Paying for School

As an International Undergraduate Student

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This page shares information on costs and aid for international undergraduate students only
Graduate student information can be found on the School of Graduate Studies website.

Your Money's Worth

At USU, you'll earn a top-tier education at one of the most affordable universities in the USA for international students. Plus, USU grads have a high job placement rate. It's a low-risk, high-reward investment you will value the rest of your life.

Funding Requirements

International students are required to show adequate funding available for their USU study before they can apply for a student visa. Immigration laws require international students who wish to study in the U.S. on a F-1 visa to show proof of finances for one year.

Admitted students must provide an official bank statement their sponsor (for example, a family member) or, if sponsored by a government agency, a letter of support on agency letterhead.

The bank statement or letter must:

  • be prepared on bank letterhead
  • be in English
  • be liquid assets (such as checking or savings)
  • include the date the letter or statement was prepared
  • include the full name of the account holder
  • give the type of currency used to report balances
  • give a current account balance

International students are required to have their sponsor complete an Affidavit of Financial Support Form.

Estimated Costs for Fall 2023 & Spring 2024

Costs are for 9 months, Fall and Spring at 12-18 credits per semester.

Expense Academic or IELI Fall Spring
Tuition & Fees** $27,606 $13,803 $13,803
International Student Fee $250 $125 $125
Living Expenses $6,654 $3,327 $3,327
Personal Expenses $8,452
$4,226 $4,226
Total $42,962 $21,481 $21,481

*Dependent Costs: spouse $6,710 per academic year, each child $4,558 per academic year. These estimated costs are updated annually and may change without prior notice.

**The estimated costs are based on the regular tuition and student fees. Based on your program, there may be additional differential tuition or program fees. These costs may change without prior notice. Students must bring or have access to sufficient funds to pay their expenses for at least the first semester. After arrival, a checking account can be opened so various expenses can be paid conveniently and safely.

Estimated Costs for Dependents

Expense Spring & Fall Fall Spring
Spouse* $6,710 $3,355 $3,355
Child** $4,558 $2,279 $2,279
Total $11,268 $5,634 $5,634

*Spouse calculated using the difference between shared and married housing, additional insurance, and $150 additional a month for food and incidentals.

**Child is calculated using the difference between married housing and 2-bedroom housing, additional insurance, and $100 additional a month for food and incidentals. For estimated costs regarding additional children, contact

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Enrollment Deposit

Pay your enrollment deposit (opens in October 2022) to complete the next steps to attend USU. Paying the enrollment deposit is required before beginning the I-20 process.

International Orientation Fee

All international students (undergraduate and graduate) are charged a one-time orientation fee of $100. This fee will appear on your student account with your tuition and fees once you have registered for classes and covers the materials provided at international orientation (two books, ID card, bag, multiple meals, access to orientation leaders, etc.) Regardless if the student attends the mandatory orientation or not, the fee will be charged and the materials will be provided to the student. There is not a way to opt out of this one-time fee. 

International Student



Afton Tew Scholarship

New freshmen and transfer applicants with an evaluated minimum GPA of 3.90 are automatically considered for the Afton B. Tew International Student Scholarship.  This scholarship will provide $1,000 of non-resident international tuition per year.  All admission application materials must be submitted to USU by the advertised semester deadline. All international applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission. This scholarship is applicable to eligible international undergraduate applicants admitted, physically present, and studying on the USU campus.

Learn more about the Afton Tew Scholarship

Departmental Scholarships

Several departmental scholarships are available for international students. The dates to apply and scholarship amounts differ with each department. Generally, you can apply for departmental scholarships when you have been accepted into your program, which is usually in your third year of study.

Research Departmental Scholarships

International Nonresident Tuition Waiver (HB118)

This waiver removes the non-resident portion of tuition allowing you to pay only in state tuition and fees. To qualify for this waiver you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be lawfully admitted to the United States
  • Attend a Utah high school for at least 3 years
  • Graduate from a Utah high school

If you have already graduated from high school, you must submit a final high school transcript with your graduation date posted along with your application. If you have not yet graduated, you must submit your current Utah high school transcript and a letter from a school administrator (see application) stating that you are on track to meet graduation requirements.

This is only a summary of the application. See full terms and conditions for HB118 Waiver. Please direct any questions to the Office of Global Engagement at

Apply for HB118 Waiver

International Student Alumni Legacy Nonresident Waiver

The International Student Alumni Legacy Non-Resident Waiver was created to help children and grandchildren of USU alumni follow in their family's footsteps and become Aggies! If you have a parent or grandparent who graduated from Utah State University you can apply to have the non-resident portion of your tuition waived.

Application Deadlines:

  • Spring: November 1
  • Fall: August 1

Apply for the International Student Alumni Legacy Nonresident Waiver

Other Helpful Information

International students at Utah State University can work part-time on campus up to 20 hours a week. Once you have been admitted and receive a student number (A-number), you can search for jobs. Make sure to set up an appointment with the Office of Global Engagement for an Employment Authorization Verification letter. 

There are also a variety of general U.S. scholarships for international students at International Scholarships.

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