As an international applicant, who needs an F1 visa you will be asked to upload proof of funding documents (bank statements, bank letters, and/or scholarship letters) for the first year of studies. Proof of funds is required in order for your application to be reviewed for admission.

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Bank statements/letters

Bank statements or letters must:

  • Include checking accounts, savings accounts, time deposits, certificates of deposit (CDs), money market accounts and/or cash in investment accounts. Funds in stocks/investments, bonds, lines of credit, real property or statements of income are not accepted.
  • Be issued by the bank with the account holder’s name, currency type, and account type in English
  • Be dated within 12 months of your program start date
  • Must show at least the minimum amount in the table below (the funding required by your program for the first year of studies)

Scholarship Letters

Scholarship letters are also accepted from governments and organizations. The letter must be in English and indicate the amount of funds awarded.

If you have a sponsor, they must provide a signed statement in English that says: “I agree to financially support [your name] during their graduate studies at USF” for you to upload. Their name and signature on the letter must be in English characters with the date.

Dependents

If you plan to bring dependents with you who will need an F-2 visa, please provide additional proof of funding to cover their expenses. If you were awarded a scholarship that includes funding for your dependents, please have them listed on the scholarship letter. See the Proof of Funding Details section for the specific amount required for each dependent.

Required minimum amounts for F-1 Visas

Below are the estimated costs for the first year for programs. Your proof of funds must show at least the Estimated Total Amount.

Estimated First Year Budget for programs starting in Summer/Fall 2024 and Spring 2025

Arts and Sciences

Arts and Sciences Programs Tuition and Fees Living Expenses Other Expenses Estimated Total Amount
Applied Economics $29,983 $22,097 $3,906 $55,985
Biology* $70 $7,409* $3,906 $11,385
Biotechnology $28,321 $22,097 $3,906 $54,325
Chemistry* $70 $10,653* $3,906 $14,630
Computer Science Bridge $36,630 $22,097 $3,906 $62,635
Computer Science $26,659 $22,097 $3,906 $52,660
Data Science $53,249 $28,190**± $4,153**± $85,590
Energy Systems $26,659 $22,097 $3,906 $52,660
Environmental Management $26,659 $22,097 $3,906 $52,660
International & Development Economics $29,983 $22,097 $3,906 $55,985
International Studies $33,307 $22,097 $3,906 $59,310
Migration Studies $28,321 $22,097 $3,906 $54,325
Museum Studies $33,307 $22,097 $3,906 $59,310
Professional Communications $26,659 $22,097 $3,906 $52,660
Sport Management $24,998 $28,190** $4,153** $57,340
Urban & Public Affairs $29,983 $22,097 $3,906 $55,985
Writing $26,659 $22,097 $3,906 $52,660

*Students admitted to Biology and Chemistry receive full scholarship and teaching assistantship.

**Data Science and Sport Management are 12-month programs, so Living Expenses and Other Expenses reflect 12 months of costs, rather than 9 months. Tuition for Data Science as indicated above is an estimate based on 32 units for first academic year of study. Total tuition cost (35 units) is $58,240 for 2024-2025, which includes 3 additional units in the second academic year (Summer 2025). 

±Data Science students interested in the optional Data Engineering concentration should account for the additional cost of $22,712 in their financial planning (8 units of tuition and 4 months of living costs). An updated bank statement for the additional amount will be required in March 2025.

