Required Funding & Estimated Expenses

UNDERGRADUATE & GRADUATE STUDENT SUMMARY OF REQUIRED FUNDING - 2017-18*

Expense Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Total
Tuition $14,050 $14,050 $28,100
International Fee $75 $75 $150
Course/College Fees** $400 $400 $800
Books & Supplies $600  $600 $1200
Housing**** $3150 $3150 $2100 $8400
Meals $1675 $1675 $1225 $4575
Health Insurance*** $586 $811 *** $1397
Personal Expenses †† $450 $450 $300 $1200
TOTAL $20,986 $21,211 $3625 $45,822

 

* Estimates meant for the issuance of an I-20 or DS-2019. Official UA Cost of Attendance can be found here: http://financialaid.ua.edu/cost/

** College/Course Fees will vary depending on actual course enrollment – https://studentaccounts.ua.edu/cost/.

*** Health Insurance is $1397 per year and is paid in separate 5-month and 7-month installments, which covers all 12 months of insurance. The current annual cost for United Healthcare Insurance coverage: International Student, Dependent spouse and child(ren) – $1397 USD each.

**** Housing is based on an average rate of $700 per month for a single or studio off-campus apartment – https://offcampushousing.ua.edu/.  For fall and spring semesters, the rate of $700 is multiplied by 4.5 months, and for summer it is multiplied by 3 months.  Please be aware that some off-campus properties include utilities (electricity and water) in the price of rent, while others require separate utility service.  On-campus housing is limited to undergraduates and can vary from $2875 to $5400 per semester – https://housing.sa.ua.edu/apply/rates/.

Meal cost reflects the USDA guideline of an average of $300 per month in expenses for groceries for an individual plus $325 Dining Dollars per semester. For fall and spring semesters, the rate of $300 is multiplied by 4.5 months with the $325 Dining Dollars added, and for summer the rate of $300 is multiplied by 3 months with the $325 Dining Dollars added.  All undergraduate students are charged $325 at registration each semester for Dining Dollars; Dining Dollars are not automatically charged to graduate students.  Please note that students living on campus will have a higher rate for the full meal plan, which is estimated at $2162 per semester, and approximately $1276 in the summer – http://bamadining.ua.edu/meals-plans/.

†† Personal expenses and travel are based on an average rate of $100 per month.  For fall and spring semesters, the rate of $100 is multiplied by 4.5 months, and for summer it is multiplied by 3 months.

‡ Summer tuition, fees, books, and supplies are not included in the estimated annual costs. If summer is your first semester of study, you must enroll full-time. Undergraduate students will need to show an additional $14,035 in funding for summer tuition (12 credit hours) and fees; graduate students will need to show an additional $11,830 in funding for summer tuition (9 credit hours) and fees; and Law students will need to show an additional $16,225 in funding for summer tuition (10 credit hours) and fees. Tuition rates available at: https://studentaccounts.ua.edu/tuition-rates/ & https://studentaccounts.ua.edu/tuition-rates-summer/.

LAW STUDENT SUMMARY OF REQUIRED FUNDING - 2017-18*

Expense Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Total
Tuition $20,180 $20,180 $40,360
International Fee $75 $75 $150
Course/College Fees** $400 $400 $800
Books & Supplies $600  $600 $1200
Housing**** $3150 $3150 $2100 $8400
Meals $1675 $1675 $1225 $4575
Health Insurance*** $586 $811 *** $1397
Personal Expenses †† $450 $450 $300 $1200
TOTAL $27,116 $27,341 $3625 $58,082

 

* Estimates meant for the issuance of an I-20 or DS-2019. Official UA Cost of Attendance can be found here: http://financialaid.ua.edu/cost/  

** College/Course Fees will vary depending on actual course enrollment – https://studentaccounts.ua.edu/cost/.

*** Health Insurance is $1397 per year and is paid in separate 5-month and 7-month installments, which covers all 12 months of insurance. The current annual cost for United Healthcare Insurance coverage: International Student, Dependent spouse and child(ren) – $1397 USD each.

**** Housing is based on an average rate of $700 per month for a single or studio off-campus apartment – https://offcampushousing.ua.edu/.  For fall and spring semesters, the rate of $700 is multiplied by 4.5 months, and for summer it is multiplied by 3 months.  Please be aware that some off-campus properties include utilities (electricity and water) in the price of rent, while others require separate utility service.  On-campus housing is limited to undergraduates and can vary from $2875 to $5400 per semester – https://housing.sa.ua.edu/apply/rates/.

Meal cost reflects the USDA guideline of an average of $300 per month in expenses for groceries for an individual plus $325 Dining Dollars per semester. For fall and spring semesters, the rate of $300 is multiplied by 4.5 months with the $325 Dining Dollars added, and for summer the rate of $300 is multiplied by 3 months with the $325 Dining Dollars added.  All undergraduate students are charged $325 at registration each semester for Dining Dollars; Dining Dollars are not automatically charged to graduate students.  Please note that students living on campus will have a higher rate for the full meal plan, which is estimated at $2162 per semester, and approximately $1276 in the summer – http://bamadining.ua.edu/meals-plans/.

†† Personal expenses and travel are based on an average rate of $100 per month.  For fall and spring semesters, the rate of $100 is multiplied by 4.5 months, and for summer it is multiplied by 3 months.

