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that the yearly costs given below are rough estimates. Costs
such as tuition and fees will vary between different schools.
Costs such as travel and room and board will vary between
different cities in the US. Also, you should assume about a 5%
increase per year for each cost. This is due to inflation.
will be the largest component of your education
cost. It will vary widely between different schools,
so it is best for you to refer to the schools where
you are planning to apply to get a realistic amount.
As a very rough guideline, the cost for tuition can
range from $5,000 to $25,000 per year. Public
schools will typically charge lower tuition than
private schools, and community colleges usually have
the lowest tuition costs of all public schools. For
an explanation of the differences between public and
private schools, refer to Bachelor’s
is normally the second largest component of your
education cost. The cost for room and board can also
vary widely between schools, so you should check
with the schools where you are planning to apply to
get the right estimate. A rough guideline is between
$3,000 and $8,000. If you are considering living off
campus and getting your own apartment, you will also
need to calculate the cost of furnishing that
apartment, paying your monthly utilities (such as
electricity), and the cost of transportation to and
from school. The most practical and economical
choice for a fist year international student is
often to live on campus with a roommate.
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should note that residence halls will often close during
the summer. If you will not be returning to your home
country during that time, you will have to find alternate
addition to tuition, most colleges and universities will
also charge fees, such as student activity fees. These
help to support student clubs and organizations on campus.
They are usually relatively small, only a few hundred
dollars per year.
must pay for all their text books, as well as supplies
such as notebooks, paper, pens, etc. You can sometimes
lower this cost by buying used books from the school’s
bookstore. A good estimate for this cost is between $500
the cost of healthcare in the US is very high, many
schools require international students to purchase
medical insurance. It is a very good idea to buy
insurance even if your school does not require it to
protect yourself from extremely high medical bills
should you become ill or have an accident. A
comprehensive insurance policy (which covers doctor’s
visits, medication, hospitalization, and surgery) will
cost between $500 and $1,000 for one person.
should calculate how much it will cost you to travel
between your school and your home country. You will need
to determine how many times during the length of your
education you will go home and multiply that by the cost
of airplane fare between the two locations.
expenses include clothing, entertainment, and telephone
bills. This will vary depending on where you will live
and on your personal lifestyle; therefore, it is
difficult to provide an estimate.