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Financial Planning for Application

U.S. immigration law requires that we collect information from you to document your plans for paying for your education. The U.S. Embassy may also ask for this information when you apply for your F-1 student visa. We report to immigration the average cost of attendance for two semesters or one academic year. This amount is currently ($12,500). BYU-Idaho will evaluate your admissions application and make an admissions decision based on the information provided in parts 1-(7.)

(You will be required to submit documentary proof according to the amounts you entered on part 8 before we are able to issue your I-20.)

The table below is a rough breakdown of the cost of attendance matching the categories on the I-20. To see more detail and a historical perspective, visit the Financial Aid Office website.

Type of Expenses



Tuition and Fees $4,018 $8,036
Living Expenses $7,682 $7,682
Books $800 $800
Total $12,500 $16,500

Additional Expenses



IERF evaluation ($180-$200) ($180-$200)
English proficiency test fees ($150-$250) ($150-$250)
Immigration fees SEVIS fee $220-$350 SEVIS fee $220-$350
Foreign deposit $4000 members $6000 non-members
Visa application $160 $160

Scholarships and Financial Aid

BYU-Idaho has a limited variety of financial aid options available to admitted students, but there are no scholarships specific to international students.  Scholarships and financial aid are available to all students who meet the qualifications.  The Award of Excellence for incoming freshmen, for example, requires that you take the ACT or SAT to be considered.  Grants are not normally given to students in the first year of study.  Please visit  Financial Aid to learn more about what is available and when to apply.

Deposit Policy

(International students (F-1) are required to make a $4,000 deposit before the form I-20 is created.  This deposit is fully refundable if the student decides not to attend, otherwise it is available for the following expenses:

  • Shipping of the I-20 and related immigration documents average cost $20-$50
  • Payment of first semester tuition, currently $2,009
  • Balance may then be used for school related expenses such as insurance, books, housing, etc.
  • Students are able to access up to $200 in cash for incidentals during the first semester.
  • Any amount not used in the first semester will be available for subsequent semester expenses.)

Sponsorship: Who can become a sponsor?

You, a friend, a family member, or anyone else who has the desire and the financial ability to assist a student.  It is your responsibility as a student to find a sponsor! International students entering the United States to obtain an education are required by law to show proof of funds sufficient to provide for their needs while residing in the United States. When students do not have the necessary funds, they can enlist sponsors to assist them in meeting their financial responsibilities. Sponsors need to be listed on Part 8 of the admissions application which can be completed at If you have further questions please email us at: