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Minimum Funding Requirements for
Scholars in J-1 Exchange Visitor Status

In order for the ISSO to issue a DS-2019, you must demonstrate financial support for the full period of your academic appointment.  If you will not be receiving a salary from BU or if you will be receiving a salary, but will need to provide additional funding verification for accompanying family members, please review the required amounts and acceptable verification documents and submit the appropriate documentation to your sponsoring department.

Funding Requirement Figures for Scholars*
For Appointments beginning September 1, 2014

Per Month

Per Year

Scholar only

$ 2,523

$30,274

Scholar plus first dependent (spouse or child)

 $ 3,960

$ 47,552

Scholar plus two dependents

$ 4,562

$ 54,749

Scholar plus three dependents

$ 4,904

$ 58,850

For each additional dependent beyond three, add

$ 342

$ 4,100

 

 

Beginning September 1, 2013 through August 31, 2014

 

Per Month

Per Year

Scholar only

$ 2,454

$ 29,705

Scholar plus first dependent (spouse or child)

$ 3,879

$ 46,548

Scholar plus two dependents

$ 4,471

$ 53,652

Scholar plus three dependents

$ 4,806

$ 57,675

For each additional dependent beyond three, add

$ 335

$ 4,023

*Estimates are based on the Board of Trustees’ Estimate of Academic and Living Expenses and the annual cost for health insurance coverage for BU employee; actual costs may be higher depending on lifestyle.  Funding requirements are subject to change at any time.

Acceptable funding sources & documentation
Funding from sources other than BU (private sponsor, your government, scholarship counsel, personal funds, etc.) can be considered to meet the minimum requirements.  In cases where the documentation reflects a range in funding, the ISSO will use the lowest figure in the range when evaluating sufficient financial support.  More than one source of non-BU funding can be submitted to meet the minimum requirements.

  • Original & current documentation is required*
  • Documentation should be in English or accompanied by an English translation
  • The currency must be clearly noted so that the appropriate current exchange rate can be applied
  • For verification of personal funds:
    • Submit an official bank letter, bank statement or credit reference stating the availability of funding to support minimum funding requirements
    • If your will be funded by a family member, include an original letter of sponsorship indicating willingness and ability to support you and confirming the relationship to you along with the official bank letter, bank statement or credit reference.

*Original documentation must also be provided at the Consulate when you are requesting a J-1 visa; We therefore recommend that you obtain two original copies from your funding source at the ISSO will not return the original statement to you.

Host departments should NOT use these minimums as a standard to calculate salary.
Researchers, faculty members and other paid positions should be awarded a salary that meets department and university equity standards and is commensurate with the scholar’s related experience.

 

 

ISSO
Boston University
May 19, 2014

Boston University International Students & Scholars Office