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Financial Certification

All international students in F-1 or J-1 visa/status must show funding for their program at William & Mary or VIMS. This is a US government requirement. These estimates are only used for issuing I-20 and DS-2019 immigration documents, and you should not rely on these figures for your own planning. 

  • We recommend checking the tuition and fees website for the most accurate tuition and fees information; graduate students should also check with their program.
  • F-1 and J-1 international students will be charged a one-time New International Student and Orientation Fee of $130.00 at the beginning of the student's degree program. They will also incur a $65.00 Service Fee for each enrolled semester with the exception of summer sessions. For more information on these fees, please view the International Student Fees website.

You must provide copies of financial documents that show that you have funds to study for the upcoming year, using the table below. Your funding is expected to be available during your studies.

You will upload your financial documents through iStart, and we will use that information to issue your I-20 or DS-2019.

Funding Requirements
  • Academic Year 2020-2021: Students who will begin studies during Summer 2020, Fall semester 2020, or Spring semester 2021.
  • Academic Year 2019-2020: Sstudents who began studies during Summer 2019, Fall semester 2019, or Spring semester 2020.
Financial Estimates

Academic Year 2020-2021:  International Student Financial Estimates for issuing I-20/DS-2019 Document

Program Tuition & Fees Living Expenses TOTAL
Graduate Arts & Sciences, Education 36,308 18,026 $54,334
Law (LLM, JD) 45,830 18,026 $63,856
MBA 47,629 19,526 $67,155
Master of Accounting 47,712 18,026 $65,738
MS Business Analytics 51,955 18,026 $69,981
Marine Science (VIMS) 36,308 17,138 $53,446
Graduate Public Policy  40,132 18,026 $58,158
(Degree Seeking)
48,794 19,432 $68,226
St Andrews-W&M Joint Degree* 42,510* 19,432 $61,942

Exchange student, 

(Undergraduate & Law)



Dependents (spouse/child) in F-2 or

J-2 status



Financial Estimates

Academic Year 2019-2020: International Student Financial Estimates for issuing I-20/DS-2019 Document

Program Tuition & Fees Living Expenses TOTAL
Graduate Arts & Sciences, Education 34,811 16,670 $51,482
Law (LLM, JD) 44,795 16,670 $61,465
MBA 46,327 18,170 $64,497
Master of Accounting 46,586 16,670 $63,256
MS Business Analytics 50,467 16,670 $67,137
Marine Science (VIMS) 34,811 16,196 $51,008
Graduate Public Policy 39,897 16,670 $56,568
(Degree Seeking)
47,147 18,575 $65,721
St Andrews-W&M Joint Degree* 41,680* 18,575 $60,254

Exchange student,


(Undergraduate & Law)



Dependents (spouse/child) in F-2 or

J-2 status



Joint Degree

*Students beginning the joint degree program at St Andrews University will pay tuition to St Andrews directly and must only show funds for living expenses. Students beginning the program at W&M must show both tuition and living expenses.

Tuition & Fees

These tuition and fees figures are estimates based on a 4.5% increase of the tuition rates for each academic year. They do not guarantee actual costs, but are used for issuing your I-20 or DS-2019.

Living Expenses

Living expenses include estimated costs for housing, food, insurance, and personal expenses (e.g., cell phone, transportation, travel, books, clothes, etc.).

Funding Documents

You will submit all documents through iStart. Your documents must be legible and not more than 6 months old at the time of admission and must be in English. Scanned and faxed copies are acceptable, but you must bring the original documents when applying for your visa, and may need them when entering the U.S.

Acceptable Documents
Acceptable Not Acceptable
  • Bank statements
  • Scholarship/funding letters
  • Certificate of deposits
  • Liquid investment accounts
  • Loan confirmation letters
  • Pay stubs
  • Property deeds/titles
  • Salary confirmations