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I-20/DS-2019 FUNDING REQUIREMENTS FOR 2024-2025

 

How Much Funding Do I Need To Show?

The International Students & Programs Office (ISPO) is required by law to verify that each person applying for a Form I-20 (F-1) or Form DS-2019 (J-1) has sufficient funds to cover the period of their stay in the United States. In most cases, the documentation that we require will also be required at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate when applying for the F-1 or J-1 visa.

 

To obtain your I-20 or DS-2019 in a timely manner, follow the guidelines below when submitting your request for a new or extension document:

  • F-1 students must show 9 months of financial support to obtain a Form I-20.
  • J-1 students (including EAP students) must show financial support for the entire duration of their program of study to obtain a Form DS-2019.
  • If you are a continuing UCSD student who needs less than 9 months to complete your program of study, please refer to the 6-month or 3-month columns for program extensions.
  • Students accompanied by a spouse and/or children in dependent status must show additional funding as indicated below.
  • Exceptions: If you are filing an extension of your expected program end date but do not plan to enroll in coursework and pay tuition fees during the extended period, you may deduct the Tuition and Fees costs from the overall total. Please explain in your iPortal Request (Note to Advisors) for program extensions why your funding requirements differ from costs outlined on this page.
  • Note: students who do not 'pay rent' or bear cost of living expenses may not deduct that cost from their overall total. Proof of funding for the standardized estimated rent consts will be required of all F-1/J-1 students when requesting program extensions.

What Financial Documentation is Accepted?


Use the following guide to help you understand what documents are accepted as proof of sufficient financial support (all documents cannot be older than 3 months at the time of your request submission):

 

Document

Yes

No

Criteria

Personal funds: checking or savings account statements

X

 

  • Must be available in English.
  • Should be a concise 1-2 page document. DO NOT submit long statements that include transaction history.
  • Statements from multiple accounts are acceptable and must be combined into a single PDF document.
  • Online banking statements are acceptable.
  • Indicate the financial institution's name.
  • Indicate the account holder's name.
  • Clearly show the account balance.
  • Be dated within the past 3 months.
  • Clearly show the type of currency.
  • Be from statements that show liquid assets that can be converted into cash.

Private sponsors (including parents)

X

 

  • Must be available in English.
  • Be dated within the past 3 months.
  • Must include the sponsor's bank or other financial statements following the criteria above.

Term deposits

X

 

  • Must be available in English.
  • Be dated within the past 3 months.
  • Must have a maturity date before your studies begin at UC San Diego.

Stock holdings, investment portfolios, or brokerage accounts

 

X

  • Only accepted if there is an accompanying statement that states that these funds can be converted into cash.

Loan certificates/letters

 

X

 

 

  • Must be available in English.
  • Must indicate your name and the amount of approved loan.
  • Conditional loan approvals may be accepted only if the condition is the receipt of your I-20 or DS-2019.
  • Loan applications are not accepted as proof of funding 

Funding support letter from department or government/educational institution/business enterprise

X

 

  • Must be available in English.
  • Must be on official business letterhead, including a signature showing the amount and length of support.
  • Salary statements are not accepted.

Income or salary statements (except UC San Diego TA/GSR positions)

 

X

 

Life insurance policy statements 

 

 

X

 

 

Pension funds 

 

 

X

 

 

Tax return forms or documents

 

 

X

 

 

Cryptocurrency

 

X

 

What is a Financial Sponsor?

A financial sponsor may be a parent, family member, or another person who will provide financial support. It is not necessary that a financial sponsor reside in the U.S. An individual financial sponsor may provide complete or partial support for the student, but the student’s total financial support must equal or exceed the total estimated costs.

Be prepared to provide a statement of relationship, should your financial sponsorship documentation list a person other than yourself. Although a formal letter or document providing verification of the relationship is not required for I-20/DS-2019 issuance, you may need to provide such evidence at the time of your visa interview. For those sponsored by a government, educational institution, or company or other business enterprise, a letter of financial support is required directly from the sponsor for your I-20 or DS-2019.

Graduate Students: Department Funding

If you are a graduate student receiving financial support from your department (e.g., teaching assistantship, graduate student researcher), you may include evidence of this support in your application for your Form I-20 or DS-2019. Any financial support that does not meet the minimum requirements outlined below must be supplemented by documentation of other financial support to meet these requirements.

 

NOTE: In general, financial support for masters degree students is not guaranteed, regardless of program of study or department. Doctoral students have priority for Teaching Assistant and Graduate Student Researcher positions. As a result, masters degree students should not plan on those positions as a means of financial support during their course of study and should have other plans in place to fund their program tuition, fees, and living expenses.

