Estimated Expenses for International Students

Here at UW-Superior, we recognize the importance of our international students to the vibrancy of our campus community and the greater region. To help make a UW-Superior education and experience possible, we offer several scholarships and financial awards. In fact, more than 90% of on-campus international undergraduate students who qualify for admission also qualify for a scholarship of $5,500 to $7,500 per year.

Below are the estimated expenses for the nine-month 2023-2024 academic year for an international undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

Undergraduate Nonresident Tuition/Fees (Per Year)$16,605
Residence Hall/Partial Meal Plan$7,230
Tuition, Fees, Room and Meals (Total)*$22,960*
*Does not include scholarship and campus job opportunities available to many international students. Figures are for full-time, on-campus students (12-18 credits per semester) enrolled for the full academic year, most affordable double room and estimated 12 meal/week meal plan.

Additional Expense Information

  • The figures above do not include medical insurance, which is required and costs $2,135 for 12 months of coverage, or books and supplies, for which students should budget approximately $1,050 per year.
  • Also not included above are orientation fees ($230) or personal expenses, which each individual student ultimately determines. We estimate that students should budget at least $1,400 per year for personal expenses. 
  • Summer-related expenses and online classes are not included in the figures above.
  • Student-athletes are charged a one-time athletic apparel fee of $150-250 (depending on their sport) in their first semester only.
  • The average increase for university-related expenses in the U.S. is approximately 3-5% per year.

Generous Funding for International Students

For more information, please contact International Admissions via email or WhatsApp at +1 715-817-6311.

Nonresident Tuition Waiver (NTW) Award

Students who qualify for admission are automatically considered for a Nonresident Tuition Waiver (NTW). The NTW Award is granted to freshman students with the equivalent of a 2.90 – 3.39 high school Grade Point Average (GPA) on a U.S. 4.0 grading scale and to university transfer students with the equivalent of a 2.50-2.99 GPA.

For nonresident students (including non-U.S. citizens) who have been granted a NTW Award, UW-Superior will waive 70% of the nonresident portion of tuition, rounded to the nearest $100 each semester. Awards through the NTW Program do not waive any of the resident portion of tuition.

The nonresident portion of tuition for undergraduate students is approximately $7,915 each year. As a result, the NTW Award is worth $5,500 per year and is subject to change for future academic years.

  • Students who qualify for admission are automatically considered for the NTW. No NTW application is necessary.
  • More than 90% of degree-seeking international students enrolled at the UW-Superior qualify for an award through the NTW Program.

Tuition and Fees for the 2023-2024 Academic Year including the NTW Award

Nonresident Tuition and Fees$16,605
NTW Award-$5,500
Net Tuition and Fees*$11,105
*Flat tuition and fee rate for NTW Award Students taking 12-18 on-campus credits per semester

Tuition, Fees, Room and Meals for the 2023-2024 Academic Year including the NTW Award

Net Tuition and Fees with NTW Award$11,105
Double Room and Partial Meals Plan*$7,230
Total Tuition, Fees, Room and Meals$18,335
* Most affordable double room; meal plan covers approximately 12-13 meals per week.

Additional Information

  • Students who are offered an NTW Award and who seek F-1 student status must submit bank documents showing a balance of at least U.S. $23,150 in order to be eligible for a Form I-20. Per U.S. regulations, this amount includes estimates for personal expenses and books & supplies, which will not be owed to the university.
  • All degree-seeking students who qualify for admission are automatically be given consideration for either an NTW Award or NTW Scholar Award. It is not possible to receive both awards. A written personal statement is recommended but not required. Athletic ability is not a criterion for the NTW Program.
  • Awards through the NTW Program are renewable and may be received for a total maximum of five years (10 semesters). Awards for transfer students are adjusted according to their expected length of study. 
  • Students must meet the requirements indicated on the NTW acceptance form in order to have their NTW renewed. Awards are subject to the conditions in the NTW acceptance form and award letter.

