Costs, Scholarships, and Visas for International Students

International students must prove they have sufficient funds available to pay for their educational and personal expenses. In response to the circumstances of COVID-19 and to provide financial relief to our students, the University of Minnesota will implement a tuition freeze for the 2020-2021 academic year. Undergraduate students, both current and incoming, will not see an increase in U of M tuition this coming academic year. For international students, this means tuition will remain at $31,616. Housing costs, meal plan and fees will be finalized in July.

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.

The following is the estimated average cost for a single undergraduate student for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Estimated Cost of Attendance for International Undergraduate Students

2020-21 estimated costs for international students
Full-time tuition (9 months) $31,616
Fees (9 months) $2,718
Mandatory health insurance (12 months) $2,458
Living expenses, including room and board, books and supplies*, and personal/miscellaneous expenses (transportation, clothing, entertainment, etc.) for 12 months $18,795
Total $55,587

* 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, except for tuition, 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)
One dependent $8,292
Two dependents $11,652
Three dependents $14,352
Four dependents $17,100
Five dependents $19,764

Summer Session Costs (2019)

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.

Academic scholarships

Global Excellence Scholarship

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 freshmen 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.

#YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship

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 $16,000 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. For deadline information, visit #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship.

Undergraduate Research 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.

ISSS Need-Based Scholarships

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.

Financial Documentation and Student Visa

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 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.

All students who will be studying at the University on an F-1 visa are required to submit an Undergraduate New Student I-20 Request form in order to demonstrate that they have the funds necessary to cover their cost of attendance for the first year of study. After students are admitted and confirm their enrollment, they will be invited to submit an Undergraduate New Student I-20 Request form. Students will receive an email from International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) with information on how to receive an I-20.

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.

Current F-1 Visa Holder

Students who already have an F-1 visa are also required to submit an Undergraduate New Student I-20 Request form in order to transfer their visa status from their current U.S. school to the University of Minnesota. Learn more at the ISSS Visa Status Transfer page.

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