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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. 

  • Please check 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 2021-2022: Students who will begin studies during Summer 2021, Fall semester 2021, or Spring semester 2022.
  • Academic Year 2020-2021: Students who will began studies during Summer 2020, Fall semester 2020, or Spring semester 2021.
Financial Estimates

Academic Year 2021-2022:  International Student Financial Estimates for issuing I-20/DS-2019 Document

Program Tuition & Fees Living Expenses TOTAL
(Degree Seeking)
48,784 19,940 $68,724
Graduate Arts & Sciences, Education 36,308 18,482 $54,790
Graduate Public Policy (M.P.P) 40,132 18,482 $58,614
Law (LLM, JD) 45,830 18,482 $64,312
MBA 47,629 20,027 $67,656
Master of Accounting 47,712 18,482 $66,194
MS Business Analytics 51,955 18,482 $70,437
Marine Science (VIMS) 36,308 17,250 $53,558
St Andrews-W&M Joint Degree* 42,715* 19,940 $62,655

Exchange student, 

(Undergraduate & Law)



Dependents (spouse/child) in F-2 or

J-2 status



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



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