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Prospective Students

Cost of Attending Foothill College

The costs outlined below apply to international students in F-1 status.

F-1 students are required to enroll in a minimum of 12 units during fall, winter, and spring quarters. 


Note about COVID-19 and tuition

We will continue to keep you informed about the status of our Fall 2020 in-person classes; however, there is a possibility that some or all instruction for all or part of the Fall 2020 quarter will be delivered online.

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’re delivered. There will be no changes or reduction of our tuition or fees based on instructional method. International students will continue to receive a high quality, affordable education from the top community college District in California.

Estimated Annual Expenses for F-1 Students

(total includes 3 quarters, not including summer)


Tuition and Enrollment Fees*
Tuition is based on $224.00 per unit for 12 units for 3 quarters.

Many students take additional units at $224.00/unit.

Summer tuition and related expenses are not included here . This cost estimate covers 3 quarters.


Health Insurance (mandatory)
$562 per quarter (not charged during summer quarter)


Books and Supplies


Room and Board (includes two meals a day)
(based on homestay for 10 months)


Spending Money**




* 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.



There are several ways to pay tuition. Tuition and health insurance fees are paid each quarter. Tuition costs are based on the number of units that you enroll in and may change each quarter. For this reason, payments are not due until you have already enrolled in your classes. All other expenses including books and housing are paid separately.


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.






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