Tuition and Costs

2016-2017 Intensive English Language Program Estimated Costs

Prices are subject to change.

Costs below are based on a full-time course load (18 hours) for an F-1 student. 

  One semester  Two semesters Three semesters
Tuition $3,250 $6,500 $9,750
Books  $200 $400 $600
Living Expenses1 $4,400 $8,800 $13,200
Salem State Health Insurance2 $2,511/year $2,511/year $2,511/year
Total $10,361 $18,211 $26,061 

1. Costs include food, room and other expenses. These are estimates based on residency on campus. Additional payment will be required if the student wishes to remain in college housing during vacation periods.

2. All students must present proof of comprehensive health insurance valid in the U.S. Students without coverage must enroll in the Salem State University health insurance plan ($2,511 for one-year coverage, which runs from August 1 to July 31) or a comparable plan.

Individual Course Fees

Course Hours  Total with Fees
9-hour class $1,620
6-hour class $1,080
3-hour class $550

Refund Policy for ESL Program

Refunds are available only if students officially notify Center for International Education (CIE), in writing, of their withdrawal before the start of the program. See official start dates.

Refunds apply to tuition only, all fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. 

Once the program has started, the tuition and fees related to courses in the intensive english language program at Salem State University are non-refundable and non-transferable.

In rare cases of medical emergency refunds may be considered with the support of appropriate medical certification. 

To appeal the intensive english language program refund policy students must submit a letter describing the circumstances and submit supporting documentation to the Center for International Education attention: assistant dean, international students and programs.
Students who register for a course against the recommendation of an ESL instructor and wish to withdraw from a course will not be eligible for any refund. Absence from class does not constitute formal withdrawal or reduce a student's financial obligation to the university.

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