International Student Tuition and Costs

Financial Ability Requirement

Applicants requesting an F-1 or J-1 student visa must meet UW Tacoma's financial ability requirement. The financial ability requirement is met by showing proof of readily accessible and adequate funding to cover living expenses, tuition and other campus fees for the first year of study. Stocks, bonds or proof of property ownership are not acceptable financial resources. Students declaring dependents must also show proof of readily accessible and adequate funding to cover living expenses and health insurance for their dependents.

Acceptable financial resources:

  • your own personal funds
  • funds from a family sponsor
  • funds from a government or agency sponsor awarding a scholarship
  • funds from a UW department awarding a fellowship
  • funds from a UW department offering a graduate assistantship

Acceptable documentation for financial resources:

  • letter from a bank or a bank statement to include the name of the account holder, name of the bank and the amount of readily available funds (converted into U.S. dollars)
  • letter from a U.S. employer to include name of employer, name of employee, length of employment and employee's annual salary
  • letter from a government or agency sponsor to include your name, name of government or agency, terms and amount of scholarship
  • letter from a UW department to include your name, name of UW department, terms and amount of fellowship
  • letter from a UW department to include your name, name of UW department, type of assistantship (teaching, research or staff), terms, salary and benefits of assistantship

Documents to proove access to financial resources needs to be less than 6 months old. 

For the academic year 2017-18, the total cost for non-resident undergraduates is $51,867 (U.S. dollars) and for graduates the cost is $51,906 (U.S. dollars). The following expenses are subject to change without notice:

Estimated Undergraduate international student expenses for 2017-2018 academic year

                                                          Nine Months TuItion and Living Expenses (2016-2017)
  NON-RESIDENT RESIDENT

Tuition and fees

$35,610

$11,046

Room and board

$10,650

$10,650

Books and supplies

$825

$825

Living expenses

$2,265

$2,265

Transportation

$1,524

$1,524

Medical insurance (required)

$993

$993

TOTAL

$51,867 $27,303
 

Estimated Graduate international student expenses for 2017-2018 academic year

                                                          Nine Months Tuition and Living Expenses (2016-2017)
  NON-RESIDENT RESIDENT

Tuition and fees

$32,196*

$18,561*

Room and board

$14,103

$14,103

Books and supplies

$825

$825

Living expenses

$2,265

$2,265

Transportation

$1,524

$1,524

Medical insurance (required)

$993

$993

TOTAL

$51,906 $38,271

 

All costs are in U.S. dollars, and actual costs may vary. In order to obtain an I-20 for a dependent spouse or child to be in the U.S. in F-2 status, you must show an additional $6,060 in funding.

Estimated expenses are based on figures compiled by the Office of Student Financial Aid and represent modest but adequate costs for most students. Expenses should be expected to increase every year. Tuition is due the third Friday of the quarter.

Tuition is always due on the 3rd Friday of each quarter. To learn about payment options, please refer to the UW Tacoma Cashier's Office

*Graduate program tuition and fee used here is Tier IIl level. Graduate program tuition and fee varies by program. To get specific figure, please refer to this document (PDF) 

Evidence of Finances when Applying for F-1 Student Visa at US Embassy/ Consulate or Applying for Change of Status to F-1 at USCIS

Please note that U.S. Embassy/Consulate and USCIS may have different standard in verifying financial ability of applicants. Please prepare documents to show that you currently have the financial means to pay for the course of study and living expenses for your first year of study. Pay statements and tax records do not meet this requirement. Prepare evidence that you have immediate funds available to you to pay for your tuition and living expenses for the first year of study as indicated on your I-20. Such evidence includes, but not limited to:

  • Three consecutive months of complete bank statements for checking and/or savings accounts showing all transactions,
  • Other cash assets, OR
  • Affidavits of support from a sponsor.

If you have a sponsor, please have your sponsor prepare a statement or affidavit of support specifying the contributions they will make on your behalf. Your sponsor should submit documentary evidence that s/he is able to provide immediate funds for your first year of study, as well as an ability to provide this support through the duration of your studies. This should include the most recent three months of detailed bank statements for each account your sponsor intends to use to fund your education.