International Graduate Financial Requirements

Certification of Finance - for F1 Student Visas

All international students seeking an F1 student visa are required by the U.S. government to submit a Certification of Finance (COF), also called “Proof of Funds”, so that USF can issue an I-20 form to you upon admission. The I-20 is needed to schedule a visa interview at a U.S. embassy or consulate. The COF is evidence that you have sufficient funds to pay for tuition and living expenses for the first year of graduate studies at USF.

In your application account, please upload your COF documents (bank statements, bank letter, scholarship letter) in the ‘International Applicant Requirements’ section.

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Estimated First-Year Budget – Summer/Fall 2022 and Spring 2023

Below are estimates for the first year of study for the graduate programs at USF.

Arts and Sciences
ARTS AND SCIENCES PROGRAMS TUITION AND FEES LIVING EXPENSES OTHER EXPENSES ESTIMATED TOTAL AMOUNT
Applied Economics $28,038 $20,009 $3,804 $51,850
Asia Pacific Studies $24,931 $20,009 $3,804 $48,745
Asia Pacific Studies Cert. $18,715 $20,009 $3,804 $42,530
Biology $18,715* $5,321 $3,804 $9,195
Biotechnology $26,484 $20,009 $3,804 $50,295
Chemistry $18,715* $8,565 $3,804 $12,440
Computer Science Bridge $34,253 $20,009 $3,804 $58,065
Computer Science $24,931 $20,009 $3,804 $48,745
Data Science $49,791 $25,496** $4,929** $80,215
Energy Systems $24,931 $20,009 $3,804 $48,745
Environmental Management $24,931 $20,009 $3,804 $48,745
International & Development Economics $28,038 $20,009 $3,804 $51,850
International Studies $31,146 $20,009 $3,804 $54,960
Migration Studies $26,484 $20,009 $3,804 $50,295
Museum Studies $31,146 $20,009 $3,804 $54,960
Professional Communications $24,931 $20,009 $3,804 $48,745
Sport Management $23,377 $25,496** $4,929** $53,800
Urban & Public Affairs $28,038 $20,009 $3,804 $51,850
Writing $24,931 $20,009 $3,804 $48,745

* Students admitted to Biology and Chemistry receive full scholarship and teaching assistantship. Graduate Student Association fee is $70 per year.

** 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 $54,425 for 2022-2023, which includes 3 additional units in the second academic year (Summer 2023).

Education
EDUCATION PROGRAMS TUITION AND FEES LIVING EXPENSES OTHER EXPENSES ESTIMATED TOTAL AMOUNT
Master's programs
Catholic Educational Leadership (MA) $22,539 $20,009 $3,804 $46,350
Teaching - Concentration in Catholic Education (with Credential) $16,629 $20,009 $3,804 $40,440
Counseling Psychology, MFT concentration (MA) - 3 year $33,773 $25,496 $4,929 $64,200
Counseling Psychology, MFT concentration (MA) - 2 year $41,263 $25,496 $4,929 $71,690
Counseling Psychology, School Counseling (MA w/ Credential) $28,821 $25,496 $4,929 $59,245
Educational Technology (MA) $22,539 $20,009 $3,804 $46,350
Educational Technology (MA with Credential) $27,756 $20,009 $3,804 $51,570
Educational Technology Credential $15,049 $20,009 $3,804 $38,860
Higher Education & Student Affairs (MA) $22,539 $20,009 $3,804 $46,350
Human Rights Education (MA) $22,539 $20,009 $3,804 $46,350
International & Multicultural Education (MA) $22,539 $20,009 $3,804 $46,350
Organization & Leadership (MA) $22,539 $20,009 $3,804 $46,350
Special Education (MA with Credential) $28,821 $25,496 $4,929 $59,245
Teaching (MAT with Credential) $27,756 $20,009 $3,804 $51,570
Teaching - Urban Education & Social Justice (MAT with Credential) $27,756 $20,009 $3,804 $51,570
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Certificate $18,794 $20,009 $3,804 $42,605
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA) $22,539 $20,009 $3,804 $46,350
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA with Credential) $27,756 $20,009 $3,804 $51,570
Teaching Reading (MA with Certificate) $16,298 $25,496 $4,929 $46,720
Teaching Reading (MA with Certificate & Credential) $27,756 $20,009 $3,804 $51,570
Doctoral Programs
Catholic Educational Leadership (EdD) $21,163 $20,009 $3,804 $44,975
International & Multicultural Education (EdD) $21,163 $20,009 $3,804 $44,975
Learning & Instruction (EdD) $16,945 $20,009 $3,804 $40,760
Organization & Leadership (EdD) $21,163 $20,009 $3,804 $44,975

 

Management
MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS TUITION AND FEES LIVING EXPENSES OTHER EXPENSES ESTIMATED TOTAL AMOUNT
Full-Time MBA $48,743 $20,009 $3,804 $72,555
Full-Time Financial Analysis $43,556 $25,496 $4,929 $73,980
Entrepreneurship & Innovation $51,541 $25,496 $4,929 $81,965
Information Systems $29,886 $20,009 $3,804 $53,700
Marketing Intelligence $46,664 $23,667 $4,846 $75,175

 

Nursing and Health Professions
NURSING AND HEALTH PROFESSIONS PROGRAMS TUITION AND FEES LIVING EXPENSES OTHER EXPENSES ESTIMATED TOTAL AMOUNT
Digital Health Informatics $31,076 $25,496 $7,581 $64,150
Nursing CNL for Non-Nurse with any Bachelor's to MSN $60,848 $25,496 $7,581 $93,925
Public Health $34,183 $25,496 $7,581 $67,260
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) $54,688 $25,496 $7,581 $87,765

 
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. U.S.-based salary pay stubs are accepted to cover living and other expenses. 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 $5,400 per dependent adult. For a 12-month program include an additional $7,200 per dependent adult. Child dependents require an additional $400 for each month of the first year of your studies ($3600 for a 9-month program and $4800 for a 12-month program).

Living Expenses is an estimate for shared housing (rent), food at home ($400 per month), and health insurance ($3,480 for 2021-2022).

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