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Cost of living

Prepare your budget well before you embark on your educational journey. After all, you don't want to starve during the last year of school.

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We are trying to give you a general idea of how much it will cost you to study and live in America for a year. Please note that depending on the area you live, your lifestyle, and many other factors, your total spending may vary from our estimates.
  • Application fees: $50 - $75 per school.
  • Academic entrance examinations (e.g., SAT, TOEFL): $100 - $200 per exam. Most students will have to take at least two tests.
  • Tuition and fees: $5,000 - $30,000 per academic year (9 months).
  • Books and study materials: $500 - $1,000 per academic year.
  • On-campus room and board: $3,000 - $7,500 per academic year.
  • Off-campus room and board: $3,000 - $9,000 per academic year.
  • Meal (for off-campus students): $2,500 - $3,000 per academic year.
  • Clothing: $500 or more.
  • Health insurance : $400 - $600 a year for a person and $2,500 - $3,500 for a family.
  • Personal expenses: about $2,000 a year.
Other Possible Expenses
  • Family member: approx. $5,000 per additional member.
  • Auto: approx. $4,000 - $5,000 a year.
  • Summer vacation: any where between $30 - $75 a day.
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