University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Incoming Student Finances

Read this page carefully to understand the fees associated with your exchange program.


Incoming Exchange Student Fees

All incoming exchange students will receive a tuition waiver. However, depending on your university's agreement with Illinois, you will still be required to pay various student fees or fees for instruction not covered under the exchange agreement.

The fees listed below are the ones you should expect to see on your invoice each semester. The amounts listed under the "Costs Per Semester" reflect Fall 2017/Spring 2018 rates.

Non-Waived Fees

Cost Per Semester (in U.S. Dollars)


Health Service Fee

$231

Transportation Fee

$62

Health Insurance Fee*

$397

International Student Fee**      

$35


*The Office of Student Health Insurance may waive this fee provided you submit a waiver form and demonstrate equivalent or better coverage.

**For more information on this fee, please visit the International Student and Scholar Services website.

Other Expenses

In addition to the fees listed above, you will need to budget for housing and meals, books and supplies, entertainment and living expenses. Please note that exchange students typically need to arrive to campus earlier than the start of the semester for mandatory Incoming Exchange Orientation, and if you are staying in University Housing, be aware of Early Arrival fees outside of the regular University Housing contract.


Paying Your University Student Account Bill

You will receive notification to pay your student account bill via email. For more information about how to view your account and to pay, visit the University Student Financial Services & Cashier Operations (USFSCO) website. You will be able to pay your e-bill in-person (checks or money order only) or online (American Express, Discover, MasterCard, or Visa only). Please note that credit card transactions are subject to a convenience fee. You may also pay by wire transfer from your home bank. However, there are transaction fees for wire transfers.

To avoid transaction fees and minimize inconveniences when it is time to pay your bill, we strongly recommend that you open a checking account with a local U.S. bank. There are five banks with locations on campus: Busey Bank, First Financial Bank, PNC, and U of I Community Credit Union. Chase Bank and Bank of America are also options, as both are national banks with multiple ATMs around town, including on campus.


Health Insurance

All Illinois students, including incoming exchange students, are automatically enrolled in and charged for University Student Health Insurance. You will need to create an account online at www.si.illinois.edu to obtain your insurance card. Once you have created your account, you will be able to print a copy of your insurance card or have a copy mailed to you.

Important note: If you already have insurance coverage, you may petition to waive the University Student Health Insurance fee during the enrollment/change period associated with the term(s) that you will be enrolled at Illinois (see chart below).

Coverage Dates

Coverage Dates

Term

Enrollment/Change Period Dates


January 14-May 12, 2017

Spring 2017



May 13-August 25, 2017

Summer 2017      

May 12-June 2, 2017

August 26-January 12, 2018      

Fall 2017

August 21-September 15, 2017


To successfully waive the University Student Health Insurance fee, your alternate coverage must include:

  • Unlimited medical coverage
  • At least $50,000 of medical evacuation coverage
  • At least $25,000 worth of repatriation of remains coverage
  • A deductible of no more than $4,000
  • The insurance has to pay at least 80%
  • The plan must have Mental Health benefits
  • The plan must cover Pre-existing conditions
  • The plan must be Affordable Care Act (ACA) compliant
  • Must cover in-patient and out-patient care
  • The policy must be translated into English and U.S. Dollar amounts.

Have Questions?

If you have specific questions about your existing coverage and to confirm if it meets the University Student Health Insurance coverage requirements, please contact the Office of Student Health Insurance directly.

Office of Student Health Insurance
1109 South Lincoln Avenue, Room 29
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: 217-333-0165
insure@illinois.edu