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If you require a SEVIS Form I-20 or DS-2019 from LSU for the F-1 or J-1 student visa status, International Services is required by U.S. Immigration regulations to verify that you have adequate financial resources to cover the total estimated expenses for at least one academic year. If you are academically admitted to LSU, you will need to complete and submit your Affidavit of Support and proof of funding for International Services’ review to determine if you qualify for a SEVIS Form I-20 or DS-2019. A link to the Affidavit of Support is below.

Affidavit of Support

Average Estimated Costs to Attend LSU

Acceptable Types of Proof of Funding

Financial Assistance

Average Estimated Costs to Attend LSU

The average estimated costs to attend LSU for your program are listed in the charts below. These are the amounts that all F-1/J-1 prospective students will need to provide before an LSU SEVIS Form could be issued. The tuition and fee amounts are based on full-time enrollment for one academic year (9 months), unless otherwise indicated.

If your husband, wife and/or children will join you as your F-2/J-2 dependent(s), each dependent will need their own SEVIS Form and you must provide proof of financial resources for their support: $4,500 per dependent in addition to the amount needed for yourself. 

Undergraduate

Estimated Cost Amount
Tuition & Fees* $28,700
Living Expenses§ $14,400
Books, Supplies & Health Insurance^ $3,600
Total $46,700

Graduate Programs 

Estimated Cost for Program of Study Tuition & Fees* Living Expenses§

Books, Supplies & Health Insurance^

Total

Analytics, Master’s – one-year program

(summer start, full cost)

$39,300 $14,400 $3,600 $57,300

Analytics, Master’s – one-year program

(summer start; with Full Assistantship starting in fall)

$12,000 $14,400 $3,600 $30,000
Analytics, Master’s – one-year program

(summer start; with Partial Assistantship starting in fall)

$22,400 $14,400 $3,600  $40,400

Digital Media Arts & Engineering, Master’s

(full cost)

$34,600 $14,400 $3,600 $52,600

Digital Media Arts & Engineering, Master’s

(with Full Assistantship)

 $7,900  $14,400  $3,600  $25,900

Digital Media Arts & Engineering, Master’s

(with Partial Assistantship)

 $17,700  $14,400  $3,600  $35,700

Digital Media Arts & Engineering, Master’s

(with Graduate Tuition Award)

$9,100 $14,400 $3,600 $27,100

Flores MBA Program – one-year MBA

(summer start)

$45,100 $14,400 $3,600 $63,100

Flores MBA Program – full-time MBA

(full cost)

$36,300 $14,400 $3,600 $54,300

Flores MBA Program – full-time MBA

(with Full Assistantship)

 $9,000  $14,400  $3,600  $27,000

Flores MBA Program – full-time MBA

(with Partial Assistantship)

 $19,300  $14,400 $3,600   $37,300

Flores MBA Program – full-time MBA

(with Graduate Tuition Award)

$10,200 $14,400 $3,600 $28,300

Other LSU Master’s and Doctoral programs

(full cost)

 $29,600  $14,400  $3,600  $47,600

Other LSU Master’s and Doctoral programs

(with Full Assistantship)

 $2,900  $14,400 $3,600   $20,900

Other LSU Master’s and Doctoral programs

(with Partial Assistantship)

 $12,700  $14,400  $3,600  $30,700

Other LSU Master’s and Doctoral programs

(with Graduate Tuition Award)

$4,100 $14,400 $3,600 $22,100

Veterinary

Estimated Cost for Program of Study Tuition & Fees* Living Expenses§+

Books, Supplies & Health Insurance^

Total

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and

Veterinary Clinical Training (12 months)

$56,600 $26,100 $3,600 $86,300
Veterinary Clinical Training (6 months) $28,300 $13,050 $1,800 $43,150

* Tuition & FeesThese amounts are subject to change without notice. Also included in the fees are the International Cultural Center Fee ($10) and International Student Service Charge ($50). You can find the most updated and exact Tuition and Fee costs for each credit hour on the LSU Budget and Planning website. To maintain F or J student status, you must enroll as a full-time student for the fall and spring semesters. If the summer semester is your first semester at LSU, you also are required to enroll as full-time student.  Any subsequent summer enrollment would be optional.

^ InsuranceThe insurance cost is subject to change without notice.  F-1 and J-1 students are automatically charged and billed for the LSU student health insurance plan upon registration each semester. Waivers may be available to students who have insurance that meets university requirements (and U.S. Department of State requirements for J visa holders). Find more information on the health insurance requirements at https://www.lsu.edu/intlpro/is/insurance/mandatory.php.

§ + Living ExpensesUnless otherwise indicated, this amount is an estimate for 12 months and includes housing (whether on- or off-campus), food, taxes and other costs associated with day-to-day living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Living expenses for Veterinary programs are based amounts provided by the School of Veterinary Medicine. All estimates are subject to change without notice. We do realize that some students may need more money to live here and others may need less, and we are also aware that some students may travel home for the summer while others stay in Baton Rouge. However, we are unable to customize the I-20 or DS-2019 to reflect individual living accommodations, spending patterns and summer travel plans. For information about on-campus housing options: https://www.lsu.edu/reslife/index.php.  For information about off-campus housing: https://offcampushousing.lsu.edu/. 

Acceptable types of Proof of Funding

Your source of funds must be current, in English (or officially translated into English), and include the type of currency if not in U.S. Dollars. All funding must be easily accessible to you as liquid assets. (An asset that can be converted into cash in a short time with little or no loss in value. Liquid assets include items such as demand and time deposits or gilt-edged securities/bonds.)

  • Bank account(s): This type of funding should be in the form of a letter on official bank letterhead and must include: Full name of the account holder, type(s) of account(s), total amount of available funds and the date the letter was issued.
  • Bank loans.
  • Scholarship letters: must include details of award including the value, effective date and duration
  • LSU Assistantship or Tuition Award
  • Stocks or bonds that are not part of a retirement plan.
  • Statements verifying employment and salary. (NOTE: This type of funding is acceptable only as a supplement to the employee’s bank account.)

We do not accept non-liquid assets, such as property or personal assets (land, buildings, automobiles, jewelry, etc.); Insurance premiums and policies; Lines of credit; Income tax returns; Business or company accounts from those which have multiple owners or partners; Statements verifying employment and salary from Academic Training (AT), Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or Optional Practical Training (OPT); or Funds from another F-1/J-1 student.

Financial Assistance

Please be aware that international students typically do not qualify for U.S. financial aid such as Pell Grants, Stafford Loans, etc.

Note: International Services does not make any decisions regarding which students are awarded any type of LSU financial assistance.

Undergraduate

Graduate

If there is no LSU financial assistance available for you, you can search online for scholarships for international study. There may be private agencies or other entities (government, corporations, etc.) in your home country that offer scholarships or loan programs for the purpose of studying abroad.

Other financial-aid resources

Note: There are many additional sites for scholarships, but you will need to search for those and research them on your own. Be cautious and investigate the legitimacy of the site/agency, especially if there are fees/costs involved.

Disclaimer: Financial-aid assistance that you may receive from any of the sites above and agreements that you make with these entities are your responsibility. International Services and LSU are not responsible for or involved in any decisions that you make regarding your relationship with any of these entities. International Services and LSU also are not responsible for the terms and agreements that you make with these or any other entities.