costs and your actual costs. Cost increases should be expected for each subsequent academic year.

Estimated Cost of Attendance for International Undergraduate Students

2018-19 average costs for student
Full-time tuition and fees (9 months) $28,910
Mandatory health insurance (12 months) $2,206
Living expenses, including room and board, books and supplies*, and personal/miscellaneous expenses (transportation, clothing, entertainment, etc.) for 12 months $17,305
Total $48,421

* The tuition and fee figure above includes a $346 international student fee, $526 international student academic services fee, $30 International Student Aid fee, and $1,772 student services fee, collegiate fee and miscellaneous fees. In addition, books and supplies are averaged at $1,050. Tuition and fees are subject to change and actual expenses will vary for individual students. The University of Minnesota is not responsible for any difference between these estimated costs and your actual costs. Cost increases should be expected for each subsequent academic year. Tuition and fees are 2017 actual costs plus 5%. Tuition and fees for the 2018-19 academic year will be finalized in July 2018

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 (2018)

Average costs for tuition, fees, and books and supplies for summer session are $12,108. Room and board and living expenses are already accounted for in the academic year living expenses.

Included in the summer session fees are a $70 international student fee, $125 international student academic services fee, $8 International Student Aid fee, and$372 student service fees, collegiate fee, and 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 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.

Academic scholarships

All international freshmen and transfer students on F1 visas who complete their applications for admission by the deadlines are automatically considered for a Global Excellence Scholarship. For the 2018-19 academic year, the freshmen scholarships are $10,000, $5,000 or $2,500 per year for up to four years. Transfer students may receive $5,000 or $2,500 per year for up to three years when entering the University in the Fall semester. Transfer students entering in Spring semester will be considered for scholarship on a funds-available basis. Awards are competitive and based on academic merit. Students selected for awards are among the best in their class and show a record of very strong academic preparation. There is no separate scholarship application required; students are considered based on an overall assessment of their on-time 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.

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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