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Prospective Students

Cost of Attending Foothill College

The costs outlined below apply to international students in F-1 status.

F-1 students are required to enroll in a minimum of 12 units during fall, winter, and spring quarters. 

Estimated Annual Expenses for F-1 Students

(total includes 3 quarters, not including summer)


Tuition and Enrollment Fees*
Tuition is based on $194.00/unit for 12 units minimum/quarter; many students take additional units at $191.00/unit. Summer tuition and related expenses are not included. 


Health Insurance (mandatory)
$506 per quarter


Estimated Living Expenses


Books and Supplies


Room and Board (includes two meals a day)
(based on homestay for 10 months)


Spending Money**




* Tuition and fees are subject to change on an annual basis and are based on full-time status (12 units per quarter). Many students choose to enroll in more than 12 units.

** Personal expenses and spending money will vary based on personal preferences and spending habits.

Students pay an additional fee for their Student ID card plus other campus fees each quarter, totaling approximately $50 (including summer quarter).


There are several ways to pay tuition. Tuition and health insurance fees are paid each quarter, not annually. Tuition costs are based on the number of units that you enroll in and may change each quarter. For this reason, payments are not due until you have already enrolled in your classes. All other expenses, including books and housing, are paid separately.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

The affordable tuition at Foothill College cuts the cost of studying in the U.S. by half or more. Since we are a public college, there are currently no scholarships available for new international students on F-1 visas. Federal or state financial aid is also not available to F-1 students.

Second Year Scholarships Second-year students, may apply for scholarships (ranging awards from $500 to $4,000), although there are no full scholarships available.  Most scholarships are for students who demonstrate academic and extracurricular achievements.

On Campus Employment International students in F-1 status may work on campus up to 19 hours per week. All student work opportunities are part-time. Wages begin at $8 per hour and can reach $14 per hour. For more information about eligibility and requirements, visit On-Campus Employment.

Please note: On-campus work cannot be used as funds available to cover the estimated expenses for I-20/visa purposes.

Transferring Out Many students also receive scholarships at a 4-year university when transferring. Scholarships may be based on a student’s academic, leadership skills, or athletic performance. You can learn about transfer scholarships for international by visiting the Transfer Center, attending the Transfer Fair, or by meeting with a university representative.




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International Student Programs Office


Administration Building 1900 Room 1933

Overseas Applicant Deadlines


Fall Quarter


Winter Quarter


Spring Quarter

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