Certification of Finances — For F-1 Student Visas

In your application account, please upload "proof of funds" documents in the "Certification of Finances" section. "Proof of funds" documents can include bank statements, sponsors' statement of support, bank letter, scholarship letter, and cash in investment accounts. U.S.-based pay stubs are accepted to cover living and other expenses (described on this page). The "proof of funds" Documents cannot be older than 12 months from the program's start date.

Proof of funding is required for an application to be reviewed for admission and shows that an international student has sufficient funds for the first year of studies as required by the U.S. government. If admitted, then USF is able to issue an I-20 form for the student, which the student then uses for the F-1 student visa interview at a U.S. embassy or consulate.

Please note: The numbers below are only 9-month and 12-month estimates for the first year of studies. For living and other expenses, each student may spend less or more than what is indicated.

ESTIMATED First-Year Budget (9-month programs) for International Graduate Students for 2020-2021
Program Tuition & Fees Living Expenses Other Expenses Estimated Total Amount
Applied Economics $26,711 $18,604 $3,804 $49,120
Asia Pacific Studies $23,751 $18,604 $3,804 $46,160
Asia Pacific Studies, Certificate $17,831 $18,604 $3,804 $40,240
Biology* $70 $4,204 $4,929 $9,203
Biotechnology $25,231 $18,604 $3,804 $47,640
Chemistry* $70 $7,384 $4,929 $12,383
Computer Science $23,751 $18,604 $3,804 $46,160
Computer Science Bridge $32,631 $18,604 $3,804 $55,040
Energy Systems Management $23,751 $18,604 $3,804 $46,160
Environmental Management $23,751 $18,604 $3,804 $46,160
International & Development Economics $26,711 $18,604 $3,804 $49,120
International Studies $29,671 $18,604 $3,804 $52,080
Migration Studies $25,231 $18,604 $3,804 $47,640
Museum Studies $35,591 $18,604 $3,804 $58,000
Professional Communication $22,271 $18,604 $3,804 $44,680
Urban and Public Affairs $26,711 $18,604 $3,804 $49,120
ESTIMATED First-Year Budget (12-month programs) for International Graduate Students for 2020-2021
Program Tuition & Fees Living Expenses Other Expenses Estimated Total Amount
Data Science** $47,432 $23,873 $4,929 $76,234
Sport Management $22,271 $23,873 $4,929 $51,073
Writing $22,271 $23,873 $4,929 $51,073

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

**Tuition for Data Science as indicated above is an estimate based on 32 units for first academic year of studies. Total tuition cost (35 units) is $51,800 for 2020-2021, which includes 3 additional units in the second academic year (Summer 2021).

Living Expenses is estimate for shared housing (rent), food at home ($400 per month), and health insurance ($2,741 for 2019-2020).

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

Possible Additional Expenses

Potential expenses not included in the "Total Amount" estimates may include:

  • International travel between your home country and California
  • Summer session costs if you stay in the US during summer session and your program does not require summer attendance (9-month program)
  • Dependents, such as a spouse and/or child. For 9-month programs, please add an additional $5,400 per dependent adult. For 12-month programs, please add $7,200 per dependent adult. Dependent child requires an additional $400 for each month of first year of studies.

Contact Info

Office of Graduate Admission

Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Kalmanovitz Hall, Room 102
2130 Fulton St., San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 422-5101