FINANCIAL GUIDE AND FEES

FINANCIAL GUIDE

Student Accounting, Billing, and Cashier Services ensures the proper billing of your student account and provides professional, prompt, courteous service to resolve financial problems on an individual basis. They manage the charges and credits on your account including tuition, fees, housing, dining, miscellaneous fees and payments for every semester that you attend Rutgers.

Students can use the following guidelines to track and manage their financial accounts.

International Payments
Flywire is the only vendor authorized by Rutgers to facilitate international payments. In order to assure the security and safety of students, please do not attempt to make international payments through any other third party vendors or direct wire transfers to the University.

International payments can be made directly through your online student account.

For additional information, review Flywire FAQs 

Authorize Parents/Third Parties to Make Payments
Students can grant a third party or parent access to view and make payments on their term bill through the online term bill portal. This access also serves as a FERPA release. FERPA is a federal law that gives students in higher education various rights with respect to their education records. To learn more and grant access, please click here.

Open a U.S Bank Account
In order to receive direct deposit and to easily make purchases and payments around campus, international students are encouraged to open a U.S bank account. There are several banks and credit unions available within walking distance on campus. All students need is a credible form of identification from their various home countries. To search for banks and credit unions near campus, please click here.

Benefits of Having a U.S Bank Account include;

  • Tuition Payment Plans
    If you would like to make your term bill payments in convenient monthly payments rather than one large payment, tuition payment plans are available. Plans are interest-free and you can choose from annual or semester plans. For more information, please click here.
     
  • Direct Deposit for Refunds
    Students are strongly encouraged to sign up for direct deposit in order to receive fast, easy and secure refunds. Rutgers utilizes the services of ScholarChip to electronically deposit student refunds directly into the checkings or savings bank account provided. Sign up for direct deposit here . More information regarding this service can be found here.

Additional Questions and Information
For more information, please visit the Student Accounting website or contact the Student Accounting office. 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FEES

As an international student at Rutgers, you will be charged certain fees that are specific to your legal status (F-1 or J-1). See below to learn what they are and how to pay them. 

SEVIS FEE (not charged by the University - this is a government fee)

What is it?
If you are an F-1 or J-1 student, you will have to pay the SEVIS fee to the US government. The SEVIS fee or the I-901 fee amounts have changed as of June 24, 2019 to the following:

F-1/M-1 visa applicants (full payment) $350
J-1 Visa Applicants (full payment) $220

When you pay the fee, be sure to print payment confirmation and keep it with your other immigration documents.

When to pay it?
You are responsible for paying this fee once you get a new I-20 or DS-2019 from us and at least three business days before you apply for your F-1 or J-1 visa. If you are Canadian, you'll have to pay the fee at least three business days prior to entering the United States as an F-1 or J-1 student.

Who doesn't have to pay it?
You won't have to pay the fee if:

  • You transferred your SEVIS record from another university but are maintaining the same SEVIS ID. 
  • You need to apply for a new visa later on in your studies. You only need to pay the fee again if you are issued a brand new SEVIS record and your SEVIS ID number (the "N00…" number on your I-20 or DS-2019) is different.
  • Your visa/status is sponsored by an agency other than Rutgers (e.g. Fulbright, VEF etc.). Be sure to check with the organization issuing your DS-2019 to confirm if you have the fee waived.
  • You are an F-2 or J-2 dependent. Dependents on F-2 or J-2 visas are not subject to the SEVIS fee, regardless of when the initial I-20 or DS-2019 form was issued. However, if they apply for a change of status, change of category (J-1 only), or reinstatement, the fee would be assessed.

Special Note for Canadians
Canadian citizens do not have to obtain a visa in order to enter the U.S.  However, they need to pay the SEVIS fee in advance of their entry to the U.S. (a minimum of three days in between is recommended). Fee payment is verified at the U.S. Port of Entry.

The information and instructions on-line, http://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/index.htm, are fairly comprehensive and easy to understand.  In the case of general or case-specific questions, student, scholars or departments should contact the SEVIS FEE Help Desk by e-mail at fmjfee.SEVIS@dhs.gov or (212) 620-3418, which operates during normal business hours (weekdays, 8am – 8pm EST).  This phone number is for international callers only.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FEE (ISF)

What is it?
As an international student in F-1 or J-1 status at Rutgers, you will be charged the International Student Fee (ISF) of $250 per semester, for each semester you are enrolled at Rutgers. This fee is part of the cost of attending Rutgers and is applied towards maintaining services for international students. For more information, see the Office of Student Account, Billing, and Cashiering website.

When to pay it?
All F-1 and J-1 registered students will be automatically charged the ISF every fall and spring semester. You will see it on your Rutgers term bill and can pay it when you are paying your fees for the semester.

Who doesn't have to pay it?
TAs/GAs and Fellows are exempt from paying the fee. See links below for detailed information and instructions. 

-- Information on TA/GA Tuition Remission

-- Graduate Fellows must submit the following form: https://studentabc.rutgers.edu/files/rt-100f-fellows-r081417pdf

-- RBHS Fellows can show the departmental offer letter regarding their stipend to Student Accounting

PLEASE NOTE: If you are a Rutgers/RBHS Fellow and you do not specifically request a removal of the fee, you will be billed for the ISF—you can be refunded this fee ONLY in the same semester as the erroneous billing. An ISF payment will not be refunded retroactively for a previous semester. TA/GA tuition remission no longer requires a paper form.

Students Who Change to a Non-F-1/J-1 Immigration Status
If you change your status and become a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you must contact us. We will need to see proof of your new status in the U.S. and will need to close your SEVIS record and update your information in institutional records. You will then no longer be responsible for paying the fee. For any questions about this fee, please contact Susan Maldonado, SEVIS compliance administrator, Rutgers Global–International Student and Scholar Services, at susanmal@global.rutgers.edu.
F-2 and J-2 dependents pay the one-time-only ISF of $50 for a spouse and $25 per child. The fee must be paid by the primary F-1/J-1 visa holder at time of requesting the I-20/DS-2019 for each dependent. If you obtained the F-2/J-2 dependent documents from the admissions office as part of your admission to Rutgers, you will need to pay the dependent ISF when you arrive on-campus with your dependent(s) at  Rutgers Global–International Student and Scholar Services, 180 College Avenue.

How is the ISF fee calculated for short-term programs?
The International Student Fee for our short-term programs are calculated based on the length of program.

NEW STUDENT FEE

All first-year, transfer, graduate and undergraduate students on the Rutgers - New Brunswick campus will be assessed a new student fee on their term bills. This fee covers the cost of orientation and transition programs, resources for new students, and outreach programs for parents and family members designed to help new students and their families during the first year at Rutgers University. All new students are expected to attend orientation and transition events. This fee will be assessed regardless of attendance at orientation and transition events.

For more information and other fee related questions, visit the Student Accounting Office's website or contact the office.