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    Estimated Expenses for F-1 Students

    Studying in the United States can be expensive, so it is very important to have your finances in order and understand the costs of your program.

    Below are the estimated expenses for one year of study at UW-La Crosse as a full-time student (non-exchange).  These are the minimum amounts that must be proven in order to be issued an I-20 for F-1 students.

    (2 semesters)
    (2 semesters)
    ESL Study
    (2 semesters)
    Tuition 14,634 17,694 9,400
    Administrative Fees 2,912 1,790 2,912
    Health Insurance 1,056 1,056 1,056
    5,270 5,270 5,270
    Meal Plan 2,792 2,792 2,792
    Estimated Total 26,664 USD 28,602 USD 21,430 USD

    *The estimated total costs do not include personal living expenses, travel costs, summer session or interim tuition costs. You should budget at least $3,000 per year for personal expenses. If you plan to bring a dependent please be prepared to show $5000 for a spouse and $3000 per child. 

    Orientation Fee
    New international students are charged a $150.00 International Student Orientation Fee their first semester at UW-La Crosse. This fee goes towards meals, programming, transportation costs, materials, facilities rental, personnel fees, and other miscellaneous costs to achieve a successful orientation program that acclimates new international students to the UW-La Crosse campus and community.

    International Service Fee
    All international students are charged a $100.00 International Service Fee each fall and spring semester that goes towards the shipping/mailing expenses of immigration documents, professional memberships and affiliations for compliance assurance, training and staff development, emergency response systems for international students, software costs to ensure compliance with the rules and regulations, and other miscellaneous costs including program and event supplies

    International Insurance Fee
    International students are required to have health insurance coverage in order to be in compliance with Federal and Institutional regulations. UW-La Crosse offers affordable health insurance coverage through our insurance provider Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) at $88 per month. Each semester that students are enrolled, they will be automatically signed up for coverage through CISI and will be billed directly to their student account.

    International Contract Fee
    International students who enroll at UW-La Crosse through an agreement with another university are charged the International Contract Fee. This fee supports costs associated with the ongoing development and negotiation of these agreements in order to increase access for international students to UW-La Crosse and strengthen our relationships with universities from around the world.

    Please contact your international student advisor if you have any questions regarding these fees