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Estimated Annual Expenses
This page details the breakdown of expenses for all levels of study, including tuition, fees, and living expenses. Living expenses represent a 12-month calendar year.
When you enroll at the University of Cincinnati, you will need to submit proof of financial support. Keep the following in mind:
- You must have adequate finances to cover all expenses for the entire time that is required to earn the degree.
- You cannot receive your I-20 / DS-2019 until you have demonstrated your ability to finance your program of study.
- If using personal funds (money on deposit in your name), you must show that you have funds for all years of study on deposit.
- If using a sponsor (family member, friend, agency, etc.) they only need to show that they have one year of support on deposit or available, and attach an affidavit of sponsorship (page two of our Financial Certification Form serves as an affidavit of sponsorship) for future years of support.
- You can use multiple sponsors and sources of funding if needed.
- Know your government's regulations on currency exchange and how to transfer needed funds through your bank.
- Currently enrolled students need to show proof of financial support when changing their major or degree level, extending a program of study, or requesting an I-20 / DS-2019 for family members.
- Students requesting program extension can prorate the fees based on the number of semesters left in their program of study.
Estimated Expenses by Program
Undergraduate Programs Expand
|Current Academic Year||Main Campus||UC Blue Ash College||UC Clermont College||Pathway Program|
|Tuition and other fees||$28,972||$15,654||$13,776||$27,722|
Graduate Programs Expand
|Current Academic Year||Most Programs Including MS Architecture
||Master of Architecture
||All Master of Business Premium Programs
|Tuition and other fees||$28,972||$34,220||$31,926|
College of Medicine (Except M.D.) Expand
|Current Academic Year||Most Programs||M.S. Physiology||M.S. Pharmacology|
|Tuition and other fees||$26,894||$39,328||$27,572|
Professional Programs (Law, M.D., PharmD) Expand
|Current Academic Year||College of Law (JD and LLM)
||Medicine (M.D.)||Pharm D|
|Tuition and other fees||$29,260||$51,494||$37,596|
Visiting Student Programs Expand
|Current Academic Year||
|Tuition and other fees||$14,486||$28,972||$14,197||$28,394|
Fire Science Residency Program Expand
Given the brief nature of the residency program (one week), tuition, fees and living expenses differ greatly from degree seeking students.
|Current Academic Year||One Week Residency|
Explanation of Costs/Fees
Tuition is assessed for most full-time students based on two semesters of study (one academic year). Summer semester enrollment is optional for most students and thus is not included as part of your estimated annual expenses. However, depending on your program, your tuition costs may be assessed differently, for instance:
- Students studying as part of an exchange program pay tuition at their home institution, not UC. These students are only responsible for demonstrating support for the estimated living expenses, the student health insurance plan, and the International Student Fee.
- A few programs (such as the one-year MBA program) require students to be enrolled in the summer semester. There are additional tuition expenses for these students.
- Tuition and fees for special programs (such as the Master of Architecture and the Master of Physiology) may be slightly higher or lower than tuition and fees for other programs.
- Many colleges now charge additional program fees. These fees are not included in the estimated living expenses.
General Fee Expand
All students are required to pay the General Fee unless otherwise indicated in an award letter. If you owe this fee, it will be included on your bill at the time of registration:
- $398 per semester ($796 per year) for Main Campus, Study Abroad, and M.D. students.
- $233 per semester ($466 per year) for UC Blue Ash College and UC Clermont College students.
Information Technology & Instructional Equipment Fee Expand
All students are required to pay the Information Technology and Instructional Equipment (ITIE) Fee to cover costs associated with labs, instructional equipment & supplies, and general information technology. If you owe this fee, it will be included on your bill at the time of registration:
- $184 per semester ($368 per year) for Main Campus and Study Abroad students.
- $135 per semester ($270 per year) for UC Blue Ash and UC Clermont students.
Campus Life Fee Expand
All students (except those in the UC Blue Ash & UC Clermont Colleges) are required to pay the Campus Life Fee. If you owe this fee, it will be included on your bill at the time of registration:
- $257 per semester ($514 per year) for Main Campus students.
- Students at the UC Blue Ash and UC Clermont Colleges are not required to pay the Campus Life Fee.
International Student Fee Expand
All international students (not just those who hold F-1 or J-1 status) are required to pay the International Student Fee. The fee is $125 per semester ($250 per year). The fee covers the costs associated with SEVIS compliance, optional practical training (12 month and STEM OPT), processing, onboarding for campus employment, airport transportation, cultural programming, orientation and the mandatory health screening.
Health Insurance Expand
All international students are required to carry the University Student Health Insurance policy unless they can prove coverage equal to or greater than the University policy. Check the Student Health Insurance website to view current fees for the student health insurance policy.
Students who qualify for a waiver of the policy must follow the guidelines established by the Student Health Insurance Office for obtaining a waiver. Such insurance must be provided by a U.S.-based company. Foreign-based policies will not be accepted.
For those who do not waive the UC insurance policy, the fee will be included on your bill. Students are responsible for paying this fee each semester. Summer coverage is free for students who pay during spring semester.
Living Expenses Expand
Living expenses are estimated on a 12-month basis. While enrollment during the summer may be optional, food, rent and other expenses are necessities.
- The first month in the United States demands more financial outlay than any other single period. An additional $1,000 should be available to meet these expenses.
- Undergraduate residence hall charges are due at the beginning of each semester.
- Costs for such things as buying an automobile or travel to the student's home country are not included in the estimate of living expenses.
Indirect Costs Expand
The fees above reflect direct costs for attending the University of Cincinnati. Attending college also includes indirect costs such as books, supplies, entertainment, etc. These costs are not reflected in the estimated annual expenses. You should plan your budget accordingly.
Students who wish to bring a spouse or child(ren) to the U.S. must show the appropriate amount of support detailed above plus an additional $4,000 per year for a spouse and $2,000 per year for each child. If your spouse and children will be accompanying you to the U.S. please let us know. We will need to know name(s), date(s) of birth and countries of birth for all dependents.