Estimate of Expenses for International Exchange Students For One Academic Year

Tuition / Operating Fees: (covered by Exchange Agreement / No Cost to Student)

Calculated based on 24 undergraduate credit hours (4 classes/semester) at an Estimated Value of approximately $33,514. Please note that Continuing Education courses (listed as ‘CE’ session type on the SiS Class Search Catalog) are not part of the Tuition Waiver exchange agreement.

Total Estimated Costs: $17,071

Please refer to breakdown below.

Room & Board: $15,170*

Exchange Students are strongly recommended to live on-campus. Off-campus housing is limited and assistance is by referral network only. To learn more please visit the UMass Lowell office of Residence Life website.

*The above rate is based on the Rate 3 Residence Hall & Unlimited Meal Plan (meal plan required if living on-campus). Full room & board rate options can be viewed on the My Bill section of the Solution Center website.

  • All rooms will contain internet, phone and cable connection
  • Analog phone can be purchased upon arrival (approximate cost $20)
  • All Dormitories will be wireless
  • Each room has a bed, mattress, desk, desk chair, closet or wardrobe, dresser & nightstand.
General Fee TypePer Semester CostAnnual Fee Amount
International Student Fee$500$1000
Student Activity Fee$55$110
Campus Technology Fee$175$350

College Fees

Certain colleges and departments charge fees in order to provide resources for college/department specific expenses not supported by the operating fee such as supplies and equipment used in introductory and higher level courses, maintenance and upgrade of laboratories and other college facilities, software licenses and other curriculum related costs. College Fees per semester are as follows:

  • Francis College of Engineering: $475
  • Kennedy College of Sciences: $425
  • Manning School of Business: $350
  • Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences: $350
  • Department of Music: $350
  • Department of Art and Graphic Design: $350

Health Insurance: $1,901*

All international students are REQUIRED to purchase the university student health insurance as authorized under the insurance laws for higher education students in Massachusetts (section 3.05(2) or MGL 114.6). You can learn more about the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) on the UMass Lowell Health Services website.

Please also note: there are specific requirements for health records. The requirements can be found on the Health Requirements and Forms webpage.

*This amount is subject to change.

Visa Requirements

Exchange Students must provide financial documentation showing a minimum of $17,071 in order to apply for the J- 1 Exchange Visitor Visa. We also recommend students be prepared to show an additional $6,000, this cost will not be listed on the Form DS-2019, but it is understood that the student will come prepared with funding in addition to the cost of housing to pay for their personal living expenses (books, recreational activities, etc.).

Additionally, there is a SEVIS fee of $220, which must be paid prior to meeting with the U.S. embassy. Accepted students will receive details on how to pay this fee.

Please note: All amounts stated above are estimates and subject to change.