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Financial Support

Financial Support

All international students seeking to study in the US must demonstrate, according to US regulations, that they have the funds to cover their first full year of tuition, books and living expenses.  Online international students only need to prove funds for the 1-2 week period that they are coming into the US for threshold courses. After being admitted, you will be sent a Financial Guarantee Form that is based upon your campus, living situation, and degree that you are seeking.  Tuition remains the same for each campus.  Expenses for 2018-19:

Expenses

Tuition and Fees

The student must pay tuition and fees in full at the beginning of each semester. Tuition is charged by the number of credits taken each semester. F-1 students are required by the US law to take a full course load each semester.  For Th.M. and Doctor of Intercultural Studies students, a full course load is 6 hours per semester. For D. Min. students, a full course load is 3 hours per semester.  For all other programs, it is 8 hours per semester.

Portland/Sacramento/San Jose (2018-2019 rates)
$585 for each credit at Masters level (except MA Counseling)
$615 for each credit for the MA Counseling

$615 for each credit for the Doctor of Ministry
$655 for each credit for the Doctor of Intercultural Studies and Doctor of Education

$220 Educational Technology Fee for each term with 1 registered credit
$1,000 yearly for books and fees

Students must take at least 3/6/8 hours per term (depending upon degree program) and 6/12/16 hours per year (fall and spring semesters) are required as a minimum, but 30 hrs. per year are required to finish most programs in 2-3 years.

Other school fees can be found on the Tuition and Fees page.

Medical Insurance

For the welfare of the international student and because the seminary cannot assume financial responsibility for hospitalization, international students must have health insurance coverage acceptable to the seminary.  This can be coverage from your home country that covers you here in the US or you can obtain your own insurance here in the US.  Spouses and dependents are not required to have insurance, but it is highly recommended that they be covered because of the high costs of the US healthcare system. More information about health insurance can be obtained from the International Student Office.

Families

Accepted students who desire to bring family members with them to Western Seminary must show proof of sufficient funds to cover living expenses and all transportation costs for family members. The US Department of Homeland Security requires that proof of financial support be given before the proper forms for visa application can be issued.  Family members are issued papers showing they have dependent status (F-2).

Housing

Western Seminary does not have student housing. Students will need to secure their own housing in the Portland area. We advise students to work with the International Student Office in this process.

Typical Expenses

The following are a few examples of expenses. Portland MA Counseling students would substitute $9840 ($615/credit x 16 credits). Th.M. students substitute $7020 ($585/credit x 12 credits) for tuition while doctoral students substitute tuition as $7860 for Doctor of Intercultural Studies/EdD ($655/credit x 12 credits) and $3690 for D.Min. ($615/credit x 6 credits):

(These are costs that admitted students must demonstrate they have in order to receive the F1 visa. Actual costs may differ and so each student must consider their actual budget when they come.)

Single M.A. online student coming for 2 week threshold courses

Tuition (8 credits x $585/credit) $4,680
Educational technology fee (1 term) $220
Books $333
Total Tuition and Books $5,233
Rent/Food $724
Transportation $78
Personal Expenses $63
Medical Insurance $0
Dependent Costs $0*
Total Living Expenses $865
Total All Living Expenses $6,098

Single M.A. student living in Greater Portland Area

Tuition (16 credits x $585/credit) $9,360
Educational technology fee (2 terms) $440
Books $1,000
Total Tuition and Books $10,800
Rent/Food $10,836
Transportation $1,248
Personal Expenses $1,573
Medical Insurance $1,422
Dependent Costs $0*
Total Living Expenses $15,080
Total All Living Expenses $25,880

Married M.A. student living in Greater Portland Area

Tuition (16 credits x $585/credit) $9,360
Educational technology fee (2 terms) $440
Books $1,000
Total Tuition and Books $10,800
Rent/Food $14,612
Transportation $1,873
Personal Expenses $2,634
Medical Insurance $3,783
Dependent Costs $0*
Total Living Expenses $22,901
Total All Living Expenses $33,701

*Add $5,275 for each dependent child; $203 for dependent coming with online student

Single M.A. student living in San Jose

Tuition (16 credits x $585/credit) $9,360
Educational technology fee (2 terms) $440
Books $1,000
Total Tuition and Books $10,800
Rent/Food $15,906
Transportation $801
Personal Expenses $2,147
Medical Insurance $1,811
Dependent Costs $0
Total Living Expenses $20,664
Total All Living Expenses $31,464

Single M.A. student living in Sacramento

Tuition (16 credits x $585/credit) $9,360
Educational technology fee (2 terms) $440
Books $1,000
Total Tuition and Books $10,800
Rent/Food $12,373
Transportation $1,248
Personal Expenses $1,797
Medical Insurance $1,689
Dependent Costs $0
Total Living Expenses $17,107
Total All Living Expenses $27,907

 

Funding Sources

Sources of funds can be a students personal funds, family funds, sponsorship from an individual, church support, loan, or scholarship.  Whichever the case, the total must match what is given on the Financial Guarantee Form.  Any declared amount also must be supported by official financial documents. 

Sponsorship

Sponsorship may be important to you. Western Seminary requires that every student secure prayer and financial support from his/her endorsing church, mission agency, or school. Prayer is absolutely vital for your success. Financial sponsorship, even if partial, increases commitment to your church and the church to the student. Costs for enrollment vary by the program of study, family size, living and travel expenses. While limited school scholarships may at times be available, students should seek the Lord’s provision first through their church, mission agency, school, family, friends, mission board, or para-church agencies.

Financial Aid

All international applicants must show evidence of financial support for educational and living expenses before an I-20 can be issued. Serious consideration of the high cost of living and studying in the United States must be made. Western Seminary has very few scholarships for international students. Information and applications for international student scholarships can be obtained on the Financial Aid page and submitted to the International Student Coordinator.  

Working

A student entering the U.S. with student (F-1) status may not work except on the campus of his/her institution. Western Seminary has limited on campus positions of this kind available each year. A student cannot count upon finding significant financial support by working while studying.

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