Srikanth Asked “ my self srikanth applied for spring 2010 ..i choose siuc whose fee in i20 is 5lakhs per semerster..all my frds are sayin to wait for fall and apply for low fee colleg …wht do u suggest ..fee in i20 is different ,when we pay to college .???is this true “
The fee you see in typical I20 is listed like this :
What you want to look at is the Tuition and Fee section only unless you are staying in Student Dorms ( Same thing as saying in College Hostel back in India ) . Most of the Indian students Do NOT stay in student dorms and stay off campus sharing an apartment with friends. If your Tuition fee section says it is 5 lakhs, then my personal suggestion is to apply to another school. It sounds pretty expensive to me for that kind of school. You should look for funding or other schools that have funding. Typically, if you apply for a very branded private school like Carnegie mellon, then your fee is very high. For instance, semester Tuition fee ONLY at CMU is $17,500 ( Check this link http://www.cmu.edu/hub/sa/sa_grad_scs.html ) . The key is you have to apply to State schools where it is cheaper for instance, look at University of Houston-Clear lake (UHCL) its fee is $5100 per semester ( Check this link http://prtl.uhcl.edu/portal/page/portal/ADM/Future_students/Cost_attendance_graduate )
You can see from above there is a huge difference in fee based on the private and state schools. UHCL is actually a good school too. So, do some reasearch for your program and then apply to cheaper and good schools unless you want to study in CMU or Harvard.
The fee you see in I20 is exactly what you will pay when you come here. It will NOT be different. Your Tuition fee is same as it says in I20. As I said, if you stay off campus you save all the other fee. Also, if you get any sort of funding like Scholarship then your fee will change. It all depends on your scholarship. If I were you, I would do some research for schools based on price and then decide. It is not worth spending 5 lakhs just on tution per semester for school like SIUC