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Costs and Scholarships

In addition to affordable tuition and living expenses, the University of Minnesota offers a way for undergraduate students to keep costs down: flat tuition rates. Many institutions charge students per credit, but students enrolled in 13 credits or more per semester are charged a flat rate. Therefore, if students enroll in 15 credits in a semester, two of those credits are actually free (students usually enroll in 15-16 credits per semester in order to graduate in 4 years).

Costs for International Undergraduates

International Undergraduate Costs, 2019-20
Tuition & Fees (full academic year or two semesters) $34,203
Mandatory Health Insurance $2,340
Living Expenses & Books $17,900
Total $54,443

Scholarships

The University of Minnesota offers undergraduate scholarships to international students based on merit and financial need:

Global Excellence Scholarships (merit-based awards)

All international freshmen and transfer students who complete their applications for admission by the deadlines are automatically considered for a Global Excellence Scholarship. For the 2019-20 academic year, international freshman can receive scholarships of $25,000, $15,000 or $10,000 per year for up to four years. Transfer students may receive $10,000 per year for up to three years when entering the University in the Fall semester. Transfer students entering in Spring semester will be considered for scholarships on a funds-available basis.

Awards are competitive and based on academic merit. Students selected for awards are among the best in their class and show a record of very strong academic preparation. There is no separate scholarship application required; students are considered based on an overall assessment of their on-time admission application. Students must maintain their F-1 immigration status to remain eligible for these scholarships. If you have been awarded a Global Excellence Scholarship and have questions about the award, please view the Frequently Asked Questions on the International Student and Scholar Services Website.

International Student and Scholar Services Scholarships (need-based awards)

We are currently accepting applications for the 2020–2021 school year. Applications must be submitted by February 1, 2020, and recipients will be notified by April 1.

Various scholarships are available for new international students based on criteria such as financial need, academic merit, and educational goals. Students are required to complete an online application and several short essays for consideration. Applications for need-based scholarships must be completed no later than February 1, 2020. To be eligible for consideration for the need-based scholarships, students must complete their application for admission by the regular deadline (November 1 or January 1 for freshman applicants; transfer admission deadlines vary) and be admitted to the University of Minnesota by April 1.  

Candidates are more likely to receive an award if they demonstrate financial need within the range of available scholarship funding.  Last year, awards ranged between $1,000-$5,000. In awarding the need-based scholarships, the selection committee is guided by the following statement: The University values diversity, broadly defined, to include diversity of experiences, perspectives, backgrounds, and talents. Enrolling a diverse community of scholars interested in learning with and from each other fosters discussion and discovery inside and outside of the classroom. 

Recipients of awards are notified via email by April 1 of the year they plan to enter the University.

These ISSS scholarships are for new students only. If you are already enrolled at the University of Minnesota, please visit the International Student and Scholar Services website for financial resources.

#YouAreWelcome Here Scholarship

The #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship recognizes international students who have a vision for enhancing intercultural understanding and have demonstrated leadership skills. The University of Minnesota Twin Cities will award two annual, renewable scholarships covering $16,000 per year for four years.  The scholarship is open to freshmen undergraduate international students of all academic majors and fields of study, and it can be applied to tuition costs. This scholarship cannot be combined with the Global Excellence Scholarship.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Scholarship (UROS)

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Scholarship (UROS) is awarded to high-achieving students with an interest in research. Recipients work on a research project with a faculty mentor and receive a stipend of approximately $1,700.