International Students:
Costs & Scholarships for Graduate Students

The estimated costs for the 2019-2020 academic year:

Total Graduate Estimated Cost Per Academic Year
2019-2020 Academic Year$29,856*
Personal expenses, travel, and parking are not included. Estimates assume full-time enrollment as required by U.S. immigration law. All tuition and fees are subject to change without notice.

Breakdown of Expenses

Graduate Tuition & Non-Resident Fees
Tuition and non-resident fees are a flat rate for undergraduate students enrolled in 12 to 17 credit hours per semester. Special course fees will be assessed ($5 to $120) for courses in business, health science, education, art, music, theater, and the sciences.
Housing Estimates
On Campus Housing Estimates$9,450
Off-Campus Housing EstimatesFrom $6,000*
Truman State University does not arrange for the off-campus housing of students.
Housing Damage Deposit
Health Insurance
Mandatory TB Testing
Activities Fee
Athletic Fee
Sustainability Fee
Information Technology Fee
Health Services
International Student Fee
Total Additional Costs$4,544*

*Denotes the estimate of expenses on the Form I-20. The total estimate does not include special course fees, personal expenses, travel, or parking. Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice.

Scholarships for International Students

International students who have earned an undergraduate degree or completed an exchange program at Truman State University qualify for a waiver of the out-of-state portion of tuition for graduate studies at Truman. Applications for this waiver may be submitted to the Graduate Office after the undergraduate degree is awarded or the exchange program is completed. The waiver applies to “future” tuition and fees only and may not be approved retroactively.

Understanding the Costs

  • Tuition and Non-Resident Fees: International students must pay for each semester’s tuition, activities fee, housing and insurance the first week of the semester. Learn more about available methods of payment here. For more information about Payment Plans, consult the Business Office Webpage.
  • On Campus Housing and Meals: All freshmen under 21 years of age are required to live on campus. Those who begin in August must live on campus for two semesters. Those who begin in January must live on campus for one semester. Transfer students and graduate students may choose to live on- or off campus. They are encouraged to live on campus to make friends and become accustomed to American college life. For more information, visit the Residence Life Webpage.
  • Housing Damage Deposit: Students that choose to live on campus have to make a one-time payment in their first semester. A portion of the deposit may be refunded when students leave on-campus housing.
  • Scholarships:University scholarships will be automatically applied to your student account within 5 days of the first day of classes.
  • TB Testing:International students are required to take a tuberculosis test upon arrival at Truman’s Student Health Center. This is a one-time charge for all students. Testing is MANDATORY.
  • Orientation: The Orientation Fee is a one-time charge for all first semester students. Attendance at Orientation is MANDATORY.
  • Health Insurance: International students are required to purchase health insurance for every semester of attendance at the University. The charge will be applied to your student account each semester. For more details please click here.
  • Activities Fee: Covers university-wide activities, organizations, and events (also subsidizes entrance fees).
  • Athletic Fee:Covers student use of the Recreation Center, involvement in intramural sports tournaments, and attendance of student athletic events.
  • Information Technology Fee: Covers on-campus Information Technology services that provide personal electronic device assistance. It also covers University Wi-Fi systems.
  • Health Services:Funds student health center/on-campus medical office available for check-ups and appointments.
  • International Student Fee: Covers services specific to international students—student support systems, immigration/admission services, etc.
  • Textbooks: The cost of books is estimated at $550 per semester; however, this varies with each student’s course of study. Students may purchase their books from either one of the two textbook stores near campus: The University Bookstore and Discount Textbooks.
Anh Duc

The atmosphere at Truman is warm. People here are friendly and are willing to help you whenever you need it. Also, there are plenty of organizations available to help international students to make new friends, understand new cultures, and enjoy life in America.

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