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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 liquid asset (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

 

2021-2022 Cost of Attendance: 

   Undergraduate    Graduate*    College of Vet Med 
Tuition & Fees   $33,443  $31,200  $54,510
Room & Board   $9,556  $10,500  $10,500
Miscellaneous Expenses   $6,025  $5,450  $5,450
TOTAL   $49,024  $47,150  $70,460

*Blacksburg and greater Washington D.C. metro area campuses

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

 

Additional Costs Based on Dependents  
Spouse  $5,750
Child   $2,750

 

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

You can calculate the value of an assistantship by multiplying the monthly stipend by the number of months in your contract (4.5, 9 or 12), and add this amount to the tuition remission (in-state tuition scholarship) and out of state waiver for each semester; add $2816 for the value of the health insurance subsidy that covers 88% of your health insurance costs. If the total to $45,825-$47,825 or more, 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. Off-campus work is not permitted for students in F-1 visa status for the first 9 months after their arrival to the United States.