The first few weeks in Gainesville will be the most expensive because the student may be required to pay deposits on an apartment, electricity/gas, telephone and cable television. Students should arrive prepared to cover these initial expenses, as it may take some time to transfer funds into a newly established U.S. bank account or to process financial award(s) for those receiving scholarships or other funding.

Typical expenses for 2017 - 2018 (subject to change anytime)
  Graduate Undergraduate
Tuition $30,130 (24 credits) $28,660 (30 credits)
Books/Supplies 1,300 1,300
Room/Utilities (Off Campus) 8,390 8,390
Food (Off Campus) 4,470 4,470
Personal 1,160 1,160
Computer 1,360 1360
Health Insurance (Mandatory) 2,198 2,198
Between Term Expenses 1,000 1,000
TOTAL ESTIMATED EXPENSES $50,010 $48,540

The total minimum estimated cost of one year’s study at the University of Florida is $50,010 for graduate and $48,540 for undergraduate students.  These figures are based on the assumption that a student is careful in the use of his/her money, does not plan to purchase an automobile and has no dependents. 

Health and accident insurance is required for attendance at the University of Florida.  The annual average cost (premium) is $2,198**.  It is estimated that the living expenses for an accompanying spouse will add $6,000 to the above annual costs and $2,500 should be added for each accompanying child. 

  * THESE FIGURES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME.  THE FOLLOWING PROGRAMS HAVE ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL FEE REQUIREMENTS, PLEASE CHECK WITH THAT DEPARTMENT FOR PROGRAM SPEFIC DETAILS: DENTAL, MEDICAL, PharmD, PHYSICAL THERAPY, VET MED AND ALL UPPER DIVISION PROGRAMS IN THE COLLEGE OF LAW.
 ** Most Insurance premiums are based on the student’s age.  Additional insurance for the F-1’s family is optional, but highly recommended.  It is not possible for a spouse to obtain work permission with an F-2 visa.
*** Budgets for upper-division students in certain colleges will be adjusted upwards to accommodate higher computer costs.

It will be necessary for the student to have approximately $20,000 available for immediate use on arrival, in order to pay initial deposits, buy books, pay tuition, insurance, apartment and utility deposits, etc.  NO DEFERMENT OF FEE PAYMENT IS AVAILABLE.

Considerations when transferring money

  • All transactions must be made in United States currency
  • Money Order or Cashier's Check may take six weeks to clear; these should be purchased from a recognized company (such as a local bank, the U.S. post office, or large retailer) and are the quickest way to access funds
  • An Official Bank check, in United States currency made payable through an international bank in the United States typically takes a month to be collected from the bank clearinghouse by a local Gainesville bank and may have processing fees