Studying in the U.S. can be expensive! When you are admitted and submit your financial documentation in order to obtain your immigration paperwork, you certify that you have sufficient financial resources to cover at least the cost of one year of attendance as well as a plan for future years.
As you consider your personal budget and spending plan, we recommend that you consider the costs listed in our Cost of Attendance, as well as the following:
- Apartment Rentals. Renting an apartment in the United States may require an application fee, background check, and a deposit of typically the first and last month’s rent. As you secure housing and plan your arrival, be sure that you have funds available for these expenses.
- Personal Expenses. While we estimate your personal expenses in our Cost of Attendance, your actual costs may be lower or higher depending on your lifestyle. Expenses such as cell phone bills, groceries, and entertainment vary greatly from student to student.
- U.S. Student Visa Fees. Obtaining your U.S. student visa requires several fees paid to the U.S. government. More information is available on our Student Visa Information page.
- Travel. Airfare and other travel expenses are typically not covered by Graduate Assistantships. Be sure that you have budgeted sufficiently to cover your costs of traveling to Boise and back again.
- Taxes. Being employed in the U.S. requires that you pay taxes, which will be automatically withheld from your paycheck if you are a Graduate Assistant or have other on-campus employment. Boise State’s Tax Reporting Office offers guidance to international students to ensure that you appropriately file your taxes, but be aware that your paycheck may be a bit smaller than your pay rate indicates due to tax withholdings.