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The cost of tuition for out-of-state students for one academic year* is about $21,500 for undergraduate and $25,700 for graduate students. More specific information can be found here.

In general, new students who have English proficiency and maintain steady and successful progress towards their degree will need four years to earn a bachelor’s degree, two to three years to earn a master’s degree and five or more years to complete a doctoral (PhD) degree.

*An academic year means fall (September – December) and spring (January – May) semesters.

Cost of Living

Milwaukee appeals to many international students because the city has a low cost of living compared to coastal U.S. cities. Here you get the best of both worlds – a thriving urban center combined with an affordable, friendly, small-town atmosphere.

The estimated living expenses (which will vary depending on your accommodations and food arrangements) for one academic year are about $15,000. The cost of health insurance for one academic year is about $1,694.

Scholarships for Undergraduate Students

UWM has a scholarship program for newly admitted international undergraduate students. Scholarship award decisions are based on academic merit and the diversity of the candidate (i.e. how the candidate contributes to the diversity of UWM).

The scholarship awards may be up to $5,000 per academic year ($2,500 per semester) and may be renewed each year (for a maximum of four years total).

Scholarships for international students are awarded on a monthly basis. Newly admitted students will be notified of their awards as soon as decisions are made, and scholarships are awarded until all money is fully allocated. To ensure full consideration for an award for fall, students should be admitted by May 1 and for spring by October 1. Note: Only students admitted to a bachelor’s degree program at UWM will be considered for this scholarship.

We strongly encourage all admitted international students to also fill out the scholarship application and apply for any other scholarships they believe they meet the eligibility requirements for. Students can do this by using their new ePantherID at

Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students

Graduate students have the opportunity for tuition remission via assistantships: teaching assistants, project assistants, program assistants and research assistants, and other funding opportunities. Visit this page for more information.