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Estimated Costs

Learn the estimated expenses for living and attending school in the United States.

Estimated Tuition & Living Expenses

These estimates do not include –

  • The three-month break
  • Travel to and from your home country
  • Tourist travel while attending school

If you plan to remain in the U.S. during your three-month break, you will need to add additional living expenses to your budget.

Estimated Expenses
Expense3 Months9 Months
Tuition & Fees $3,600 $10,800
Books & Supplies* $300 $900
Housing & Food** $1,800 $5,400
Health Insurance $500 $1,500
TOTALS $6,200 $18,600

*Does not include a personal computer
**Estimated housing based on host family or roommate

Tuition estimates are subject to change. Estimates are based on average full-time registration. Credit level programs require a minimum of 12 credits per term at $280 per credit. Intensive English credits are charged at $165 per contact hour. Required fees include mandatory Health Insurance. Academic fees vary depending on course registration.

"Living in Salem, Oregon is very inexpensive and peaceful. The standard cost of living in Salem is more affordable than California or Washington State.  This helped my family save more money on my education expenses. I also work on campus at Chemeketa which is an option for International students. This also helps me a lot in paying for some of my living costs. I love my experience at Chemeketa!" - Bao Duc Nguyen, Vietnamese Alumn 2018