Cherry Blossoms

Prospective International Students

Tuition and Fees 

Estimated Annual Expenses for F-1 Students

Total includes 3 quarters - fall, winter and spring. Additional costs apply for summer sessions/classes.

F-1 students starting in summer, see Summer Session Admits for additional estimated expenses. 


Tuition and Enrollment Fees*
Based on 12 units minumum per quarter; $276.00 per unit, effective July 1, 2024.


Health Insurance (mandatory)
$552 per quarter


Books and Supplies


Room and Board
Based on homestay for 10 months; includes two meals per day.


Spending Money**




* F-1 students are required to enroll in a minimum of 12 units during fall, winter, and spring quarters. 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, transportation card, and  other miscellaneous campus fees each quarter, totaling approximately $55 per quarter.

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
 students in their second year of attending Foothill College are eligible to apply for scholarships. Awards range from $500 to $4,000.  Most scholarships are for students who demonstrate academic and extracurricular achievements. To find out more information, please visit Financial Aid.

On Campus Employment
International students with F-1 visa may work on campus up to 19 hours per week. All student work opportunities are part-time.  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.

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

Note about online classes

F-1 students are allowed to take 1 online class in their first 12 units. Many factors are taken into consideration when calculating tuition and fees, including our ability to offer access to leading faculty and educational resources. Tuition and fees also help us offer student support services such as tutoring, counseling, and International Student Programs, all while ensuring that your courses are transferable no matter how they are delivered. There are no changes or reduction of tuition or fees based on instructional method.


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International Student Programs Office


Administration Building 1900 Room 1933

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