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Fees and Regulations


Below is a description of the program fees for the ALP’s full-time intensive English program:

Application fee: $70
Application fee must be paid at time of application and is non-refundable. All Forms I-20 are sent internationally by express mail service. 


Spring or Autumn Only Spring and Summer Autumn, Spring, and Summer Summer Only
(4 months) (8 months) (12 months) (3 months)
Tuition $8,185.00 $15,825.00 $24,010.00 $7,640.00
Health insurance $1,683.00 $1,683.00 $3,366.00 $842.00
Estimated living expenses $8,446.00 $15,203.00 $23,649.00 $6,757.00
Supplies $525.00 $1,050.00 $1,575.00 $525.00
TOTAL $18,839.00 $33,761.00 $52,600.00 $15,764.00


Tuition for Autumn and Spring Semesters (15 weeks): $8185 per semester
Tuition for Summer semester: $7640 per session

Tuition includes COTA bus service and Ohio State activity fees
Meals, housing, travel, and daily expenses are not included in the Tuition fee.

Student health insurance: $1683 per semester ($842 for Summer Semester)

All ALP students are required to have health insurance, which includes health, dental, and vision coverage. If students wish to waive student health insurance, they will be required to present documentation of health insurance. Please note that a student’s health insurance plan must meet the minimum health insurance criteria (listed here) in order for the waiver to be approved. Students who fail to pay the health insurance fee or provide proof of other health insurance may risk being dropped for non-payment.

Please click here to learn more about OSU Student Health Insurance for international students. If you have any questions about health insurance, please email shi_info@osu.edu.

Payment deadlines

Students must pay program fees (Tuition and student health insurance fee) no later than the second Friday after class starts. See the Dates and Deadlines page for the Start Date for upcoming terms. Students who do not pay all program fees on or before the second Friday of class will charged late fees and may risk being Dropped for Non-Payment. Late arrivals may incur and be responsible for paying additional charges to The Ohio State University.

Estimated living expenses per semester

The amounts listed above will be detailed on the student’s Form I-20. These expenses assume the student will not own or operate a car while at Ohio State.

Please note that the estimated living expenses are an estimate. ALP students may pay more or less depending on their own circumstances. If a student needs an I-20, they must still show financial support for the estimated living expenses, even if they have already made living arrangements (ie: living with a family member, etc.).

If you intend to bring your dependent spouse or children, you must show additional financial support for your spouse and for each child. Optional health insurance for a spouse or family member is available. This insurance is not mandatory, but it is highly recommended.

Cancellations and refunds

You may receive a full refund of the tuition fee if you withdraw from the ALP before the end of the first week of classes. Tuition refunds for withdrawals after the first week of classes are apportioned on a sliding scale. For details on processing an official withdrawal, please visit the ALP office. The $70 Application fee is not refundable at any time.

Methods of payment

All fees must be paid in U.S. dollars. ALP tuition fees are payable upon arrival, but before the first day of classes. These fees may be paid in several ways:

By bank check, drawn on a bank in the U.S.
By personal check, from a U.S. Bank.  Note: All checks should be made payable to The Ohio State University.
By travelers checks
By wire transfer – Please contact the ALP office for bank transfer instructions.
By credit card at http://buckeyelink.osu.edu – You will need an active OSU username and password to pay online