‡ Summer tuition, fees, books, and supplies are not included in the estimated annual costs. If summer is your first semester of study, you must enroll full-time. Undergraduate students will need to show an additional $14,035 in funding for summer tuition (12 credit hours) and fees; graduate students will need to show an additional $11,830 in funding for summer tuition (9 credit hours) and fees; and Law students will need to show an additional $16,225 in funding for summer tuition (10 credit hours) and fees. Tuition rates available at: https://studentaccounts.ua.edu/tuition-rates/ & https://studentaccounts.ua.edu/tuition-rates-summer/.

ELI COST PER SESSION

EXPENSE COST Fall/Spring sessions COST Summer sessions
Tuition $2,052 $2,052
University Student Fee $516 $384
Medical Insurance‡‡ $285 $215
On-Campus Housing†† $1,437.50 $1,050
Meals (estimate) $842 $842
Books (estimate) $150 $150
TOTAL $5,282.50 $4,693

 

†† Housing charges vary according to assignment. Off-campus housing is not factored into the housing estimate due to the extreme range of off-campus rent.
‡‡ Health insurance is required-unless student provides proof of acceptable coverage.  An insurance waiver form must be completed by the student’s insurance company and submitted for consideration prior to registration.
For a complete explanation of current ELI rates.

EXPLANATION OF ESTIMATED COST OF ATTENDANCE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS 2017-2018

Tuition and Fees:  Actual tuition and fee charges will vary depending on the number and type of courses a student takes each term.  Tuition and fees for Summer School (Interim, Summer 1, Summer 2) are NOT included in the estimate of tuition and fees incurred annually.  Tuition rates available at the Student Accounts Site for Fall and Spring Semester Rates and for Summer Rates.

Books and Supplies:  Estimates may be somewhat low for students in the fields of biological sciences and engineering.  Estimates do NOT include books and supplies for study during the summer.  Expect at least US $600 in expenses for books and supplies for a full course load (12 hours undergraduate; 9 hours graduate) during summer.   Costs may be higher for some programs.

Housing:  Housing is based on an average rate of $700 per month for a single or studio off-campus apartment – https://offcampushousing.ua.edu/.  For fall and spring semesters, the rate of $700 is multiplied by 4.5 months, and for summer it is multiplied by 3 months.  Please be aware that some off-campus properties include utilities (electricity and water) in the price of rent, while others require separate utility service.  On-campus housing is limited to undergraduates and can vary from $2875 to $5400 per semester – https://housing.sa.ua.edu/apply/rates/.

Food:  Meal cost reflects the USDA guideline of an average of $300 per month in expenses for groceries for an individual plus $325 Dining Dollars per semester. For fall and spring semesters, the rate of $300 is multiplied by 4.5 months with the $325 Dining Dollars added, and for summer the rate of $300 is multiplied by 3 months with the $325 Dining Dollars added.  All undergraduate students are charged $325 at registration each semester for Dining Dollars; Dining Dollars are not automatically charged to graduate students.  Please note that students living on campus will have a higher rate for the full meal plan, which is estimated at $2162 per semester, and approximately $1276 in the summer – http://bamadining.ua.edu/meals-plans/.

Students who often eat in restaurants or cafeterias will likely incur greater costs than those estimated.  Students who prepare most meals in their apartments will likely be able to stay within the estimated cost.  This also applies to undergraduate students who supplement meals purchased with their UA Dining Dollars account with meals prepared themselves. On-campus dining rates available on Bama Dining Website.

Personal Expenses:  These expenses vary greatly from student to student.  The amount listed in this estimate is an approximation of funds that may be needed to supplement living expenses.

Dependents:  An accompanying dependent (spouse/child) who is not a student will require additional funds or support.  The estimate of $3800 per year/per dependent meets the U.S. Government Health and Human Services Poverty Level yearly estimate.  Please be aware that actual dependent costs may be much higher due to additional medical insurance expenses, food, clothing, and daycare for children.

Medical Insurance: The University of Alabama requires all international students in F-1 and J-1 status to have continuous medical insurance coverage.  The U.S. Department of State also requires all visitors in J-1 or J-2 to maintain medical insurance coverage for the duration of their stay in the U.S.

The estimate of health insurance costs is the annual premium for United Healthcare and is for the student only.  UA encourages students with families to obtain medical insurance coverage for all family members in the U.S.

The current annual cost for United Healthcare Insurance coverage: International Student – $1397 USD; Spouse and/or Dependent Child – $1397 USD each.

Enrollment forms and policy information available at Student Health Center site.

IMPORTANT NOTES:
Students and their financial sponsors should plan to meet the estimated expenses for the duration of the student’s studies.  Immigration regulations generally prohibit off-campus employment during a student’s first year of study in the U.S.   Even if you may be eligible for off-campus employment, it is difficult to find a job. Lawful authorization to take a job may also take several months to receive.  On-campus jobs are few in number and difficult to obtain.  Students and their financial sponsors should not plan to meet any costs through on-campus or off-campus employment.
It is unlikely that an international student can study at The University of Alabama for less than the estimated costs.
All estimates are in United States currency ($US dollars).
All estimates are subject to change without notice.  This document reflects estimated costs for academic students for the 2016-2017 academic year which ends in August 2017.

FORMS NEEDED TO ISSUE AN I-20 OR DS-2019
To obtain an F-1 I-20 or J-1 DS-2019 from The University of Alabama, a student must:

1. apply and be admitted to a program of study;
2. submit the I-20/DS-2019 Request Form to the admissions office handling his/her application to The University of Alabama; and
3. show adequate proof of funding to cover his/her studies and living expenses by submitting required proof of funding to the admissions office handling his/her application to The University of Alabama.