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Teachers - Fees and Expenses

Fees that you can expect to pay:

Click here for a current copy of our Fee Schedule and Refund Policy

Who Collects Fee Type of Fee Amount How Often
Sagamore Institute
Visa Sponsorship Fees (for teachers starting program in 2022-23)
Annually, Per Teacher
Sagamore Institute
J-2 Sponsorship Fees (for spouses and dependents; max of $2500 per family per year)
Annually, Per person
SEVIS I-901 Fee (teacher only)
One Time
U.S. Dept of State
Nonimmigrant Visa Application (DS-160) - Non-refundable and charged per person**
One Time
Third Party
Transcript Evaluation Fee (fee increases if translation is needed)
One Time
Third Party
Agency Fees - If you are working with a job placement agency, make sure you understand fees charged and services provided.
Varies Widely
Varies Widely
Insurance Company
All J-1 and J-2 visitors must have 3 types of insurance coverage while in the US (health, medical evacuation and repatriation). Costs vary but average $55 per person per month for minimum coverage
MONTHLY, Per Person
Host State
Teaching License/State Certification - fee and application process varies from state to state
$100-$300, on average
One Time
U.S. Dept of State
Extension Fee - Teachers who wish to extend their program beyond the first three years may apply for a 1-2 year extension
At end of Third Program Year
Sagamore Institute
Various fees for optional actions (moving schools when permitted, entering into a payment plan, late payments, etc.)
Per Incident

** May vary based on your country of origin; fee is charged for each J-1 and J-2 visa

US Government fees are subject to change

You will need to budget for your travel to the US, which will vary greatly depending on your departing city and whether or not you are bringing your family.

Estimated living expenses in the United States*:


 Do your research and find information for the specific state/city where you will be teaching.

Costs in the United States vary greatly from region to region.

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