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Tuition and costs

Financial Ability Requirement

Applicants requesting an F-1 or J-1 student visa must meet the University of Washington 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

For the academic year 2014-15, the total cost for undergraduates is $50,067.00 (U.S. dollars) and for graduates the cost is $49,488.00 (U.S. dollars). The following expenses are subject to change without notice:

Estimated undergraduate international student expenses for 2014-2015 academic year

 

One Academic Year
(9 months)

One Quarter
(3 months)

Tuition and fees

$33,381

$11,127

Room and board

$10,833

$3,611

Books and supplies

$1,206

$402

Living expenses

$2,265

$755

Transportation

$1,524

$508

Medical insurance (required)

$858

$286

TOTAL

$50,067

$16,689

 

Estimated graduate international student expenses for 2014-2015 academic year

 

One Academic Year
(9 months)

One Quarter
(3 months)

Tuition and fees

$29,559

$9,853

Room and board

$14,076

$4,692

Books and supplies

$1,206

$402

Living expenses

$2,265

$755

Transportation

$1,524

$508

Medical insurance (required)

$858

$286

TOTAL

$49,488

$16,496

All costs are in U.S. dollars, and actual costs may vary.

In order to obtain an I-20 for a dependent spouse to be in the U.S. in F-2 status, you must show an additional $8,835 in funding. For each dependent child, you must show $5,028 per dependent child.

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. For tuition deadlines and payment options, please refer to the UW Tacoma Cashier's Office