This is the VOA Special English Education Report.
We continue our series of reports about how foreign students
can study at an American college or university. This information
also can be found on the Special English Web page at w-w-w dot
voaspecialenglish dot com.
Today, we provide information about how much it costs to attend
an American university. All foreign students must have enough
money to pay for every year of study at an American college.
You can find the costs in a university¡¯s catalog
or on its Internet web site. The cost of university courses
is called tuition. Other costs include a place to live and food
to eat at the college, which is called room and board. Other
costs are for books and supplies.
For example, the University of Colorado at Boulder says a foreign
student must pay almost thirty-one-thousand dollars for each
year of study. Experts say each foreign student should keep
enough money in a local bank near the college to pay the costs
for at least two months of college.
More than one-thousand foreign students from more than one-hundred
countries are attending the University of Colorado this year.
There is generally no financial aid for undergraduate foreign
students at the university. However, officials say some student
musicians and athletes may get financial aid from the university
if they show great skill in those areas.
Foreign students must show on university admissions documents
how they plan to pay for their education. For example, if you
apply to the University of Colorado, you must state on the document
who will pay for your education. That person must sign the document
and send documents from a bank showing that he or she has the
money to do this. If you will be paying the costs, a bank official
in your country must write to confirm that you have enough money
to do so.
Many colleges in the United States cost much less than the
University of Colorado. Some cost even more. Your government
or your employer may help you pay some of the costs. It is a
good idea to seek such financial aid at least eighteen months
before you want to start your studies in the United States.
Next week, we will discuss another cost of attending an American
college or university - health insurance.
This V-O-A Special English Education Report
was written by Nancy Steinbach, courtesy of VOAnews.com