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The Graduate School

G-1 Communications Building
Box 353770
Seattle, Washington 98195-3770

Phone: 206.543.5900
Fax: 206.685.3234

Financial Ability Requirement

Applicants requesting an F-1 or J-1 student visa must meet the University of Washington's financial ability requirement. The financial ability requirement is met by showing proof of readily accessible and adequate funding to cover living expenses, tuition and other campus fees for the first year of study. Stocks, bonds or proof of property ownership are not acceptable financial resources. Students declaring dependents must also show proof of readily accessible and adequate funding to cover living expenses and health insurance for their dependents.

Acceptable financial resources:

  • your own personal funds
  • funds from a family sponsor
  • funds from a government or agency sponsor awarding a scholarship
  • funds from a UW department awarding a fellowship
  • funds from a UW department offering a graduate assistantship

Acceptable documentation for financial resources:

  • letter from a bank or a bank statement to include the name of the account holder, name of the bank and the amount of readily available funds (converted into U.S. dollars)
  • letter from a U.S. employer to include name of employer, name of employee, length of employment and employee's annual salary
  • letter from a government or agency sponsor to include your name, name of government or agency, terms and amount of scholarship
  • letter from a UW department to include your name, name of UW department, terms and amount of fellowship
  • letter from a UW department to include your name, name of UW department, type of assistantship (teaching, research or staff), terms, salary and benefits of assistantship

For the academic year 2014-15, the total cost of living expenses, tuition and other campus fees is $65,543.00 (U.S. dollars). If not attending summer quarter, the cost is $49,632.00 (U.S. dollars). The following expenses are subject to change without notice:

Expenses Academic Year (9 Months) Calendar Year (12 Months)
Non-Resident Tuition and other campus fees $28,686.00 $37,615.00
Health Insurance (required) $2,118.00 $2,824.00
Room and Board $14,061.00 $18,748.00
Books and Supplies $1,206.00 $1,608.00
Local Transportation $1,296.00 $1,728.00
Personal Expenses $2,265.00 $3,020.00
TOTAL (U.S. $) $49,632.00 $65,543.00

Estimated costs for dependents include living expenses and health insurance:

  • Spouse: $11,317.00 (U.S. dollars) per year
  • Child: $7,707.00 (U.S. dollars) per year per child