International Programs

Cost and Financial Assistance

Program Cost for International Students

In your application for admission to Muskingum and then again when you apply for a student (F) or Exchange Visitor (J) visa to come to the United States, you must provide documents assuring that you have enough money for all your expenses. From the American viewpoint, this documentation means you actually have the money, or at least have unrestricted access to it. If you do not actually have the money or access to it, you should not come to the United States. Living here is very expensive; and although Muskingum offers some financial aid for degree seeking international students, it is not enough to cover all of your expenses. Some students provide documents of funds that they cannot or simply do not intend to use (for instance papers from a family member who cannot really afford to support the student); those students believe that if they can just get the visa, they will be able to find a way to earn their own way through hard work and/or extra scholarships-- this is not the case. If you do not have the funds you need, in most cases, you will have to leave your studies and go home until you do. Wise students will not come to the United States unless they truly have the money they need.

The US government restricts the type and amount of work that foreign students are allowed to do. In most cases, you are restricted to working on campus for up to 20 hours per week while classes are in session, and up to 40 hours per week during semester breaks. On campus jobs usually pay "minimum wage" which is the lowest amount an employer is allowed to pay any employee by law. Off campus work of any kind (including informal work like babysitting, or yard work) is against the law unless it is a required part of your academic program and you have special permission from Department of Homeland Security and/or the person on your campus authorized by the Department of Homeland Security to grant work permission for you (Designated School Official or Responsible Officer). Working without permission has serious consequences including the possibility of deportation.

Exceptions to the English proficiency test score requirement may be granted on an individual, case-by-case basis. In lieu of an accepted test of English proficiency, applicants from Muskingum University’s affiliated partner institutions abroad must submit a formal written assessment from their school affirming English language proficiency at the appropriate level for degree study at Muskingum University.

Below are the amounts that you will see on your I-20 or DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility that you will receive from Muskingum after you have been accepted and proved your ability to pay for your studies. Please keep in mind that these budgets do not take into consideration all of your costs -- so you and your family should carefully create a budget of your own to make sure that you can really afford a US education. That budget should be flexible to deal with normal fluctuations in your currency against the dollar and for cost inflations over the period you intend to study (perhaps 5% per year). Your family budget for your education should include:

  • Tuition and fees
  • Rent (or Room)
  • Food (often called “board,” as in “room and board”)
  • Health insurance and medical costs (although you will be required to buy health insurance through Muskingum, you may wish to purchase additional insurance of your own -- especially if you have an ongoing medical condition or if you need to change your eyeglass prescription regularly)
  • Books and course supplies
  • Transportation
  • Communications (mainly telephone and e-mail hookups)
  • Clothing
  • Personal expenses
  • Recreation
  • Furniture
  • Travel
  • Taxes, if you will be working on campus or have an approved off-campus work experience, you will pay US taxes on your earnings
  • For older or married students, expenses for dependents (that is, spouse and/or children who accompany you and are dependent on your financial support), including living costs, health insurance, childcare costs, and tuition for dependents who are in school. You will need to be able to prove you can take care of these expenses without resorting to working in the United States.

Basic Fees and Charges for Degree Seeking Students

The student fees for the 2017-2018 academic year are as follows:

  Per Semester Per Year
Tuition $13,450 $26,900
Standard Room $2,860 $5,720
Board $2,660 $5,320
Required Health Insurance (estimated) $550 $1100
Matriculation Fee **   $250
Student Activity Fee $126 $252
Technology Fee $247 $494
Laundry Fee $83 $166
Books and Supplies (estimated) $1,000 $2,000
Personal Expenses (estimated) $1,500 $3,000
TOTAL $22,476 $45,202

** The matriculation fee is a one time charge for processing new degree-seeking students Please note that the costs listed above are for degree seeking students only. These costs may not reflect any agreements we have with our exchange partner institutions, or costs for transient students, who are charged tuition by credit hour.

Fees and Charges for Students on Direct Exchange Programs

The student fees for the 2017-2018 academic year are as follows:

  Per Semester Per Year
Tuition paid to home institution  
Standard Room $2,860 $5,720
Board $2,660 $5,320
Required Health Insurance (estimated) $550 $1100
Student Activity Fee $126 $252
Technology Fee $247 $494
Laundry Fee $83 $166
Books and Supplies (estimated) $1,000 $2,000
Personal Expenses (estimated) $1,500 $3,000
TOTAL $9,026 $18,052

* All exchange students are required to purchase 21 meals per week
** Non-academic fees required vary by contractual obligations with the home institution.
Please note that the costs listed above are for degree students in direct exchange programs with partner institutions only, and do not reflect fees for some directed study classes such as some music courses.

Financial Assistance

Although there is no athletic or need-based financial aid available at Muskingum, International students are eligible for financial aid at Muskingum University, with grants and scholarships ranging up to 75% of tuition per year. These grants & scholarships are limited, so students hoping for financial aid should apply as early as possible. The decision to award a grant/scholarship is based primarily on two factors: grades and exam scores from high school (and university transcripts if applying as a transfer student); and scores from standardized tests (TOEFL, IELTS or SAT). The application essay is also reviewed and personal interviews are helpful when possible.

There is no financial aid form required; all international applications are automatically reviewed for available scholarships and grants.

Students who do not receive financial aid upon entering the University are eligible for scholarships based on work done at Muskingum. Students with Grade Point Averages (GPA) above 3.4, after two consecutive semesters of regular course work, will receive a scholarship of $5,000 per year.

Other sources of financial aid available at Muskingum are: performance awards in art, speech, theater, and music (portfolio and/or auditions required, videos accepted); science division scholarships, sibling credit for two or more students from the same immediate family enrolled simultaneously, and Presbyterian grants for members of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. These awards are $500 each with a maximum additional total of $1000. Limited financial aid is available for exceptional students entering through the English Support Program. Limited financial aid is also available in the form of part time, on-campus employment ($5.15/hour, for up to 20 hours per week during the semester, and 40 hours per week during semester breaks).

Other Scholarship and Financial Aid Resources

Be careful when you are searching for information on scholarships for studying in the United States. Avoid offers that seem "too good to be true" or that promise that they will find you a scholarship or sponsor in exchange for money. It is easy to lose money to scholarship fraud. The following Internet sites provide information on additional funding opportunities for international students. Please be aware that Muskingum University is not directly or indirectly affiliated with any of the websites below, nor are they endorsed by Muskingum. The information is provided as a service for students to begin their own research in alternative educational loans.

Alternative Loan Information

The following sites will link you to private banks or lending institutions that provide international students with loan options. Alternative loan programs vary in many ways, such as interest rate and enrollment requirements and most likely will require you to have a U.S. citizen as a co-signer. Loan money is borrowed money that must be repaid at a later date. Be sure that you understand the terms and conditions of the loan before you sign anything.

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