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In order to receive a SEVIS I-20, which is needed to obtain an F-1 student visa, the College of DuPage, is required by the U.S. federal immigration regulations to maintain records that demonstrate that you (the student) have at least the funds necessary to cover your tuition, fees, and living expenses for your first year of study. The tuition rate for all F-1 international students will be assessed at the out-of-state tuition rate of $394 per credit hour. Please note that the tuition rate may change without notice, and it is best to plan accordingly.

All International F-1 students are required to enroll each semester for a minimum of 12 credit hours. The table below shows the cost of tuition for one academic year if the student is registered each semester for the minimum requirement of 12 credit hours.  Any additional credit hours that an F-1 student registers for will be calculated at 1 credit hour (x) $394.


Campus Needs  Academic Year (9 months) 
Tuition and Fees $9,456
Books and Supplies $1,384
Health Insurance $1,496
Living Expenses*  $8,574
Total Expenses $20,910


*Living expenses will need to be calculated at a 5% higher rate if the student plans to live on their own and not with a family member.  Please note, that these figures are estimates and are subject to change without notice.

The proper financial documentation should be a bank statement indicating the current account balance demonstrating the minimum required amount as shown above on the "Total Expense" line.  The financial documentation must be dated within 5 months.  If providing a Business account, you will need to provide two forms of documentation.  We will need an original Business account statement and also a letter issued directly from the banking institution indicating the name of the Business account holder.  

The funds must be "liquid assets" such as checking or savings account. Income tax forms or letters of employment are not acceptable.  If the currency is not in U.S. dollars (USD) the exchange rate for USD must be listed.  All documentation must be certified, signed and stamped by a bank official. No photocopies, scanned copies, online printouts or faxes will be accepted.  

If you are receiving government financial aid or will take a student loan from your home country, you must submit an original document verifying those funds.  Please be aware that the College of DuPage does not offer financial assistance to International students.

Strict Immigration regulations severely restrict the employment of foreign nationals residing in the United States.  Therefore, you must have the adequate finances to support yourself while you are a student at the College of DuPage.  On-campus employment is possible for F-1 International students, however opportunities may be limited.


Contact Information

Gabi Carr
Student Services Center (SSC), Room 2225
(630) 942-2979
Fax: (630) 942-2323

Regular Hours
Monday to Fridays: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Evening appointments are available upon request.