UW Graduate School

Financial Ability Requirement

After an international applicant planning to study in F-1 immigration status has been admitted and pays the enrollment confirmation deposit, they will receive access to the UW I-20 request form in their application portal.

Per US immigration law, the admitted student must demonstrate sufficient financial resources for the first year of study.

  • See the estimated total expenses below for the amount to demonstrate on the UW I-20 request form (this includes tuition, living expenses, and other campus fees).
  • Please note that the I-20 documentation will contain the estimated University of Washington’s average cost of graduate tuition rates, so that the average tuition used for these calculations may not accurately reflect the true tuition rate of your specific program. Refer to the Office of Planning and Budgeting (OPB) for current tuition and fee rate information. You can also contact your program if you have questions about your tuition.
  • Students who will attend in J-1 exchange visitor status have special requirements. Please contact GEMS at uwgrad@uw.edu for information.

Average estimated total expenses for academic year 2018-19

Academic Year
(Autumn Quarter Start)
Calendar Year
(Winter, Spring, or Summer Start)
ESTIMATED Graduate Tier III tuition (U.S. dollars) plus Living Expenses $52,885.00 $70,072.00
Explanation of Living Expenses

Estimated Living Expenses for the academic year 2018-2019

Expenses Academic Year
(Autumn Quarter Start)
Calendar Year
(Winter, Spring, or Summer Start)
ISHIP Health Insurance (mandatory) $1,324.00 (annual) $1,324.00 (annual)
Room and Board $15,051.00 $20,068.00
Books and Supplies $825.00 $1,100.00
Local Transportation $1,296.00 $1,728.00
Personal Expenses $2,265.00 $3,020.00
Living Expenses TOTAL (U.S. dollars) $20,761.00 $27,240.00

*Average living expenses are calculated from the 2018-2019 The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) Student Budgets.

For additional financial information see: International Student Services/Money Matters

Bringing Your Family to the United States?
Students declaring dependents must show additional proof of financial support to cover living expenses and health insurance costs. Estimated costs for dependents include living expenses and health insurance.

Expenses for dependents 2018-2019:

Spouse: $11,573.00 (U.S. dollars) per year
Child: $8,054.00 (U.S. dollars) per year per child

Acceptable financial resources:

  • your own personal funds
  • funds from a family sponsor
  • funds from a government or agency sponsor awarding a scholarship
  • funds from a UW department awarding a fellowship, grant, or graduate assistantship (RA/TA/GSA)

Acceptable documentation for financial resources:

  • letter from a bank or a bank statement (issued within the last six months) to include the name of the account holder, name of the bank and the amount of readily available funds (converted into U.S. dollars)
  • letter from a U.S. employer to include name of employer, name of employee, length of employment and employee’s annual salary
  • letter from a government or agency sponsor to include your name, name of government or agency, terms and amount of scholarship
  • letter from a UW department to include your name, name of UW department, terms and amount of fellowship, grant, or assistantship (RA/TA/GSA)
More Information about Tuition & Fees

Tuition expenses for 2018-2019

Tuition rates are maintained by the Office of Planning and Budgeting and may vary based on your residency status, tuition tier, the total number of credit hours for which you are registered, etc. Rates may also differ depending on which campus you attend, due to slight variations in Services & Activities fees.

The Office of Planning and Budgeting website makes current tuition and fee rates available. If you cannot locate the tuition rate for your specific program, contact the program in which you plan to enroll.

For questions regarding tuition and fee distribution, please visit the Office of Planning and Budgeting (OPB) website for contact information.

Important notes: F-1 and J-1 student visa documentation will contain the estimated University of Washington’s average cost of graduate tuition rates. Please be aware that the average tuition used for these calculations may not accurately reflect the true tuition rate of your specific program. Refer to the web site above to obtain the accurate tuition rate for your program, or ask your program.

Students who are required to enroll in UW Academic English Program (AEP) will pay additional fees for AEP courses.