Office of International Programs (OIP)


Student Expenses

Financial assistance

 

No financial aid is available and SF State scholarships are only available to currently enrolled International students. You are expected to have adequate funds shown on your Financial Statement available for the first year of your studies at SF State. Do not rely on earning extra money after you arrive. See Financial Assistance for international students

 

Expenses upon arrival

Some of the initial expenses you will encounter include your books, university fees and tuition, living cost, temporary housing costs, and local travel expenses. Do not bring a lot of cash - we recommend that you use travelers鈥 checks in U.S. dollars as they can be easily replaced if lost or stolen. If you have a bank account with a debit card or credit account at home, you should be able to withdraw money from an ATM in the U.S.

 

Expenses often overlooked by new international students:

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Overnight lodging: Hotel charges in big cities are very high-anywhere from $90-$200/night.
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Tips: Tips on taxi fares and restaurant meals: It is customary to add 15% to the bill.
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Taxes: State and local sales taxes added to the price of many items or services. Consumer taxes vary from state to state. The sales tax in San Francisco is 8.5%. This means if the price tag says US$10, you will need to pay US$10.85.
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Housing deposit: You may have to pay up to three months鈥 rent before moving into an off-campus apartment.
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Personal and household items: In furnished and unfurnished apartments, you will have to purchase linens, towels, kitchen utensils, etc.

 

Money Matters

You may bring a bank draft or a check for deposit in an account you will be opening at a local bank. However, it may take as long as 4-6 weeks to access your funds at the local banks. While you are waiting for your bank draft to clear, your money will not be available for you to use. If you did not pay Tuition Fee & Nonresident Tuition Fee while you are in your country, make sure you have access to adequate amount of money SOON after your arrival so you can pay Tuition Fee & Nonresident Tuition Fee, and all initial expenses.
Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Chase and Citibank are located within easy walking distance of the university. We also suggest that you check with your current bank in your home country to learn how to send money to a California bank by wire transfer.
See Banking Guide

 


Tuition Fee & Nonresident Tuition Fee

You must pay your Tuition Fee & Nonresident Tuition Fee to the Bursar's (Cashier) Office in full before you can register for classes. There will be a hold on your course registration until the Bursar鈥檚 office receives sufficient payment.
鈥淭uition Fee鈥 means State University Fee. State University Fee includes fees such as student activities fees and campus service fees.
鈥淣onresident Tuition Fee鈥 means the amount you pay for each unit you register for. The current Nonresident Tuition Fee for each unit is at least US$372 for both international undergraduate and graduate students. MBA/MSA students pay at least US$603 per unit.

Tuition Fee & Nonresident Tuition Fee are paid one semester at a time.
International students who hold F1 student status must enroll in and complete a full-time course of study at SF State each Fall & Spring Semester. Students do not need to be enrolled in a full-time course of study during the Summer or Winter breaks. Full-time course of study means 12 units for Undergraduate students, and 8 units for Graduate students.

We recommend that new international students pay for the Tuition Fee & Nonresident Tuition Fee while they are still in their home country in order to avoid possible delay of class registration and late fees. The amount should cover the minimum full-time requirements. We suggest that graduate students pay for 9 units because most graduate level classes carry 3 units.


Payment can be made by the following methods while you are in your home country:
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Wire transfer
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Online web payment (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover credit cards. ) A non-refundable service fee of 2.5% for credit card transactions and will be added to the total payment amount
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Certified fund (bank draft, cashier鈥檚 check, money order)
If you are already in the U.S. and have U.S. bank account, in addition to the above payment methods you can also pay by the following methods:
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Cash
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Personal check
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Electronic Check (e-Check)
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Online web payment (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover credit cards) A non-refundable service fee of 2.5% for credit card transactions and will be added to the total payment amount

See payment method, instruction and policy at Bursar鈥檚 Office website at: http://www.sfsu.edu/~bursar/index.html

Please understand that Tuition Fee & Nonresident Tuition Fee are subject to change without prior notice. It is important to visit the Bursar鈥檚 Office website at http://www.sfsu.edu/~bursar/ for the latest fee schedule, payment policy, and important dates.





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