Cost and Scholarship Information

Augustana's comprehensive cost for tuition, room, and meals can be very affordable. This is especially true when you consider that the national average at private four-year colleges and universities in the United States for one academic year in 2010 was $44,619. (Source: Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2012). Augustana is nearly $8,000 less expensive than the national average while ranking as one of the top two colleges in the Midwest and 13th nationally from Washington Monthly.

International students benefit from Sioux Falls, South Dakota's low cost of living. At the same time, the city of 173,300 offers many opportunities and advantages to international students. Sioux Falls has access to internships, safety, a wealth of entertainment options, air travel, and a true look at "real" American life and culture. With an average class size of 20 and a student-to-professor ratio of 11:1, international students receive personal attention and advising from professors, staff, and the international office. A rigorous, nationally recognized academic environment and a 98 percent job-placement rate present added value for international students.

The 2016-2017 cost structure is as follows:

Tuition: $30,454
Double Room and Unlimited Meal Plan (including taxes): $7,754
Fees: $990
Health Insurance: $1,340
Books (estimated): $1,000

Total for 2016-2017 school year: $41,538

Financial assistance is available to international students at Augustana. Scholarships and grants can cover as much as 45 percent of the comprehensive cost, depending upon academic ability and/or financial need. To apply for admission and financial assistance, students should submit an Application for Admission and Scholarships and a Financial Aid Application.

U.S. immigration regulations dictate that students be able to provide proof of sufficient funding (the difference between the comprehensive cost and any scholarship support received from Augustana) for one year of study before Augustana can issue the immigration documents necessary to apply for a student visa. Usually, families provide a bank statement or other financial document showing access to the requisite amount. If a student has a sponsor apart from his or her family, additional bank statements and letters of support from sponsors can be submitted to Augustana.

Generally speaking, students make two payments to Augustana each year. The first payment is due by August 15 for Fall Semester and the second payment is due by January 15 for Spring Semester. If it is more convenient, international students may also set up a 3-payment-plan each semester.   

A limited number of on-campus jobs are available for international students to earn spending money and gain work experience. International students are limited to on-campus work during the first year of study according to U.S. immigration regulations. During a student's second, third, and fourth year, off-campus employment can be approved as long as the job is related to the student's major area. Augustana students have excellent access to paid internships and jobs in the diverse and quickly-growing economy in Sioux Falls where unemployment currently hovers near 3 percent.