UW Graduate School

Financial Ability Requirement

U.S. immigration laws require international students who wish to study in the U.S. on an F-1 or J-1 student visa that they show proof of adequate financial support. The financial ability requirement is met by showing proof of acceptable financial resources to cover tuition, living expenses, and other campus fees for the first year of study.

Tuition expenses for 2017-2018

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.

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

Average living* expenses for the academic year 2017-2018

Expenses Academic Year (9 Months) Calendar Year (12 Months)
Health Insurance (required) $1,240.00 $1,550.00
Room and Board $14,625.00 $19,500.00
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) $20,251.00 $26,898.00

*Average living expenses are calculated from the 2017-2018 The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) Student Budgets.
**All matriculated international students in F-1 or J-1 status are required by federal and state laws to purchase the UW International Student Health Insurance Plan (iSHIP).

Average estimated total expenses for the academic year 2017-2018

Academic Year (9 Months) Calendar Year (12 Months)
Living Expenses plus ESTIMATED tuition (U.S. dollars) $51,463.00 $68,184.00

Expenses for dependents 2017-2018:

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

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.

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

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 or grant
  • funds from a UW department offering a graduate assistantship

Acceptable documentation for financial resources:

  • letter from a bank or a bank statement 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 or grant
  • letter from a UW department to include your name, name of UW department, type of assistantship (teaching, research or staff), terms, salary and benefits of assistantship