Paying for Your Education in the U.S.

Financial demands on students are typically the most difficult at the beginning of the academic year due to tuition, health insurance, and housing being due at the same time. 

International students need to plan their finances carefully and not rely on earning much additional income in the U.S. due to non-immigrant visa categories being highly restricted by U.S. government regulations. Arrive being prepared to meet all expenses at the start of the term. Financial assistance and educational loans are usually not available to internationals students after arrival.

We recommend you make your payment after your first week of class.

Here are a few ways to help navigate how to pay for your expenses. Use the same portal for all payments. 

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Academic and Cultural Sharing Scholarship

International Students automatically receive our Academic and Cultural Sharing Scholarship. This scholarship provides a tuition discount of nearly 40% and is currently valued at $8,838 USD per year. This scholarship is automatic for your first semester (no application) and is renewable every semester until graduation, provided you maintain a 2.5 GPA and participate in two cultural sharing activities each semester. 

Payment Portals

Flywire Transfer

Flywire features: 

  • Track your payments from start to finish
  • Make payments in more than 150 currencies, online and from banks worldwide
  • Use other available payment methods including international credit and debit cards, and other international payment options that vary by country 
  • Save on bank fees and exchange rates
  • Enjoy peace of mind with dedicated multilingual customer support
  • Ensure accurate and timely posting of your payment to your student account

Pay My Tuition

Pay My Tuition features: 

  • The best possible exchange rates on your international tuition payments
  • A best rate guarantee
  • No hidden fees
  • Automatic tracking alerts on your payment status
  • 24/7 online access from anywhere at anytime
  • Set up personal transfers for all your expenses while at school

Additional Options

Other options students have been known to use, but often can be harder include: 

  1. Use a money transfer service such as Western Union or Moneygram
  2. Get travelers checks payable to a bank in the U.S.
  3. Carry small amount of U.S. currency ($200-400) in small denominations with you to cover initial expenses.