Financial Aid for International Students

We realize that going to college is an investment. Each year, ACU awards more than $96 million in financial aid through scholarships, loans, grants and college work-study. The average financial aid package awarded to full-time international students is valued at 50% of tuition and fees.

2018-19 Tuition, Fees and Living Expenses

Fall and Spring Semesters Undergraduate   ESL Program
Tuition and Fees $34,850*   $17,425*
Health Insurance $1,310   $1,310
Room and Board $10,350    $10,350 
Books Estimate $1,250   $1,250
Total for 9-Months $47,760   $30,335


About This Estimate

*The undergraduate tuition estimate is based on the block tuition fee that includes all required fees and allows students to take from 24 to 36 credit hours per year. The ESL tuition estimate is based on the same plan minus a 50% discount for ESL classes. 

The above figures are based on the assumption that the student lives in a residence hall and has a meal plan. (Single undergraduate students with less than 60 credit hours are required to live on campus unless they are 21 years of age or older. Those who have completed at least 60 credit hours have the option of living off campus.)

This estimate does not include expenses such as travel to and from one's home country, vacation travel, personal expenses, clothing or the support of additional persons. Note: It is important to understand that tuition increases each year and that living and insurance expenses may increase each year as well.


Scholarships for International Students

Multiple scholarships are available to qualified international students, including the following:

  • Academic Scholarship: Automatic scholarship upon admission based on student’s academic profile, $3,000 to half tuition.
  • International Scholarship: Automatic scholarship upon admission based on student’s academic profile, $2,500 to $5,000.
  • Other Scholarships: Visit our scholarship list website to see other scholarships that may apply to you.

Additional Documentation

To assess financial need, international students must submit the 2018-19 International Student Financial Aid Application by CollegeBoard to complement the student’s academic and financial aid file. This information will also be considered when awarding other competitive scholarships.


International Employment

International students are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week on campus during the fall and spring semester. International students may work full-time during official school breaks. A realistic estimate of the maximum one can earn in an academic semester ranges from $1,000 to $2,000. It is the student's responsibility to find a job on campus.

After successfully completing a degree, international students are eligible to apply to work for one year in the US in a field related to their degree. This is known as optional practical training (OPT).


Payment Plans

At Abilene Christian University, we understand that education is a significant investment for our students and their families. We're committed to making the ACU experience as affordable as possible for everyone by offering an innovative tuition model, institutional financial aid, no-interest payment plans, resources to external funding, and access to a team of financial aid professionals to help guide you through the process. For more information about enrolling in Wildcat Pay Plan, click here.

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