Bring with you enough money to cover the expenses of your first month, which is likely to be one of the most expensive periods of your stay. Do not carry a large sum of cash. Traveler’s checks are a safer way to carry money. Keep in mind that credit cards are not valid from all countries. Within the first week of your arrival on campus, you will be able to open a bank account. Your family can wire money directly to this bank account, if needed. If you arrive in the States before August 20, you will need to pay for local transportation, lodging, and meals.
Financing Your Education
The cost of attendance is the total amount of tuition, fees, room and board, books, and supplies in addition to other estimated school expenses. Keep in mind that personal expenses outside of tuition, fees and room and board are not included in scholarships or grants awarded by the College.
Bennington charges include tuition, room and board, an activities fee, a health administration fee, a transcript fee for entering students, and possibly materials for some classes. Optional services for which the College charges students include car registration fees and health insurance (mandatory if no other coverage). Budgeting for the cost of a student’s education means planning for more general expenses as well. These may include books and supplies, personal expenses, climate specific clothing, and transportation to and from school. While these costs do not appear on a student’s bill, they are real expenses and require an expenditure of resources.
U.S. Work Opportunities
- Spring and fall terms. Students studying in the United States on an F-1 student visa are able to work and earn income on campus. This is a basic privilege of the F-1 student visa and does not require special paperwork. Students are eligible to earn up to $1150 each fall and spring term.
- Field Work Term. After F-1 students complete their first academic year of full-time study, they are eligible for paid employment opportunities anywhere in the U.S. that are related to academic pursuits.
Term Start-up Expenses
For many students, most of the funds for books, supplies and personal expenses are needed at the beginning of a term, generally before the student can get an on-campus job and paycheck. A student should plan to arrive on campus with sufficient funds for books, supplies, and initial living expenses (at least $600). The first paycheck for students with on-campus jobs arrives nearly a month after classes begin. Students who will not work should anticipate expenses totaling at least $3,000 for books, supplies, and personal expenses during the year.