How much money do you need to study in the US?

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If you pick any random international student whose dream is to get into one of the top universities worldwide, we bet they would pick one from the US! Without a doubt, the US is one of the go-to destinations for any international student who wants to be part of a multicultural environment and receive a world-class education. As much as it is one of the wisest decisions one can make, studying abroad is going to be an expensive affair.

The US has both private and public/state universities. The cost of education at a public/state university is lesser than that of a private university and your tuition fees will differ based on the degree and the university that you choose to attend.

For you to manage the cost of your education in the US, you can check if there are any international student scholarships that are offered by the US government.

For you to know how much it costs to study in the US, you need to know what the different expenses are that you might incur during your stay. Let's break them down into separate sections and understand each of them as we go. 

Cost of Studying in the US

If you think that the US is one such perfect study-abroad destination, you're not wrong. But without a doubt, studying in the USA costs a lot of money. There are a lot of reasons why many international students choose to graduate from top universities in the US. One of the notable reasons why some of the top universities in the US continue to attract students worldwide is that the tuition fee for most of the courses are affordable and within the range.

You can take a look at these course-wise fees details for a better understanding:

Course Type Cost
Undergraduate degree $25,000 to 35,000 per year at a public university and $30,000 to 45,000 at a private university
Postgraduate degree$20,000 to $35,000 per year at a public university and $35,000 to
$50,000 at a private university
English Language courses$700 to $2,000 per month
Business Administration$50,000 to $55,000 per year
Intensive English courses$10,000 per year

Here is a list of some of the affordable universities in the US and their annual tuition fees: 

University Annual tuition fees Location
University of Washington $12,000 on average Seattle, WA
CUNY Brooklyn College$3,000 on averageBrooklyn, New York
Purdue University$13,000 on averageWest Lafayette
University of Florida$9,000 on averageGainesville, FL
Oklahoma State University$15,000 on averageStillwater, OK
California State University - Long Beach$9,000 on averageLong Beach, CA
California State University - Los Angeles$4,500 on averageLos Angeles, CA
Indiana University$13,500 on averageBloomington, IN
University of North Carolina$14,000 on averageChapel Hill, NC
University of Illinois$13,500 on averageChicago, IN

Cost of Living in the US
 

Now that we have spoken in detail about the possible expenses that you might incur on your university and tuition fees, we can now discuss the other kinds of expenses that you will have to manage while studying abroad.

  • Accommodation

A place to stay is the first expense that we need to talk about while discussing the cost of living in USA. There are two options for you to choose from before planning your place of stay. Most universities in the US allow you to choose an on-campus accommodation, which could be a huge advantage for you if you are looking to stay close to your place of education. If you are very sure about going for an on-campus accommodation, you might have to apply for it separately as soon as you apply for your course and book your slot for accommodation.

Another feasible option is to go for off-campus accommodation. You will have to do research on the affordable student cities in the US and then find a person with whom you can share the place. This is one of the ways by which you can save money as well as get to stay outside the university on your own.

  • Food

This is yet another important expense which you cannot avoid, especially when you are going to be living on your own.

However, considering the fact that you will be spending money on both your tuition fee and accommodation, you might want to lessen your expenses on eating out and takeouts. You can plan your budget for food every month once you move in and start preparing your meal at home. You will get to eat out occasionally with your friends, so there is no way you're going to miss out on the variety of restaurants that your choice of city has to offer!

Some of the affordable student cities in the US are:

  • San Diego
  • Pittsburgh
  • Atlanta
  • Dallas
  • Houston
  • Chicago
  • Boston
  • Philadelphia
  • Transportation

The US is a large place after all, and you would require a proper transportation facility to travel within the country. This might seem like a challenge, especially for international students who are new to the city. But there are a lot of feasible options to commute within the city where you are living. Some of them include bicycles, buses, trains and subways, and taxis. 

Conditions to study in the US self-sufficient 

No matter how well you plan your finances, there might arise a situation wherein you feel overwhelmed about your everyday expenses. But if you are aware that this situation might arise in the future, you will be able to create an efficient budget for yourself and stick to it.

Some of these pointers can help take care of your finances:

Give life to your shopping spree at times when there is a discount sale going on.
Manage your socialising skills by restricting your weekend parties to your own house. Call your friends over and hangout with them at your place.
Make use of your student discount card whenever you're out.

Take a cheaper commuting option every time you step out or go by walk if it is a manageable travel distance. 

How much does it cost to make a US study-abroad application for 2022-2023? 

Getting a US student visa has now become hassle-free. To study in the US as an international student you would need a F1 that allows you to study full time in a university where the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) is approved. The cost of application for the F1 visa is around $510 and you should be applying for it three months prior to your course duration. 

Cost of learning English in the US

For a lot of obvious reasons such as a better quality of education and cultural diversity, many international students choose to take up English language courses in the US. Clearing an English language test is part of your study abroad application process and apart from this reason, taking up an English course can also help improve your efficiency and familiarity with the language.

Some of the affordable English courses offered in the US are: 

University Course type Course fee
Oxford International Education, San Diego General English 272 USD per week
Oxford International Education, New YorkGeneral English272 USD per week
The Language Academy, FloridaGeneral English416 USD per week
Kaplan, BerkeleyGeneral English416 USD per week
Kaplan, Chicago, IllinoisGeneral English416 USD per week
CEL College of English Language, Santa MonicaGeneral English256 USD per week

Why choose AECC Global Vietnam? 

Going through the whole process of finding the top university to study in the US and picking the right course would be overwhelming to do all by yourself. That's what we are here for. To make things easier for you.

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