International Student Expenses

2016-17 Estimated Tuition, Living Expenses, and Other Fees

International Student Fee

All enrolled students on a University of Iowa I-20 or DS-2019 are assessed the International Student Fee every semester in which they are registered.  Currently the fee is $70 for each fall and spring semester, and $35 if registered for the summer.  Please note that effective August 26, 2013 the International Student Fee will not be refunded if a student is registered as of the first day of a semester, even if the student later withdraws or notifies ISSS of a change of status.  Currently the fee appears on the second U-Bill of each semester.  The amount of the fee is included in the estimated expenses put on a student's I-20 or DS-2019.

The fee has been in place since 2000-01, and is used exclusively by International Student and Scholar Services to cover the cost of staffing, fees, and licenses required to provide immigration services and support for those on an international student visa.  It is also used to provide ISSS programs and workshops to promote intercultural learning, adjustment, and internationalization for students, staff, and faculty.  ISSS sees around 10,000 walk-in visits/year, and processes over 7000 e-forms within the same period.

Student fee money is not used to support activities for J-1 scholars. A separate fee exists for those coming to the university in a J-1 scholar category for teaching, research, or observation (i.e. non-student) purposes.


Orientation Fees

Orientation fees are one-time fees assessed of every international undergrad or grad/professional student on a UI-sponsored student immigration document, and supports the costs for orientation.


Expenses for the I-20 and DS-2019

The following chart indicates how much financial support a student must show for ISSS to issue an updated I-20 or DS-2019 for various situations such as program extensions, change of degree levels, etc.  The listed amount is a combination of tuition, student activity fees, student service fees, student health fees, computer lab fees, living expenses, books, international student fees, and health insurance.  These figures are estimates and subject to change.  If your specific program is not listed here, please consult an ISSS advisor or check the Registrar Tuition Tables.

Students must provide ISSS with a copy of financial documentation showing at least the amount reflected below.  Acceptable documentation must have been created within the last 6 months, and may include student, spouse, or parent bank statements, scholarship letters, or offer letters from the current or next academic year showing graduate assistantship stipends + tuition scholarship award amounts.  Note that assistantship tuition scholarships will be applied in the funding portion of the I-20.






Graduate Assistantship

Grad – Liberal Arts




Grad - Engineering




Grad - MBA




Grad – MA Accounting




Grad - Law




Grad – MA Public Health




Grad - Education




Grad – PhD Continuous Registration




Undergrad – Liberal Arts




Undergrad – Business




Undergrad – Engineering




Undergrad – Nursing









F-2 and J-2 Dependents

Dependents require adding additional expenses to the amount listed above.  These include additional living expenses ($5000/spouse and $2500/each child) + increased rates of health insurance. 


Graduate Assistants on UI GradCare

Undergrads and Grads on SHIP

Student & Spouse Only Insurance +  Dependent Living Expenses

$2628 + $5000 spouse

$9420 + $5000 spouse

Student & Children Only Insurance + Dependent Living Expenses

$3168 + $2500/each child

$10,584  + $2500/each child

Student & Spouse & Children Dependent Insurance + Living Expenses

$5436 + $5000 spouse + $2500/each child

$18,144  + $5000 spouse + $2500/each child