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for students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents

Financial Responsibility

Western is nationally recognized  for providing excellent education at an affordable cost, with Forbes and Kiplinger magazines ranking Western as a top value in education

International students must assume all responsibility for student expenses. Proof of sufficient funds is required prior to admission to Western and for the visa application process to gain entrance to the U.S. Applicants need to complete the Statement of Financial Responsibility on the application for admission, demonstrating that they can meet Western's estimated expenses for one year and that there is reasonable expectation that funds will be available for the complete course of study.

Since it is difficult for international students to get jobs while in the U.S., these funds must be available from sources other than potential employment. Acceptable evidence may take the form notarized bank statements in U.S. funds in the student's name, a scholastic award letter from a foundation, agency, government, industry, etc.; or a notarized letter from an individual sponsor indicating willingness to provide support for the specified amount and accompanied by a verified bank statement. Note: all financial evidence you submit to Western will also be required when you apply for your student visa; therefore, you are encouraged to secure duplicate documents.

The estimated expenses for the 2013-2014 academic year at Western Washington University for full-time international undergraduates are as follows:

Academic Year Estimated Expenses for International Students
Tuition and Fees
(10-18 credits)
(Mandatory fees include: Health Service, Non-Academic
Building, Recreation Center, Technology, Renewable
Energy and Transportation.)
Housing & Meals
(Based on a double room & Unlimited Meal Plan)
Books & Supplies*$1,080
Personal & Miscellaneous*$1,806
Emergency Health Insurance

*Not fixed costs; varies depending on student. Housing expenses can be reduced with room type, residential area and meal plan. Tuition costs will be different if a student is less than full-time or in a self-supporting program.

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