Required Financial Documentation for International Students

Required Financial Documentation for International Students

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 $5,623 available for living expenses. U.S. immigration regulations require undergraduate international 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 ranges from $598 to $644.60 depending on the department to which a student is admitted. Students are responsible for checking with departments about full-time enrollment requirements and departmental tuition and fee charges which may exceed these estimates.

Printable Version: Tuition and Living Expenses for International Students 2019-2020 Academic Year

Sponsored students are charged an additional $150/quarter for the additional services sponsoring organizations require. The sponsoring organizations generally pay this fee.

Required Documentation for International Students 2019-2020 Academic Year

Description Cost Period
Tuition for 12 Credits per Term $22,212 3 quarters (9 months) at $7,404 per quarter
Fees + Health Insurance for 12 Credits per Term $4,230 3 quarters (9 months) at $1,410 per quarter 
Living Expenses $16,869 Refer to annual cost of living breakdown below.
Total Estimated Cost of 9 Months $43,311  


Health Insurance

Health insurance is required for international students in the state of Oregon. Students are required to pay $890 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.


Estimated Living Expenses

Tuition, fees and estimated living expenses increase each year. The amounts reflected below are specifically for the 2019-20 academic year. Departments may charge different levels of tuition. 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. 

For dependents add $12,204 ($1356/month) for a spouse; add $5,994 ($666/month) for each child.

Description Cost Cost/Period
Rent $6,258 $732 per month for 9 months
Food $4,518 $502 per month for 9 months
Personal $4,500 $1,500 per quarter for 3 quarters
Books $1,263 $421 per quarter for for 3 quarters
Total $16,437