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Financial Planning for Application

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If you are planning on coming to BYU-Idaho as an F-1 international student, you must obtain an I-20 from the International Services office in order to be eligible to apply for a student visa and legally enter the U.S. to study. You will apply for an I-20 as part of the admissions process – that means you can only be admitted as an on-campus student if International Services determines that you are eligible for an I-20.

Financial preparation is essential to your efforts to plan to come to campus. As part of the I-20 application, U.S. immigration law requires you to provide documentary evidence of financial support. This evidence must show that you have enough funds for the entire duration of your university experience. International Services reports to immigration the average annual cost of attendance for international students. This amount is currently $17,000 for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and $21,300 for non-members. This means that if you are planning to attend school for 4 years as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you will need to provide proof of funds for $17,000 per year for 4 years ($68,000 in total). This proof can come from you or a sponsor. Please keep in mind that if you come to campus and you or your sponsor do not have enough funds to cover your expenses, you will be asked to return home and complete your degree online.

The table below is a rough breakdown of the cost of attendance you will see in the Education Financial Plan you will see in the I-20 application. Please note that dependents needing an F-2 visa will require an additional $4,500 per year of funding support.

Type of Expenses Member Non-Member
Tuition and Fees $4,300 $8,600
Health Insurance $1,608 $1,608
Personal Living Expenses $4,140 $4,140
Housing/food $6,552 $6,552
Books $400 $400
Total $17,000 $21,300
Additional Expenses Member Non-Member
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

Learn More about Costs of Attending BYU-Idaho

Scholarships and Financial Aid
There are no specific scholarships for International Students. BYU-Idaho Scholarships are available to all students who meet the qualifications. Please visit Financial Aid to learn more about what is available and when to apply.
Deposit Policy
International students are required to make a $4,000 deposit before the form I-20 can be created. The deposit is refundable if you decide not to attend.
Sponsorship: Who can become a sponsor?
Anyone who is willing and financially able to assist you as a student can be your sponsor. This may include a friend, a parent, a sibling, etc. It is your responsibility as a student to find a sponsor! 

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March 07, 2022 11:39 PM
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March 08, 2022 12:01 PM