The information below is subject to change without notice.

Undergraduate (Bachelor's) Programs (Including EAP/Global Exchange)

Undergraduate (Bachelor's) Programs

NEW ADMITS: 1 Academic Year/3 Quarters (9 Months)


Current Students: 1-Academic-Year (9 Months) Extension

2-Quarter (6 Months) Extension for Current & Returning Students

1-Quarter (3 Months) Extension for Current & Returning Students

Tuition & Fees $51,154 $34,103 $17,051
Living Expenses $19,803 $13,202 $6,601
Other: Books & Supplies $1,308 $872 $436
Total: $72,265 $48,177 $24,088

 

Undergraduate EAP Reciprocity or Global Exchange 1 Academic Year/3 Quarters (9 Months) 2 Quarters (6 Months) 1 Quarter (3 Months)
Tuition & Fees Covered by UCEAP or Global Exchange Covered by UCEAP or Global Exchange Covered by UCEAP or Global Exchange
Living Expenses $22,062 $14,708 $7,354
Other: Books & Supplies $1,308 $872 $436
Total: $23,370 $15,580 $7,790

Note: All fees are calculated based on UCSD’s Cost of Attendance figures (as of 02/01/2024) and are subject to change without notice. ISEO includes the cost of health insurance and one-time Document Fees in its estimates.

Graduate (Master's and PhD) Programs (Including EAP/Global Exchange)

Graduate (Master's and PhD) Programs

Excludes Rady Master's, GPS, MAS programs

NEW ADMITS: 1 Academic Year/3 Quarters (9 Months)


Current Students: 1-Academic-Year (9 Months) Extension

2-Quarter (6 Months) Extension for Current & Returning Students 1-Quarter (3 Months) Extension for Current & Returning Students
Tuition & Fees $34,253 $22,702 $11,351
Living Expenses $26,292 $17,528 $8,764
Other: Books & Supplies $861 $574 $287
Total: $61,406 $40,804 $20,402

 

Graduate EAP Reciprocity or Global Exchange 1 Academic Year/3 Quarters (9 Months) 2 Quarters (6 Months 1 Quarter (3 Months)
Tuition & Fees Covered by UCEAP or Global Exchange Covered by UCEAP or Global Exchange Covered by UCEAP or Global Exchange
Living Expenses $30,702 $20,468 $10,234
Other: Books & Supplies $861 $574 $287
Total: $31,563 $21,042 $10,521

Note: All fees are calculated based on UCSD’s Cost of Attendance figures (as of 02/01/2024) and are subject to change without notice. ISEO includes the cost of health insurance and one-time Document Fees in its estimates.

Rady School of Management Programs

For Rady Ph.D. Program, see "Graduate (Master's and PhD) Programs(Including EAP/Global Exchange)" drawer above.

 

Rady School: MBA

NEW ADMITS: 1 Academic Year/3 Quarters (9 Months)


Current Students: 1-Academic-Year (9 Months) Extension

2-Quarter (6 Months) Extension for Current & Returning Students 1-Quarter (3 Months) Extension for Current & Returning Students
Tuition & Fees $69,368 $46,112 $23,056
Living Expenses $26,292 $17,528 $8,764
Other: Books & Supplies $861 $574 $287
Total: $96,521 $64,214 $32,107

Note: All fees are calculated based on UCSD’s Cost of Attendance figures (as of 02/01/2024) and are subject to change without notice. ISEO includes the cost of health insurance and one-time Document Fees in its estimates.


Rady School: MS in Business Analytics (MSBA)

NEW ADMITS: Summer and 1 Academic Year (11 Months) 1-Quarter Extension for Current & Returning Students (extending into Fall, Winter or Spring term) 1-Quarter Extension for Current & Returning Students (extending into Summer term)
Tuition & Fees $75,762 $19,019 $9,145
Living Expenses $27,246 $7,887 $3,585
Other: Books & Supplies $0 $0 $0
Total:

$103,008

$26,906 $12,730
Note: All fees are calculated based on UCSD’s Cost of Attendance figures (as of 02/01/2024) and are subject to change without notice. ISEO includes the cost of health insurance and one-time Document Fees in its estimates. 1-Quarter Extension Tuition and Fees are based off the per-unit cost of tuition X a full-time course load.

