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ELP Prices


Important information about tuition and fees:

  • All prices are in U.S. dollars and are subject to change.
  • 2016-2017 prices are valid from August 2017 until August 2018.
  • New students do not need to pay for classes before they arrive at VCU. Please see the list of payment due dates.
  • Students in the Spring I or Fall I session may enroll in the university’s monthly payment plan.
  • Additional fees (Ex: placement test, Student Health fee, etc.)
  • Refunds can only be issued under certain conditions (please see our Refund Policy)

 Estimated Cost

Full-time Program

Academic Year 2017-2018

4 months

9 months

ELP class fees



Housing and food (estimated)



Required health insurance (estimated)



University Student Health Services Fee
(on-campus medical facility)



Books and supplies for class (estimated)



Total (estimated)




Summer Short Programs

Academic Year 2016-2017

2 months

ELP class fees


Housing and food (estimated)


Required health insurance (estimated)


University Student Health Services Fee
(on-campus medical facility)


Books and supplies for class (estimated)


Total (estimated)



Prices per class

Course #

Course Title





Written Communication  1




Oral Communication 1




Written Communication  2




Oral Communication 2




Written Communication 3




Oral Communication 3




Academic and Professional Skills




Advanced Written Communication




Advanced Oral Communication




Advanced Preparatory Skills




Paying for your ELP Classes

All payments are handled by the VCU Student Accounting Office. VCU does not send bills by mail. After registering for classes, you will receive an email to your VCU email account, which will tell you how much you need to pay and when the money is due.  Please check your VCU email account regularly. 

Payment Methods

  • Pay in person at the Cashier’s Office by cash, check, or money order.
  • Pay online through your VCU eServices account, using a Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express card.  Please be aware that there is a 2.75% interest fee for credit or debit transactions.
  • Make an international wire transfer payments

Additional Fees



Application fee: $50

▪ All students are required to pay an application fee.  The cost of express mailing (through UPS) is included in this fee.

Placement test fee: $100

▪ All new students are required to take the placement test (link to PT page) before registering in classes.  This test determines which classes you are eligible to take in the program.

Airport Pick-Up fee: $20

▪ If you would like someone from VCU to pick you up from the airport, you must pay this fee.  Requests must be submitted at least 2 weeks in advance to guarantee pick-up.

University Student Health Services Fee: $103

▪ If you are a full-time student, you are required to pay this fee. 

▪ The health fee covers all visits to Student Health Services during the semester.  It is NOT health insurance.  That must be purchased separately.

Tuberculosis skin test: $15

▪ This test is required for most international students per the Virginia Health Department.

Chest X-ray: $57

▪ If your tuberculosis skin test is positive, you will be required to have a chest X-ray.  You should come prepared to pay this fee, just in case.


Refund Policy

Fall and Spring sessions:

  • 100% back if dropped before 1st  week of classes ends
  • 80%- during 2nd week of classes
  • 60%- during 3rd  week of classes
  • 40% during 4th  week of classes
  • $0 after 4th week of classes ends

Summer sessions:

  • 100% on or before the 3rd day of classes
  • $0 after the 3rd  day of classes

If a course is dropped after the add/drop period then you will get a W grade (withdrawn).  The course will still appear on your official transcript.


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