Cost of Attendance and Financial Responsibility | Webster University

Cost of Attendance and Financial Responsibility

It is important for international students to be aware of the full cost of university attendance in order to plan appropriately for an investment in higher education. All international students coming to Webster University as F-1 or J-1 students must submit certification of finances that shows you have sufficient funds to pay for your first academic year. 

Undergraduate Cost of Attendance

The cost of attendance includes other elements besides tuition that international students should be prepared for. To that end, you can find a complete list of university costs for the current academic year listed below.

Below is the estimated Webster University costs for two semesters, which is one academic year excluding expenses for dependents and for summer (that is the cost for living expenses, tuition, transportation etc.).  The average cost of tuition fees is based on flat fee enrollment consisting of 26-36 credit hours per year. Actual costs may vary depending on the student’s program of study.

Estimated Undergraduate Costs for 2019-2020 School Year
(International Students attending the St. Louis Home Campus)
Program Tuition Cost of Living* Health Insurance** Total
Undergraduate $28,500 $13,020 $2,475 $43,995
Undergraduate (Conservatory) $33,100 $13,020 $2,475 $48,595


* Includes estimates for housing, meal plan, personal care, entertainment, and books
** Mandatory for all international students unless they have a government-sponsored health insurance

Graduate Cost of Attendance

Below is the estimated Webster University cost for one academic year, which is four graduate terms (9 months of full-time enrollment). This includes tuition, estimated cost of living, and the required health insurance:

Estimated Graduate Costs for 2019-2020 School Year
Location Program Tuition Cost of Living* Health Insurance* Total
St. Louis Graduate $18,000 $16,030 $2,475 $36,505
Orlando Graduate $15,120 $18,800 $2,475 $36,395
Irvine Graduate $18,720 $20,835 $2,475 $42,030

* Cost of Living: Includes estimates for housing, meal plan, personal care, entertainment, and books
* Health Insurance: Mandatory for all international students unless they have government-sponsored health insurance

Click here for details on tuition costs by location, program, and delivery (online vs. on-ground).

Students with Dependents

Married students or students with children should add an additional $4,500 for a spouse and $3,000 for each child traveling with them to the United States. For additional information, click here: How to Bring My Dependent

Certification of Finance

The U.S. government requires that all international students coming to Webster University as F-1 or J-1 students must submit certification of finance before they are issued I-20 or DS-2019.  The certificate of finances must show proof that you have the funds for at least the first year in the United States. 

Once we receive the documents, we will evaluate the documents for authenticity and sufficient funds.  Please note that we retain the right to require an original financial document or further documentation from you if additional verification is needed.

The certification of finances must be issued and dated no more than six months before the start date of your studies at Webster University. See the following chart for acceptable financial document issue dates:

Start Term Accepted Financial Document Issued Date
Summer term (May/June): Financial document dated after January 1
Fall 1 term (August): Financial document dated after March 1
Fall 2 term (October): Financial document dated after May 1
Spring 1 term (January): Financial document dated after July 1
Spring 2 term (March): Financial document dated after October 1


Acceptable Financial Documents:

Your financial documents must indicate the type and amount of currency and must show liquid or easily accessible funds. 

  • Banks statement(s) showing the most current monthly account activity, with an ending balance. Bank statements must be on original bank letterhead. (preferred)
  • Bank letter stating you have sufficient funds in the bank. Bank letters must include the name, title, and original signature of the bank officer.  Photocopies will not be accepted. Sample Bank Letter
  • If the bank account is not in your name, the account holder must also submit a Sponsor's Letter following this template: Sample Sponsor's Letter. The account holder should be in your immediate family (parents/guardian, siblings).
  • Official letter of approved loans
  • Government or other agencies’ scholarship letters showing 1) the scholarship amount, 2) items covered, and 3) duration of the award.
  • Graduate assistantship or any other university offer letter from Webster University

If a bank cannot issue documents in English, you must get a certified translation to accompany your documents.

To assist your bank, here is an official letter of request from Webster University: Official Request for Bank Letter

Unacceptable Financial Documents:

  • Verification of employment and annual salary statement
  • Property or personal assets (land, buildings, jewelry, etc.)
  • Lines of credit
  • Investments, stocks, retirement accounts or other accounts from which money cannot be withdrawn

Submitting Your Documents:

All financial documents must be submitted to Webster University at least 6 weeks before the start of a term.  Email your financial documents as PDF or JPG attachments to your admissions counselor.