New F-1s and J-1s must submit evidence of financial resources to get an I-20 or DS-2019 from International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). Current F-1s and J-1s may also be required to submit updated proof of financial resources as part of certain requests submitted to ISSS.
If you are applying for a U.S. visa, ISSS recommends you bring financial documents dated within the past 6 months to your visa interview.
If you are submitting an application to U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), ISSS recommends you use financial documents dated within the past 3 months for your application to USCIS.
You are required to show sufficient funds for the entire duration of your J-1 program. While you may use personal funds or funds from friends and family as evidence, you must submit other types of funding if you’re requesting a DS-2019 longer than 6 months.
F-1s: You must show at least one year’s worth of funding for the estimated cost of your program. If you have dependents, you must also show enough funding for each dependent.
J-1s: The length of your DS-2019 is based on the amount of funding you show. If a J-1 student is unable to show sufficient funding for the full-length of the program, they can show funding for their first year and then request an extension of their DS-2019 later.
Costs for F-2 and J-2 Dependents will depend on the length of time left in your program.
The amounts listed in the following tables are ESTIMATES and include the nonresident rate for tuition and fees. Please note that your actual cost of attendance may be higher or lower than the estimated amounts listed for several reasons, including but not limited to, your course selections, specific program fees, and optional costs. These estimates are subject to change without notice. The estimated cost of attendance below includes the ISSS fee of $85 per Fall, Spring, and Summer term.
All international students attending Texas A&M in F-1/J-1 status are required to be covered under the Texas A&M University System Student Health Insurance Plan (SSHIP) or have equivalent insurance coverage. The plan is automatically charged to each F-1 and J-1 international student’s tuition and fee statement. The estimated cost of attendance for one year includes the cost of insurance for 12 months. All new international students enrolling for Fall semester are charged a one-time ‘Mandatory First Time On Campus Arrival’ fee and all new international students enrolling for Summer term are charged a Summer term fee. These amounts are not included in all estimates provided below. For additional information about the health insurance costs and how to apply for a waiver, please visit the Health Insurance section of our website.
The “Student Total” in the tables below DO NOT include the cost of F-2 and J-2 dependents. An additional amount must be added to the “Student Only” total for each F-2 or J-2 dependent that will accompany the F-1 or J-1 student. The amount that should be added for each F-2 or J-2 dependent is included on each of the Estimated Cost of Attendance Tables provided below.
2023 Estimated Cost of Attendance Tables
ISSS has created 5 estimated cost of attendance documents. Students should review the descriptions of all 5 estimated cost of attendance documents below, and then select the one that best fits their situation. Click on the title of each document to access a downloadable PDF.
One Year Beginning Summer ‐ Summer Enrollment IS Required: This table is only applicable to students who are beginning a new academic program or a new F-1 or J-1 status in the Summer term. It includes the estimated cost of tuition and fees for Summer, Fall, and Spring plus the estimated cost of health insurance and living expenses for one year – 12 months.
One Fall or One Spring Term: Includes the estimated cost of tuition and fees for one major semester (Fall or Spring) plus the estimated cost of health insurance and living expenses for one major semester (Fall or Spring) – 4.5 months.
One Summer Term: Includes the estimated cost of tuition and fees for one Summer term plus the estimated cost of health insurance and living expenses for one Summer term – 3 months.
ISSS will accept any combination of the types of funding outlined on this webpage: Personal Funding, Third-Party Funding, Texas A&M University Funding, and/or Sponsored Funding. The submitted documents cannot contain a Social Security Number (SSN).
All documents submitted must be official/legitimate and scanned copies must be clear and legible.
Dated within the last 6 months from the date the document is reviewed by ISSS
Printed on official company letterhead or stationery - This requirement applies to Texas A&M University funding as well.
Must clearly identify the document source (i.e. a monthly mailed statement, an online statement, a statement by request, etc.)
ISSS charges a $350 one-time operational fee to support the services our office provides to support J-1 exchange visitors who are employed, conducting research, and/or interning at Texas A&M University. This fee does not apply to enrolled international students. The J-1 Scholar Operational Fee is charged at the time of Form DS-2019 issuance. Payment options will be communicated directly to the J-1 exchange visitor and hosting department.
This $70 one-time fee is charged to cover the cost of resources for newly admitted students who are not U.S. Citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents. This fee is added to the tuition and fee bill of newly admitted international students during their first semester of enrollment at Texas A&M. International students who were not enrolled for at least one major semester and resume studies at Texas A&M will be charged the fee again upon re-enrollment. International students attending Texas A&M for 1 or 2 semesters as part of an approved exchange program coordinated through Education Abroad are exempt from paying this $70 one-time fee.
This $85 per semester fee is required of all enrolled students who are not U.S. Citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents to support the specialized services provided to international students by 3 Texas A&M University offices. Out of this $85 per semester fee, $66.30 goes to International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS), $14.45 goes to the Center for Teaching Excellence, and $4.25 goes to the University Writing Center. International students attending Texas A&M for 1 or 2 semesters as part of an approved exchange program coordinated through Education Abroad are exempt from paying this $85 per semester fee.
This $415 per semester fee is required of all enrolled sponsored students who are not U.S. Citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents and whose tuition and fee payments are coordinated through Specialized Student Billing, unless this fee is waived as part of negotiated contractual agreements. This fee supports the added complexity of third-party billing and helps fund support services for international sponsored students. Out of this $415 per semester fee, $314.99 goes to International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) and $100.01 goes to Student Business Services (SBS).
This three-tiered fee ($200, $400, or $600) is required of F-1 students who are applying for Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) and the 24-month STEM Extension of OPT as well as J-1 students who are applying for Academic Training that will occur post-completion of studies. Within the applicable immigration requests, the student will be required to upload evidence that they have paid the required fee. This fee only applies to new or extended authorization requests for Post-Completion OPT, STEM OPT, and Post-Completion Academic Training. More information about this fee can be found here.