Funding and Financial Information

for International Students

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Federal Regulations

International students must:

  1. Have sufficient funding for their educational costs in the U.S.
  2. Submit documents showing evidence of funds for at least one academic year.
  3. Show evidence of the ability to fund additional years of study.

The total funds must account for:

  • Tuition and fees
  • Room and board
  • Books
  • Health insurance.

Cost Estimates

Please find current cost estimates below.
These estimates do not include:

  • Travel or any kind of transportation
  • Personal items such as clothing, entertainment or emergency funds, which you should include in your personal budget.

Determining Financial Sufficiency

In order to help you navigate this process, please submit the following documents.

International Student Financial Agreement
(Select the appropriate link below)

International Parent/Sponsor Financial Agreement
(Select the appropriate link below)

Personal bank statement
IF your sponsors are not your parent or legal guardian, you must submit a personal bank statement showing a balance of at least $4,000 USD to cover some of your initial expenses.

Letter from sponsor’s bank or financial institution
This letter must be on the bank/institution’s official letterhead with a certification statement in English confirming the balance (in U.S. dollars) of the owner. The letter must include the name, signature, title, date and contact information of the bank or financial institution and an official seal or stamp. The letter is highly recommended (not required).

Recent bank statements
Copies of recent bank statements that support the information in the bank letter 

  • Checking or savings account statements with at least 3 months of history, showing a monthly balance equal to or greater than your student financial responsibility.
  • Business accounts must be accompanied by documents proving sole proprietorship by the sponsor or an official letter signed by all owners approving the sponsorship.
  • Church sponsorship is not acceptable as proof of support.

Note: Official loans from a bank may be submitted as proof of support. The total amount of available financial support from all sponsors as evidenced from the bank letters and statements must be equal to or greater than your annual family financial responsibility as outlined in your award letter.


Additional documents may be required at the discretion of the Office of International Students and Visiting Scholars.

Scholarships & Graduate Assistantships

Scholarships or graduate assistantships awarded by ACU may count toward the total amount of support needed. If you receive scholarships from ACU departments or sources outside ACU, please submit scholarship documents along with your personal and sponsor’s financial documents.


Send documents via

  • Email to
  • Fax to 325-674-2966
  • Mail to
    International Admissions
    ACU Box 29000
    Abilene, TX 79699

Graduate students

Send documents via

  • Email:
  • Fax | 325-674-6717
  • Mail to:
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    ACU Box 29140
    Abilene, TX 79699