Education

Education Programs Tuition and Fees Living Expenses Other Expenses Estimated Total Amount
Master's programs
Catholic Educational Leadership (MA) $23,686 $22,097 $3,906 $59,690
Catholic Educational Leadership Advanced Studies Certificate $19,750 $28,190 $4,153 $52,095
Teaching - Concentration in Catholic Education (with Credential) $29,098 $22,097 $3,906 $55,100
Counseling Psychology, MFT concentration (MA) - 3 year $35,493 $28,190 $4,153 $67,835
Counseling Psychology, MFT concentration (MA) - 2 year $43,365 $28,190 $4,153 $75,710
Counseling Psychology, School Counseling (MA w/ Credential) $30,215 $28,190 $4,153 $62,560
Educational Technology (MA) $23,686 $22,097 $3,906 $49,690
Educational Technology (MA with Credential) $29,098 $22,097 $3,906 $55,100
Educational Technology Certificate $15,814 $22,097 $3,906 $41,820
Higher Education & Student Affairs (MA) $23,686 $22,097 $3,906 $49,690
Human Rights Education (MA) $23,686 $22,097 $3,906 $49,690
International & Multicultural Education (MA) $23,686 $22,097 $3,906 $49,690
Organization & Leadership (MA) $23,686 $22,097 $3,906 $49,690
Special Education (MA with Credential) $30,215 $28,190 $4,153 $62,560
Teaching (MAT with Credential) $29,098 $22,097 $3,906 $55,100
Teaching - Urban Education & Social Justice (MAT with Credential) $29,098 $22,097 $3,906 $55,100
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Certificate $19,750 $22,097 $3,906 $45,750
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA) $23,686 $22,097 $3,906 $49,690
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA with Credential) $29,098 $22,097 $3,906 $55,100
Teaching Reading (MA with Certificate) $17,126 $28,190 $4,153 $49,470
Teaching Reading (MA with Certificate & Credential) $29,098 $22,097 $3,906 $55,100
Doctoral Programs
Catholic Educational Leadership (EdD) $22,142 $22,097 $3,906 $48,145
International & Multicultural Education (EdD) $22,142 $22,097 $3,906 $48,145
Learning & Instruction (EdD) $17,728 $22,097 $3,906 $48,730
Organization & Leadership (EdD) $22,142 $22,097 $3,906 $48,145

Management

Management Programs Tuition and Fees Living Expenses Other Expenses Estimated Total Amount
Full-Time MBA $51,550 $22,097 $3,906 $77,555
Entrepreneurship & Innovation $55,736 $28,190 $3,906 $87,830
Information Systems $31,129 $22,097 $3,906 $57,130
Marketing Intelligence $49,562 $26,159 $3,906 $79,630

Nursing and Health Professions

Nursing and Health Professions Programs Tuition and Fees Living Expenses Other Expenses Estimated Total Amount
Digital Health Informatics $32,998 $28,190 $6,558 $67,745
Nursing CNL for Non-Nurse with any Bachelor's to MSN $65,482 $28,190 $6,558 $100,230
Public Health $35,272 $28,190 $6,558 $70,020
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) $56,453 $28,190 $6,558 $91,200

Proof of Funding Details

Bank statement or Bank letter with the account holder’s name, currency type and account type in English should be uploaded. The document must be dated within 12 months of your program start date, and should show the minimum (or higher) amount required for the first year of studies in your program.

Valid account types include checking accounts, savings accounts, time deposits, certificates of deposit (CDs), money market accounts and cash in investment accounts. Funds in stocks/investments, bonds, lines of credit, real property or statements of income are not accepted.

Scholarship letters are also accepted from governments and other organizations. The letter must be in English and indicate the amount of funds awarded.

Sponsors – If you have a sponsor, they must provide a signed statement that says: “I agree to financially support [your name] during their graduate studies at USF” for you to upload. Their name and signature on the letter must be in English characters with the date. Upload this letter to the application in the Certification of Finances section, along with their bank documents.

Dependents – If you have dependents who will need an F-2 visa, please provide additional proof of funding to cover their expenses. If you are awarded a scholarship that includes funding for your dependents, they will need to be listed on the scholarship letter.

For a 9-month program add an additional $7,650 per dependent adult. For a 12-month program include an additional $10,200 per dependent adult. Child dependents require an additional $600 for each month of the first year of your studies ($5,400 for a 9-month program and $7,200 for a 12-month program).

Living Expenses is an estimate for shared housing (rent), food at home, and health insurance.

Other Expenses is an estimate for books, a local transit pass, and personal expenses, such as eating out and entertainment.

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