Financial Information for International Students

International Student Costs and Funding Options

This financial information is specific to noncitizen or international students applying for our undergraduate bachelor and associate programs.

Tuition and Fees

Before issuing your I-20, the US Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires that we obtain proof of financial responsibility. Please review the educational costs for international students for the upcoming academic year and provide the required information that reflects your ability to cover the costs.

2016-17 Educational Costs for International Students

Tuition (includes international fee) - $12,875 per semester

Room and Board (varies depending on plan) - $3,600 per semester

Health Insurance (required) - $850 per semester, estimated

Total: $17,325 (excludes travel and books)

Students are responsible for travel, books and personal expenses.
Fees are subject to change without notice.

  • All international students are required to live on campus, obtain a meal plan and show proof of health insurance while enrolled in DWU.
  • All international students are also required to pay half of the fall tuition and fees on or before August 1, by a wire transfer.
  • If you choose to attend school elsewhere, the tuition paid is NOT refundable.
  • International students are required to pay their balance in full within the first two weeks of each semester.

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Please be sure to have your finances in order before you arrive. To make financial arrangements, contact:

Carol Weiss
(605) 995-2693

Federal Financial Assistance

Federal Financial Aid is only available to US citizens and eligible noncitizens. If you're in the US on an F-1 student visa, you're not eligible for federal financial aid. For details regarding eligible noncitizens see the Student Guide for Financial Aid from the US department of Education.

Global Scholarships

Does not apply to graduate students.

International students with an F-1 Student Visa who apply and are accepted to an undergraduate, bachelor or associate programs at DWU may be considered for a Global Scholarship. The scholarship is renewable for a maximum of eight semesters with continuous full-time enrollment and satisfactory academic progress. Students are encouraged to participate in the DWU Multicultural Committee. Students who receive an athletic scholarship or talent scholarship are not eligible for the Global Scholarship.

Athletic Scholarships

Does not apply to graduate students

If you are considering participation in intercollegiate athletics, please note that consideration for eligibility to play requires evaluation and assessment. Contact the appropriate athletic coach to learn more.

Talent Scholarships

Does not apply to graduate students

Talent scholarships may be available in the performing arts. The department chairperson determines eligibility for talent scholarships. An audition may be required. Contact the appropriate department for more information.

On-campus Work Program Awards

Does not apply to graduate students.

International students may be eligible for on-campus employment. These monies are earned as work is performed. The student will receive monthly paychecks, which may be used to pay for personal expenses. Contact the Academic and Career Services Center for more information.