Cost of Studying in USA

The number of international students in the US has been increasing every year as a large number of students opt the United States as the place they want to broaden their experience and continue their education adding to its popularity among international students every year despite of its huge cost.

As per HSBC’s 2016 report, The Value of Education: Foundations for the future, the US has emerged as the top choice even among parents considering university abroad for their child. But yes as the most expensive with the average annual cost of tuition fees to study in the US is estimated around $33,215.

Cost of Studying in USA

Please start planning for funds now and complete a personal estimate of all costs to ensure that you have enough money in your budget before your child comes to the United States. Also, start looking for financial help programs as soon as possible. International students can apply for scholarships to assist cover fees while studying in the United States, which is still one of the most expensive options.

Let us provide you with accurate information on all of the expenditures that you may expectESTIMATED COSTS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS, 2017-18


Liberal Arts & Sciences Business Engineering Nursing Pharmacy
Tuition  $28,052  $29,366  $29,052  $30,662  $43,148
Technology  497  664  724  497 686
Career Services  26  26  26  26  0
Additional Fees  1,195  1,195  1,195  1,195 1,195
Books  950 950  950 950  950

A $140 international student fee, a $120 international orientation fee, a $237 student health and wellness fee, a $72 student activity fee, a $123 building fee, a $77 student services fee, a $124 student union fee, a $25 arts and cultural events fee, and a $277 recreation fee are among the additional fees.

  • The cost of living is calculated over a 12-month period. 
  • International business students in their third and fourth years pay an average of $30,366.


  • Second-year engineering students pay roughly $28,700; third- and fourth-year engineering students pay $30,210 approximately

MS vs MBA fee for International Students:

The cost of an MS program is lower than that of an MBA program. Fees for MS programs can range from $7000 to over $21,000 and more, depending on whether you attend a public or private school and which program you apply to. The cost of an MBA degree is significantly higher than that of an MS program, particularly in private colleges. For state institutions, it might range from 30,000 to 60,000 dollars per year for a full program for overseas students. The cost of living varies depending on where you live and what school you attend. The majority of overseas MS students live outside with friends who share an apartment. The cost of living for a month might range from $300 to $1000 depending on how you live your life.

The cost of living for a five-month semester ranges from $1500 to $5000, depending on the city and lifestyle. You should apply to colleges in smaller towns rather than big ones if you want to save money on living expenses. In order to save money, you need also to have more roommates. However, having extra roommates has its own set of drawbacks. If you stay in a student dorm room on campus, the cost can be rather exorbitant, ranging from $700 to over $1200 depending on the school. It is your choice based on your financial circumstances.

Tuition rates and living costs vary greatly between universities/colleges, educational institutions, and localities. The cost of tuition ranges from $5,000 to $50,000 each year. Food and living expenses typically range from $8,000 to $12,000 per year. You’ll need money for personal expenses, transportation, and course materials in addition to tuition fees.

These costs may seem overwhelming, but there are a variety of resources available to help students with their finances. Thousands of students in the United States receive college funding through grants and loans. Loans are sums of money borrowed and need to be repaid with interest (interest rates are usually low for students). Grants are money gifts that do not have to be repaid. Grants, on the other hand, frequently come with conditions, such as maintaining a specific grade point average in order to keep the money.
Many students may be eligible for scholarships, which must be earned, whether via academic achievement, athletic ability, or community service.


Many UI students work on campus, and there are plenty of job opportunities for them. Students can earn around $8.20 per hour working in a laboratory or in the foodservice industry.

In general, F-1 and J-1 students are permitted to work 20 hours per week on campus during the fall and spring semesters, and 40 hours per week during school breaks when classes are not in session. To work on campus, a J-1 student must first obtain formal approval from the competent office for their J-program.


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