Rady School: Master of Quantitative Finance (MQF)

NEW ADMITS: 1 Academic Year and Summer (12 Months) 1-Quarter Extension for Current & Returning Students (Fall, Winter or Spring Term) 1-Quarter Extension for Current & Returning Students (Summer Term)
Tuition & Fees $83,744 $19,847 $9,363
Living Expenses $30,831 $7,887 $7,170
Other: Books & Supplies $0 $0 $0
Total: $114,575 $27,734 $16,533

Note: All fees are calculated based on UCSD’s Cost of Attendance figures (as of 02/01/2024) and are subject to change without notice. ISEO includes the cost of health insurance and one-time Document Fees in its estimates. 1-Quarter Extension Tuition and Fees are based off the per-unit cost of tuition X a full-time course load.

 

Rady School: Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAc)

NEW ADMITS: 1 Academic Year/3 Quarters (9 Months) 2-Quarter (6 Months) Extension for Current & Returning Students 1-Quarter (3 Months) Extension for Current & Returning Students
Tuition & Fees $75,277 $50,968 $25,484
Living Expenses $23,661 $15,774 $7,887
Other: Books & Supplies $0 $0 $0
Total: $98,938 $66,742 $33,371

Note: All fees are calculated based on UCSD’s Cost of Attendance figures (as of 02/01/2024) and are subject to change without notice. ISEO includes the cost of health insurance and one-time Document Fees in its estimates.

School of Global Policy & Strategy (GPS) Programs

 

GPS: Master of International Affairs (MIA) and Master of Public Policy (MPP)

NEW ADMITS: 1 Academic Year/3 Quarters (9 Months)


Current Students: 1-Academic-Year (9 Months) Extension

2-Quarter (6 Months) Extension for Current & Returning Students 1-Quarter (3 Months) Extension for Current & Returning Students
Tuition & Fees $42,100 $27,933 $13,967
Living Expenses $26,292 $17,528 $8,764
Other: Books & Supplies $861 $574 $287
Total: $69,253 $46,035 $23,018

 

GPS: Master of Chinese Economic and Political Affairs (MCEPA)

NEW ADMITS: 1 Academic Year/3 Quarters (9 Months)


Current Students: 1-Academic-Year (9 Months) Extension

2-Quarter (6 Months) Extension for Current & Returning Students 1-Quarter (3 Months) Extension for Current & Returning Students
Tuition & Fees $45,767 $30,378 $15,189
Living Expenses $26,292 $17,528 $8,764
Other: Books & Supplies $861 $574 $287
Total: $72,920 $48,480 $24,240

 

GPS: MAS in International Affairs (MAS-IA)

NEW ADMITS: 1 Academic Year/3 Quarters (9 Months)


Current Students: 1-Academic-Year (9 Months) Extension

2-Quarter (6 Months) Extension for Current & Returning Students 1-Quarter (3 Months) Extension for Current & Returning Students
Tuition & Fees $52,487 $34,858 $17,429
Living Expenses $26,292 $17,528 $8,764
Other: Books & Supplies $861 $574 $287
Total: $79,640 $52,960 $26,480

 Note: All fees are calculated based on UCSD’s Cost of Attendance figures (as of 02/01/2024) and are subject to change without notice. ISEO includes the cost of health insurance and one-time Document Fees in its estimates.

Other MAS Degree Programs

 

Scripps Institute of Oceanography (SIO): MAS Climate Science & Policy

NEW ADMITS: Summer and 1 Academic Year (11 Months) 1-Quarter Extension for Current & Returning Students (Fall, Winter or Spring Term) 1-Quarter Extension for Current & Returning Students (Summer Term)
Tuition & Fees $44,478 $11,049 $5,251
Living Expenses $30,831 $7,887 $7,170
Other: Books & Supplies $1,122 $287 $261
Total: $76,431 $19,223 $12,682

Note: All fees are calculated based on UCSD’s Cost of Attendance figures (as of 02/01/2024) and are subject to change without notice. ISEO includes the cost of health insurance and one-time Document Fees in its estimates. 1-Quarter Extension Tuition and Fees are based off the per-unit cost of tuition X a full-time course load.

 

Scripps Institute of Oceanography (SIO): MAS in Marine Biodiversity & Conservation

NEW ADMITS: Summer and 1 Academic Year (12 Months) 1-Quarter Extension for Current & Returning Students (Fall, Winter or Spring Term) 1-Quarter Extension for Current & Returning Students (Summer Term)
Tuition & Fees $45,161 $11,121 $5,670
Living Expenses $30,831 $7,887 $7,170
Other: Books & Supplies $1,122 $287 $261
Total: $77,114
$19,295
$13,101

Note: All fees are calculated based on UCSD’s Cost of Attendance figures (as of 02/01/2024) and are subject to change without notice. ISEO includes the cost of health insurance and one-time Document Fees in its estimates. 1-Quarter Extension Tuition and Fees are based off the per-unit cost of tuition X a full-time course load.

