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Estimated Costs

  • Overview

    To be eligible for a Form I-20 or DS-2019, applicants must provide adequate proof of liquid funds that meet or exceed the estimated educational and living expenses for the first academic year.

    The estimated costs of attendance provided on the tabs above are used specifically for the purpose of issuing I-20/DS-2019 forms. It is important to keep in mind that these figures are subject to change and should be considered as rough estimates.

    The cost of attendance includes the nonresident rate for tuition and fees. However, please note that the actual cost may vary depending on the courses chosen, any program-specific fees, and individual living preferences. Certain programs, such as MBA, DPT, PA, DDS, and MD, may have special tuition and fees that are not listed.

    For information regarding scholarship opportunities and private education loan lending institutions, please visit SBU's Financial Aid website. Here, you can find valuable resources to assist you in exploring financial assistance options.

  • F-1 Undergraduate

    F-1 Undergraduate: Full-Time Tuition and  Fees

    The figures provided below are estimates specifically for I-20 issuance purposes. It is important to keep in mind that the actual amounts may vary depending on academic program-specific fees and individual living preferences.

    The estimated costs of attendance are regularly updated as new information becomes available.

    Expenses

    Fall 2024 - Spring 2025
    12 Credits
    Tuition and Fees $32,176
    Living Expenses $23,296
    Health Insurance $2,765
    TOTAL $58,237
  • F-1 Graduate (Master's/PhD)

    F-1 Graduate: Full-Time Tuition and Fees

    The figures provided below are estimates specifically for I-20 issuance purposes. It is important to keep in mind that the actual amounts may vary depending on academic program-specific fees and individual living preferences.

    The estimated costs of attendance are regularly updated as new information becomes available.

    Expenses Stipended: 9 Credits
    Fall 2024 - Spring 2025
    Unstipended: 9 Credits
    Fall 2024 - Spring 2025
    Tuition and Fees $22,031 $22,031
    Living Expenses $19,782 $19,782
    Health Insurance $692 $2,765
    TOTAL $42,505 $44,578
  • J-1 Exchange/Visiting

    J-1 Exchange: Full-Time Tuition and Fees

    The figures provided below are estimates specifically for I-20 issuance purposes. It is important to keep in mind that the actual amounts may vary depending on academic program-specific fees and individual living preferences.

    The estimated costs of attendance are regularly updated as new information becomes available.

    Expenses Spring 2024 - Fall 2024*
    12 Credits
    Tuition and Fees $31,423
    Living Expenses $36,941
    Health Insurance $2,703
    TOTAL $71,067
    *This estimate includes living expenses and health insurance coverage for Summer 2024, but not tuition/fees.
  • Acceptable Sources of Funding

    Acceptable Sources of Funding

    International students requesting visa sponsorship from Stony Brook University must provide electronic copies of official financial documents as evidence of sufficient funds to meet or exceed the estimated educational and living expenses for the first academic year.  Screenshots and unofficial electronic printouts are not valid for the purpose of Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 issuance.  Financial documents must meet all of the requirements listed below.

    Document Requirements
    • Be an official bank document (signed and stamped, or an official electronic monthly statement)
    • Be written in English
    • Contain an issuance date within the last 6 months
    • List the account holder’s full name
    • List the account type
    • Indicate the current balance and currency
    • All funds must be liquid and immediately available for withdrawal (most commonly: checking, savings, or current accounts)

    Please bear in mind that the funding amount in U.S. Dollars will be determined based on the currency conversion rate on the day your I-20 request is processed.

    Document Types
    Type of Document

    Document Requirements

    Bank Letters/Statements
    • Includes the name of bank account holder.
    • Includes the date of issuance.
    • Issued within the last six months.
    • Specifies type of account(s), i.e. checking, savings, current, money market, and/or fixed deposit/fixed term/time deposits.
    • Includes total available balance(s) held by the account holder, specifying currency.
    • Printed on official bank stationary (letterhead) or logo/heading, including bank's name, address, etc.
    • If applicable, contains bank official's signature or stamp.
    • If applicable, online account printouts may be accepted pending review.
    University Funding or Scholarship Award Letter
    • Must be on department letterhead.
    • Include student's full name (or first name and student ID) and detail the terms of the funding including the amount of support, duration, and type.
    • Must have signature of appropriate person within the school/department.
    Education Loan
    • Evidence of the loan should be written in English on official letterhead, or accompanied by official translation.
    • Letter must detail the purpose of the loan, amount of support, and specify the period during which the support will be available. Must include a signature from an appropriate officer.
    • Loans must be fully sanctioned (approved). Loans that are conditionally approved upon issuance of a Form I-20 will not be accepted as proof of funds.
    • If the loan is in your name or in both your name and a sponsor's name, please list this amount under 'Personal Funds.'
    • If the loan is in your sponsor's name, please list this amount under 'Family Funds.'
    Government Financial Guarantee 
    • Evidence of support should be presented in English, on letterhead, include student's full name, and detail the purpose of the support, amount of support, and specify the period during which the support will be available.  
    • This must be signed by an appropriate government officer.
    Company/Corporate Sponsorship Letter
    • Printed on company letterhead in English.
    • Endorsement or signature of company official with financial authority.
    • Include the full name of student.
    • Include the amount and duration of sponsorship.
    The following funding sources/documents are not acceptable:
    • Real estate deeds
    • Physical assets
    • Trust fund accounts
    • Salary statements
    • Credit card statements
    • Stocks and bonds (unless funds can be withdrawn at anytime)
    • Retirement funds (unless funds can be withdrawn at anytime)
    • Mutual Funds (unless funds can be withdrawn at anytime)



  • SEVIS Fee

    SEVIS Fee

    The SEVIS Fee is a one-time fee that covers the costs of the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). Regulation requires all prospective F and J students to pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee before the Department of State issues a visa.

    For most people, the I-901 SEVIS Fee is $350. See the Fee Amount Chart for more detailed information. To pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee, visit FMJfee.com.

    You can watch the I-901 SEVIS Fee payment tutorial to learn about each step of the payment process.

    This fee is not a University fee and provides no funds or services to the University.

    Who has to pay the SEVIS Fee?
    Who does not have to pay the SEVIS Fee?
     When and How to Pay the SEVIS Fee
    When do I pay the SEVIS Fee?
    Paying the SEVIS Fee online
    Paying the SEVIS Fee by mail
    Is the SEVIS Fee refundable?
    Will the DHS keep a record of my SEVIS Fee payment?