Tuition and Books
Tuition for a full time student is $1,620 per 7/8-week term, which includes 20 hours of instruction per week. There is also a computer lab fee of $15 and a testing fee of $30. English Language Center students holding a student visa must be full-time students. Part-time students, i.e., those not requiring a student visa, are charged $331 for one course hour, $651 for two course hours, $971 for three course hours or $1291 for four course hours plus a $15 laboratory fee.
Textbooks and other course-related materials may be purchased at the University Bookstore. Each student can expect to spend $100 to $200 per term for books and supplies.
Health Insurance and Inoculations
Because of the high cost of health care in the United States, all students must have a University-approved health and accident insurance policy. This may be purchased through the University at a cost of $113 per month. Students beginning in the Spring I term will pay $559. Students arriving in Spring II will pay $339 for insurance. Insurance for the summer term costs $226. Students arriving in Fall I will pay $567 and students arriving in Fall II will pay $339. A student infirmary is located on campus to provide health care for any illness, injury or health problem. In addition, students must pay a fee of $30 for use of the Student Health Clinic. Proof of your insurance must be provided at registration or you will be charged for the University insurance policy.
New students are required to take a TB (tuberculosis) test at a cost of $10, which most insurance companies will cover. They must also pay $100 for two MMR inoculations (mumps, measles and rubella).
All international students and all students living in the residency halls are required to provide proof of immunization for bacterial meningitis. The vaccine is available at the Student Health Center at a cost of $155, which most insurance companies will cover.
If students wish to be exempted, they must bring official proof from a doctor from their own country showing dates, number and the types of injections. In some cases a chest X-ray is required . Click here to download the Tuberculosis Screening & Immunization Form.
Housing and Food Services
Housing is available in university dormitories at a cost of approximately $800 to $1,100 per 7/8-week ELC (English Language Center) term, depending on the dormitory and the number of roommates a student would like to have. Students entering in Fall I or Spring I pay in advance for two ELC terms (one university semester), $1,610 (minimum) to $2,400 (maximum). If a student decides to leave the University, i.e. stop studying here, after one ELC term, the rest of the money for the semester will be refunded to him or her. Students entering in Fall II or Spring II pay half the amount for the semester, approximately $800 to $1,100. Students entering in Fall I or Fall II must sign a dormitory contract for both the fall semester and the spring semester. The dormitory rate for the summer term is much more expensive: approximately $1,610 for two months (minimum). For this reason, many students choose to stay in private apartments during the summer.
Food service plans are available from the University's cafeteria, starting at a minimum of $725 per semester (seven meals a week). ELC students who live in a dormitory are required to sign up for a food service plan. There are no cooking facilities in most dorm rooms, but the dormitory apartments and efficiency apartments have cooking facilities. The various meal plans and housing options can be seen at http://www.southalabama.edu/housing/rates.shtml .Summary Of Expenses (For an 8-week term) Full Time
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