Tuition & Fees

Tuition is $1,950 for one session. Note that you can get a discount of $200 if you pay in advance for two sessions.

Other Costs

Each session you will have the following expenses. Be aware that your costs may be different depending on your housing, food, and insurance preferences.


University housing costs between $1,800 and $3,050 per semester. The first time you apply for housing there will be a one-time $200 fee. The table below shows the cost for Meehan Hall. Living alongside other English-speaking students will be a powerful way to boost your language skills! 


A university meal plan with unlimited meals costs $1,650 per semester ($825 per session). A variety of cafeterias and restaurants are included in all meal plans.

Health Insurance

You must have health insurance before you can start classes. You will receive further instructions with your Acceptance Packet, but you can estimate your actual costs here.

Books & Materials

Books and other materials for your ELI classes will average $60 per session.


You should not have any necessary expenses here. Airport pickup is free on Arrival Days, all ELI trips and events are included, and university buses serve the campus and the town of Jacksonville at no cost.
Note: University health facilities, sports, and entertainment events are usually free for students.

Cost per Session





= 7 weeks = 1 semester = 6 months = 1 academic year
Tuition 1,950 3,900 5,850 7,800
Dormitory Housing* 1,350 2,700 4,050 5,400
Unlimited Meal Plan* 825 1,650 2,475 3,300
Health Insurance* 250 500 750 1000
Housing Application Fee** 200 200 200 200
General University Fee 100 200 300 400
Fitness Center Fee 95 190 285 380
Books & Materials 60 120 180 240
Technology Fee 50 100 150 200
ELI Program Fee 50 100 150 200
Athletic Fee 24 48 72 96
Student Activity Fee 13 25 38 50
JSU Student ID Card** 10 10 10 10
TOTAL COST $4,977 $9,743 $14,510 $19,276

* Estimated. Costs may be different if you select less expensive housing, meal plan, or health insurance. Note that all costs are subject to change upon approval of the JSU Board of Trustees.
** This fee needs to be paid only one time.

Total Required

Before International Admissions can prepare your Form I-20 you must show funds of $21,000, enough to study at ELI for a full academic year. However, if you complete ELI after only one session (for example, if you are just "brushing up" your skills before you enter university), you may actually spend only $4,977 (plus personal expenses). 

The $21,000 may come from more than one source. For example, if your parents have agreed to help sponsor you, you can also submit their bank statement.

Part-time Study

For U.S. citizens and permanent residents, ELI also offers the option to study part time. In addition, F-2 and J-2 visa holders (the family of full-time students) may also study part time. These individuals can choose from a variety of intensive English courses, with prices for classes starting at $200 for seven weeks. Please contact to learn more about part-time study.