Required Minimum Funding

Please be aware that the minimum funding required per year is the following:

  • $28,000 for J-1 Scholar ($2,333/month)
  • $14,000 for spouse ($1,167/month)
  • $7,000 per child ($583/month)

The total financial support declared above should match or exceed the estimated living costs for the J-1 Scholar and their dependents, if applicable.


A J-1 Scholar with a spouse and two children staying for one year would need to show $28,000 for themselves, $14,000 for the spouse, and $14,000 for the children: $56,000 in total.

Guidelines for acceptable proof of funds

Funding from sources other than Northeastern (private sponsor, government funding, scholarships, personal funds, etc.) will be considered towards meeting Northeastern’s minimum funding requirements, with the following restrictions:

  • All documentation must be officially translated into English and the translation must be certified; currency must be clearly referenced and converted into USD.
  • If you are providing a bank statement(s), it must include the following information:
    • official English translation
    • account holder’s name
    • currency
    • amount available
    • issue date (the bank statement cannot be older than 12 months upon receipt by OGS)
  • If you have multiple statements, upload all documents in this category together into one PDF and attach the coversheet.
  • Documentation must be copies of originals (please note that the U.S. Consulate requires original documentation during the visa application process).

Sponsorship by family member(s)

If the J-1 Scholar will be supported financially by a family member(s), please submit the following:

  • Financial institution documentation, such as bank statements or letters, including name of the financial sponsor; documentation must be recent, and not older than 12 months upon receipt by the Office of Global Services (OGS)
  • A letter signed by the financial sponsor attesting that the J-1 Scholar is entitled to the funds in the sponsor’s account

Sponsorship by home country organizations

In cases in which the documentation reflects a range in funding, OGS will use the lowest figure in the range, unless the J-1 Scholar provides a letter from the funding source indicating otherwise.

If a J-1 Scholar is sponsored by his/her home country employer (e.g., during a sabbatical from the home university), the letter from the employer must state that the J-1 Scholar will continue receiving a salary while at Northeastern (salary statement alone is not sufficient).

OGS retains the right to request original documentation or other means of clarification.

Failure to follow the instructions above will result in the delay of DS-2019 issuance.