A US education is very expensive. Tuition, room and board at an undergraduate institution will cost from $15,000 to $40,000 a year, depending on the school. A graduate education can be even more expensive. As a result, international students will find very little information about financial aid for international students. This site presents more information about financial aid for international students than any other publication. You will find a description of how to access what aid is available, and a discussion of some of the problems you may encounter as you pay for a US education.

Calculating College Costs

When calculating the annual cost of a US education at a particular college or university, add at least $6,000 to the published cost of tuition, fees, and room and board.

Income Taxes

Many universities take an extremely conservative approach to the taxability of scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships for international students, withholding as much as 30% of the award for tax purposes.


This section lists a few organizations that may be able to provide some information about financial aid for international students.

Financial Planning Worksheet

A simple planning worksheet for you to use to estimate your college costs.

Useful Publications

You may find some of the following publications helpful. Additional references can be found in the bibliography.