Estimated Expenses for International Students



Spring Summer Total
(1 year)
Tuition and fees $4,456 $4,456 $2,830 $11,742
Books and supplies $750 $750 $750 $2,250
Living expenses       $10,350
Transportation       $3,000
Medical insurance       $500
Personal/miscellaneous       $1,500
Total expenses       $29,342*

* To simplify, this figure is rounded to $29,350 per year of study.

The above estimates are based on costs for a single, full-time student. Any student who plans to bring dependents with him or her to the U.S. will have to document additional funds to accommodate increased living expenses and health insurance costs.**

Tuition and fees are fixed costs subject to increase at any time by the North Carolina legislature. Tuition and fees are the only expenses paid to Wake Tech each semester. The other items are estimates and should be considered as the minimum.

** Additional funds for dependents:

  • Spouse (husband or wife) - $5,000
  • Children - $2,000 per child

The complete name, birth date, country of birth and country of citizenship of each dependent must be recorded on the International Admissions Application and Affidavit of Support. You will submit a copy of each dependent's passport photo page, with the expiration date (if applicable), a birth certificate with a certified translation for each child and a marriage certificate with certified translation for your spouse dependent. This information is essential for completing the dependents' I-20(s).

Summary of financial documentation requirements

  • In order to qualify for an I-20, a single student must document at least $29,350 in available funding per year. Students with dependents must document additional funding. Tuition and book expenses are paid per semester. Living expenses are not paid to the college but must be documented as available to qualify for the I-20.
  • Students should not expect to be able to support themselves through part-time employment while they study. For the first academic year, the only employment opportunity available to F-1 students is on-campus employment, and this is extremely limited at Wake Tech. (Only about five on-campus positions are available for 350 enrolled international students.) After the first academic year, limited off-campus employment opportunities are available for some students. Almost no employment opportunities are available for students who hold an I-20 for English as a Foreign Language studies.
  • Inadequate financial support will result in failure to maintain F-1 student status and possible deportation from the U.S. Please be sure that your financial resources or those of your sponsor are readily available to meet your educational and living expenses throughout your studies.