In order for students to be successful academically at Brigham Young University (BYU), they must have a solid financial plan. All undergraduate international students (those in F-1 or J-1 status) are required to deposit $4,000 USD in an escrow account at BYU following notification of admission. Students will not be able to register for classes, nor will any student visa paperwork be initiated until the deposit is paid.
Each of the CES institutions (BYU, BYU-Hawaii, BYU-Idaho, LDS Business College) has their own deposit policy which may allow access to deposit funds under different circumstances. Here at BYU, the deposit will be held in escrow with the intent that it will be released to the student during his or her final semester before graduation. Students who experience unforeseen financial hardship while studying at BYU may petition to use up to $3,000 of their deposit before their final semester. To petition, please contact the Associate Dean of Students, in person at 3500 WSC, by phone at 801-422-4771, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
International students who find they are unable to cover the costs associated with their continued education at BYU and who have already accessed $3,000 from their deposit will be granted access to the remaining $1,000, which is set aside for the student as an emergency fund for the purchase of a plane ticket to return to their home country.
How to Pay Your Deposit
We recommend students pay their International Student Deposit online. Please login and pay your deposit online:
If you are unable to pay online, your deposit may also be made by phone or mail.
Phone: Call Enrollment Services with your credit or debit card information at 1-801-422-4104. Please be sure that your credit or debit card does not have a daily limit of less than $4,000 USD.
Mail: Send a $4,000 USD check or money order from a US bank. Please be sure to include a sheet of paper showing your contact information and explaining why you are sending the deposit.