Costs, Scholarships, and Visas for International Students

Estimated Cost of Attendance

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. 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.

Please reference the estimated full cost of attendance on the International Study website.

Academic scholarships

Global Excellence Scholarship

All international freshman and transfer students attending on an F1 visa who are admitted for fall admission are automatically considered for a Global Excellence Scholarship. For the 2020-2021 academic year, international freshmen can receive 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 only 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 application. Students must maintain their F-1 immigration status to remain eligible for these awards.

#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. The scholarship is open to international freshmen of all academic majors and fields of study, and it can be applied to tuition costs. For more information, visit #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship.

Undergraduate Research Scholarship

New international freshman admitted to the University also will be considered for the Undergraduate Research Scholarship. 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). Find more information about the specific scholarship criteria and how to submit an application on the ISSS website.

Financial Documentation and 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 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 I-20 from their current U.S. school to the University of Minnesota. Learn more at the ISSS Visa Status Transfer page.

Other Temporary (Non F-1) Visa Holder

Students who will attend the University of Minnesota with other temporary (non F-1) visas are NOT required to submit the Undergraduate New Student I-20 Request form. After you confirm your enrollment, in order to complete the University's International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) document check, contact the ISSS at isssnew@umn.edu, and let them know that you will be studying in other temporary visa status and need your AI Hold removed from your student account. The ISSS staff will respond with instructions.

Students with an H visa or H-4 visa who plan to graduate from a Minnesota high school should contact the University of Minnesota Resident Classification Office about their resident status. Other temporary visa holders, such as A, E, G, I, or L, may be considered for residency. For more information, please reference the Residency and Reciprocity information.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

After you are admitted and confirm your enrollment at the University of Minnesota, you will be asked to submit an Undergraduate New Student I-20 Request form to the University's International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). An I-20 is required for your F-1 visa application. After ISSS receives your I-20 Request form, ISSS will email information on how to receive your I-20 to you within two weeks.

International students studying on an F-1 visa in the U.S. do not qualify for U.S. or Minnesota state financial aid programs. The University of Minnesota does not offer a full tuition waiver or scholarship and the University assumes that international students will take full responsibility for financing their education.

Yes. F-1 students may apply for on-campus student jobs at the University of Minnesota. For more information, visit the ISSS On-Campus Employment page. NOTE: Funds earned in these positions may help you pay for a small portion of your living expenses. However, anticipated income cannot be included on your Undergraduate New Student I-20 Request form.

Your tuition payment generally will be due two to three weeks following the start of the semester. You can find a complete list of the billing and due dates for the semester on the Dates and Deadlines page. There are several ways to pay the balance due on your student account. More information on payment method options such as Flywire is available at One Stop Student Services: How to Pay.

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