Costs, Scholarships and Employment

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In-State Tuition Benefit

  • All international students are eligible for the in-state (resident) tuition rate.
  • International students pay the same tuition per semester as students from Minnesota.
  • There are no special requirements to receive and maintain this benefit.
  • BSU offers high-quality education at an affordable price.

2024-25 International Student Estimated Cost Breakdown for One Academic Year

Approximate costs for two semesters as a full-time international student residing on campus in a double-occupancy room with a meal plan. New international students are required to live in on-campus housing for one year unless over the age of 21. *Purchase (approximately $2,500 USD) of the Minnesota State approved health insurance policy is required–no exceptions–and must be paid in full no later than the Friday before semester classes begin. Details will be given at orientation:

Tuition and fees $10,198
Living expenses (room and meals) $11,216
Health insurance $2,500
Textbooks, supplies, personal expenses $1,945
Estimated total cost (in USD) $25,859


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Scholarship Opportunities

All new international students are eligible for the International Student Merit Award (ISMA). There’s no separate application to complete; all applicants are reviewed for eligibility. The ISMA is a one-time maximum of $500 for one semester or one-time maximum of $1,000 for two semesters. It is non-renewable.

Additional scholarship opportunities can be found here.

International students are not eligible to receive federal or state loans and grants. At this time, international students are not eligible for automatic “New Freshman Scholarships.”

On-campus employment

International students who are enrolled full-time are eligible to apply to work on-campus. Please note that the maximum pay an international student can earn on campus is currently around $800 per month. For more information, see “International Student Employment” which includes “Regular payroll positions” information at Student Employment. Please see each of those websites for particulars.