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Cost to Study in USA for Indian Students in 2023 : A Step-By-Step Guide That Anyone Can Follow

As per the wide range of reports, the overall cost to study in USA is basically around $20,000-$60,000 every year.

Getting USA study visa in managed budget is a constant uphill battle for every Indian student. However, proper funds management can help you study in USA with small budget.

But how? Is it possible?

"Yes, that is possible – by taking guidance from expert Consultants Like IBT Overseas."

In this article, we will take a look at How much does it cost to study in USA? What things you should careful for? as well as how to manage your cost?

Let’s get started.

Table of Contents

  1. Average Tuition Fees for Programs  

  2. Hidden Colleges Fees

  3. Cost of Accomodation

  4. Basic Living Expenses

  5. Cost of Entrance Exams

  6. Student Visa Cost

  7. FAQ

  8. Summing Up

Average Tuition Fees Cost For Different Programs 

Tution fees is the primary chunk of your cost. As per wide range of reports, you need approximately $7,000-$35,000 a year. This amount varies depending on the type of program you choose.


Tuition fees in USD 

English language studies

$700 to $2,000 a month

Community colleges

$6,000 to $20,000 per year


bachelor degree

$20,000 to $40,000 per year

Graduate programs

$20,000 to $45,000 per year

Doctoral Degree

$28,000 to $55,000 per year


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Hidden Colleges Fees to Study in USA 

Aside from the cost of the study visa and tuition, there are some other costs associated with studying in the United States. These expenses include campus costs, accommodation costs, travel costs, and a lot of other hidden charges. 

Orientation Fee

$60 - $330 per month 

Campus Fee

$13,00 - $15,00 per month 

Lab Fee

$150 - $180 per month 

Transportation cost 

$170 - $200 per month 

Health Insurance 

$1200 - $1500 per year

Cost of Food 

$250 - $700 per month 

Accommodation Cost 

$500 - $15,00 per month 

Entertainment cost

$100 - $300 per month 

Books and Stationary 

$500 - $1000 per year

Miscellaneous Expenses 

$2000 - $3000 per year 

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Cost of Accomodation in USA for Indian Students

It might shake the entire budget that you have planned while studying in USA. We have rounded up the table that will surely provide you with the full information about the average cost of every type of accommodation. 

Accommodation Type

Average Cost (in USD)


11,000 - 15,000 (a year)

Private Accommodation

6,000 - 9,000 (a year)


7,000 (a year) + 300 up-front fee

Student Hostel

15 - 45 (a night)

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Living Expenses Cost to study in USA

You've to set your budget for living life in USA as well. Check out the table mentioned below so that you will get a idea about expenses required for living expenses in USA: 


Average Yearly Cost*

Books and Stationery

$500- $1000


$500- $1200



Clothes and footwear


Miscellaneous expenses


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Entrance Exams Cost for Study in USA

Good scores in various types of entrance exams help in your visa application approval. Check out the below table to get detailed information about the cost of the exams required to study in USA:

Exam Expense

Cost in INR



GRE Fees














Average Tution Fees of Universities 

Affordable University

Top-Ranked University

Average Tuition Fees

The University of Texas at Dallas

The University of Texas at Dallas

  • 13000 USD/year

  • 12000 USD/year

The University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington

  • 9000  USD/year

  • 12000  USD/year

Texas A&M University

Texas A&M University

  • 9000  USD/year

  • 13000  USD/year

Arizona State University

Arizona State University

  • 13000  USD/year

  • 13000  USD/year

Illinois University of Technology

Illinois University of Technology

  • 31000  USD/year

  • 10000  USD/year

Cost to Get a Student Visa for USA 

Students are often worried about the cost of getting a USA student visa. They want to know whether there are any hidden charges or not and what the visa application fee is. So, have a look at the underneath table to know the cost of a USA study visa

SEVIS Fee for F1


SEVIS Fee for J1


SEVIS Fee for M1


Visa Application Fee

$160 for F1, $160 for J1 and $160 for M1


Ques 1) Is it truly expensive to study in the USA?

Ans) No, it's not that expensive there is always scope for saving a penny in the right way. 

Ques 2) What is the application fee to a wide range of universities? 

Ans) The application fee of different universities varies from one to another. However, the basic ones is around  3,700 INR (50 USD) up to 12,000 INR (150 USD).

Ques 3) What are the names of the top universities in the US in 2022?

Ans) According to the QS world university ranking the following are the top university: 

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

  • California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

  • Harvard University

  • University of Pennsylvania

  • University of Chicago

  • Stanford University

Ques 4) What is the basic age limit to fill out the student visa application form?

Ans) There is no specific type of age limit to applying for a USA study visa. You just have to keep in mind that you have to study all the requirements of the university in the right way. 

Ques 5) What is the basic salary provided after studying in the USA?

Ans) The average salary will surely start from 50,000 to 70,000 USD per year.

Summing Up

With that said, we truly think that this is one such blog that will definitely provide you with wholesome information about the cost of studying in the USA for Indian students on a limited budget. At IBT Overseas, we have an experienced team of USA student visa consultants that will help you in your study visa process.

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