Frequently Asked Questions - Office of Admission

Frequently Asked Questions

Does TU offer scholarships to international students?

TU is able to offer merit-based (academic) scholarships to international undergraduate students from $4,000 to $15,000.  There is no separate application process for the scholarship.


What is the total cost of tuition and fees?

As of 2021, the total cost of undergraduate tuition for 1 academic year is currently $45,566 USD.  With added living expenses, books, etc. the total estimated cost of attendance for 1 year is $66,502 USD. 


Can I live off campus to save money?

All undergraduate students are required to live on campus for their first and second year at TU. First year freshmen are required to live in our residence halls. Second year students are eligible to live in TU’s on-campus apartments. After completing their second year, students may live off campus if they wish.


I went to a high school where the medium of instruction is English. Will you accept a letter from my school instead of English test scores?

No. Because we must gauge your ability to succeed as a TU student individually, a letter from your school regarding their medium of instruction will not fulfill our English Language Proficiency requirement. You can read more on how to fulfill this requirement here.


I haven’t taken and English Proficiency test before. Can I submit an essay to prove my English language ability?

No. You must submit results from one of the exams on this page.


Can I work while I am a TU student?

International students are eligible to work part time in on-campus positions only. Immigration law prohibits any one on an F or J visa to work outside of their educational institution. International students are not eligible to work in positions labeled ‘Work Study.’


Are there any additional scholarship opportunities after I’ve received my initial scholarship award?

Each applicant is evaluated for academic scholarship awards at the time of admission. Academic merit scholarships will be valid for four years (eight semesters). The Office of Admission only awards scholarships to incoming students.


Do you offer full tuition scholarships?

The University of Tulsa offers one select full tuition scholarship program, the Presidential Scholarship. You can learn more about the application process for that scholarship here.


Can international students get financial aid?

Financial Aid through FAFSA is only available to U.S. citizens, therefore international students are not eligible for Financial Aid. We do not accept the CSS Profile at this time.


I’ve submitted my application materials, but my application portal checklist shows an X mark. What should I do?

Some application documents require manual processing. Please allow up to 2 business days for your application material to be approved by our staff.


How do I get my I-20?

For TU to issue you an I-20 you must first be admitted to The University of Tulsa. Once admitted, you will need to submit the Confirmation of Financial Resources form through your applicant portal. Through this form you will prove your ability to support yourself while at TU by showing a bank statement from your personal bank account or that of your sponsors or family. If the sponsor is not a family member, you will need to include information regarding their relationship to you in that form.


What do I do after I receive my I-20?

After you receive your I-20 (F-1) or DS-2019 (J-1) from The University of Tulsa, follow the U.S. Embassy/Consulate’s instructions to schedule an interview for your visa. It is important to apply for your visa as far in advance as possible.  Many consulates recommend that appointments be made no more than 120 days from the intended date of travel, but some can make earlier arrangements for interviews.