Costs, Dorms, and Meals

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 see the International Student Specialist in the Office of Research Support and International Affairs (RSIA) at Dawes House.

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.

For more details about the Gallaudet University's Mandatory Payment Requirements for International Students , please click on this link below.

For ELI students that have on campus housing and financial support for tuition from an outside agency, the room and board fees plus a minimum amount that covers the estimated books and supplies fee needs to be deposited in advance.

For ELI students that have off campus housing and financial support for tuition from an outside agency, a minimum amount that covers the estimated books and supplies fee needs 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 the first Friday of ESO.

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 the Gallaudet University academic calendars.

The current academic calendar can also be found in this link below on the ELI website:

Estimated Costs

Please check the links below to access the tuition and fee schedules provided by Gallaudet University.

Fall 2016 - Spring 2017 Tuition and Fees

Fall 2017 - Spring 2018 Tuition and Fees

Dorm room rates can be found in this link below.

Meal plans can be found in this link below.

Fall 2016 - Spring 2017 Meal Plans

Fall 2017 - Spring 2018 Meal Plans

You should plan to have at least $3,000 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 $3,500.

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 forms for the summer sessions listed on this webpage below:


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 scholarships listed in this link below.

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.  If you have questions about the room and board plans and facilities, please contact the Residence Life office at Gallaudet University at

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More information can be found on the Residence Life 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.

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