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Costs for F1 Students

International student (F1 visa) applicants to colleges in the United States must show that they have sufficient funds for both academic and living expenses while in the U.S.

Colleges may not issue an I-20 (the document needed to obtain a student visa) unless students provide proof that they can pay for school and living expenses.

Financial support may be provided by persons or organizations in your home country, persons or organizations in the U.S. or a combination of these.

Tuition must be paid by the fee payment deadline dates. Students can also inquire about alternative Tuition Payment Options. Columbus State Community College does not generally offer scholarships to international students. There are a limited number of scholarships for which students may compete after they are on campus. F1 students are generally not permitted to work off campus. Campus employment may be available, but cannot be guaranteed.  Campus employment cannot be counted on to cover estimated expenses.



Description Amount Duration

Tuition & Fees

Please note that although students on F1 visas must take a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester, it is frequently necessary to take more than 12 in order to complete all the classes required for your degree. Many classes are 3 or 4 credit hours. Thus, the actual tuition for a particular semester could be more than the above amount.

$10,115 2 semesters

Living expenses including room & board

Includes the costs of rent, food, and utilities. It does not include such expenses as clothing, entertainment, an automobile, and travel in the U.S. or trips to the home country.

If room and board will be provided by a sponsor in the U.S. (for example, a relative or friend), this can account for $9,592 of the student's expenses. The sponsor must write a letter including his/her name, address and phone number and a statement that he/she will provide the student's room and board. There can be no expectation or requirement that the student works for the sponsor in exchange for room and board.

 $9,720  12 months

Books, supplies

$1,442 2 semesters


$2,736 12 months

Medical insurance (please refer to individual health insurance company's rates)

Health care is very expensive in the United States and is the responsibility of the individual. CSCC strongly encourages international students to purchase health insurance to cover health care expenses, especially for unexpected illnesses or emergencies. Please click here to see information on health insurance plans from which to choose. Additionally, it is recommended that you have medical care coverage while en route to CSCC.

$948 12 months

Total extimated expenses per year for F1 (primary)

$24,961  12 months




2014-2015 Estimated per Dependent(s) Expenses per Year (Must also complete dependent(s) information on the application.)  


Living Expenses

Spouse & children over the age of 12  $8,066  12 months

Children 12 & under


 12 months
Medical insurance (please refer to individual health insurance company's rates)    
Spouse  $2118  12 months



 12 months



8 months

*Estimated expenses are subject to change without notice. Please note that international students must enroll full-time taking a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester (students take an average of 14 credit hours per semester) for two consecutive semesters (fall and spring) per year. Click here for a list of additional fees.