Higher education in the United States is not free. It is generally not even free with state supported colleges and universities. However, Alderson Broaddus is competitive with most private and public universities in terms on international student costs.

Tuition and Fees 2017-2018 $27,700
Housing Varies but usual freshman housing is $4,380
Meal Plans $4,480
Books Estimated at $1,000 per year
Fees $210
Estimate $37,840 per year

Expenses not covered here include US mandated health insurance and immunizations, spending money, sending and receiving of documents, enrollment deposit, international fee, or round trip airfare. Note that Alderson Broaddus provides free shuttle service from the Pittsburgh Airport that will be announced on the web page. Students arriving at different times will have to pay for transportation from the airport to campus. There may be additional fees for programs and labs that are not required here, but may be on the semester bill.

Financial aid is very, very limited for international students. The United States government requires all international students to have an approved Statement of Support before the I-20 can be issued.

These figures are an estimate and should not be considered the final bill.

Statement of Financial Support

Other potential sources of Financial Aid outside ABU: Finding Financial Aid for International Students. These sources are the student’s responsibility.

Other Fees:

International Student Fee. $100 one time fee to cover the cost of preparing and shipping documents. This fee is non-refundable.

Enrollment Fee: $200 holds your place as a student at Alderson Broaddus. This fee is refundable if you do not enroll and request a refund by May 1 for Fall admissions and October 1 for Spring admissions. After those dates, the enrollment fee is only refundable if you are denied a visa. The denial slip must accompany the request for refund.

Form A Deposit: Some students will be required to pay an additional deposit before we issue the I-20:

  • All students from several countries. You will be notified if you are required to pay this deposit and your Statement of Support will reflect this need.
  • All students with government assurances, but not expressly addressed to Alderson Broaddus at the time of enrollment.
  • All students transferring in with a terminated visa. This is non-refundable.

The Form A Deposit is put toward the first bill. The rest of the bill will still need to be paid to assure continued enrollment. In the case where the deposit is larger than the first bill, the remainder will be put toward a subsequent bill. This deposit is fully refundable, within 30-days of request, if the student does not enroll for any reason.

The Form A Deposit is not refundable after enrollment if the student leaves after the add/drop deadline (third day of classes), the student is expelled or suspended, or loses the adjudication on a terminated I-20.

Paying Your Bill

You can pay your fees, tuition, room, board, and your future bills in several ways. Paying by credit card is the fastest and most secure. We also accept certified checks and wire transfers, and Western Union (click here for information about Financial Transactions With ABU). If you will need to pay tuition and fees by installment, please open an account at Nelnet. Go to www.MyCollegePaymentPlan.com/AB. It’s easy to register, but there is a nominal fee, not interest, to use this service.

We accept:

  • Credit cards. We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express but note we assess a 2.75% transaction fee. (We have parents who use credit cards with airline miles to fly their student home at breaks.)
  • Certified checks
  • Wire transfers
  • Western Union
  • Installment payments through our third party.
  • Cash in U.S. dollars – although we do not recommend this for safety reasons

Campus jobs and Work Study. The United States government assumes that each international student has access to funds, but does not require we document spending money. ABU encourages families to take that into consideration since working for wages is next to impossible for international students. Working off campus is not allowed at all. Working on campus is only permitted in an extreme emergency and you may only work at Sodexo Food service. If you are offered a job at Sodexo, you must obtain a US social security number and you will pay taxes on your earnings.

Meet your International Student Coorinator

Jill Nussel

International Admissions Coordinator
Jill Nussel

International Admissions Coordinator

(304) 457-6296

College/University Attended and year graduated:
University of Toledo: BA 1992; MA 2001; Ph.D. 2006

BA in Journalism
MA and Ph.D. in History

My favorite thing about ABU is:
Everybody here is so friendly and ready to help.

My favorite spot on campus is:
The Quad between Burbick Hall and the Hamer Student Center. It’s always full of students either rushing on their way or having fun with all sorts of activities.

My best piece of advice to a student in the college search process is:
My job is to help International Students get through the maze of regulations and feel comfortable at a school sometimes half way around the world. My advice is for International Students to decide early and get documents completed several months before your embassy appointment.

My favorite meal in the dining hall is:
The salad bar is always fresh and nutritious…but I like the pizza, too.

Dr. Jill Nussel is the Alderson Broaddus International Student Coordinator. She has over 15 years of experience teaching and working with international students at the college level. Dr. Nussel is the SEVIS Designated School Official (DSO) you will see most often. Contact Dr. Nussel any time you have a question about your immigration status, if you plan a trip outside the United States, apply for internships, or if you plan to look for work.

Dr. Nussel’s office is in Burbick Hall #129 in the Admissions Office on the first floor.