Costs to Attend
The following costs of attending Foothill College apply to international students in F-1 status. F-1 students are required to enroll in a minimum of 12 college units during fall, winter and spring quarters, and must also purchase a mandatory health insurance plan.

Estimated Annual Expenses for F-1 Students
(for 3 quarters not including summer)
Tuition and Enrollment Fees*
(based on $187.00 per unit for
12 units minimum per quarter)

Books and Supplies $1,500.00
Health Insurance (mandatory) $1,452.00
Estimated Housing**:
Room and Board (includes two meals a day)
(based on homestay for 10 months)
Total Estimated Cost: $21,684.00

* Tuition and fees are subject to change on an annual basis.
** Personal expenses and spending money vary based on personal preferences and spending habits, and are not included in this estimated annual budget.

The tuition amount is based on a minimum of 12 college units required for F-1 students to remain in valid F-1 status. Many students typically enroll in more than 12 units, so the actual tuition expenses may be higher.
Students pay an additional fee for their Student ID card plus other campus fees each quarter, totaling approximately $50 (including summer quarter).
There are several ways to pay tuition. Tuition and health insurance fees are paid each quarter, not in an annual sum. Tuition cost is based on the number of units taken and may be different each quarter. For this reason, payments are not due until you have chosen and enrolled in your classes. All other expenses, including books and housing, are paid separately.
Financial Assistance
Tuition and fees for attending Foothill College are very reasonably priced. Since we are a public college, there are currently no scholarships available for entering international students on F-1 visas. Federal or state financial aid is also not available to F-1 students.
Second Year Scholarships— For second-year students, who demonstrate various academic and extracurricular achievements, there are a limited number of available scholarships (ranging from $500 to $1,000). The Honors Program awards several scholarships to students graduating with honors.
On Campus Employment— International students on F-1 visas may work on the campus of Foothill College up to a maximum of 19 hours per week during academic quarters. Foothill College work opportunities are part-time positions and are subject to the needs and availability at various departments and offices on campus. Wages begin at $8 per hour and can reach $14 per hour. For more information about eligibility and limitations, visit On-Campus Employment.
Please note: Potential on-campus work cannot be used as funds available to cover the estimated expenses for I-20 purposes or for admission to Foothill.
Transferring Out—You can also receive financial assistance at a 4-year college or university as a transfer student from Foothill College. Private universities, especially, offer a variety of scholarships for students with strong academic or athletic performance. You should utilize resources provided by the Transfer Center, attend a Transfer Day or meet with a university representative during on-campus visits to find out about available scholarships for international students.
289 FHDA international students accepted to UC Berkeley, 140 to UCLA, 344 to UC San Diego, 385 to UC Davis for Fall 2015; 72 to USC for Fall 2014! Our students were also accepted to MIT, Stanford, Columbia, Yale, Purdue, NYU, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and more!

International student featured in International Educator magazine article on 2+2 transfer success

Received Export Achievement Award from the U.S. Dept. of Commerce in 2012

Find out more about our Transfer Agreements(pdf).

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