U.S. Immigration Law requires you to show proof that you have sufficient funds available for your academic and living expenses.  Your costs depends on how long you plan to study.  For example, if you choose one semester, your estimate cost is appoximately $8000-$10,000 dollars.

$29,652 is the estimated minimum funds needed for a nine-month academic year based on 2023-2024 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 $10,000 for each four month period of study. 

Tuition & Fees - *$9,600.00 (4 sessions of ELI)

Living Expenses (Freshman Dormitory & Cafeteria -21 meals per week) - approximately $11,314.00 (Apartment style dorms are more expenses) Rates very by dorm.

Health Center Fee - $300

Recreation Center Fee - $180

Health Insurance - $2,258.00

Miscellaneous Personal Expenses (transportation, entertainment, etc.) $4,500.00

Total - $29,652

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 session*(8 weeks) of full-time study at the ELI is $2400 plus the mandatory health insurance fees, health center access fees, recreation center access fees, and book fees.  Full-time students will be enrolled in four classes and will study four hours every day from Monday to Friday, for a total of 20 hours of instruction every week.  

Students not enrolled full-time pay per-class costs for one session (8 weeks) below:

One Semester

*Reading:              $600 (one-hour block daily)

*Writing:               $600 (one-hour block daily)

*Conversation:      $600 (one hour block daily)

*Grammar:            $600 (one-hour block daily)

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 $900 per month plus utilities.