Costs of Study and Living in the USA

U.S. Immigration Law requires you to certify that you have sufficient funds available for your academic and living expenses. $19,744 is the estimated minimum funds needed for a nine-month academic year based on 2014-2015 school-year expenses at the English Language Institute at Valdosta State University (see below). If you are coming for less than a year, you should estimate about $5000 for each two month period of study.

Tuition & Fees - $8,000.00 (4 sessions of ELI)

Living Expenses (Freshman Dormitory & Cafeteria -21 meals per week) - $7,544.00

Health Insurance - $1200.00

Miscellaneous Personal Expenses- $3,000.00

Total - $19,744.00

*Students must show funding for a minimum of two sessions, except in special situations such as summer or winter break study programs.  If you intend to come for only two sessions, the minimum required funding is $9,872.00

Family Expenses - If you are married and plan to bring your spouse and/or children, you must also certify at least $5,000 for your spouse or first dependent and $2,000 per year for each additional child. In addition, health insurance for international students is required and is strongly recommended for dependents.


*Tuition cost includes tuition and mandatory fees for the recreation center, and health center. The cost of living in Valdosta is relatively inexpensive because of the low cost of housing. Housing estimates are based on the cost of living in the dormitory at VSU. However, housing around the campus in local apartment complexes is plentiful and relatively inexpensive. The average cost of an unfurnished two-bedroom apartment is about $650 per month plus utilities.  The ELI at VSU can assist you in finding a private homestay family if you are interested.