F-1 Student Tuition
Cost of Attendance & Payment Methods for International Students
International students should be prepared to pay all expenses, both educational and living. Unfortunately, financial aid is not available to international students. Information about tuition and fees and payment due dates is available online. See the Payment Methods section below for information on paying tuition and fees.
2017-2018 Cost of Attendance - Estimates
To be considered for admission on an F-1 visa, applicants must be able to demonstrate that they are able to pay their educational and living expenses for at least one year. At minimum, applicants must show they have the total amount listed below available to them.
Please note: These figures are subject to change without notice so please review these costs with your Designated School Official (DSO)/International Student Advisor before making a final decision.
(Fall and Spring combined)
|Base Tuition & Fees:||$ 4,000 (24 Credit Hours)*|
|Mandatory Student Health Insurance:
(For student only. Subject to change annually without notice)
(Estimate for planning purposes only - Amount varies based on courses)
|Room & Board:
(Estimate for planning purposes only -
On-campus housing is not available.
Amount varies based on personal lifestyle)
|Transportation (if available):
(Public transportation not available at all campuses. Estimate for planning purposes only - Amount varies based on personal lifestyle)
(Estimate for planning purposes only - Amount varies based on personal lifestyle)
*Based on 12 credits per Fall and Spring semester and 9 months of estimated living expenses for the student. If spending the summer in the Houston area, budget an additional $5,311 for estimated living expenses. If beginning or enrolling in the summer, budget an additional $3,000 for tuition (12 credits) and books. Please add $4,911 per dependent per academic year (fall and spring) if dependent(s) will be accompanying you. If spending the summer in the Houston area, add an additional $1,638 per dependent.
**Insurance is purchased through the LSC-approved provider if not approved for a waiver. Waiver must meet specific criteria. See the International Student Insurance page for more information.
***Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice. Fees may vary depending on actual class and program requirements. The tuition and fees estimated here do not include differential or lab fees which may be assessed depending on the course. The average differential fee is $13 per credit hour. Lab fees vary by course. It also does not include a $10 processing fee for proof of Meningitis vaccination or medical/conscientious exemption. Only students who meet certain criteria are subject to this requirement. See the Meningitis page for more information. There is an additional $29 testing fee for students who must take the complete Compass ESL (English as a Second Language) placement assessment. The fee is $10 per section if a partial assessment is needed. Please see the Business Office website for further clarification on additional fees.
Payment Methods & International Wire Transfers
Current students can pay on-line via myLoneStar. You can also pay at the business office window with cash, U.S. checks, or U.S.-based credit or debit cards. More information about paying using these methods can be found here. Payment via wire transfers is also available. More information is listed below.
International Wire Transfers
Lone Star College has partnered with Flywire to provide you with an easy and secure method of sending international payments from other countries (including Venezuela). Flywire allows you to pay from almost any country and any bank!
Flywire allows you to:
- Save on bank fees and exchange rates
- Receive peace of mind with dedicated multilingual customer support
- Track your payment from start to finish
Using Flywire to make payments from a country other than Venezuela
To book your next payment, go to lonestar.flywire.com
Using Flywire to make payments from Venezuela
When you use Flywire to make payments from Venezuela you will receive all the necessary information to provide to your bank.
Please use the provided payment instructions to complete the “Carta de Instrucción Remesa Estudiante" available at your bank. After completing this card's instructions, the bank will process your request to purchase USD through CENCOEX (Centro Nacional de Comercio Exterior). When approved, they will send the money to Flywire. Flywire will then send your payment to your school. Please be aware that the process may take up to 4 weeks to be completed.
You will receive a delivery confirmation email when Lone Star College receives the payment.
DSO/International Student Advisors
14955 Northwest Freeway
Houston, Texas 77040
Fairbanks Center Building 120F
20000 Kingwood Drive
Kingwood, TX 77339-3801
Student Conference Center (SCC) 128
Office hours: By appointment
3200 College Park Drive
Conroe, TX 77384-4500
2700 W.W. Thorne Drive
Houston, TX 77073-3499
Wendy Palma, International Specialist/DSO
Student Services Bldg 108A
30555 Tomball Parkway
Tomball, TX 77375-4036
Office Hours: Call for appointment.
20515 SH 249
Houston, TX 77070
Building 13, Office 200J
LSC-System Office @ University Park
20515 SH 249
Houston, TX 77070
Office hours: By appointment only
|Step1: Apply for
|Step 2: Apply for F-1 Student Visa with U.S. Government|
|Step 3: Meet your DSO/ International Student Advisor|
|Step 4: Attend Orientation|
|Step 5: Register and Pay for Classes|
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- Fall Semester
April 1 - July 1
- Spring Semester
September 15 - November 15
- Fall Semester:
April 1 - August 15
- Spring Semester:
September 15 - December 15
No less than 60 days from:
- Current I-94 Admission Card/Record Expiration Date
- 21st birthday for dependents on certain visa types