Cost of Undergraduate Studies in USA

Posted on: 2010-11-18, last updated on:2013-9-30

The Expenses Involved in Studying in a University or a College in the United States Are As Follow:

1)Tuition & Fees (Chinese Translation: 学杂费)

Tuition and fees are quite different among various categories of universities. Public universities and colleges: Foreign students are considered "non-resident" students. State universities require them to pay more money. Tuition and fees for non-resident students range from $10,000 to $32,000 a year. Private universities and colleges: tuition and fees range from $17,000 to $30,000 a year.

Miscellaneous: Students have to pay other costs, such as club dues, fees for the use of certain school facilities, and health insurance which alone costs 500-1,000 dollars.

2). Accommodation and Meals (Room and Board)

Accommodation costs, largely based on geographical location of the universities, are about 5,000-15,000 dollars a year,

3). Books and Study Supplies (Books and Supplies)

Cost of textbooks, books, and other school supplies is about $1200 per year. Of course, you can always purchase used textbooks to save money.

Other Expense:

1)Medical Insurance


Students living in school dorms should allocate approximately $1,100 annually towards transportation costs.

3)Personal Expense

Fees include the cost of telephone charges, laundry, personal entertainment, buying clothing, daily necessities, etc.. For students living on campus, the average personal expense of students in public universities throughout the United States is $ 2,066 during the 2011-2012 school year.

4)Holiday Expense

Expenses include visiting parents in home country. Since some schools close campus housing during winter and summer holidays, the expense should also cover the cost related to finding temporary accommodations


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