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We Value our International Students

And we value what you bring to our community. Every accepted international student receives a renewable scholarship package valued between $7,500 – $13,500.

Estimate Your Scholarship Award

Tuition & Costs

All accepted international students are awarded renewable scholarships to help cover the cost of attendance — even transfers! Scholarship amounts are determined by a combination of your academic achievement, country of origin and demonstrated financial need.

Cost of Attendance for International Students

When you enroll in a college or university, you can expect to have two kinds of expenses: Billed and Unbilled. Billed expenses are assigned to you by the institution. Examples are tuition and meal plans. Unbilled expenses include books, supplies and personal expenses. See below for more information about billed and unbilled expenses.

Actual Billed Tuition and Expenses 2023–2024
Cost and Fees Cost per Year (USD)
Tuition $16,980
Room (double occupancy) $10,200
Food (Cardinal Premium meal plan) $6.350
Required Fees $2,350
Health Insurance (required) $2,570
Total Billed Cost (before scholarships) $38,450

Please note that tuition and billed costs are expected to increase by about 5% each year.


The Total Billed Cost listed above will be decreased by considering the available scholarships for international students. The average scholarship awarded to accepted international student applicants at SUNY Plattsburgh is $11,750 USD per year but can be up to $13,500 USD per year.

More information about Scholarship Packages for International Students

Unbilled Expenses

Enrolled international students will also need to budget for the significant living expenses that will come from sources other than the institution. These are called “unbilled expenses” and include the following:

Unbilled Expenses (Approximated)
Type of Expense Cost per Year (USD)
Books and supplies $1,250/year
Personal Expenses $1,850/year
Total Unbilled Cost $3,100/year

I-20 Costs

The federal government requires all universities to collect financial information prior to issuing an I-20 or other immigration documents that are needed to secure a student visa. Submitting an official bank statement showing a value of at least $32,000 USD with your application will allow us to generate your I-20 as soon as you have been accepted. (This amount represents the total cost of your estimated billed and unbilled college expenses, minus the minimum financial award you will receive upon acceptance).

More details on bank statement requirements

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