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Expenses

students applicationStudents should have at least $6,800 (US dollars) for academic and living expenses for one term. Married students should have additional funds for family living expenses. Amounts may vary considerably depending on student lifestyle. All checks must be payable to the University of Tennessee on a US dollar bank account (current exchange rate table). All fees must be paid on the first day of the term by cash, personal check, traveler’s check, or credit card. The university accepts Visa and Mastercard.

Transfer of Funds

Because tuition must be paid on the first day of ELI registration, every student should have the necessary funds available in US dollars. ELI recommends that students purchase traveler’s checks and/or consult their local bank about a safe, efficient way to transfer funds so that money is available when they arrive in Knoxville. Students should not carry large sums of cash.

More information

  • Application fee is $50.
  • Part-time students pay $695 for core classes, including books.
  • Part-time students or those wanting to take only an elective or TOEFL course pay $125 per weekly contact hour and $50 textbook fee (if one is assigned).

Academic Expenses for Fall 2019–Summer 2020

All costs are subject to change. Estimated for a single student.


8-Week Terms (Fall I, Fall II, Spring I,  Spring II)
Tuition & Maintenance Fee $2,470 Includes instruction, textbooks, social/cultural activities & TOEFL
Activities Fee $519 Required of all university students
Total Academic Expenses $2,989


Summer 2020 (8 weeks)
Tuition & Maintenance Fee $2,470 Includes instruction, textbooks, social/cultural activities & TOEFL
Activities Fee $315 Required of all university students
Total Academic Expenses $2,785


Living Expenses

All costs are subject to change. Estimated for a single student.



8-Week Terms (Fall I, Fall II, Spring I,  Spring II)
On-Campus Housing $1,800 Estimated for a shared room
On-Campus Food $905 Varies by student & meal plan selected
Health Insurance $531 Estimated, required (3 months coverage for an 8-week term)
Personal $485 Entertainment, telephone, laundry, etc.
Total Living Expenses  $3,721
TOTAL EXPENSES $6,710


Summer 2020 (8 weeks)
On-Campus Housing $1,900 Estimated for a shared room
On-Campus Food $905 Varies by student & meal plan selected
Health Insurance $354 Estimated, required (3 months coverage for an 8-week term)
Personal $485 Entertainment, telephone, laundry, etc.
Total Living Expenses $3,644
TOTAL EXPENSES $6,429


All expenses are subject to change. Living expenses are estimated.