Most foreign citizens are not eligible for federal student aid. There are, however, some instances in which non-citizens may be eligible for financial aid from the U.S. federal government. When considering the cost of an education in the United States, you need to include the cost of tuition, living expenses, books, and other non-direct education costs. Tuition varies widely from school to school, but it is usually always the largest single cost an international familiy and the student will face. Four year semi-private universities have yearly tuition expenses including direct fees of on average $45,000. Sources of financial aid available to international students at the undergraduate level are limited and highly competitive.