Bucknell's international student comprehensive fee for August 2017 to May 2018 is $70,958. This fee includes tuition, room, board, insurance, student activity fee, an estimated cost for books, supplies and extra spending money. (Does not include travel.)
While a college education is an important investment in your future, we understand that not every family has sufficient funding to attend Bucknell. We do have some scholarships for international students. These scholarships, however, are limited and competitive.
Questions often arise about the financial guarantee required for admission of international students to Bucknell University. This is written to clarify these requirements and the calculations that go into establishing the actual figures.
The financial guarantee for international students is required by federal law and enforced by the Department of State and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) under the auspices of a Student (F-1 or J-1) visa. Students must certify that they have sufficient financial support to complete the program of study, and they must show proof of financial support for at least the first nine months of study. Support from the same or equally dependable sources must be assured for program duration. After calculating any external or Bucknell scholarship, students must verify ability to pay for any remaining cost of attendance prior to the University issuing the immigration (I-20 or DS-2019) document. Please consult the International Student Services website if you have additional questions about this process.
The actual figures used by International Student Services are adjusted annually, based on cost of living and tuition adjustments. The figures for each year are obtained through Bucknell's Office of Financial Aid.
The following items are included in the educational expense budget (Title IV and Bucknell programs) for a resident, full-time undergraduate student at Bucknell University for the 2017-18 academic year. These figures are estimated.
Tuition (2 semesters, full-time): $53,692
Student Activity Fee: $294
Basic two-semester living expenses:
Standard Double Room : $8,020
Anytime Access Meal Plan: $5,130
Health Insurance: $1,922
Personal Expenses: (These are estimates and are not actual Bucknell University fees.)
Spending money or incidentals: $1,000
Annual cost for one student: $70,958. *This amount is the total the student must certify in order for Bucknell to issue the immigration document.* (This excludes travel costs from the student's home location to Bucknell University.)
Bucknell is interested in enrolling students from all world regions and countries and from all types of socio-economic backgrounds. Some of our international students receive financial support from their families and sponsors. Others rely on funds from Bucknell for part of their tuition, room and board.
Bucknell offers some resources to support international students who are a) admitted to Bucknell and b) demonstrate financial aid need through an application process.
Bucknell financial aid for international students is, however, limited. In each class we consider all applicants for financial assistance, but only a small number of highly qualified international applicants are ultimately chosen to receive financial assistance.
Please be aware that competition is higher for applicants with higher financial need. Bucknell is currently not "need-blind" for international students. A family's financial contribution toward a student's educational costs at Bucknell is therefore part of the admissions decisions, along with the other factors such as academic achievements, standardized test scores, inclinations for leadership and service, unique perspectives and character qualities, special talents and geographic backgrounds.
A few merit scholarships are awarded each year as well, and all applicants are considered for such awards. There is no separate application process to receive an academic merit award.
Due to yearly increases in tuition and fees, we recommend that students increase the amount of family support by an estimated 3.5% for each year of study. In order to apply for aid, students must submit a certified original bank statement (including U.S. dollar amount) and complete the Bucknell University International Student Financial Aid Application. The CSS PROFILE is not required for international students. Even if you do not plan to apply for financial aid, you must complete and submit the Confidential Statement of Finances.
Bucknell's deadlines for the International Student Financial Aid Application are: November 15 for Early Decision I, or January 15 for Regular Decision and Early Decision II. Learn more about international application requirements.
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