Paying for college

Tuition and Costs

Jobs and Employment

Scholarship Opportunities

Tuition & Costs

  • Estimated tuition (see note A below) (based on 24 credits/year): $5,056
  • Living Expenses (see note B below) (Estimated at 12 months x $900/month average): $10,800
  • Books/Supplies (see note C below) (Estimated): $2000

Total Yearly Expenses (Estimated) $17,856

The 2016-2017 estimated per credit fee for international tuition is $210.65/credit. (see note A below)
Note A ― What are credits and how does this affect my tuition?  Speaking in general terms, a credit is equivalent to about one hour of class time per week during an academic semester. Most courses meet around 3 hours per week during a semester and are therefore 3 credits per class.

At NWTC, most associate degree programs require between 60 and 70 credits in order to earn that degree. This means students should expect to take at least 20 classes on their way to their degree, though many programs require several more. International students will need to take at least 12 credits per semester in order to meet the requirements for their F-1 visa status. Many students choose to take more classes in order to graduate sooner. Students may also take additional classes in the J-session (January) term or the Summer (June-August) term, although it is not required. 

Note B ― Living Expenses 
Living expenses are affected by the personal choices of the individual student. Housing is the most expensive budget item for international students living in the United States. Green Bay and NWTC have very affordable housing opportunities available. To find out more about housing options please see the Housing webpages.  Four secondary expenses which are affected by a student's individual budget are food, health insurance, transportation, and recreation/travel.   

Note C ― Books and Supplies
Books and materials costs are largely determined by the individual degree programs. Some programs require significant investments in materials and books, while others are less expensive. Students can reduce their book expenses through the practice of buying used books (both online and in the bookstore), selling books back during "Book Buy Back", and through renting text books. These options are at the individual student's discretion.

Jobs and Employment

Many prospective international students are interested in paying for their education through working while attending college. We want to emphasize that this is not a reasonable goal for the majority of students. While there are job opportunities for international students at NWTC, students should not expect that they will be able to fund their education through working.

First, United States F-1 student visa regulations require international students to demonstrate sufficient financial resources for payment of all first-year expenses. While F-1 visa regulations do allow for students to work for up to 20 hours per week (on campus only), these jobs are generally not well-paying or consistent enough to support all academic costs and fees.

Students are never permitted to work off campus without permission. Violators will be deemed out-of-status for their F-1 visa and could face immediate deportation and loose eligibility to re-enter the United States. 
Students who wish to learn more about jobs and employment while studying should read about jobs and internships on the Employment webpage

Scholarship Opportunities

International students can apply for scholarships at NWTC. The scholarship application is open twice a year—during the month of March and then again in October. After a student has been accepted to the college they will be eligible to apply. Over $500,000 is awarded each year to current and future students. The average scholarship is $750 each semester.

NWTC does have a competitive application process but there are on campus scholarship workshops to help you develop and submit a great application. To learn more about applying for scholarships at NWTC visit:

You can also apply for outside scholarships that can help pay for your studies. Here is some information about potential opportunities, outside of NWTC: