Costs of Study and Living in the USA

U.S. Immigration Law requires you to show proof that you have sufficient funds available for your academic and living expenses. $26,652 is the estimated minimum funds needed for a nine-month academic year based on 2020-2021 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 $11,000 for each four month period of study. 

Tuition & Fees - *$9,600.00 (2 full semesters of ELI)

* It is possible to join at midterm and pay reduced fees.  Please talk to the director for information about joining at midterm.

Living Expenses (Freshman Dormitory & Cafeteria -21 meals per week) - approximately $11,314.00

Health Center Fee - $300

Recreation Center Fee - $180

Health Insurance - $2,258.00

Miscellaneous Personal Expenses (transportation, entertainment, etc.) $3,000.00

Total - $25,652

*Students must show funding for a minimum of one semester, except in special situations such as summer or winter break study programs.  If you intend to come for only one semester, the minimum required funding is $12,149.00

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.

ELI Costs per Semester

Tuition for one semester*(16 weeks) of full-time study at the ELI is $4800 plus the mandatory health insurance fees, health center access fees, recreation center access fees, and book fees.  The costs for an eight-week (half-semester) is $2400 plus health center, recreation center, and book fees.  Full-time students will be enrolled in four classes and will study four hours every day from Monday to Friday (3 hours on Friday), for a total of 19 hours of instruction every week.  There may be an optional hour offered on Friday. Summer semester is an half-semester session and half semester tuition and fees apply.   Enquire about costs at

Students not enrolled full-time pay per-class costs below:

One Semester

*Reading:              $1200 (one-hour block)

*Writing:                $1200 (one-hour block)

*Conversation:      $1200 (one hour block)

*Grammar:             $1200 (one-hour block)

Students must pay all tuition and fees by the first Friday of the session.  If students have not paid by the end of the second week, a $100 late fee will be applied.  

Living Expenses in Valdosta, Georgia

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 can be relatively inexpensive. The average cost of an unfurnished two-bedroom apartment is about $650 per month plus utilities.