International students must prove 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 2020-2021 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.
|2020-21 estimated costs for international students|
|Full-time tuition and fees (9 months)||$35,913|
|Mandatory health insurance (12 months)||$2,457|
|Living expenses, including room and board, books and supplies*, and personal/miscellaneous expenses (transportation, clothing, entertainment, etc.) for 12 months||$18,795|
* The tuition and fee figure above includes $922 international student fees and $1,794 student services fees. 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 costs are 2019 actual costs plus a 5% increase. Tuition and fees for the 2020-2021 academic year will be finalized in July 2020. Students enrolled in the Carlson School of Management (CSOM) and College of Science and Engineering (CSE) students will be charged an additional $1,000 per semester tuition surcharge to maintain innovative classrooms and laboratories.
|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 $16,883. Room and board and living expenses already are accounted for in the academic year living expenses.
Included in the summer session fees are $372 in student services fees and $203 in international student 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.
All international freshman and transfer students who complete their applications for fall admission by the deadlines are automatically considered for a Global Excellence Scholarship. For the 2020-2021 academic year, international freshman can receive freshman scholarships of $25,000, $15,000 or $10,000 per year for up to four years. Transfer students may receive $10,000 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 scholarships 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. Students must maintain their F-1 immigration status to remain eligible for these conditions.
The #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarship recognizes international students who have a vision for enhancing intercultural understanding. The University of Minnesota Twin Cities will award two annual, renewable scholarships covering $15,000 per year. The scholarship is open to international freshmen of all academic majors and fields of study, and it can be applied to tuition costs. Apply by December 15, 2019. For more information, visit #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship.
New international freshman admitted to the University also 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 also are 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 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 demonstrating that students have the funds necessary to cover their cost of attendance for the first year of study. Students demonstrate 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.