 

Health Sciences: MAS in Clinical Research

NEW ADMITS: Summer and 1 Academic Year (12 Months) 1-Quarter Extension for Current & Returning Students (Fall, Winter or Spring Term) 1-Quarter Extension for Current & Returning Students (Summer Term)
Tuition & Fees $41,711 $12,309 $6,264
Living Expenses $30,831 $7,887 $7,170
Other: Books & Supplies $1,122 $287 $261
Total: $73,664 $20,483 $13,695

Note: All fees are calculated based on UCSD’s Cost of Attendance figures (as of 02/01/2024) and are subject to change without notice. ISEO includes the cost of health insurance and one-time Document Fees in its estimates. 1-Quarter Extension Tuition and Fees are based off the per-unit cost of tuition X a full-time course load.

 

Health Sciences: MS in Drug Development and Product Management

NEW ADMITS: 1 Academic Year/3 Quarters (9 Months)

2-Quarter (6 Months) Extension for Current & Returning Students 1-Quarter (3 Months) Extension for Current & Returning Students
Tuition & Fees $37,847 $25,098 $12,549
Living Expenses $23,661 $15,774 $7,887
Other: Books & Supplies $861 $574 $287
Total: $62,369 $41,446 $20,723

Note: All fees are calculated based on UCSD’s Cost of Attendance figures (as of 02/01/2024) and are subject to change without notice. ISEO includes the cost of health insurance and one-time Document Fees in its estimates.

 

HWSPH: Master of Public Health

NEW ADMITS: Summer and 1 Academic Year (12 Months) 1-Quarter Extension for Current & Returning Students (Fall, Winter or Spring Term) 1-Quarter Extension for Current & Returning Students (Summer Term)
Tuition & Fees $54,723 $15,213 $6,720
Living Expenses $30,831 $7,887 $7,170
Other: Books & Supplies $1,122 $287 $261
Total: $86,676 $23,387 $14,151

Note: All fees are calculated based on UCSD’s Cost of Attendance figures (as of 02/01/2024) and are subject to change without notice. ISEO includes the cost of health insurance and one-time Document Fees in its estimates. 1-Quarter Extension Tuition and Fees are based off the per-unit cost of tuition X a full-time course load.

 

JSOE: MAS in Architecture-Based Systems Engineering Leadership

NEW ADMITS: 1 Academic Year and Summer (12 Months)

1-Quarter Extension for Current & Returning Students (Fall, Winter or Spring Term) 1-Quarter Extension for Current & Returning Students (Summer Term)
Tuition & Fees $42,019 $12,129 $5,432
Living Expenses $30,831 $7,887 $7,170
Other: Books & Supplies $1,122 $287 $261
Total: $73,972 $20,303 $12,863

Note: All fees are calculated based on UCSD’s Cost of Attendance figures (as of 02/01/2024) and are subject to change without notice. ISEO includes the cost of health insurance and one-time Document Fees in its estimates. 1-Quarter Extension Tuition and Fees are based off the per-unit cost of tuition X a full-time course load.

 

CSS: MS in Computational Social Science

NEW ADMITS: Summer and 1 Academic Year (12 Months)

1-Quarter Extension for Current & Returning Students (Fall, Winter or Spring Term) 1-Quarter Extension for Current & Returning Students (Summer Term)
Tuition & Fees $58,305 $13,197 $6,632
Living Expenses $30,831 $7,887 $7,170
Other: Books & Supplies $1,122 $287 $261
Total: $90,258 $21,371 $14,063

Note: All fees are calculated based on UCSD’s Cost of Attendance figures (as of 02/01/2024) and are subject to change without notice. ISEO includes the cost of health insurance and one-time Document Fees in its estimates. 1-Quarter Extension Tuition and Fees are based off the per-unit cost of tuition X a full-time course load.

Spouse and/or Child

Note: If you are accompanied by a spouse, and/or children under 21 years old, you must add the following amounts to the total required. If you have more than 2 dependents, add the "2nd dependent costs" for each additional dependent.

 

Spouse and/or Child 1 Academic Year/3 Quarters (9 Months) 2 Quarters (6 Months) 1 Quarter (3 Months)
1st Dependent $7,200 $4,800 $2,400
2nd Dependent $3,600 $2,400 $1,200