Nonresident Tuition Waiver (NTW) Scholar Award

Students who qualify for admission are automatically considered for a Nonresident Tuition Waiver (NTW). The NTW Scholar is granted to freshman students with the equivalent of at least a 3.4 high school Grade Point Average (GPA) on a U.S. 4.0 grading scale and to university transfer students with a GPA of at least 3.00

For nonresident students (including non-U.S. citizens) who have been granted an NTW Scholar Award, the University will waive 95% of the nonresident portion of tuition, rounded to the nearest $100 each semester. Awards through the NTW Program do not waive any of the resident portion of tuition. As such students pay resident tuition – like Wisconsin students – plus a fraction of the nonresident surcharge.

The nonresident portion of tuition for undergraduate students is approximately $7,915 each year. As a result, the NTW Scholar Award is worth $7,500 per year and is subject to change for future academic years.

Students who qualify for admission are automatically considered for the NTW. No NTW application is necessary.

Tuition and Fees for the 2023-2024 Academic Year including the NTW Scholar

Nonresident Tuition and Fees$16,605
NTW Scholar Award-$7,500
Net Tuition and Fees*$9,105
*Flat tuition and fee rate for students taking 12-18 on-campus credits per semester.

Tuition, Fees, Room and Meals for the 2023-2024 Academic Year including the NTW Scholar

Net Tuition and Fees with NTW Scholar Award$9,105
Double Room and Partial Meals Plan*$7,230
Total Tuition, Fees, Room and Meals$16,335
* Most affordable double room; meal plan covers approximately 12-13 meals per week.

Additional Information

  • Students who are offered an NTW Scholar and who seek F-1 student status must submit bank documents showing a balance of at least U.S. $21,150 in order to be eligible for a Form I-20. As required by U.S. regulations, this amount includes estimates for personal expenses and books & supplies, which will not be owed to the university.
  • All degree-seeking students who qualify for admission are automatically be given consideration for either an NTW Award or NTW Scholar. It is not possible to receive both awards. Athletic ability is not a criterion for the NTW Program.
  • Awards through the NTW Program are renewable and may be received for a total maximum of five years (10 semesters). Awards for transfer students are adjusted according to their expected length of study. 
  • Students must meet the requirements indicated on the NTW acceptance form in order to have their NTW renewed. Awards are subject to the conditions in the NTW acceptance form and award letter.

#YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship

UW-Superior awards #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarships of $7,900 per year to two qualifying students in the fall semester. To be considered, applicants must:

  • Complete the UW-Superior international freshman application for admission.
  • Have a high school Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.5 on a U.S. 4.0 grading scale.
  • Demonstrate interest and initiative in leadership and intercultural learning. 

How to Apply

  • Complete the #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship Application and submit it to International Admissions
  • Scholarship applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Students can be considered for an NTW award or a #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship, but not both. Students are recommended to submit applications by May 1 for the Fall semester.

UW-Superior Foundation Scholarships

The UW-Superior Foundation sponsors scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students. International students who have already begun their studies at UW-Superior are eligible to apply for over 100 Foundation scholarships, which are generally awarded by individual academic departments. In the most recent year, 55% of scholarship applicants were approved for an average scholarship of $1,500.

Student Employment

Many UW-Superior international students hold jobs on campus. U.S. immigration laws allow for student employment under specific conditions. 

  • Most international students seeking work and willing to work a range of jobs, including in food service, Residence Life, tutoring services and campus recreation have found work. The minimum wage in Wisconsin is $10.50 per hour
  • International students in F-1 status are allowed to work on campus up to 20 hours per week while school is in session and full-time during breaks and holidays.
  • Off-campus employment is not allowed except under limited conditions set out by U.S. immigration laws.
  • Although it is not possible to pay for all tuition and fees with student employment, it is a great way to earn ‘pocket money’ and make useful connections on campus.

The Office of Intercultural Student Success provides guidance about finding on-campus jobs during international student orientation, and students are responsible for finding their own employment.

Other Sources of Financial Assistance

Students may wish to visit the following websites for information on financial aid, scholarships and student loans from other (non-UW-Superior) institutions.