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International Student Cost of Attendance

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Cost of Attendance & Payment Methods for International Students

The U.S. federal government requires all F-1 visa international students to be financially prepared to pay all expenses, both educational and living. However, Lone Star College offers affordable tuition as compared to other institutions and the Houston-area is one of the most affordable destinations for international students. Additionally, Lone Star College offers payment plans, and competitive scholarships to eligible students through the LSC Honors College and other sources. Unfortunately, federal financial aid is usually 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.

2020-2021 Cost of Attendance Estimates for F-1 Visa Students

To be considered for a Form I-20 to apply for 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 academic year (9 months) per the U.S. federal government. At minimum, applicants must show they have the total amount listed below available to them. Lone Star College issues Form I-20 for students who wish to have accompanying dependents (spouse or minor children). The U.S. federal government allows eligible dependents to pursue a part-time course of study at Lone Star College.

Please see below estimates for the required minimum educational and living expenses that must be demonstrated to issue form I-20.

Please note: These figures are subject to change without notice so please review these carefully before making a final decision.

Category

Estimated Cost
(Fall and Spring combined)
Educational Expenses  
Base Tuition & Fees:
(One academic year: 2 semesters)
$6,156 (24 Credit Hours)*
Mandatory LSC Student Health Insurance:
(Annual cost for student only. Must be purchased through the LSC-required provider. Subject to change annually without notice)
$ 1,980**
Books:
(For two semesters; Estimate for planning purposes only - Amount varies based on courses)
$ 1,275
Living Expenses  
Room & Board:
(Estimate based on sharing; For planning purposes only -
On-campus housing is not available.
Amount varies based on personal lifestyle)
$ 6,600
Transportation (if available):
(Public transportation not available at all campuses. Estimate for planning purposes only - Amount varies based on personal lifestyle)
$ 1,000
Personal Expenses:
(Estimate for planning purposes only - Amount varies based on personal lifestyle)
$ 2,350
Total for Student Only $ 19,361***
Accompanying Dependent (additional amount per dependent) $ 3,316****

*Based on 12 credits per Fall and Spring semester. If beginning or enrolling in the summer, add an additional $263 per credit hour for tuition and fees (minimum 12 credit hours if starting in the summer). Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice. Additional fees may apply by program. The tuition and fees estimated here do not include lab fees which vary and may be assessed depending on the course. It also does not include a $10.50 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. Does not include placement testing or exam proctoring fees. These amounts range between $6-$55 per exam depending on the test, number of sections required, and duration of exam. Please see the Business Office website for further clarification on additional fees.

**Amount listed is annual cost for Fall and Spring/Summer and must be purchased by the student before the deadline each Fall and Spring semester directly from the LSC-required provider if not approved for a waiver through Academic Health Plans (AHP). Waiver must meet specific criteria and the student must apply before the deadline each Fall and Spring semester. If starting in the summer, must also purchase or be approved for a waiver before the deadline for that semester. See the International Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) page for more information.

***Based on 9 months of estimated living expenses for the student. If beginning in the summer or spending the summer in the Houston area, include an additional $3,316 for estimated living expenses, $638 for books (based on 12 credit hours), and $380 for student health insurance for planning purposes.

****Estimated Costs for Accompanying Dependents: If dependents will accompany you to Houston, add $3,316 per dependent per academic year if starting your studies in fall or spring. If starting in the summer, plan the summer in the Houston area, add $1,105 per dependent for planning purposes. This does not include the cost of optional dependent health insurance or cost of studying for F-2 dependents who are eligible to do so.

 

2020-2021 Estimated Cost of Attendance for F-2 Dependents Eligible to Study Per Semester

The U.S. federal government allows eligible dependents to pursue a part-time course of study at Lone Star College. Proof of financial documents is not required for admission.

Category

Estimated Cost
(Fall and Spring combined)
Base Tuition & Fees:
(Per Credit Hour)
$250-$263*
Books:
(Per Credit Hour. Estimate for planning purposes only - Amount varies based on courses)
$ 50
Total per credit hour $ 300-313**

*On average, most course are 3 credits each semester. Number of credits in part-time programs vary by course of study.

**Based on one credit. On average, most course are 3 credits each semester. Number of credits in part-time programs vary by course of study.

2020-2021 Estimated Cost of Attendance for Students Outside of the United States Taking Classes Fully Online

Students who will not travel to the United States to study are welcomed to take fully online courses. Proof of financial documents is not required for admission.

Category

Estimated Cost
(Fall and Spring combined)
Base Tuition & Fees:
(One academic year: 2 semesters)
$6,156 (24 Credit Hours)*
Books:
(Estimate for planning purposes only - Amount varies based on courses)
$ 1,275
Total $ 7,431**

*Based on 12 credits per Fall and Spring semester. If also enrolling in the summer, add an additional $263 per credit hour for tuition and fees (minimum 12 credit hours if starting in the summer). Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice. Additional fees may apply by program. The tuition and fees estimated here do not include lab fees which vary and may be assessed depending on the course. Does not include placement testing or exam proctoring fees. These amounts range between $6-$55 per exam depending on the test, number of sections required, and duration of exam. Please see the Business Office website for further clarification on additional fees.

**Based on two semesters. If also enrolling in the summer, add $638 for books (based on 12 credit hours).

***Does not include estimated costs for Room and Board, transportation, or personal expenses as this will vary based on individual lifestyles and location.

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.

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

To learn more about making payments, go to www.flywire.com/help or contact Customer Support at support@flywire.com

To book your next payment, go to lonestar.flywire.com

 

 

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