Financial Information for International Students

Financial Guarantee

Upon admittance to a program, student must verify they have adequate funding available to support educational costs and all other costs associated with their stay in the United States before a visa application is processed.

Submit one of the following documents to verify financial support: 

  • Self-support: Submit a current bank statement;
  • Governmental, Employer, or Academic Institution support: Submit a letter of official financial sponsorship
  • Third Party support: Submit a completed Financial Guarantee Form 
Please note that at least $40,609.00 (USD) should be available annually to international students planning to study at NAU.

ESTIMATED COSTS for International Students for the 2017-18 Academic Year

International graduate students are required to pay non-resident tuition and fees.

The estimated costs are based on the assumption that the student will live off campus, have a meal plan, and do not bring a spouse or children.  The dollar amounts presented are averages only, as your costs may be higher.  Additional degree program costs have not been factored in the TOTAL below.

These amounts are subject to change without notice. 

The pledge of financial support must at a minimum cover the expenses listed below. University tuition and fees must be paid at the beginning of each term, unless the student elects to enroll in a tuition payment plan.  Additional costs for a spouse or children accompanying the student are also listed below.










Mandatory Student Fees*$336$336$672









Personal Expenses








Health Insurance***








These figures are subject to change by the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR).
* Based on required full-time (9-credit hours) registration in Fall and Spring semesters.
** Based on 14 meals per week (most popular plan) at Campus Dining.
*** Mandatory for all international students (amount is adjusted for students with assistantships).

Please Note:

  •  If family members accompany the student, please add $5,500 for a spouse and $3,500 per child to the total for each academic year.
  • Additional health insurance will need to be purchased by the student for each additional family member (contact Campus Health Services for more information).
  • Additional Expenses for Summer adds approximately $5,700 to the total cost.

Additional Program Fees:

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) - $7,000 per year
  • Athletic Training (MS) - $1,000 per semester
  • Clinical Speech Language Pathology (MS) - $40.00 per credit hour
  • Physical Therapy (DPT) - $5,000 per year
  • Nursing (MS and DNP) - $60.00 per credit hour
  • Climate Science and Solutions (MS and PhD) - $1,500 per semester
  • Master of Administration (MADM) - $2,500 (one-time)

 Other programs may have fees as well - please contact the program for the most up-to-date information.

Financial Assistance for International Students

Financial assistance for international students at NAU is limited, therefore, unless the students has a specific (written) commitment addressing financial support from NAU, no financial assistance is available.
Individual departments award varying forms of financial support.  A Graduate Assistantship (GA) is oriented toward teaching or research and normally require a work commitment of 20 hours per week.  
GAs receive a stipend (salary) and a waiver of the non-resident portion of tuition. If a student plans to enter NAU in August and wishes to request a graduate assistantship or tuition scholarship waiver, the student should do so prior to March 1 or by the deadline specified by the department, whichever comes first. Students should request graduate assistantships and tuition scholarship waivers directly from the program in which they are, or intend to be, enrolled.  Full-time enrollment (9 credit hours per semester) is required for all students receiving graduate assistantships and tuition scholarships.  Please be aware of Graduate Assistantship deadlines for your program.

Health Insurance Costs and Requirements for International Students

All international students must purchase NAU student health insurance. Exceptions may be made only for sponsored students who have adequate health insurance provided by the government or a sponsoring agency, or for students whose parents or spouse have health insurance coverage through their employment in the United States. Private policies are not accepted.
NAU has a number of health insurance/healthcare options, including major medical insurance. For more information about services is available at NAU's Campus Health Services.