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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, family 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. 

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 how to calculate the total cost. This amount of cost is required to prove through financial documents.  

For 1 year-long program — Add program fees (Fees vary. Refer to the information below) + living expenses ($21,300) + family expenses (spouse: $5,000: each child add $3,000) + mandatory MSU health insurance for yourself ($2,284) + health insurance for family members ($6 a day for each member).

For 6 month-long program —  Add program fees (Fees vary. Refer to the information below) + living expenses ($10,650) + family expenses (spouse: $2,500: each child add $1,500) + health insurance for yourself ($1,142) + health insurance for family members ($6 a day for each member). 

VIPP Program Fees 2022–2023 

The following is a cost overview to be used in calculating the final fee estimate. Our fees vary depending on the programs you apply. Make sure you understand which program you are applying and financial obligations. In addition, there is non-refundable Application fee - $150 - for all applicants. 

Global Professional Education Program

Global Professional Education Program (GPEP)  

1)Program Fees

12 months: $9,000

6 months: $6,500

4 months: $5,500

3 months: $4,800

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.

  1. Two installments: 2% fee charge

  2. Three installments: 3% fee charge

  3. Four installments: 5% fee charge 

2) Additional dependent settlement service fee $800 only applies to those who bring school-aged J-2 dependent(s). 

Navigating the U.S. healthcare and education system can be tricky for the first-comers. Often, participants don't understand all the required steps and documents needed to enroll their child(ren) in the local schools. Without VIPP support, participants will spend exorbitant time and energy trying to understand medical forms and terminology to get the mandatory immunization shots for their child(ren). Historically participants had turned to VIPP for help. To make this process as smooth as possible, we've developed a required dependent service for participants. With decades of experience, we're confident in our ability to expedite your family's transition and save you a few weeks of valuable time. Let us handle dependent settlement so your child(ren) can attend school and you can focus on your program right away upon arrival. 

The dependent service fee includes but not limited to the following service:

  • Visa processing for dependent(s) 
  • Pick up at the airport
  • Enrolling child(ren) in health insurance
  • Enrolling child(ren) at local schools and School visit 
  • Help with immunization for school-aged children and clinic visit 
  • Guide to MSU resources for children
  • Consultation provided concerning child's school adjustments and other needs, especially emergency situations, during the entire program period 
  • Participation in various VIPP and MSU events including Tailgate, Thanksgiving party, graduation ceremony, to name a few.
  • Departure arrangement  

Special Global Professional Education Program

SGPEP-Global Leadership and Management

12 months: $15,000

6 months: $9,500


12 months: $16,000

SGPEP - Public Policy and Government Leadership Track 1

12 months: $15,000

6 months: $8,500

SGPEP - Public Policy and Government Leadership Track 2

12 months: $18,000

SGPEP - Public Policy and Government Leadership Track 3

12 months: $24,000

SGPEP -Global Finance and Leadership

12 months: $25,000 

SGPEP -Global Media and Leadership Program 

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

2. Global Professional Research Program fee $2,000 includes visa processing and full settlement service. 

Service includes: 

  • Visa processing: DS 2019 for J-1 non-degree student or scholar visa 
  • Pick up at the airport  
  • On-campus badging and computer system authorizations
  • Finding housing
  • Enrolling in health insurance
  • Getting a 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 $21,300 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 $5,000 per spouse and $3,000 for each accompanying child for your total living cost. This means that approximate monthly living costs will begin from a minimum of $2,000 for a participant alone. If you are here with a spouse and one child, the minimum monthly financial requirement will be more than $2,400. 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 $700 - $900 monthly depending on location, quality, and apartment amenities. Two-bedroom apartments range from $800 - $1,300 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 Cost

Effective fall 2021, all VIPP participant 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 $6 per day for each member of your family in your budget. If you are here by yourself, your health insurance cost will be $2,284 per year (365 days). If you're here with your spouse and one child, the total annual health insurance cost for the entire family of three will be approximately $6,600. 

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 cheap in our community.