J-1 Exchange Visitors in the Research Scholar, Short-Term Scholar, Specialist, or Student Intern category must have sufficient finances to support themselves and any J-2 dependents for their entire stay in the United States. Funding must cover the costs of the program, fees, housing and living expenses, and mandatory health insurance coverage.

Funding Required for Immigration Document Issuance (J visa DS-2019)

The actual costs of your program, and for living in Oregon, may be higher than what is required for document issuance purposes. The minimum amount of funding that is considered sufficient for support at Oregon State University for each month of the scholar's program is:

$1,750 / month            scholar

+$1,300 / month            first dependent 

+ $500 / month            each additional dependent

Documentation of funding may be:

  1. a statement from a bank showing available funds in the scholar's name (an additional affidavit form is needed if the statement is not in the scholar's name)
  2. a contract or an award letter from a sponsoring institution/government indicating the amount and dates that the scholar’s expenses will be covered.  The document(s) must be recently produced, and in English or accompanied by an English translation.
  3. a continued salary letter from the scholar's employer indicating the amount of salary and that it will be continued during the dates of the program or while abroad. The document(s) must be recently produced, and in English or accompanied by an English translation.

Copies or faxes of the documents are acceptable for the OSU application (original documents may be needed for visa processing by the US Consulate).

Scholars funded by OSU funding do not need to provide documentation to the Office of International Services, but will need to provide the original OSU funding documentation at their visa interview at the US Consulate abroad.


Estimate of Expenses and Fees for Oregon State University

The figures listed below are estimates and used for budgeting purposes only based on the Living Wage Calculation for Corvallis, OR.

Expense 1 month/ 12 months Comment
Application Fees N/A

OIS Application Processing Fee (paid by OSU department or scholar): $500

Mailing Fee: ~$65+

I-901 Fee: $220

DS-160 Visa Fee: $160

OSU ID Card $30 For Associate or Affiliate appointments.



This amount is an average figure based on one to two bedroom off-campus housing.
Food $297/$3,573 Estimate for one person.
Transportation, Miscellaneous and Personal $598/$7,182 This is an estimate of what you might spend on transportation, cell phone, personal items, and recreation.
Required Health Insurance Amount varies greatly depending on provider $226/$2,712 Cost of health insurance may vary by provider and length of coverage. The Department of State (DOS) requires that ALL J-1 Exchange Visitors have medical insurance in effect for themselves and any dependents in J-visa status for the duration of their stay in the United States.
Taxes 15%-30% Tax witholding on U.S. income or stipend.
Child Care $557/$6,687 For each child. Contact OSU Family Resource Center for more informaton.

Additional costs you may need to budget for depending on your program/situation are bench mark fees, visa/immigration application fees, tuition, conferences, professional development, additional dependent costs, travel, and other costs. These costs vary by program, sponsor, and scholar. Check with your sponsoring department about additional fees.