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EIU Office of International Students and Scholars

Graduate Cost of Study


All international students must prove a minimum amount of money to study at EIU for one academic year. These cost will appear on Form I-20 or DS-2019. The approximate cost for the 2020-2021 academic year of study (August to May) are as follows:



(Out of State)

Tuition per credit hour


Tuition (9 credits Fall & Spring)


Fees, including Textbook Rental, Campus Improvement, and International Student Fee


Living Expenses


Total USD * (per year): 




Tuition: Graduate tuition and Scholarship amount is based on enrollment in 9 credit hours per semester. 9 credits is considered full-time status by SEVIS.

Fees: See link for fee description. Fee costs are subject to change depending on number of courses taken. The International Student Fee is $230 per academic year. All international students must pay this amount, regardless if they are on EIU's campus or not. International students who take all online courses from abroad will also be charged this amount, which provides support to international students and OISS.

Living Expenses: These are estimated for single student, with Out of State rate. For students with dependents, you should allow an additional $5,525.00 per year for your spouse and an additional $2,000.00 per year for each child. These amounts will cover their food, housing, medical care, and other miscellaneous expenses. This is the minimum amount you should prove for your I-20 or DS-2019. 

Dependent Rates (1 Spouse, additional children) :



*Total USD (per year): Please expect an approximate an increase each year.

International Student Scholarship: Awards are dependent on available scholarship monies. 

Health Insurance: OISS reminds students that your current health insurance policy may provide benefits while attending Eastern Illinois University. If you do not have insurance or if your insurance does not cover you during this time, we strongly recommend a comprehensive health insurance plan. Costs for insurance plans will vary depending on amount and length of coverage.

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Office of International Students and Scholars

1170 Blair Hall
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, Illinois
61920-3099 USA

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