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Financial Requirements

International students who are or will be in F-1 or J-1 visa status are required to show proof of adequate funding for at least one year before a Form I-20 or DS-2019 can be issued. Financial requirements are calculated based on the cost of tuition and fees, living expenses, and miscellaneous expenses for one year (or two semesters).

All submitted financial document(s) must: 

  • Be no more than six months old
  • Be in the form of a 
  •  (i.e. immediately available funds)
  • Be in English and/or accompanied by a translation
  • List the following information: 
    • Date
    • Account holder's name (if the provided documentation is not in the student's name, a signed Affidavit of Support must also be provided)
    • Account balance and/or award amount 
  • Be 10MB or less (acceptable document file formats are PDF, JPG, PNG, BMP, OR GIF)

Accepted financial documents include: 

  • Bank statement or letter (must list type of currency if not USD and type of account, i.e. savings, checking)
  • Loan certificate or letter (must indicate when funds will be dispersed, if they have not been already)
  • Letter on government agency/sponsor's letterhead 
  • Assistantship, Fellowship, or Scholarship award letter and/or contract.

Estimated Cost of Attendance for Calendar Year 2024


  • Tuition & Fees - $37,244
  • Room & Board - $14,888
  • Miscellaneous Expenses - $8,593
  • Total - $60,725

Graduate Blacksburg

  • Tuition & Fees - $34,634
  • Room & Board - $16,990
  • Miscellaneous Expenses - $9,081
  • Total - $60,705

Graduate DC Area (NCR)

  • Tuition & Fees - $34,559
  • Room & Board - $21,769
  • Miscellaneous Expenses - $8,531
  • Total - $64,859

College of Vet. Med.

  • Tuition & Fees - $59,971
  • Room & Board - $16,990
  • Miscellaneous Expenses - $10,260
  • Total - $87,221


  • Tuition & Fees - $23,791
  • Room & Board - $21,769
  • Miscellaneous Expenses - $8,531
  • Total - $54,091

Dependents Costs

  • Spouse - $6,875
  • Child - $5,402
  • Spouse and 1 child - $12,746
  • 2 or more children - $12,474
  • Spouse and 2 or more children - $18,914

Additional Costs Based on Major

  • Agriculture and Life Sciences - $750
  • Architecture & Design or Building Construction - $1,500
  • Engineering - $2,000
  • Pamplin College of Business - $75 per credit hour
  • Masters of Public Health - $525
  • Masters of Business Administration - $175 per credit hour

Please note that all amounts are shown as estimates and are subject to change - additional program fees may apply. For the most up-to-date information and a complete breakdown of tuition and fees, please refer to the Bursar office's Tuition & Fee Rates website.  

Graduate Assistantships

International graduate students are eligible for graduate assistantships, which are generally awarded by academic departments and university offices based on the students' academic merit, experience, and availability of funds. Some academic departments are able to offer more assistantships, while others do not have any assistantships at all. Contact the individual academic departments to find out their policy for awarding assistantships.

You can calculate the value of a 1.0 or 20 hours assistantship by multiplying the monthly stipend by the number of months in your contract (4.5, 9 or 12), and adding to this amount the amount of tuition $31,197 (plus additional costs depending on your degree) for Blacksburg students or $32,863 (plus additional costs depending on your degree) for DC area students (plus additional costs depending on your degree) and $3,114, the value of the health insurance subsidy that covers 88% of your health insurance costs. If the total is equal to or greater than the estimated cost of attendance for your program, no further financial certification is necessary.

A limited number of on-campus hourly wage jobs are available for students. International students are limited to 20 hours of work per week by immigration regulations. Students may apply for these jobs after arrival.