For fall 2014 semester, international student tuition is $321 per credit hour, plus $2 college activities fee, $7 technology fee, and $8 construction/infrastructure fee for a total of $338 for each credit hour of enrollment. Special fees are required for some courses. To calculate the cost of tuition, multiply $338 by the number of credit hours for each class. Students must register for at least 12 credits per semester according to F-1 student visa regulations. Because students may want to take more than 12 credits per semester, they must calculate their costs accordingly. A two-year degree in the U.S., not including Intensive English courses (which may be required), usually requires a total of 62 credit hours.
Tuition may be paid in cash, credit card, traveler’s checks, or certified international bank checks drawn on a U.S. bank, U.S. bank personal checks, or wire transfers. For new students, tuition is paid the week at the time of orientation and registration. Students must have full access to their financial accounts and have money available upon arrival in the U.S. To make a pre-payment of estimated tuition and fees before arrival, please see the Wire Transfer Form on our webpage. The actual cost of tuition and fees is not determined until student registers for classes. Tuition, fees, book and supplies expenses are due one semester at a time. Living expenses are not paid to the college.
Credit Hours and Course Registration
International students are required to enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester to maintain legal fulltime status according to U.S. government regulations. The exact schedule of classes and costs are determined after arrival in the U.S., after students are tested in English, and select classes based on the placement test results and area of academic interest. Students register during the required International Student Orientation Week. Because Intensive English level 1 requires 13 credit hours of enrollment, our tuition estimate is calculated at 25 credit hours minimum for an academic year.
Estimate of Expenses
Students should review their costs carefully and be able to fully pay for the expense of living and studying in the U.S. The following is the minimum estimate of costs for an academic year of August through May only. This estimate does not include the summer semester or other expenses such as additional coursework, entertainment, travel, clothing, medicine, automobiles, special recreation and activities, etc. Actual tuition and other expenses could be higher and are subject to change.
*Tuition will be $321 per credit hour effective fall 2014 semester.
Summer semester is optional and is not required by the rules of the student visa. Students who wish to continue coursework during the summer semester will need to plan for additional expense of approximately $2000 in tuition and an additional $1400 in living expenses. Actual costs will be higher depending on individual needs. For more information, contact the Office of International Student Affairs at (708) 974-5443 or firstname.lastname@example.org.