International Student Tuition and Costs

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Financial Ability Requirement

Applicants requesting an F-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. Pay stubs, tax records, 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 (preferrably converted into U.S. dollars but we can refer to current exchange rates)
  • 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 prove access to financial resources needs to be less than 6 months old. 

For the academic year 2020-21, the total cost for non-resident undergraduates is $56,871 (U.S. dollars) and for graduates the cost is $55,644 (U.S. dollars). The following expenses are subject to change without notice:

Estimated Undergraduate International Student Expenses for 2020-2021 Academic Year

                                                          Nine Months TuItion and Living Expenses 

Tuition and fees


Room and board


Books and supplies


Personal Expenses




Medical insurance




Estimated Graduate International Student Expenses for 2020-2021 Academic Year

                                                          Nine Months Tuition and Living Expenses

Tuition and fees*


Room and board


Books and supplies


Personal expenses




Medical insurance





*Graduate program tuition and fee used above is Tier IIl level. Students may use specific program tuitions and fee listed below. For more details visit this page.  

Tier I: IA &S $30,447
Tier II: Comm Plan, Geo Tech $31,071
MSBA $21,135
MAcc (nine-month track) $24,750
MAcc (two-year track)  
MCL $14,976

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 $6,450 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. 

Students are strongly encouraged to purchase annual insurance plan. The cost for annual insurance plan for 2020-2021 is $1,448. 

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

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. 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.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

UW Tacoma offers some schoalrships. Many schoalrships are reserved for residents of Washington state. The eligibility requirements varies. Please contact the respective programs for additional information.

This is a Financial Aid Resource Page for Undergraduate International Students provided by a professional organization called NAFSA. 

UWT International Charge

All incoming international students will see a one time non-refundable $70 UW Tacoma International charge on their student account. This charge is to offset significant administrative costs of the on-boarding process for international students and for year-round programming. The charge will be listed as part of your first tuition statement.