Financial Policy

All students at the English Language Institute are required to submit an advance payment or an official letter of financial support for each semester by the respective deadline (see below). The advance payment or official letter of financial support will clear the financial hold on his or her student account. If there is still a financial hold on the student account after the applicable deadline has passed, the student will not be allowed to register for classes.

International Students: If the student is an international student and has missed the deadline, he or she may lose F-1 or J-1 status and may be required to return to his or her country immediately. If a student decides not to continue his or her studies at Gallaudet University, he or she should go to the Office of International Affairs at Bldg 103.
If a student misses the deadline, we are not liable for the consequences that may result. It is recommended that students bring enough funds with them to cover Gallaudet University charges even if they have financial support from an outside agency.

Please see the Gallaudet University’s Mandatory Payment Requirements for International Students for more details.
For ELI students that have on campus housing and financial support for tuition from an outside agency, the room and board fees need to be deposited in advance.

Deadline for New Students: The advance payment deadline for a new student that will attend ELI Student Orientation (ESO) is Arrival Day.

Deadline for Returning Students: The advance payment deadline for a returning student is the deadline for business registration. The deadline for business registration is at the beginning of the semester.

Deadlines for business registration are posted in Gallaudet University’s Academic Calendars at the Registrar’s Office. The current academic calendar can also be found in the ELI Schedule webpage in the ELI website.

Estimated Costs

In the links below, Gallaudet University provides tables, listings, and links of various tuition rates, fees, and other charges. Books and supplies are an out of pocket expense and the student is responsible for these costs. For students staying on campus, links to dorm rates and meal plan options are listed separately.
Please check the links below to access the tuition and fee schedules provided by Gallaudet University at the website for Student Financial Services.

Website: ELI Fall 2022 – Spring 2023 Tuition and Fees (PDF)

If the links above do not work for any reason, you may find the tuition and fee schedules that Gallaudet University provides in this link below.
Website: Tuition and Fees

Dorm room rates are listed in the Residence Life and Housing website and can be found in this link below.
Website: Room Rates

Meal plans can be found in this link below. This information is also provided by Student Financial Services.
Website: Meal Plans

You should plan to have at least $5,000 for personal expenses each academic year.

If you plan to stay at Gallaudet through the winter and summer vacation periods, you will need an additional $5,000. If your family will stay with you while you are a student, plan an additional $8,000 for your spouse and $5,000 for each child.

Summer Sessions

The ELI program may also offer optional summer sessions for an additional cost. For more information, please refer to the application form for the summer session listed on this webpage below:
Website: Apply to the ELI


This information above is provided as a guide only and is not considered a contract or binding on the University. The University reserves the right to change tuition costs, fees, and other charges at any time without notice.

Only For Applicants from Ontario, Canada

Please click here for more information about the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) grants.

Financial Aid

Gallaudet University provides no scholarships or financial aid to ELI students. Applicants are encouraged to seek support from family and organizations in their home countries. Please note that international undergraduate or graduate students from developing countries may be interested in the international scholarships listed on the Office of International Affairs website in this link below.
Website: Nippon Foundation Scholars

Footnote: The ELI program is a pre-college language program and is not eligible for the “Free Application for Federal Student Aid” (FAFSA) processing. The FAFSA can be used by domestic students for undergraduate and graduate degree programs here at Gallaudet University.


Gallaudet University provides students a full program of events, services and facilities as well as a rich cultural context for student learning. Special arrangements are made for ELI students to live together in the college dormitory nearest our offices and classrooms. When new ELI students live on campus, they are immersed in a full American Sign Language environment, have more academic and social interaction with their peers, and have an easier time adjusting to American culture. New students who live in the dormitories or other on-campus housing facilities learn American Sign Language and English more quickly that those students who live off campus. Also, an English instructor may assign a student English tutoring sessions and it is more convenient for a student living on campus to attend these sessions in the evening. If you have questions about the room and board plans and facilities, please contact the Residence Life office at Gallaudet University.

Contact Information: 202-651-5255 (voice), 202-651-5757 (fax)
Email: Contact here
More information can be found on the Residence Life and Housing website.


There are a variety of places on campus where students could buy food. Please note that the ability to purchase food through a meal plan via a student identification card is only available in Café Bon Appetit, the Marketplace, and Rathskeller.

Cafe Bon Appetit: The main student dining hall/cafeteria is conveniently located on Hanson plaza surrounded by some residence halls.
Marketplace: In the lower level of the Jordan Student Academic Center (JSAC) there is an à la carte eatery with a salad bar, soup of the day, pizza, sandwiches made-to-order, grilled food, and a hot selection of the day. The Marketplace is open from 11 am to 2 pm, Monday through Friday.
Java Corner: From Monday through Friday, 7:30 am – 2:30 pm, Java Corner is open in the JSAC atrium (G Area). It offers Starbucks coffees, teas, and espresso beverages.
Rathskeller: This student run pub, located in the lower level of the JSAC next to the Marketplace, is open evenings and weekends.
Bison Shop: The campus bookstore, on the upper level of the JSAC, offers a selection of cold bottled drinks and snacks.
Bistro: Located in the Kellogg Conference Hotel, the Bistro has a self-serve menu that changes daily.

More information can be found in this link below by Café Bon Appetit.

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