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Fees and Finance

All VIPP Programs are fee-based. We do not provide any financial aid to applicants. When you apply for admission to a VIPP program, we will process a J-1 non-degree student visa for you. In order to receive a J-1 visa, you must prove you have enough funding to cover your study and living expenses for yourself and/or any accompanying family members (restricted to your spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21) as legal dependents.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for a J-1 non-degree student visa, at least 51% of the total cost of your study (including VIPP program fee, living expenses, and health insurance premium) should be supported by your sponsoryour company, government, or other external agency. A sponsor's official letter of support must be submitted along with other application materials for us to process DS-2019 for yourself and any accompanying family members. Family expenses are not included in the 51% of total cost. If the sponsorship is not sufficient to cover all the expenses, you must provide a personal bank statement.

Participants are responsible for ensuring that they understand the program they are applying for and preparing themselves for the final costs. 

Total Costs

This is a breakdown of how to calculate the total cost. This amount of cost is required to be proven through financial documents.  

For 1 year-long program — Add program fees (Fees vary. Refer to the information below) + living expenses ($26,101) + family expenses (spouse: $8,000: each child add $5,000) + mandatory MSU health insurance for yourself ($2,625) + health insurance for family members ($7 a day for each member).

For 6 month-long program —  Add program fees (Fees vary. Refer to the information below) + living expenses ($13,051) + family expenses (spouse: $4,000: each child add $2,500) + health insurance for yourself ($1,312) + health insurance for family members ($7 a day for each member). 

VIPP Program Fees 2024 - 2025

The following is a cost overview to be used in calculating the final fee estimate. Our fees vary depending on the program. Make sure you understand which program you are applying to and all financial obligations. In addition, there is non-refundable application fee of $175 for all applicants (except settlement service only participants.)

Payment by installments is acceptable and a fee is charged on each installment. Up to 4 installments are allowed. Participants can work with the fiscal officer to develop an installment plan, and both sign the plan with each installment payment details included.

    2 installments – 2% fee charge

    3 installments – 3% fee charge

    4 installments – 5% fee charge

Global Professional Education Program (GPEP)

Global Professional Education Program (GPEP)


This fee schedule is in effect for participants starting program on or after July, 1 2024.

Program Fees

12 months: $9,950

6 months: $6,900

4 months: $5,800

3 months: $5,000

The above fee includes a settlement service for a participant only. 

An installment payment plan is available to participants whose program is 12 months or longer. Participants can work with VIPP fiscal officer to develop an installment plan, and both sign the plan with each installment payment details included.

Two installments: 2% fee chargd

Three installments: 3% fee charge

Four installments: 5% fee charge

Special Global Professional Education Program (SGPEP)

SGPEP- Global Finance

4 months: $15,265


SGPEP- Higher Education Teaching & Learning

3 or 4 months: $7,925


SGPEP- Second Language Studies & TESOL

12 months: $12,315


SGPEP- Law (Bolashak)

12 months: $18,615



12 months: $15,875


SGPEP- Pedagogy

12 months: $16,625



12 months: $17,315


SGPEP- Agricultural Engineering

12 months: $20,995


SGPEP- Transportation Engineering

12 months: $25,895


SGPEP- Global Leadership and Management

12 months: $15,500

6 months: $9,500


SGPEP - Public Policy and Government Leadership Tracks 1-3 (visit Specialized Global Professional Education Program and select "SGPEP Public Policy and Government Leadership Program" from the drop-down menu to learn more about the three tracks)

SGPEP - Public Policy and Government Leadership Track 1

12 months: $15,500

6 months: $8,500

SGPEP - Public Policy and Government Leadership Track 2

12 months: $18,500

SGPEP - Public Policy and Government Leadership Track 3

12 months: $25,000


SGPEP- Telecommunications

6 months: $18,500


SGPEP- Global Finance and Leadership

12 months: $25,000 


SGPEP- Global Media and Leadership

12 months: $25,000


SGPEP- Urban Planning Program 

12 months: $25,000

Global Professional Research Program or Visa Processing Fee

VIPP provides a visa processing service or settlement service for scholars or professionals hosted by the MSU academic departments or colleges.

1. Visa Processing Only fee $950: Filing a J-1 visa application on behalf of the department or college 

2. Global Professional Research Program fee $2,500 includes visa processing and full settlement service. 

Full Settlement Service Includes: 

  • Visa processing: DS 2019 for J-1 non-degree student or scholar visa 
  • Pick up at the airport  
  • On-campus ID and computer system authorizations
  • Finding housing
  • Enrolling in health insurance
  • Assistance with obtaining driver's license, purchasing a car, and signing up for car insurance
  • Family support including enrolling children at local schools 


Living Costs  

Living costs vary depending on family size, housing, transportation, and general lifestyle. However, a minimum of $26,101 per year is required by the U.S. Department of State to process a visa for a participant alone as a living cost, excluding the health insurance premium. Add an additional $8,000 per spouse and $5,000 for each accompanying child for your total living cost. This means that approximate monthly living costs will begin from a minimum of $2,175 for a participant alone. If you are here with a spouse and one child, the minimum monthly financial requirement will be more than $3,258. Even if you plan to save, this is the minimum requirement needed to apply for a visa. Every family has a different lifestyle, so plan accordingly.  

The following figures are an approximate estimation in each category for reference and should not be an absolute guideline to determine the final living cost. Travel and leisure costs are not considered here.


The cost of a one-bedroom apartment in the area ranges from $900 to $1200 monthly depending on location, quality, and apartment amenities. Two-bedroom apartments range from $1200 to $1800 monthly depending on location, quality (including the number of bathrooms), and apartment amenities. Learn more about housing options.


If you plan to purchase a car, you'll need to set aside the price of the car as well as registration fees. You should anticipate paying monthly auto insurance premiums, which would range from $50-$150 depending on the coverage you select, the type of car, your driving experience, and other factors.

Health Insurance Costs

All VIPP participants and their accompanying family members are mandated to purchase MSU health insurance to apply for a J-1 visa and maintain their legal status. Plan approximately $7 per day for each member of your family in your budget. If you are here by yourself, your health insurance cost will be $2,625 per year.

Learn full details about health insurance requirements, costs, and purchase options at

Other Living Costs

Expect that you will have to pay for utilities and other services: electricity, gas, water, cable, garbage, and phone. Some apartments cover utilities or cable. Groceries are relatively inexpensive in our community.