International Costs and Financing

Annual Costs 2021–22

Below are the costs for the 2021-2022 academic year.  We expect incremental increases each year, and will always notify you of any changes as soon as new information is available.  Please note that if you choose to stay on campus during the summer, you can expect additional housing and tuition fees.  Costs are based on a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester, and as an international student, you must maintain full-time status. In addition, all international students are required to purchase health insurance through the College.

  • Tuition & Fees:  $48,010*
  • Housing & Food:  $13,470*
  • Books and supplies:  $1,150**
  • Personal Expenses:  $1,100**
  • Health insurance (estimated):  $1,140***
  • Total: $64,870 USD

*Annual increases to the cost of attendance should be anticipated.
***Mandatory requirement for all international students

Financial Aid for International Students

Saint Mary's is committed to helping international students achieve their goal of studying in the United States. We know that affordability may be a key consideration in determining your college choice. With that in mind, we offer two main types of financial aid for qualifying international students:

  • Academic Scholarships
    These merit awards are based on all aspects of your academic preparation. You will automatically be reviewed for an academic scholarship when your application is reviewed for admission to Saint Mary's. All academic scholarships are renewable for a maximum of 8 semesters as long as you meet specific GPA requirements at Saint Mary's. Saint Mary's offers three levels of academic scholarships for qualifying international students that range from $12,500 to $25,000.
  • Need-Based Financial Assistance
    Saint Mary's College offers a limited amount of need-based aid to international students depending your family's financial situation and level of need.  Students will be reviewed for need-based scholarships at the time of their application or once they're admitted, based on the Certification of Finances form. Additional information may be requested as needed. 

Students who qualify for either an academic scholarship or need-based aid will be notified in their acceptance letter.

Please note that the maximum amount of financial aid that can be awarded to international students, including both academic and need-based scholarships, is $25,000 per academic year.


International students are permitted to work on campus during the academic year and can anticipate earning between $1,500 and $2,000 per year.  Saint Mary's limits first-year students to working less than 10 hours per week during the academic year, but you may be able to work additional hours during holiday breaks.

Certification of Finances Form

As part of the admission process, international students must submit a Certification of Finances form and supporting financial documents. This allows the College to verify the source of funding for your educational expenses, which is required before we issue an I-20 or DS-2019.  You must provide an original financial document from a personal account, sponsor, loan, or scholarship in the amount of $61,600 which is the estimated yearly total of tuition, fees, housing, food, books, insurance, and personal expenses. These documents must also be provided to the US Embassy abroad during your visa interview.