Tuition & Fees

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Sonoma State University (SSU) require that international applicants demonstrate proof of financial support to meet all university and living expenses for one academic year before a Form I-20 or DS-2019 can be issued for the F-1 or J-1 visa. It is recommended that original financial documents are brought to the visa interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consular Office.

Degree-Seeking Students

Undergraduate and graduate students can see a breakdown of SSU tuition and fees on the Financial Affidavit for International Students. Remember that international students in F-1 status are required to pay the nonresident tuition fee of $396 per unit in addition to the state tuition and campus-based fees.

View the Academic Calendar for payment deadlines. Email Seawolf Services at seawolf.servicecenter@sonoma.edu if you have any questions about payments.

If you are interested in any of the graduate degree programs offered through the School of Extended and International Education (e.g. Executive MBA, MA in Organization Development, MA in Depth Psychology, MA in Spanish, MS in Computer and Engineering Science, MA in Film Studies), there is a different tuition and fee structure. View your specific program’s website for a breakdown of the tuition and fees affiliated with that program.

CSU IP Exchange Students

Because of the exchange agreement between your home institution and the California State University (CSU), you will be paying your home institution tuition and fees, while your SSU tuition fees will be waived.

You are still responsible for paying the campus-based fees. You can see a breakdown of these fees on the Office of the Registrar’s website. These fees are due by July 1st for the fall semester and January 1st for the spring semester. You can pay these fees online through MySSU.

Because tuition waivers will not be placed on your account until several weeks after your arrival, your housing charges must be paid in-person at Seawolf Services so that you can ensure that your housing payments are not applied to your tuition charges.

You can email Seawolf Services at seawolf.servicecenter@sonoma.edu if you have any questions about payments. Be sure to identify yourself as an international exchange student.

Semester at Sonoma Students

Your tuition and fees are listed on the Semester at Sonoma program website. You may pay these fees online through MySSU, or upon your arrival at SSU during orientation. You must pay these fees before classes start.

Non-Resident Tuition Fee Waiver

Eligible non-resident domestic and international students in state-funded programs may apply for a waiver of the Non-Resident Tuition Fee. The number of available waivers is based on the number of requests and available funding.

The following categories of students may be eligible for this waiver:

  1. International students in exchange programs
  2. Domestic students in exchange programs
  3. Matriculated degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate non-resident citizens of foreign countries
  4. Matriculated degree-seeking graduate domestic non-resident students

If you are a student under category 2, 3, or 4, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Provide evidence of financial need
  • Be in excellent academic standing: minimum 3.0 GPA and letter of academic recommendation
  • Be enrolled in at least 10 semester units

You can read more information on this policy here. To apply for this waiver, please complete the Non-Resident Tuition Fee Waiver Application and submit the form and any supporting documentation to Salazar Hall 1040, attention Katie O'Brien.

The deadline to apply for this waiver is June 1st for the fall semester and November 15th for the spring semester.

Scholarships

Full-time degree-seeking international students are eligible to apply for university scholarships which are offered on an annual basis. For more information about this opportunity, please visit the website of the SSU Scholarship Office.

The International Education Exchange Council (our student club) offers a small scholarship to international student members who actively participate in club activities. For more information, contact ieec@sonoma.edu.

There are thousands of study abroad scholarships available to international students from organizations outside of SSU, like the Study California Scholarship. You can find many of these resources using a basic internet search, or by using one of these search engines:

Financial Aid

International students on F-1 or J-1 visas are not eligible for U.S. federal or state financial aid.

Employment

Students studying in the U.S. on either an F-1 or a J-1 visa are allowed to work on-campus for up to 20 hours per week while school is in session, and up to 40 hours per week during official school breaks. Visit our webpage on Employment for more information.