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Financial Planning for Application

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. After being admitted and accepting your offer, you can begin applying for an I-20 through the International Services office.

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 cost of attendance for two semesters (one academic year). This amount is currently $12,500 for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and $16,500 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 $12,500 per year for 4 years ($50,000 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 may be asked to return home and complete your degree online.

The table below is a rough breakdown of the cost of attendance matching the categories on the I-20. 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

There are no specific scholarships for International Students. BYU-Idaho grants 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!