US Universities fall under two major categories: public (state supported), and private (independent) institutions. International students’ tuition expenses at state schools are based on non-resident costs, which are still usually less expensive than those of private universities. It’s important to note that the cost of a program in a US school does not necessarily affect its quality. A brief idea can be got from the following table.
|University Type||Average Tuition Fees (annual in U.S. Dollars)|
|Private Institutions (High Cost)||$ 35,000|
|Private Institutions (Low Cost)||$ 18,000|
|State Institutions (High Cost)||$ 25,000|
|State Institutions (Low Cost)||$ 12,000|
The tuition fee is different for different universities and varies widely with courses. It can vary from as low as $ 10000 a year for state universities to as much as $ 35000 per annum for some private universities. For more specific details, please contact the universities.
The approximate annual living expenses are about $10,000, which includes accommodation as well as other daily expenses. However, the expenses are different for different people depending on the lifestyles and this is just a rough idea. The main expenses can be split up as.
|Rent||$ 400 per month
(you can live alone with that amount in a place like Auburn or share an apartment with 6 people in NY)
|Groceries||$ 100 per month|
|Utilities||$ 100 per month|
|Phone||$ 100 per month|
|Sundry||$ 200 per month|
So, about $1000 per month is a good estimation. Most people can survive with $700-$1000 a month. The key here is to share apartments/houses so that you save on the utilities, fixed charge portion of phone and to some extent on groceries.