Money Matters: Finding an Affordable Academic Program
International students interested in studying in the United States are faced with a major challenge—thousands of exciting, unique universities and programs to choose from. From fashion merchandising to petroleum engineering, schools across the United States offer something for everyone.
An important point to consider is the range of costs associated with each university. Living expenses vary greatly, especially between cities and rural or suburban locations. Tuition can differ more than tenfold between community colleges and private universities. And don’t forget about accessibility. When you need to fly home, is a major international airport nearby?
Here are a few universities to consider that won’t break the bank:
University of Southern Indiana (Evansville, Indiana)
This university boasts amazing research facilities and a safe campus. International undergraduate costs are approximately $27,000/year and scholarships are available. A summer of intensive ESL costs about $6,000.
Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant, Michigan)
This major public research university is located in an area known for reasonable living expenses. While full out-of-state annual costs are estimated at $35,000/year, scholarships and graduate assistantship opportunities are widely available.
University of Nebraska – Lincoln (Lincoln, Nebraska)
This university of Nebraska-Lincoln attracts international partners from around the world and is named a “Best Value” university by The Princeton Review. A year of international undergraduate expenses totals just under $33,000.
Tulsa Community College (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
Oklahoma’s largest community college, TCC emphasizes global education and offers a wealth of academic degrees and ESL programs. Annual estimated expenses for international students come to $18,924.
University of Louisiana at Monroe (Monroe, Louisiana)
A bustling international student community, affordable cost of living, and generous financial aid are a few reasons to choose ULM.Annual costs are estimated at $32,000.
Wright State University (Fairborn, Ohio)
Located in Ohio, this university is known for safety and affordability, a top-notch intensive ESL program, and prestigious industry connections in aerospace, neuroscience, and engineering. A year here costs about $27,000.
Indiana State University (Terre Haute, Indiana)
Students at Indiana State University here often work on campus, and international students with a 3.0 GPA automatically qualify for a $5,000/year scholarship (and potentially a free laptop). Costs are estimated at $32,000/year.