Questions about tuition, fees, and I-20s

Q. Do I need to pay for my tuition in advance?

A. No. After you receive your acceptance letter, a tuition deposit of $200 is all that is required. If you are applying for housing in the residence halls, you must also send in a $200 housing deposit.

Q. How can I wire money with a bank transfer or pay online?

A.   Link to the bursar's website to pay online.  To find out about how to make
      a wire transfer, please contact us by phone or email.

Q. How can I pay for my tuition?

A. Arrangements for payment are made with the Bursar's Office on registration day. You can pay your tuition fees with cash, check, or traveler's checks. Money can also be wired from an overseas bank, or families can pay online, with a credit card. (However, a convenience fee to use a credit card is charged.)

Q. Is there a payment plan?

A. Yes. The Bursar's Office offers a 5 payment plan. Students pay 20% of the tuition in five separate payments by the deadlines. (Fees such as insurance and parking permits must be paid with the first payment.) In practical terms, most ESL students arrive on campus when the second payment is due. These students therefore pay 40% of their tuition, plus their fees. They will then have 3 additional payments of 20% of their tuition.

Q. Do I owe Xavier University the total amount shown on the "estimate of expenses"?

A. You will pay your tuition, testing fees and health insurance directly to Xavier University. You will pay for your own books at the Xavier bookstore. If you have university housing, you will pay Xavier for that. If you have an apartment or live with a friend or family member, you will not pay the University for your living expenses.

Q. What does it cost to live in a residence hall on campus?

A.  Please note that housing on campus is limited, and cannot be guaranteed. Students should apply early. Students who live in the residence halls (but not university apartments) are also required to buy meal plans for food in the campus dining services. Click here for current fees.

Q. What does it cost to live off campus?

A. The cost of living off campus varies, depending on whether you have a roommate(s) or live by yourself, the type of apartment, etc. Utilities (electricity, water, gas, etc.) may or may not be included. Sharing an apartment with a roommate can be a good way to save money. Students can obtain information about available off-campus housing from Commuter Services. However, the rental agreement (lease or contract) is an agreement betweenthe student and the apartment owner.

Q. I would like to receive an I-20 from Xavier to get my student visa. How should I complete my financial statement?

A. Complete the Xavier University application form, and the two-part financial statement. On the financial statement, a specific dollar amount must be listed (See the "Total for I-20" line above) and all documents must be official. An I-20 will be mailed after a student is accepted. Link to How to Apply for more information. The Office of International Student Services has other important information about getting an I-20 and a visa.

Q. Will I need to buy health insurance?

A. Yes.  If you enter the United States on a student (F-1 or J-1)  visa, you are required to purchase Xavier University student health insurance. The insurance is not expensive, especially compared to policies that students sometimes buy overseas. Insurance costs are included in the list of estimated living expenses.