International Student Cost and Required Proof of Funding

Proof of Funding for International Students


U.S. Government Requirement:

International students who will study at Winthrop University on an F-1 or J-1 visa must, prior to applying for the visa at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate, obtain the corresponding immigration document from Winthrop’s International Center (the F-1 uses Form I-20 and J-1 uses Form DS-2019). In order to issue these documents, the International Center must receive evidence that a student is financially capable of paying tuition, room/board, and personal expenses for their first year of study at Winthrop University. Immigration documents cannot be issued without the completion and submission of the Statement of Financial Guarantee and Affidavit of Support, along with the required financial documentation and any additional supporting documents.


Sources of Funding:

Students must show proof of funding for their first year of studies. However, students need to prepare sufficient financial support for their entire period of study (undergraduates for four years and graduates for two years). Financial support may come from any combination of sources, including personal, family, or sponsored funds. All funds are subject to currency exchange fluctuation. All signatures and documentation provided must be originals and must be less than six months old. Scholarships and Graduate Assistantships are limited and not available to all students. However, if you are officially awarded a scholarship or graduate assistantship, the value of the award can be deducted from the amount required to be shown on the immigration document. Work opportunities are limited by U.S. immigration regulations and must not be considered as a source of funding. Students should not rely on obtaining an assistantship or other financial aid to assist in paying fees after they arrive at Winthrop.


Additional Information:

Winthrop tuition, fees, and health insurance costs are subject to change without notice. Fees are determined during the summer by the University’s Board of Trustees. Please note: depending on when you are admitted to Winthrop, it is possible that fees may increase between the submission of this form and enrollment at Winthrop. The International Center suggests reconfirming fees prior to the beginning of each semester since the University requires fees to be paid after course registration. Winthrop University's Office of Financial Aid or Student Financial Services can provide an exact breakdown of the cost per semester for tuition and fees, along with the cost of different residence halls and meal plans.

Sources and amount of financial support in U.S. Dollars:

To receive a Form I-20 or Form DS-2019, the Statement of Financial Responsibility and Affidavit of Support must be submitted to the International Center, accompanied by a bank statement or bank letter on bank letterhead, dated within six months of the start date at Winthrop University, which shows access to the funds required below. If you have a sponsor, and your sponsor is not your parent, please include a brief letter from your sponsor indicating their intention to support all of your expenses related to your education at Winthrop. If you will receive a scholarship, assistantship, or if you are sponsored by a private organization or government agency, you must provide an official copy of your award.

The approximate cost for an academic year (two semesters) at Winthrop University is listed below. This includes tuition, fees, books, room, meals, health insurance, and personal expenses. The most current information on costs can be found below. If a dependent accompanies you, an additional $5,000 per dependent is required to be shown. Any scholarships or graduate assistantships that you receive will be deducted from the amount you are required to show below.

2022-2023 Annual Fees*

Undergraduate Fees 

Tuition: $29,636
Living Expenses: $10,488
Other (books, health insurance, personal items): $6,461
Total: $46,585 

Graduate Fees 

Tuition: $22,428
Living Expenses: $10,332
Other (books, health insurance, personal items): $6,948
Total: $39,708

*Tuition and fees for the each academic year are set by Winthrop University's Board of Trustees each July. These figures are based on data provided by Winthrop's Office of Financial Aid. Figures are subject to change at any time by action of the Winthrop Board of Trustees.

 If you have any questions or concerns about the financial documents required for acquiring the Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 please contact the International Center.