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Required Financial Documentation for International Students

In order to obtain an I-20 or DS-2019, all international applicants who plan to have F-1 or J-1 student visas are required to submit documentation of adequate financial support for at least the first year of study. Costs are outlined below. Support documentation can be in the form of bank statements. Please complete the Financial Certification & Immigration Information form to declare your finances.

Tuition, Fees and Estimated Living Expenses: International Students

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Tuition and Fees

2014-2015 Academic Year

The expenses listed below are estimated for the nine-month academic year only. Students who plan to remain in the United States during summer term should plan to have an additional $4,292 available for living expenses.

Undergraduate and Postbaccalaureate (Seeking a Second Undergraduate Degree)

United States immigration regulations require international undergraduate and postbaccalaureate students to complete a minimum of 12 credits per quarter. Many undergraduate students take more credits than are required. The cost for each additional credit is at most $531. See the Tuition & Fees page for more details about the cost of additional credits. Students are responsible to check with their departments about full time enrollment requirements and department tuition and fee charges which may exceed these estimates.

 

Tuition for 12 credits per term $19,116   3 quarters (9 months) at $6,372 per quarter
Fees + Health Insurance for 12 credits per term $ 3,351   3 quarters (9 months) at $1,117 per quarter
Living expenses $14,901   Refer to annual cost of living breakdown below
Estimated cost for nine months $37,368   Undergraduate and Postaccalaureate (seeking a   second undergraduate degree)

 

Master's and Doctoral

United States immigration regulations require international master's and doctoral students to complete a minimum of nine credits per term. Many graduate students take more than the required number of credits each quarter. The cost for each additional credit is about $577. See the Tuition & Fees page for more details about the cost of additional credits. Students are responsible to check with their departments about full time enrollment requirements and department tuition and fee charges which may exceed these estimates.

 

Tuition for 9 credits per term $15,903   3 quarters (9 months) at $5,301 per quarter
Fees + Health Insurance for 9 credits per term $ 3,351   3 quarters (9 months) at $1,017 per quarter
Living expenses $14,901   Refer to annual cost of living breakdown below
Estimated cost for nine months $34,155   Master's and Doctoral

Health insurance is $694/quarter. Students are required to pay for health insurance in Fall, Winter and Spring when registered for 1 or more credits. While continuing students don’t pay in summer, health insurance is valid in summer quarter. Student whose first term of enrollment is summer must pay for health insurance in summer. Some students may be eligible to waive health insurance charges. Please see the OIA website.

Estimated Living Expenses

2014-2015 Academic Year

 

TYPE OF EXPENSECALCULATIONTOTAL
Rent $650 per month for 9 months $5,850
Food $400 per month for 9 months $3,600
Personal $1,142 per month for 9 months $3,426
Books $675 per quarter for 3 quarters $2,025
Total estimated living expenses* for 9 months $14,901

* Add $907 per month for a spouse; add $562 per month for each child.

 

Tuition, fees and estimated living expenses increase each year. The amounts reflected above are specifically for the 2014-15 academic year. Departments may charge different levels of tuition. Please check with your department before you arrive to be sure you are aware of what your actual expenses may be. While immigration regulations ask you to have the above amount available for each year of study at Portland State, your actual expenses may be more than our estimates depending on what you study and the number of credits in which you enroll. You may review the Tuition & Fees page for more information.